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Brazil Open: Former world no. 1 Rafel Nadal defeated David Nalbandian (Argentina) by 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo, for his first trophy since returning from a seven month layoff to treat a left knee injury. It was his 51st career title, but his first since he won his seventh French Open championship in May, 2012.


Qatar Open: Defending champion Victoria Azarenka (Belorussia) defeated Serena Williams by 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-3 to win the Qatar Open final, earning her 16th career title and ending a nine match losing streak against the American.


Dubai Open: Sania Mirza and her American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik in the title clash of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The unseeded Indo-American duo prevailed over the Russian-Slovenia combo 6-4 2-6 10-7 in a tightly-contested final.


ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament:
Juan Martin del Potro beat Julien Benneteau 7-6 (2), 6-3 to win the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament (Rotterdam Open). After Guillermo Vilas, Del Potro became the only Argentine to triumph Rotterdam open tournament. The first edition of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament was held in 1974 which was won by Dutch tennis ace Tom Okker. Winners in the intervening years include illustrious players such as Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors, Björn Borg, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg. Since then, stars such as Roger Federer, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Murray have all lifted the trophy. The tournament celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013. 

 

Monte Carlo Masters title

Rafael Nadal won his seventh straight Monte Carlo Masters title recently by beating David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5 in an all-Spanish final. The top-ranked Nadal won for the 7th straight time at Monte Carlo clay-court event, where he has not lost since 2003. It was his 44th career title.

Barcelona Open

World number one Rafael Nadal defeated his Spanish compatriot David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4 to win a sixth Barcelona Open title in seven years. Nadal followed up his victory over Ferrer in the Monte Carlo Masters final with a display of brutal hitting and near-impeccable defence to become the first player in the Open era to win two tournaments at least six times. He had defeated Ferrer in the 2008 and 2009 Barcelona Open title. In 2010 had withdrawn from the tournament on account of injury.

Madrid Masters 2011

Novak Djokovic defeated the master of clay, Rafael Nadal, on the Spaniard’s home soil and maintained his extraordinary start to the season with a 7-5, 6-4 victory in the Madrid Masters final. The defeat marked Nadal’s first reverse on clay in 38 matches, since he fell to Robin Soderling in the fourth round of the 2009 French Open, and denied him a third title on the red dirt in under a month after he won back-to-back at the Monte Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open in April.

French Open 2011

Men’s single: Rafael Nadal clinched a record-tying sixth French Open title by beating Roger Federer; with this win the Spaniard retains his No. 1 ranking. Nadal defeated Fedrer (Switzerland) by 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-1 on the red clay in Paris. His victory ties him with Sweden’s Bjorn Borg, who won six Roland Garros trophies from 1974 to 1981, the highest tally in tennis’s Open era.

Women’s single: China’s long wait for a Grand Slam champion ended recently when Li Na beat defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-4, 7-6 (0) in the French Open final. With this win, Li Na becomes the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam singles trophy. In January, she became the first Asian-born player to reach a major championship match at the Australian Open, where she lost to Kim Clijsters of Belgium. The American-born Michael Chang, who won the 1989 French Open men’s title at age 17, was the first player of Asian heritage to win a major.

Men’s doubles: Max Mirnyi (Belarus) and Daniel Nestor (Canada) defeated Juan Sebastian Cabal and Eduardo Schwank by 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4 to win their first doubles title.

Women’s doubles: Sania Mirza missed out on winning her second Grand Slam title as she and her partner Elena Vesnina (Russia) lost the French Open women’s doubles final to unseeded Andrea Hlavachova and Lucie Hradecki of Czech Republic by 6-4, 6-3. The Czech players have won their first grand slam title. It was a good opportunity for Sania to add a women’s doubles title to her already Australian Open mixed doubles trophy, which she won along with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009 but it turned to be an off day for the Indian and her partner Vesnina. Nevertheless, Sania did create a history of sorts by becoming first Indian female tennis player to reach the women’s doubles final.

Mixed doubles: At Roland Garros, Dellacqua performed with focus and brilliance as she paired up with Scott Lipsky to upset the defending champions and top seeds, Nenad Zimonjiic and Katarina Srebotnik in a tightly contested battle, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 10-7. For Lipsky and Dellacqua, the win is their first a Grand Slam Championship.

Boy’s singles: Unseeded and relatively unknown American Bjorn Fratangelo upset 14th seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria in a tense 2hour 7 minute match, 2-6, 6-3, 8-6. With the win, the 17-year old becomes the first American since John McEnroe in 1977 to capture the junior’s title at Roland Garros.

Girl’s singles: Ons Jabeur of Tunisia defeated Monica Puig of Puerto Rico by 7-6, 6-1 to win Girl’s Singles title at French Open 2011.

Serbia Open

Novak Djokovic has won the third edition of Serbia Open without dropping a set after beating Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 7-6 6-2 to stretch his unbeaten record in 2011 to 27 matches. It was the 23-year-old Serb’s fifth title this year, after he captured the Australian Open, the Dubai Championships as well as Masters Series events in Indian Wells and Miami. It is here mentioned that Djokovic had also won the inaugural Serbia Open in 2009.