The Professional Tennis Tour is back to full action after the Australian Open. Roger Federer bounced back from a disappointing loss in Davis Cup by winning the title in Rotterdam. Victoria Azarenka continued her winning streak with a victory at the Qatar Open.
Men’s Tour Update
The first round of Davis Cup was played shortly after the Australian Open and there was one big surprise that is certainly worth mentioning. The USA beat Switzerland with a 5:0 score. The big surprise of course was John Isner’s victory over Roger Federer on a clay court!
Isner played phenomenal Tennis and Roger again missed quite a few easy shots when it mattered most. I am afraid this is really become more and more of a pattern for Federer!
Highlights Of Isner Federer In Davis Cup
Federer Wins Rotterdam
Fortunately for Roger he bounced back from two disappointing losses in Australia and in the Davis Cup with a victory last week at the tournament in Rotterdam. In Rotterdam he beat Davydenko in the semis and Del Potro in the finals with a great performance.
One thing to keep in mind though is that Rotterdam is played on an indoor hard court, which is most likely Federer’s overall best surface.
Federer Beats Del Potro For The Title In Rotterdam
Raonic wins San Jose
Milos Raonic won the tournament in San Jose for the second time in a row with a very impressive serving performance. He lost only 4 points on his serve in the entire final against Dennis Istomin that he won 7:6 6:2. If he stays healthy his future looks very bright with that kind of a serve!
Raonic Serving A 155 mph Ace in San Jose
Women’s Tour Update
Azarenka Still Unbeaten
Victoria Azarenka continued her 2012 winning streak with a victory at the Qatar Open in Doha. She didn’t drop a set in the tournament and in the finals she beat Sam Stosur handily with a 6:1 6:2 score.
This puts her at a 17 match winning streak this year and some experts are already drawing comparisons to Novak Djokovic’s dominance
Azarenka definitely surprised me with this winning streak and how well she is playing. She has matured somewhat and her serve has improved. It will be interesting to see how she continues this year.
Azarenka Beat Radwanska Easily In The Semis
Kerber Wins First Big Title
German Angelique Kerber won her first premiere level event in Paris. She beat Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals and Marion Bartoli in the finals with a 7:6 5:7 6:3 score.
She plays powerful consistent baseline Tennis and manages to stay out of trouble with her rather weak serve. Being a left-handed player certainly helps her in this regard. She is ranked number 20 in the world right now but at some point I believe she will hit a plateau unless she improves her service motion!