Break Points: Federer Heads to Monte Carlo

Notable Results

  • Houston R16: Sam Querrey d. Lleyton Hewitt, 6-3 6-4
  • Houston R32: Donald Young d. Ryan Harrison 6-0 6-1
  • Casablanca R16: Victor Hanescu d. Kevin Anderson, 6-4 6-4
  • Bogota R32: Mariana Duque-Marino d. Sloane Stephens, 6-3 6-3
  • Katowice R32: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni d. Jovana Jaksic, 6-3 6-4
  • Itajai CH R16: Kimmer Coppejans d. Horacio Zeballos, 1-6 6-2 6-3

News and Links

Roger Federer must be feeling pretty good, as he has accepted a wild card to play in Monte Carlo next week. He hasn’t played the event since 2011, and hasn’t gotten past the quarterfinals since 2008, when he lost to Rafael Nadal in the final for the third straight year. His 23-10 career record in Monte Carlo is among his worst at any single event.

Foot Soldiers of Tennis wraps up the Davis Cup Group 1 action from last weekend, most of which was lost in the Switzerland-dominated shuffle of the news cycle:

Uzbekistan’s match with China gave two sides with no World Group history the chance for one to get there and create some. While Denis Istomin might have been the only top 100 player in the tie, it was his less heralded colleague, the burly Farrukh Dustov (above) who was forced to keep his nerve in the 5th rubber after Istomin had lost to Di Wu. Wu produced a herculean effort of his own, beating Dustov 9-7 in the 5th set before going on to topple the Uzbek number one on the final day.

Colin Davy brings you updated Advanced Baseline rankings, with some surprises in the women’s ranks:

How is Madison Keys not only in the top 20, but also just ahead of early breakout stars Eugenie Bouchard and Sloane Stephens, both of whom have deep Slam runs already in the books? Keys beats both of them by the slimmest of margins due to the new aging curves. Keys is the youngest of the three, and the aging curve gives a slightly bigger boost to younger players.

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