Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TENNIS TUESDAY: Federer, Ivanovic, Dimitrov Win Grass Court Titles

Roger Federer won his 79th career ATP title (14th grass court title) by winning his 7th title in 9 finals in Halle Germany by defeating Colombian lefty Alejandro Falla 7-6(2) 7-6(3). Federer has also won the grass court major tournament, i.e. Wimbledon 7 times as well. It was Federer's 957 tour win, 3rd on the all-time list. He is only behind Ivan Lendl at #2 (1071) and Jimmy Connors at #1 (1253). Federer is 79 and 39 in tour finals. His nemesis Rafael Nadal was defeated by Dustin Brown in the round of 16 in Halle just days after winning his 9th French Open over Novak Djokovic.

Grigor Dimitrov won his 4th career title at the Aegon Championships in thrilling fashion over Feliciano Lopez 6-7(8), 7-6(1), 7-6(6), saving match point in the 12th game of the second set. Dimitrov is highly touted as a future #1, in the new crop of players born after 1990 that will win majors after the Federer-Nadal-Djokovic-Murray era is over. He is now 4-1 in tour finals, quite an impressive start for the 23-year-old and has won titles on clay (in Bucharest over Lukas Rosol), hard courts (in Acapulco over Kevin Anderson) and now grass this year.

Ana Ivanovic continues her excellent play this year by winning the Wimbledon tune-up tournament in Birmingham, without dropping a set. She is the only player to beat 2-time French Open champion Maria Sharapova on clay this year, doing it in straight sets on clay in the Rome qurterfinals. Ivanovic has won the most matches on tour this year but this was her first title of the year and 14th of her career.

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