Well it’s been weeks now since the Australian Open finished. Six weeks actually. Where did that time go?
I got caught up in work related busy-ness and other commitments so haven’t had much time for tennis recently, but now that Indian Wells is underway, I’ll be making time!
Here’s a recap of Men’s Tennis singles’ highlights and interesting updates from my favourite tennis blogs since AO 2014 finished.
Nadal wins the Rio Open
Rafael Nadal defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov to win his 62nd title at the Rio Open. Read more.
Federer wins the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
After defeating Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, Roger Federer defeated Berdych to win his sixth Dubai title. Read the match details on PeRFect Tennis and view pics and vids on RogerFedererFans.com
Here’s the ATP World Tour’s Video on Dubai (including Novak’s experience in the sky diving simulator)
First time Title for Delbonis at the Brasil Open
Federico Delbonis defeated Paolo Lorenzi to won his first ever title at the 2014 Brasil Open. Both finalists were unseeded. Read more.
World Tennis Day – 3 March
World Tennis Day was started to promote tennis and encourage participation.
Djokovic and Murray played at exhibition match at Madison Square Garden which looked like a fun night out.
There were also exhibition matches in Hong Kong and London.
More February Men’s Winners
In a record longest Delray Beach Open match time of 3 hours 8 minutes, Marin Cilic defeated Kevin Anderson to win the title.
Ernests Gulbis won his fifth ATP Tour title, defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Open 13 tournament in Marseille.
David Ferrer defeated Fabio Fognini to win the Copa Claro tournament in Buenos Aires.
Kei Nishikori defeated Ivo Karlovic to win the US National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis.
Tomas Berdych defeated Marin Cilic to win the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, his first title since 2012.
Fabio Fognini defeated Leonado Mayer to win the Royal Guard Chile Open in Vina del Mar.
Marin Cilic defeated Tommy Haas to win his fourth PBZ Zagreb Indoors title.
In an all French final, Gael Monfils defeated Richard Gasquet to win the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.
Other Tennis Tidbits
I love this article by Rafael Nadal Fans on Rafa has played tennis in some wacky places.
Fun photos of wigged up Djokovic and more from the Desert Smash Charity Event
French Open Tickets go on sale on March 12. For more info, read this article by Tennis-Buzz on How to buy 2014 French Open Tickets.
BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells
The big guns will be battling it out for the Indian Wells title. Nadal, Federer, Murray and Wawrinka are all in the same half of the draw. Djokovic hasn’t won a title yet this year, Federer could be on a roll after his Dubai success and Nadal, who won the Rio title, says his back is now OK. David Ferrer withdrew due to injury and Juan Martin Del Potro also withdrew on Sunday prior to this second round match due to a left wrist injury.
Visit the official BNP Paribas Open website.
View the BNP Paribas Open draws and check out the Order of Play.
Also read Tennis Spin’s great preview of Indian Wells 2014.
Here’s the ATP World Tour video preview of Indian Wells and Miami
Enjoy watching Indian Wells either if you’re there, or watching on TV. I hope to have some photos from friends who are there to share on my blog soon.
Until next time
Grand Slam Gal