Spanish tennis icon Rafael Nadal will meet Chinese world No.224 Wu Di in the first round of the China Open, which kicks off here early next week, and could face Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a couple of rounds later.
Ahead of the much-anticipated Davis Cup tie between India and Czech Republic, tennis ace Leander Paes, who has recently won the US Open mix-doubles title, stated that physical fitness will play a crucial role during the tie.
India will challenge Davis Cup powerhouse and top seeds Czech Republic for a place in the elite World Group, hoping that their players will capitalise on home conditions and absence of world number six Tomas Berdych in the Play-off tie, beginning here from Friday.
The Indian Davis Cup team needs to pull off a miracle of sorts if it has to advance to the elite World Group, says Mahesh Bhupathi as the veteran doubles exponent revealed that Czech Republic will field a full strength team in the next month's Play-off tie, here.
Giant Croat Ivo Karlovic battered his way into the semi-finals of the ATP Halle tournament by smashing a record 45 aces past a bewildered Tomas Berdych en route to a 7-5, 6-7 (8/10), 6-3 victory on Friday.