Apr 08

Davis Cup Sees Federer Land Semi Finals Position in Years

Roger Federer gives Switzerland its 3-2 win against Kazakhstan in the Davis Cup as he lands a spot in the semi-finals for the country in 11 years. Federer won against 64th Seed Andrey Golubev, giving him a chance at a first Davis Cup Title.  The set of 7-6 (0), 6-2,6-3 ensured Switzerland’s spot in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Australian Open Champion Stanislas Wawrinka further improves Switzerland’s standing in the cup as he defeated Mikhail Kukushkin by 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Federer last reached the semi-finals of the Davis Cup in 2003, but the Swiss team lost to Australia under the leadership of Lleyton Hewitt. He won his first match point against Golubev with a good serve that aced through. He won against Kukushkin in the opening singles with straight sets.

Federer said “we’re very relieved and very happy. It was a long weekend with a lot of tennis.” In a court-side interview, Federer said that he was very happy that Stanislas Wawrinka gave him a chance to play again and have a shot at the Davis Cup title.


Mar 27

Djokovic Wins Sony Open Quarter Final against Andy Murray

Sony Open announced Djokovic’s win against Andy Murray after Murray lost a dispute about an erroneous call from Djokovic. The World Number 2 won 7-5, 6-3, in the quarterfinals of the Sony Open.

Djokovoic’s charged forward and short ball helped him win a 5-6 set. However, Andy Murray and TV replays argued that he should have won the point because Djokovic’s racket hit the tennis net when he struck the short ball. Chair umpire Damian Steiner did not change his call.

Murray discussed the matter with Djokovic, who said that his racket was over the net. However, Djokovic said that he crossed the net with the racket but he did not touch the net. Steiner had ruled that crossing over the net is a valid move, which had Murray frustrated and distracted and had cost him the game.

He said that he would have conceded the point if the rules indeed said crossing over the net was illegal.

Djokovic is set to play on Friday against Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori

In other games, Dominika Cibulkova won against Agnieszka Radwanska in three sets despite having lost three match points having overturned Chair umpire calls.  She will be playing against Li Na or Carloine Wozniacki after the match of the two players Wednesday night.


Mar 04

World Tennis Day Has Former and Current Tennis Greats

In celebration of the Second World Tennis Day, former and current tennis superstars participate in exhibition games that aim to promote tennis to the world and expand the number of participants in the world today. According to the International Tennis Federation, 60 nations are taking part in the celebration of this day.

StarGames had organized three events for the World Tennis Day. In the Hong Kong Velodrome, the BNP Paribas Showdown will highlight Lleyton Hewitt, Li Na, Tomas Berdych and Samantha Stosur. In the World Tennis Day Showdown at London’s Earl Court, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Pat Cash and Ivan Lendl will face off against each other. Novak Djokovic, Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan and Andy Murray will be taking part at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

The 60 nations taking part in the celebration of the sports day will promote the 2007-born Tennis Play and Stay campaign, which promotes tennis as an easy, fun and healthy sport. The nations will provide beginner courses for those wanting to try and play tennis by using non-professional equipment, such as slower and less-bouncing balls, shorter and lighter rackets, and smaller courts.

According to the ITF, the World Tennis Day had always been a successful initiative in using such events to bring the world’s attention to the developments of the sport in different parts of the world from 2007. March 3rd will always be an important day for Tennis.


Feb 14

A Short Story About Work Injury Compensation Claims

Work is a subjective term, but as long as you’re doing a certain task, it means you are working.

My best friend was once a professional stuntman. You might have seen him in some famous contemporary action movies, or epic, historic movies, take your pick. He works in Hollywood and he shared to me his story.

Stuntmen’s lives are always in danger and their roles don’t assure them a spot on history books. But the important part is that they’re paid very well by producers, but still, they will need a safety net in case of any accident.

My friend fractured two of his legs, which took him out permanently for 2013 filming. However, the British production company that hired him would not give him any compensation for his injuries.

