Internazionali BNL d'Italia Day 3
Chardy Upsets Federer; Nadal Toils, Murray into 3rd Round; Serena Sharapova Advance
May 14 2014 ITS Staff Rome, Italy - Fourth seed and 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer was upset by World No.47 Jeremy Chardy of France 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(6) in the second round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Wednesday.
Chardy saved one match-point in the tie-breaker with the Swiss Maestro serving for the match at 6-5 before the Frenchman reeled off three straight points to seal the victory. Chardy will now meet Croatia’s Ivan Dodig who defeated Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-2 in 74 minutes
In a post-match interview quoted by the ATP World Tour, Chardy said, "Beating Roger, for sure, is the best win ever," said Chardy. "For me, he's the best player, he's like a legend. Normally, you cannot have an idol when you play, but I really like the way he plays. So, for me, it's really good to win today.
"Today it was a difficult match. The conditions were really difficult, a lot of wind. I played a really bad first set, he played a really bad second set. After that, the third set was a good fight. I made an amazing shot on the match point and in the end I won. It was the perfect scenario to beat Roger."
Federer was playing his first match since his wife, Mirka, gave birth last week to their second set of twin boys Lenny and Leo, eight days ago.
In the last match of the day, World No.1 and defending champion Rafael Nadal outlasted Gilles Simon in a three-set marathon match which last 3-hours and 20 minutes at the center court of Foro Italico.
The Spanish icon prevailed over the talented Frenchman 7-6(1) 6-7(4) 6-2 to book a third round match against No.14 seed Mikhail Youzhny who hurdled past Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan who retired with the Russian leading 7-5 4-1. Nadal is bidding to win his eighth Rome crown.
In other earlier matches, seventh seed and defending Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray also advanced to the third round with a 6-2 7-5 victory over Spain’s Marcel Granoller in one hour and 27 minutes. World No.19 Tommy Haas booked a third round match against reigning Australian Open champion and No.3 seed Stanislas Wawrinka after beating Dutchman Igor Sijsling 7-6(6), 6-1. The 35-year old German suffered a first round defeat last week to Sijsling at the Madrid Masters last week.
Serena, Sharapova, Radwanska Through to Third Round
May 14 2014 ITS Staff Rome, Italy - Recent Madrid Open and Porsche Tennis Grand Prix winner Maria Sharapova kept her winning streak alive at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia on Wednesday.
The eighth-seeded Russian rallied on each of the two sets to overcome Puerto Rican Monica Puig 6-3 7-5 to reach the third round where she will face former World No.1 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 7-6(1) 7-5 winner of France’s Alize Cornet. Ivanovic was runner-up to Sharapova three weeks ago in Stuttgart.
The 21-year old Puig led 2-0 in the first set, then also 4-1 in the second and each time Sharpova managed to turn the contest to her favor in the one hour and half match to post her 12th straight clay court victory this season.
Also advancing is top-seed Serena Williams winning an emphatic 6-2 6-2 crunching of Germany’s Andrea Petkovic. The American’s sister Venus, however, failed to advance losing to recent Portugal Open winner Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4 6-2. Serena will be facing another American Varvara Lepchenko who denied compatriot No.16 seed Sloane Stephens 6-2 6-2.
Local Italian favorites Sara Errani and Francesca Schiavone registered second round victories with the eleventh seed Errani defeating World No. 24 Ekaterina Makarova in a surprisingly routine fashion 6-2 6-2. Makarova had beaten Errni’s doubles partner Roberta Vinci in an earlier round. Meanwhile, 33-year old veteran and 2010 French Open champion Schiavone rallied past fast-rising Garbine Muruguza of Spain 3-6 6-1 7-6(5) to book a third round clash against No.3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska who cruised by Paula Ormachea of Argentina 6-3 6-2.
Internazionali BNL d'Italia Men's Singles Round 2 Wed May 14
1-Rafael Nadal beat Gille Simon 7-6(1) 6-7(4) 6-2
6-Tomas Berdych beat Dmitry Tursunov 6-4 6-3
Ernests Gulbis beat Stephane Robert 6-7(1) 6-4 6-3
12-Grigor Dimitrov beat Ivo Karlovic 7-6(3) 6-4
14-Mikhail Youzhny beat Andrey Golubev 7-5 4-1 ret
11-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Kevin Anderson 7-6(14) 7-6(5)
15-Tommy Haas beat Igor Sijsling 7-6(6) 6-1
Jeremy Chardy beat 4-Roger Federer 1-6 6-3 7-6(6)
Ivan Dodig beat Lukas Rosol 6-1 6-2
Jurgen Melzer beat Marin Cilic 6-2 6-7(5) 6-3
7-Andy Murray beat Marcel Granollers 6-2 7-5
Internazionali BNL d'Italia Women's Singles Round 2 Wed May 14
12-Flavia Pennetta beat Belinda Bencic 6-2 2-6 6-3
8-Maria Sharapova beat Monica Puig 6-3 7-5
11-Ana Ivanovic beat Alize Cornet 7-6(1) 7-5
1-Serena Williams beat Andrea Petkovic 6-2 6-2
4-Simona Halep beat Madison Keys 5-7 6-0 6-1
Varvara Lepchenko beat 16-Sloane Stephens 6-2 6-2
13-Carla Suarez Navarro beat Venus Williams 6-4 6-2
10-Sara Errani beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-2 6-3
Francesca Schiavone beat Garbine Muguruza Blanco 3-6 6-1 7-6(5)
Christina Mchale beat Camila Giorgi 1-6 6-3 6-1
3-Agnieszka Radwanska beat Paula Ormaechea 6-3 6-2
Samantha Stosur beat Elena Vesnina 6-2 6-3