They are back. Yes, the trio Djokovic, Federer and Nadal along with other top tennis names return to play the Tennis Masters Rogers Cup in Montreal. Although names like Robing Soderling, Andy Roddick and David Ferrer have pulled out of the biggest prize tournament of Canada but the tennis spectators will enjoy the greatest trivalry of greatest tennis players Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. As per the draws, following matches or clashes can be expected in the Montreal Tennis Masters Rogers Cup:
1) Serbian tennis player Djokovic, the current No.1 tennis player might face Nikolay Davydenko in the second round and Juan Martin Del Potro in the third round before a competitive match with Gael Monfils in the quarters.
2) Del Potro will have to play Marin Cilic and Nieminen and win against them to play against Djokovic.
3) For Monfils to face Djokovic, he will have to deal with American tennis player John Isner and Viktor Troicki.
4) Andy Murray might face Kevin Anderson in the second round before coming on to Wawrinka who defeated Murray in the US Open 2010 however Wawrinka will play his first round match with Nalbandian.
5) The king of clay, the Spaniard Rafael Nadal seems to be in least trouble as he would be opening against Chardy of Dodig before going on to Fernando Verdasco in the third round and then playing Tomas Berdych or Gilles Simon in the quarterfinals.
These are the predictions only as the Trio can be vulnerable to any upset while playing in the Rogers Cup 2011. Stay tuned for live action, scores and updates from August 6, 2011.
Tennis is a game of sheer skill, mental and physical toughness, and true effort of an individual. The game of tennis is played on different kind of courts and according to the court type, domination of players differs. It is observed that a player like Roger Federer is a champion at grass court whereas Rafael Nadal is good on clay. But, let us look at the players that are good at hard court or hard surface. The indoor tournaments offer hard surfaces along with Australian Open and US Open. Not every player has the potential to perform well on the hard court.
Currently, Andy Murray is considered to be the best amongst the male players at the hard court with his best showings on hard surface. Andy has managed to win most of his games on hard court.
Juan Martin Del Potro is number two with his major career title on this surface. He defeated Roger Federer in the 2009 U.S. Open to win the maiden Grand Slam of his career and since then he has impressed in games on hard court.
Roger Federer is a champion player and he has also shown his abilities on hard court with winning major titles like the Australian and U.S. Opens several times. Even though, he hasn’t shown the best of results on hard surfaces but has managed to show strong skills.
Andy Roddick is another player who has shown his strong skills on a hard surface by winning the major title of the U.S. Open. Due to the hardness of the court, this surface suits him best with his natural attacking game.
Famous male tennis player Juan Martin Del Potro is a professional tennis player from Argentina who is ranked number 26th in world tennis who is currently the highest ranked Argentine player. Del Potro reached his highest ranking of five in April, 2009. He had won his first four titles of his career in four tournaments which is a unique record in the history of world tennis. He has achieved the second longest winning streak after Rafael Nadal to win 23 consecutive matches in five tournaments. Del Potro won his first career Grand Slam title in 2009 at the U.S. Open where he defeated the greatest tennis player Roger Federer, who was also ranked number one then. He became only the second Argentine tennis player and world’s fifth youngest tennis player to achieve a U.S. Open title. But his Wimbledon career is not as good as other Grand Slams as he hasn’t gone past second round there. Year 2010 went unfortunate for Potro due to his right wrist injury which kept him out of action.
Argentinian tennis player Del Potro is an offensive baseline player who has a powerful serve and plays flat and fast ground strokes. The forehand strokes are his best strength as he can play them at speeds of over 100mph. Another shot played effectively by him is his double handed backhand. Even after being the tallest player (6’6”) in the history of tennis to win a Grand Slam title, he is a great mover on the court. His height gives him an ability to deliver a powered first service and returns of top spin balls.
The United States Open tennis championship is the fourth and final Grand Slam of tennis tournament every year. Held in August and September every year for 2 weeks, the championship was started in 1881 and is now played at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York City at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis. There are final set tie breaks in US Open tournament, however, in other Grand Slams tournaments; the deciding set is continued until it is won by 2 games. The event features men’s and women’s doubles, men’s and women’s singles and mixed doubles. You also get to see junior, senior and wheelchair players.
Originally played on grass, the US open shifted to Har-Tru clay courts in 1975 for three years. The US Open surface again changed to current Deco Turf and the game is still played on the same surface. The fast surface offers much less friction and low bounce, thus benefitting serve-and-volley players. Jimmy Connors won the US Open singles title on all surfaces. Hawk-Eye computer system was implemented for the first time in 2006 which facilitated immediate replay reviews of calls. While the outer courts are green, the inner courts are given blue color for more visibility of the ball on a TV screen.
The main court is the Arthur Ashe Stadium with 24,000 seats. Other courts are Louis Armstrong Stadium with a seating capacity of 10,000 seats and Grandstand Stadium with more than 1000 seats. There are 600 male and female professional players who fight for prize money of over US$19 million. While Juan Martin Del Potro defeated Roger Federer in the Men’s Singles in 2009, Kim Clijsters defeated Caroline Wozniacki in Women’s singles.