Juan Martin del Potro Top 30 Biggest Forehands
Del Potro's power overwhelmed Djokovic
NERVES GET THERE ONCE AGAIN
The Indian Wells is getting closer to saying goodbye to players and fans until next year. By Saturday, before the end of the competition, as it should be, there are only four singles matches - men's semifinals and two final fights.
Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych played in the first semifinal. Cech was once one of Rafael's uncomfortable rivals on hard surface: in 2005-2006, the Spaniard suffered three consecutive defeats from him on hard surface, including at the Masters in Madrid. The reason for such a balance of forces at that time can be briefly described as follows: Nadal played in too deep defense, and Berdykh sooner or later punched his defense with powerful blows. Just as inconvenient for Raphael was, for example, another sharp attacking tennis player, James Blake. The American, by a curious coincidence, also beat Nadal in the first three matches on hard in the same seasons - but then the Spaniard adapted his twisted shots to this surface, and also began to play more actively, and the same Berdykh had, in fact, nothing to beat him with. More precisely, being in optimal shape (and at the moment Tomas is at least very close to it), the Czech can play with the Spaniard on equal terms, and he may even have certain chances - however, Berdykh is seriously inferior to Nadal in terms of psychological stability, which is almost always shows up at decisive moments. Where Rafael adds and grabs the opponent with a stranglehold, Tomas starts to twitch and make one mistake after another, and if the game is equal, this, of course, is fatal.
Rafael Nadal (Spain, 5) - Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic, 6) - 6: 4, 7: 5.
Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina, 7) - Novak Djokovic ( Serbia, 1) - 4: 6, 6: 4, 6: 4.
Women. Doubles. Final .
Ekaterina Makarova / Elena Vesnina (Russia, 4) - Nadezhda Petrova / Katarina Srebotnik (Russia / Slovenia, 3) - 6: 0, 5: 7, [10: 6].
Men. Doubles. Final .
Bob Brian / Mike Brian (USA, 1) - Treat-Konrad Huey / Jerzy Janovic (Philippines / Poland) - 6: 3, 3: 6, [10: 6].
And this time Berdykh also did not avoid similar problems. In the first games there was an almost equal struggle - yes, Nadal won a couple of beautiful points at the reception, while Berdych could not boast of this, but this did not affect the course of the game in any way. Tomas outnumbered the opponent in serving, and Rafael predictably had an advantage in the draws on the back line, especially the protracted ones. However, in the starting game, it did not even come to decisive moments. In the seventh game, Berdykh was denied the first serve, and Nadal easily earned three break points. The Czech played two of them, and on the third he made a gross mistake from halfcourt. After that, Tomas seemed to cling to the reception, but did not take advantage of the chances of reaching the break points, and Rafael confidently brought the party to victory.
In the second set, Berdykh increased his activity and began to act somewhat more variably - to go to the net more often, to catch an opponent in the opposite direction. As a result, the game on the back line more or less leveled off; Tomas often punched Rafael or made mistakes from him, but he himself often thwarted the blows, and Nadal, in addition, succeeded in branded transfers from the left to the line or excellent dribbling shots. At some point, I even thought that everything could well be decided in a tie-break, but closer to the end of the set, there was a failure again. This time not at Berdykh's - at Nadal's. The Spaniard played a very unsuccessful game with the score 3: 4 and ended it with a double mistake. It would seem that everything goes to Tomas's hands - but Rafael instantly became more active, and the Czech could not insist on his own. Moreover, Berdykh eventually lost two of his serves in a row, making a series of mistakes at the end of the 11th game, and Nadal went out to serve for the match. Here we must to some extent give the Czech his due. He did not quit fighting, did not shoot the last game, but made some good attacks and earned three break points - but Rafael was rescued every time by the serve, and in the end he won without a tie-break (6: 4, 7: 5).
At the end of the match, I was very nervous, so I was lucky that my serve at key moments worked perfectly. I'm talking about filing for a match. Of course, I need to work on certain elements, but such victories help to gain confidence in myself, - this is how Nadal commented on his success.
