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Tenaciously Tennis


Isner fades in three; Belgians Advance to Set Up 25th Meeting

After an extraordinary match hailed as one of the best in the Open Era, and the longest in tennis history, the winner John Isner fell in straight sets to Thiemo De Bakker, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2. Rightfully exhausted, Isner deserves to take a long rest, and recollect himself after such an amazing effort in the first round.

In other men’s matches, Roger Federer regained his form of old — he struggled in the first two rounds —  with a three sets win over Arnaud Clement of France. He won 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 to make it to the fourth round of a Grand Slam yet again. Also advancing were Novak Djokovic in three sets, Andy Roddick in four sets, Jurgen Melzer in four sets, Tomas Berdych in five sets, and Lleyton Hewitt in three over Gael Monfils.

A match to look out for: Hewitt over Djokovic in the next round. I think there’s a huge upset in Djokovic’s future. Hewitt has been playing some spectacular grass court tennis, and he recently took out Federer in the pre-Wimbledon tournament he played. I say the veteran dispatches Djokovic in four sets.

As for the WTA, both Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin won their matches in straight sets. The Belgians will meet for the 25th time. As I mentioned in my WTA predictions before the tournament began, I’m sticking with Henin to pull out the win.

Other players to advance include: Venus Williams, Jelena Jankovic, Marion Bartoli, and Vera Zvonareva. Serena Williams teamed up with her older sister to knock out the doubles team of Timea Bacsinsky and Tathiana Garbin in two sets, 6-1, 7-6 (2). The sisters are looking to add to their “Williams Slam,” meaning the four major doubles titles they’ve won in a row.

My prediction: they’re too good to get any serious competition for the title. The Williams sister should expect title number five in a row to be in their possession soon enough.

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