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DEL POTRO BEATS DJOKOVIC

Gabriela Sabatini’s countryman, Juan Martin Del Potro, has beaten Novak Djokovic in the semi finals of the BNP Paribas open and has made his way into the title round. Del Potro won the match by 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

This was Djokovic’s first defeat in the ongoing season. He had won 22 matches on the trot before this match.

It was not a one sided encounter. Both the players had their chances, but, towards the end, it was Del Potro who played calmly and managed to get better of the no. 1 player in the world. Read more »

BERLOCQ LOSES OUT

Gabriela Sabatini’s compatriot, Carlos Berlocq, has been defeated by Kei Nishikori in the second round of the Australian Open 2013. Nishikori won the match in the straight sets by 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1.

Nishikori looked a bit rusty at the start, but, as the match progressed, he got into a very good rhythm and he looked majestic towards the end. He took 2 hours and 18 minutes to pull off the win and knock Berlocq out of the tournament.

The first couple of games of the opening set went with the serve and the scores were levelled at 1-1 at the end of the second game. Berlocq gave Nishikori the first blow in the third game, but, he dropped his serve in the very next game and lost the advantage immediately.

Both the players held their service in the next six games and the scorecard was showing 5-5 at the end of the 10th game. In the 11th game, Nishikori managed to get ahead by 40-30 and he had a chance to break Berlocq’s service, but, the Argentinean didn’t let that happen. He saved the breakpoint and held his service to make the score 6-5. Nishikori served out the next game and the set went into the tie breaker.

Nishikori was off to a brilliant start in the tie breaker. He won the first three points in a row to take a lead of 3-0. He maintained that lead till the end and won the tie breaker by 7-4 to seal the first set.

In the second set, Nishikori didn’t have a very good start. Berlocq broke his service in the third game and then, held his service in the next game to take a lead of 3-1. But, thereafter, Nishikori made a brilliant comeback. He got breakthroughs in the fifth and the seventh game and won the next four games consecutively to take a lead of 5-3. Berlocq held his serve in the 9th game, but, that didn’t prove to be sufficient to stop Nishikori from winning the second set. The Japanese superstar served out the 10th game and won the second set.

In the final set, Nishikori was at the top of his game. He lost just one game in the third set and won it easily by 6-1 to finish off the match.

In the third round, Nishikori will take on the winner of the match between Mikhail Youzhny and Evgeny Donskoy.

MONACO LOSES OUT

Gabriela Sabatini’s compatriot, Juan Monaco, has been defeated by Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia in the third round match of the BNP Paribas Masters 2012. Tipsarevic won the match by 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. With this victory, Tipsarevic has secured a quarter final berth for himself. Tipsarevic who has been given the eighth seed in this competition won the match in 2 hours and 14 minutes. This was the fourth match between these two players and Tipsarevic defeated Monaco for the third time.

Tipsarevic made a very good start to the match. His service was not broken even once in the first set. He got a breakthrough in the sixth game to take a lead of 4-2. The no. 2 Serbian player capitalized on that lead and held his serve in the seventh and the ninth game to grab the first set.

The second set was pretty much like the first one; the only difference was that it was Monaco who got a breakthrough in the sixth game this time around. The Argentinean also maintained the lead till the end of the set just like his opponent had done in the previous set.

In the final set, both the players were looking quite good till the end of the fifth game. At the end of the fifth game, the score was 3-2 in the favour of Tipsarevic. The Serb dominated after that and finished off the match by winning three out of the next four games.

In the quarter final, Tipsarevic will take on Jerzy Janowicz of Poland. Janowicz made his way into the quarterfinals by securing a close victory over the British superstar Andy Murray. Janowicz defeated Murray by 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-2. This was a great upset pulled off by the Polish player. He banged a total of 22 aces in the match and made a comeback from the verge of defeat to knock Murray out of the competition.

DEL POTRO WINS

Gabriela Sabatini’s compatriot Juan Martin Del Potro has defeated Ryan Harrison of America in the second round of the US Open at the Flushing Meadows. However, the America youngster gave Del Potro a run for his money. The Argentinean superstar had to toil hard for 2 hours and 34 minutes to make his way to the third round. Del Potro won the match by 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.  Del Potro had won the US Open in 2009 by defeating Roger Federer in the final and he is looking for his second title at the Flushing Meadows.