However, we both knew this was the United Kingdom and legal help was affordable for any of us. I filed an injury compensation claim for him against the producer. This ensured that the entire ordeal was under wraps. Because my friend cannot handle the injury compensation claim on his own, we hired http://www.nowinnofeeadviceline.co.uk/ to have a claims expert help us.

I had the claims expert update me on a daily basis regarding the progress of my best friend’s claim. Eventually, in just two weeks, the stiff British producers relented. The claims expert actually had him £30,000 for medical treatment and even more for other legal troubles pointed out by the claims expert.

It is definitely wise that you work with a claims expert despite any work injury claim you have. After this event, I am definitely convinced.

Jan 23

World Tennis Top Halves Not Present in Australian Open Finals

The Australian Open 2014 continues to be an exciting match for tennis fans as the biggest upsets in contemporary tennis history had recently happened. Women’s Tennis two-time champion Victoria Azarenka falls to her knees against Agnieszka Radwanska following a gruelling match set in Australia’s Rod Laver Court scoring 1-6 7-5 0-6. She will then play in the final four for the quarter finals.

World Number one for Women’s Tennis Serena Williams had also lost to Ana Ivanovic after she served Williams with consistent point-for-point returns. However, Ivanovic had lost to Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who is now the first Canadian tennis player to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Another recent upset was Novak Djokovic losing to five sets against Stanislas Wawrinka with 6-2 4-6 2-6 6-3 7-9, ending the former’s Australian Open winning streak in a precision-laden match that a minor error can cost one the entire game. The entire set had gone on for four hours.

Remaining on top of his game, World Number 6 Roger Federer comes from the ashes of his inconsistent performance in 2013 to win against Andy Murray with 6-3 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3. Murray blames his lack of time spent doing match practice because of his back surgery recovery.

Dec 31

Djokovic Kicks Off with a Bang

Novak Djokovic continued where he left off at the end of last season by successfully defending his Mubadala World Tennis Championship title in Abu Dhabi. Starting the final as the heavy favourite with Betfair, the Serb picked up his first title of the new season courtesy over a 7-5 6-2 win over Spain’s David Ferrer.

1Ferrer, who had beaten his fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals to reach the final, took an early 3-1 lead in the first set before Djokovic battled back to take the set 7-5. The Serbian star then wasted little time in taking the victory in the second set, continuing his run of winning five straight tournaments.

While the tournament is an unofficial event, five of the world’s top-10 players were among the field in Abu Dhabi. World number-one Nadal responded from the surprise defeat at the hands of Ferrer by beating Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 7-6 6-3 in the third-place play-off.

The tournament was Djokovic’s since linking up with new coach Boris Becker, and the world number two admitted he was pleased with how things had started.

“I’m very satisfied with the way I played and I always enjoy coming back here. I have to say I’m really glad to have Boris joining our team. It’s great we’ve started by winning this trophy here. Hopefully we can continue like this during the year.”

Djokovic will be hoping to continue his winning run in the lead-up to the Australian Open. The four-time champion will be looking to defend his title once again in Melbourne, and the Serb is the current favourite to win a fifth title in the season’s first grand slam. Despite his recent dominance in the tournament, however, Djokovic is only a narrow favourite with Betfair ahead of current world number one Nadal.

Dec 30

Djokovic and Becker Partnership Comes as a Shock to Federer

The Swiss Tennis Hero Roger Federer expresses his surprise that Boris Becker is joining Novak Djokovic’s coaching team. He did not express disappointment but rather appreciation saying that the move is the best for the game.

Roger Federer will be playing in the Brisbane International this week before moving on for the Australian Open. As Djokovic partners with Becker, Federer announced that he will be joined by Stefan Edberg in a partnership.

Federer said that Becker’s appearance in the modern tennis world is exciting and it is a good thing that they are encouraging the new breed of tennis players to learn from what they had learned over the course of Becker and other former tennis professionals’ careers.

Stefan Edberg is renowned as a “net-rusher” who plays highly aggressively against his opponents. Experts said that bringing Edberg on board the Federer team signified a need for Federer to play more aggressively.

