- Dubai F: Venus Williams d. Alize Cornet, 6-3, 6-0
- Rio de Janeiro F: Kurumi Nara d. Klara Zakopalova, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
- Rio de Janeiro F: Rafael Nadal d. Alexandr Dolgopolov, 6-3, 7-6(3)
- Delray Beach F: Marin Cilic d. Kevin Anderson, 7-6(6), 6-7(7), 6-4
- Marseille F: Ernests Gulbis d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-6(5), 6-4
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Speaking of Federer, the 17-time Slam champion believes his best tennis is around the corner:
“I am playing top tennis,” the Swiss said. “For me it’s just a matter of staying healthy, staying consistent and getting to semis and finals. I feel as if I’m in as good a shape as I have been for a year, so that’s very encouraging. I feel my best tennis is around the corner.
“I know I’ve said that a few times, but this time I really feel it’s the case. I have zero pain and spent a very encouraging month in Dubai training in December. I am confident for the year ahead.”
Here’s the full transcript from Venus Williams’ presser after winning the title in Dubai.
Jaksic was clearly elated after closing out her first title of the year. “I still can’t believe I saved 14 match points,” she said. “I have no idea how I did it. I have to say that each time I faced a match point, I played an amazing shot and managed to hit winners on most of them. And I was thinking, ‘If I can save one, I can save the second and the third.’ But I stopped counting after the sixth match point! I didn’t even know the score in the tie-break until the end of the match, I was just fighting and fighting.”
“This gives college tennis some credibility,” said Johnson, of Orange, Calif., who beat Anderson in Aukland in January. “I’ve heard guys say me going to college for four years was the dumbest idea I could make.
“I wasn’t mature tennis-wise or good enough, fitness-wise, not even close to the right level. College gave me a chance to grow up and realize what was important and not important in my life.
“Myself, Bradley and Rhyne, we’re all just itching to get a real big breakthrough. Hopefully, this is my week and who knows who next week?”
Steve Tignor previewed this week’s tournaments over at Tennis.com.
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