JOKOVIC DIDN'T CONTROL THE POWER OF FORHEND DEL POTRO
After the victory of the Spaniard, many probably expected his fight in the final with Novak Djokovic. The rivalry of these players in the past and the year before last became, perhaps, the main thing in men's tennis, and it was interesting to see him in an updated version, at the very first tournament of Nadal on hard after his return to the tour. But the Serb, who was gaining momentum with every Indian Wells match, did not cope with Juan Martin del Potro, who is in good shape and knocked out Andy Murray in the last lap.
The tennis players immediately set a high pace of the game, and in the first half of the game the advantage of the servers was clearly felt - no one had a chance to break ... Djokovic had a slight edge on the back line, while del Potro had a better serve. Closer to the end, Novak managed to improve, began to drive the opponent around the court and work out great in defense, so Juan Martin had a hard time. The Argentine barely saved the serve at 3: 4 from four break points, and then played two set points at 4: 5, but on the third he thwarted a blow from the forehand.
During a break between sets, Juan Martin called a doctor due to problems with the right foot. Perhaps Novak stayed up during this time and lost some of the rhythm of the game; in everyIn this case, he played the starting game unsuccessfully and allowed the opponent to make the first break of the match. After the change of sides, del Potro played badly, also losing the serve, but he immediately added and in an excellent attacking style issued another break. In general, in this set, the Argentine looked somewhat preferable to the Serb, making fewer mistakes and performing a series of powerful blows. As a result, when the score was 4: 2, del Potro managed to make one more break, and if he didn’t give the set the first time, then the second attempt was successful.
At the beginning of the decisive game, it seemed that the Argentine's strength was already at the end of. He took long breaks between rallies and often leaned on the racquet, trying to get some rest. At the same time, he fought for every point, ran a lot around the court, but Novak still took the lead quickly enough with a score of 3: 0. From that moment, however, del Potro managed to seriously add to the power of forehand strikes, so Djokovic was forced to retreat into the defense and, at the slightest opportunity, drive an opponent around the court, often hit him under the backhand and come up with various combinations. At the same time, it became noticeable that the Serb is still not in optimal condition - often he could not withstand pressure from Juan Martin and made mistakes unusual for himself. As a result, Novak took the only serve from the score 3: 0 from a double break-point, and all the other games remained for del Potro - 4: 6, 6: 4, 6: 4.
Thus, on Sunday in the final, Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal will meet. Interestingly, the Argentinean who won the 2009 US Open has yet to win a single Masters. As a matter of fact, he was in the final of a tournament in this category only once, in 2009. Let's see if del Potro will be able to beat Nadal for the first time after the victorious US Open and win the main trophy in Indian Wells, or if Raphael's return to hard will be the most effective. The men's final will begin no earlier than 1 am Moscow time - and before that, we recall, the decisive match in the women's singles will take place, where Maria Sharapova and Carolina Wozniacki will play.
VICTORY OF THE RUSSIAN OLYMPIC COUPLE IN CALIFORNIA
And in the women's doubles tournament the final has already been played. There came together three Russians, who played at the London Olympics in doubles - Elena Vesnina with Ekaterina Makarova on one side of the net, and Nadezhda Petrova, who won bronze with Maria Kirilenko, on the other. Their duet, unlike Vesnina and Makarova, broke up at the end of last season due to Kirilenko's desire to focus on the singles, and now Petrova is playing in tandem with Katarina Srebotnik. So far, the Russian woman and the Slovenian are performing successfully - they won in Sydney, reached the final in Doha and Dubai, and lost to the Williams sisters at the Australian Open. Makarova and Vesnina played only in the second doubles tournament of the season; the first, of course, was the Australian Open, in the semifinals of which they once again lost to the strongest pair in the world, Sarah Errani and Roberta Vinci.
In the first set, Ekaterinaand Elena did not leave any chances to her rivals, taking him to zero. The second batch was much more stubborn. The tennis players reached the score 5: 5, after which Nadezhda and Katerina took two games in a row, transferring the match to the championship tie-break. On decisive points, however, Vesnina and Makarova played better and won the third joint title after last year's Beijing and the Kremlin Cup - while Petrova and Srebotnik lost the third final in a row in the championship tie-break.
The men's doubles final was also held. discharge. Ranking leaders Bob and Mike Bryan won their fourth title of the season by beating Trit-Konrad Huey and Jerzy Janovic in a deciding set. For Bob, this title was 86th, and for Mike - 88th.