The latest happenings in the tennis world.
Rafael Nadal has continued his wonderful return to the sport, after around seven months out – plagued by a horrible knee problem, by winning the Mexican Open. After finishing runner-up in Chile and champion in Brazil he is firmly back on track on the ATP Tour.
The 26 year old beat fellow Spanaird David Ferrer in the final of the event 6-0 6-2, a very one sided final – which lasted little over an hour. The former world number 1 also beat a fellow countryman in the semi-finals, Nicolas Almagro in a much closer affair – 7-5 6-4.
After spending his first few returning tournaments on his favoured surface clay, he is also back in action on the hard courts. Yesterday was World Tennis Day and to mark that the Spanish number 2 took on Olympic bronze medalist Juan Martin del Potro in New York, Rafa defeated the Argentinian 7-6 6-4. They both now head to Inidan Wells.
Having won 13 out of 14 matches since his return, Rafa is closing in on a return into the top 4 ranked players. Ferrer currently occupies 4th spot.
Tomas Berdych has announced his participation in the AEGON Championships at Queen’s Club. The world number 6 will be one of, if not the, most competitive player towards Andy Murray’s chances of winning the event for a third time. It will only be the second time that the Czech has competed on the grass courts of Queen’s, his last experiance was certainly one to forget for the 27 year old – a first round exit back in 2005.
The warm-up tournament to Wimbledon will take place on 10 June and conclude on 16 June. In addition, the event will host ‘Rally against Cancer’, to read more on that CLICK HERE.
Elsewhere in Britain, women’s number 1 Brit Heather Watson has confirmed that she’ll be competing in the AEGON Classic in Birmingham.
The WTA AEGON Classic will commence at the Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham from June 9-16.
The world number 36 voiced her delight of the British pre-Wimbledon events “I always love playing in the UK, especially on the grass and in front of the British fans. They are so enthusiastic about tennis and I feel so supported when I play at home.”
Currently the BNP Paribas Open is underway in Indian Wells. It’s the first ATP event where the champion earns 1000 points so it’s all to play for!
All the big names are involved, including Roger Federer – looking to earn his fifth title at the event. Britain’s Andy Murray is back in action, after his training camp, for the first time since his Australian Open defeat to Novak Djokovic, who is looking to maintain his 100% record in 2013.