Tennis Special Report: 2010 ATP tour- Top twenty five unpredictable matches this season – part four

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Tennis Special Report: 2010 ATP tour- Top twenty five unpredictable matches this season – part four


17. World number 19 Shahar Peer beat seventh ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova; first round Madrid

Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia came as the reigning French Open winner in Madrid this season. However, the right hander was not the same contender she was back in 2009.

The Israeli tennis ace Shahar Peer posted the biggest opening round upset of her career at the Mutua Madridilena Madrid Open, getting the better of Kuznetsova in three sets. Her Russian foe missed her serve on six occasions in the match and looked helpless to control her shots throughout the battle. The final match score was 6-3, 2-6, 6-0.

Peer played extremely well throughout the match and thus emerged victorious in the end. Kuznetsova, on the other hand, who also lost in the early rounds in both Rome and Stuttgart, could not break her habit of initial round exits in Madrid.

16. World number 21 Vera Zvonareva outlasted eighth ranked Kim Clijsters; Wimbledon quarterfinal

A couple of Russian players on the WTA tour find it extremely hard to tackle with their emotions while playing at major events. Some of them learn to deal with it while others fail to do so.

Former world number one Maria Sharapova, for instance, most of the time manages to keep her emotions in check.

Vera Zvonareva, another Russian, however is not very consistent in dealing with her emotions on the court. Luckily, it was not the case in this match as the right hander did well to control her nerves as well as her opponent’s game and thus sealed win in the end. The final match score was 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

After the Belgian took the opening set, it looked inevitable that Clijsters would win the battle. However, Vera improved her game in the following set and hit the ball more accurately to clinch the 36 minutes second set in the end. She continued her dominance in the decisive set as well and thus served it out after 32 minutes of play.

In the match, Vera blasted a total of three aces with two double faults and nineteen unforced errors.

Kim, on the other hand, who struggled to find her form in the second and final set, fired just two aces with four double faults and a huge total of 36 unforced errors. She faced problems particularly due to her forehand.

15. World number 59 Oliver Rochus hammered down second ranked Novak Djokovic; Miami second round

Despite being under estimated by everyone, Oliver Rochus toppled then world number two Novak Djokovic of Serbia in this match.

Novak who was also a runner up in Miami back in 2009, faced some serious problems with his feet as it looked that the Serbian failed to completely reach the ball on time against Rochus on the court.

In a rain interrupted match, Olivier did well to post one of the biggest victories of his career against Djokovic in three sets. The final match score was 6-2, 6-7, 6-4.

The Serbian right from the start of the match looked extremely uncomfortable and thus allowed Olivier to secure an easy lead of 0-4 before winning the set at 6-2. Despite losing the opening set, Djokovic did not give up and came from behind to take the tiebreak 9-7 and level the scores.

The final set was close and although Novak had his opportunities however he failed to utilize them and thus gifted win to Rochus who celebrated his career biggest victory by falling onto his back in Miami.


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