ATP - Tennis fans, looking forward to an in-form Andy Murray taking on Roger Federer and/ or Novak Djokovic in Basel, were left disappointed when the Scot pulled out of the Swiss Indoors on Wednesday morning due to a gluteal (butt strain). Murray is on a 15 match winning streak, having won his last 3 ATP events while Federer and Djokovic were away from the courts recovering from injuries.
A day after Mardy Fish retired hurt, another in-form player, Janko Tipsarevic also had to retire due to a left hamstring injury at 1-5 in the first set against Florian Mayer.
Organizers received another fright when Federer took to the court against Jarko Nieminen. After winning the first set, Federer dropped the second set to Nieminen – the first time in 13 matches that he lost a set to the Finn – but bounced back to win the third and complete a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
American Andy Roddick kept his slim chances of making it to London alive with a 6-3, 6-4 win over former world no. 2 Tommy Haas in the first round. Roddick trails Haas 6-7 in their head-to-head matches.
Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis joined Federer in the quarter-finals with a three-set win over local qualifier Michael Lammer.
At the Valencia ATP 500 event, there were second round wins for top seed David Ferrer and third seed Gael Monfils, and first round wins for Juan Martin Del Potro and Marin Cilic. At the same event, the Bryan brothers won their first round match and clinched the year-ending no. 1 ranking for a record 7th time in the last 9 years
Indian tennis – In Basel, Mahesh Bhupathi, playing without regular partner Leander Paes this week, had an unsuccessful outing with M. Martinek losing 7-5, 3-6, 9-11 to the Belgian duo of Malisse/ Norman.
At the ITF Futures in Malaysia, there were wins for 34 year old Rushmi Chakravarti and 16 year old Bhuvana Kala, who was playing the main draw of an ITF event for the first time. However, Prerna Bhambri – India’s highest ranked player after Sania Mirza – lost in straight sets in the first round.
At the men’s ITF Futures event in Thailand, Abhijeet Tiwari lost in straight sets to top seed Danai Udomchoke, who now meets Rohan Gajjar. Gajjar won his second round match on Wednesday.