Tennis winners

Rafael Nadal has won his first tournament since June 2012 when he won his 7th French Open.  Returning to the tour after seven months to rehab his injured knee, Rafa has broken through with a victory in Brazil, defeating David Nalbandian, 6 – 2, 6 -3.  Congrats to Rafa!  Looking forward to seeing him along with Murray, Federer and Djokovic at Indian Wells, CA in early March for the always popular Paribas Open.

Juan Martin del Potro has won the ABN AMRO Open in Rotterdam, Netherlands, defeating Julien Benneteau, 7 – 6, 6 -3.  Benneteau seemed a bit sluggish, perhaps the result of two hard fought victories over Federer in the quarters and fellow countryman Simon in the semis.  The thirty one year old Benneteau was no match for Del Potro in the second set and last year’s runner up is this year’s champ in Rotterdam.  Congrats to Del Potro!

Finally, Serena Williams will become the new number one in the world on Monday, but on this day, Sunday, she was defeated by the current number one, Victoria Azarenka at the Qatar Open, going down 6 – 7, 6 -2, 3 – 6.  Azarenka can reclaim the world number one ranking next week in Dubai if she makes the finals and S. Williams does not.  Very tight race at the top in women’s tennis right now!

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