Del Potro started the match in a brilliant fashion and broke Harrison’s service in the opening game of the match. He held his service in the next game to make the score 2-0. The next four games went with the serve and the score was 4-2 in the favour of Del Potro at the end of the sixth game. Del Potro got the second breakthrough in the seventh game and then, sealed the set by serving out the next game. Harrison’s service was broken in the first game of the second set as well. Both the players held their service in the next seven games and Del Potro was ahead by 5-3 before the start of the ninth game. Harrison failed in serving out the ninth game and lost the second set by 6-3.

Harrison made a terrific comeback in the third set. He broke Del Potro’s service twice and won the third set by 6-2. The Argentinean superstar was under a bit of pressure after losing the third set. But, he showed excellent temperament in the fourth set. The first three games of the fourth set went with the serve and Del Potro was ahead by 2-1 at the end of the third game. Del Potro turned the set in his favour by sneaking a breakthrough in the fourth game. The Argentinean player again broke Harrison’s service in the eighth game and won the match. In the fourth round, Del Potro will play against his compatriot Leonardo Mayer.

Focus on Sabatini

Gabriela Beatriz Sabatini was a tennis sensation of Argentina. She was one of the best tennis players that Argentina has ever produced. She used to be a superstar during her playing days. She was born in 1970 in the capital city of Argentina i.e. Buenos Aires. She won two Grand Slam titles (One singles title and one doubles title). She also played brilliantly in the 1988 Olympics which were held in Canada. She made Argentina proud by winning a silver medal in the Olympics of 1988 at a young age of 18 years.

Gabriela was highly talented right from the very childhood. She won the Orange Bowl tournament when she was just 13 years of age. No player has ever won the Orange Bowl tournament at such a young age. Only at the age of 15 years, she went to the semifinals of the French Open. However, she was defeated in the semifinal match by Chris Evert. At the age of 18 years, in 1988, she went to the finals of US open. She had to face one of the greatest tennis players of all times, Steffi Graf, in the final match. Graf’s versatile game was too much to handle for the young Gabriela and Graf defeated her by 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Gabriela again reached the final of the US open in 1990. Again, she had to go through the same opponent, Steffi Graf, who defeated her in the final of 1988. But, Gabriela didn’t miss the opportunity this time around. She stunned Steffi Graf by defeating her in the straight sets 6-2, 7-6. However, she made a very good pair with Steffi Graf in the doubles. She won the doubles title of Wimbledon Championship in 1988 by playing with Steffi Graf. She announced her retirement from the professional tennis in 1996, when she was only 26 years old.

FOCUS ON SABATINI

Born in Buenos Aires in Argentina, Gabriela Beatriz Sabatini is an Argentine Tennis professional player who was considered to be one of the leading and top rated players in the tennis league in the late 80’s and early 1990’s. She also comes under the category of the older generation tennis players and we don’t get to see her perform much in today’s time.

Gabriela Sabatini had won the women’s singles title way back in the year 1990 at the U.S Open an d also made a winning streak in the Women’s double at the 1988 Wimbledon.  Also in the years 1988 and the year 1994, Gabriela Sabatini had won a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics game.

Now we have a deeper look into her wins and the people she had played with defeating some while playing along with some to reach that point. Firstly, she was the runner up in the year 1988 in the U.S Open, losing to Steffi Graff. In the 1990 and the 1991 Wimbledon she proved herself by winning both the titles. This time her opponent was the same – Steffi Graf, but she managed to get past her.  All of these were the single Grand Slam finals. Coming to the doubles matches in the Grand slam, we see that Gabriela Sabatini held the runner up position in the year 1986 in the French Open. However this time her partner was Steffi Graf and her opposition was Martina and Andrea . In the next year itself, a same replication took place in the French Open where Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini were partners to the same opponents. In the Wimbledon championship in the year 1988, Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini defeated Larisha and Natasha getting the title of the Champions.