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Rafa Nadal - Paris

Who's hot and who's not


Which players are flying and floating on the tour this week?


Esther Vergeer
The Dutch wheelchair star announced her retirement today, having compiled an astonishing 470-match unbeaten streak (her last loss coming in 2003), 44 Grand Slam titles (singles and doubles), seven Paralympic gold medals (singles and doubles), and one Paralympic silver medal.

Rafael Nadal
He may not have beaten Horacio Zeballos to win his first event back at Vina del Mar in Chile, but after several comeback attempts that were never quite realised, the former world No.1 is finally back on the match court.

Horacio Zeballos
The Argentine channelled Lukas Rosol in his 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 defeat of Nadal to win his very first singles title, admitting that he ‘just went for the lines.’

There were also titles for Richard Gasquet, who beat countryman Benoit Paire to win Montpellier, and Marin Cilic, who became the first man ever to win the Zagreb title three times.

As a Fed Cup special, plaudits are due to World Group I winners Czech Republic, Italy, Russia and the Slovak Republic, World Group II winners Switzerland, Sweden, Spain and Germany, and Zonal winners Great Britain, Canada, Poland, and Kazakhstan.

Igor Sijsling. The big Dutchman knocked out Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 4-6 6-4 for his first top 10 win in Rotterdam.

Drug-testing. The need for better drug testing in tennis has gathered support from many players and pundits.


There was Fed Cup disappointment for the USA, who were narrowly defeated by Italy 2-3 in the absence of the Williams sisters, and bewilderment for the Australians, who were trounced 0-4 by the Czech Republic, so much so that the fifth dead rubber was not even contested. Serbia, without Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, put up a brave effort but could not avoid a 2-3 defeat to the Slovak Republic.

The ATP powers-that-be, who are still wrangling over the Indian Wells prize money issue.

Varvara Lepchenko (upper respiratory illness), Yanina Wickmayer (lower back) and Ekaterina Makarova (left heel) joined the ranks of the injured.

Bernard Tomic, who continues to register losses when they should really win. There was also a very surprising double bagel for David Goffin.

  • Cheesecake

    In all fairness to Tomic, he lost to Dimitrov who has been playing well too, not to mention it was 3 sets. But if he loses his next match….