Break Points: February 28, 2014

Notable Results:

  • Acapulco QF: [5] Kevin Anderson d. [1] David Ferrer 2-6 4-2 ret.
  • Acapulco QF: [4] Grigor Dimitrov d. [7] Ernests Gulbis 4-6 7-6 7-5
  • Acapulco QF: Christina McHale d. [3] Kaia Kanepi 6-1 2-6 6-4
  • Acapulco QF: Caroline Garcia d. [2] Eugenie Bouchard 3-6 6-4 6-1
  • Dubai SF: [4] Roger Federer d. [1] Novak Djokovic 3-6 6-3 6-2
  • Sao Paolo QF: Paolo Lorenzi d. [4] Juan Monaco 7-6 6-7 6-4
  • Florianopolis SF: [2] Garbine Muguruza d. Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2 6-3

News and Links:

While the narrative during Roger Federer’s big win over Novak Djokovic in Dubai was that Federer was having great success coming into the net, Steve Tignor points out that the reality didn’t match the narrative:

While there was a lot of talk during the match about Federer’s success coming to net, the statistics say otherwise. Federer and Djokovic came in the same number of times, 17; Federer was 6 for 6 at net in the first set, 2 for 3 in the second set, and 3 for 8 in the third—the worse off he was up there, the better off he was in the scoreline.

Speaking of that match, Federer and Djokovic produced some magic in the first set.

Muguruza has been blogging for the WTA this week. Definitely worth a read. She’s already into her second final of 2014, and will be trying to win her second title.

The ITPL is having its draft on Sunday. Most of the high-profile players are participating. I’m certainly curious to see how all of this goes. Let’s keep an eye on it.

It seems like Ferrer will be out of Indian Wells after his adductor injury. He doesn’t have many points to defend there, but if he misses Miami his top 5 ranking will be in serious danger.

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