Federer had admitted that Edberg is is Tennis idol. Edberg will be joining as a part time consultant for Federer’s training. Federer said that he is interested in what he thinks and how he could play more aggressively coming to the net or back. He said that at least 10 or 12 weeks with Edberg might give him something fresh or inspiring for a good tennis play.


Dec 11

Paul Arber Missing, Wallet Found Along New Zealand River

After being last seen along the Waikato river in New Zealand, Australian Tennis Coach Paul Arber is still reported missing and local authorities in New Zealand are asking the public’s help in finding the man, spotted wearing only a black pair of shorts.

A boat is searching the Waikato river and its banks. Search and rescue teams are looking around the city’s parks, walkways and buildings for any clues as to the whereabouts of Arber.

The wallet and keys of Arber were found on Cook street. He had left his luggage and passport in his hotel accommodation.

Detective Karl Thornton said that Arber was seen on Saturday at 10pm wearing blue, orange and white-designed Adidas sports shoes and a grey Wilson tracksuit. When witnesses saw him by the river, they said he was only wearing a black pair of shorts. The detective said that he is considering foul play to be a factor as to why Paul Arber is missing.

Authorities are calling on the public to look for any signs of clothing or properties that might seem out of place. They said that no pieces of evidence be moved if the public finds them and they should call authorities should they find one in their properties. Authorities are calling specifically for people who may have been present in the Victoria, Bridge and Grantham Streets around 4am Sunday.


Nov 28

Toni Nadal Sets out Rafa Goals

Toni Nadal says his nephew Rafa’s main goal over the next few months will be to equal Rod Laver’s record winning of all the Grand Slams twice by winning the Australian Open.

After missing the second half of 2012 due to injury, the Spaniard has returned in fine style, delighting fans of live tennis online by triumphing at both the French and US Opens to overtake Novak Djokovic as the number one player in the world.

1What makes his achievements even more remarkable is that he’s done all this while still battling with his troublesome knee problems, and recently admitted that he sometimes feels in more pain than before his break.

The 27-year-old’s discomfort was clear to see at the recent end of season ATP World Tour Finals where he struggled to get around the court in a the manner he has in the last few months but he hasn’t let that hamper his schedule, with him playing against Djokovic in a number of exhibition matches around the world in recent weeks.

Following the conclusion of those clashes, he will switch his attentions to the first Grand Slam of 2014, the Australian Open, an event he won in 2009. He will go into the 2014 renewal as one of the favourites in the tennis betting.

Victory will see him become the only the second man in history to claim all four tournaments twice in his career, with Aussie hero Laver currently the only male to hold such a record.

Although his coach is reluctant to mention his nephew in the same breath as one of the game’s great, he accepts the player’s position in the history books and believes winning at Melbourne will prove his talent.

“The challenge in 2014 will be to win Australia, because it would achieve something only Rod Laver did, which is twice winning the four [Grand Slams],” Toni Nadal said in an interview with the journalist David Nadal.

Nov 15

Djokovic’s Partner’s Injury Could Cost Him His Game

Serbian Tennis Star Novak Djokovic faces the most difficult weekend game in the Davis Cup after his teammate Janko Tipsarevic pulls out of the 2013 finals against the Czech Republic due to his heel injury

Djokovic is to play the finals with Dusan Lajovic in the Czech finals after Viktor Troicki is suspend after missing his blood test. He is also likely to join Nenad Zimonjic on Saturday for a double’s game.

The world number 2 is to play against Radek Stepanek in the singles match on rubber on Friday before the Davis Cup Finals.

Potential partner Lajovicwill be playing against Tomas Berdych in Friday’s singles match.

Djokovic acknowledge the support he will receive from the 23-year old partner assigned to him. However, he still regrets Tipsarevic’s injury as a major disadvantage. Djokovic said that he wants to take off the pressure from Lajovic and ensure that he plays his game amidst the big crowd in the best he can.

Djokovic said that the crowd might not think Lajovic could win against veteran Berdych, but he can put up a decent fight. He said that if he beats Stepanek on Friday, Serbians will get a positive view on things. The support of 18,000 fans in the game is always his best morale booster and he said this is true even for Lajovic.

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