David Nalbandian may need surgery on a hip injury, which would keep him out of the French Open, Wimbledon and Argentina’s Davis Cup quarterfinal against the Czech Republic in July. Nalbandian told Argentine TV TyC Sports on Tuesday that his right hip is hurting more each day, adding that he expects to make a decision on surgery before the end of the week.
Lleyton Hewitt became only the third active player on the ATP tour to reach 500 victories Tuesday when he saved two match points before beating Philipp Petzschner 6-2, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (8) in the opening round of the BMW Open. The win did not come easy for the former No. 1 from Australia, who is seeking to climb back into the top 10 after dropping to No.
Defending champion Jelena Jankovic has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Italian Open because Kateryna Bondarenko retired with an illness. The third-seeded Jankovic took Wednesday’s first set 6-1 and was leading 1-0 in the second when her Ukrainian opponent called for the trainer and then pulled out after 35 minutes, citing illness.
Second-seeded Nikolay Davydenko rallied from two breaks down in the second set to beat Andrey Golubev 6-1, 7-6 (4) on Tuesday in the first round of the Estoril Open. Davydenko, who recently returned after a two-month injury break, overpowered Golubev in the first set after breaking his opponent’s serve in the opening game.
Janko Tipsarevic beat Sergio Roitman of Argentina 7-5, 6-2 Tuesday to set up a meeting with home favorite Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Serbia Open, the country’s first ATP Tour tournament. Djokovic, whose family helped bring the tournament to Belgrade this year after buying the license to the ABN Amro Open, is the top seed and had a first-round bye.
There are no retakes here. Stanton Barrett has to get it right the first time, and every time.
Danica Patrick has already become the first woman to win an Indy-car race. Now she hopes to become the first to capture the sport's ultimate prize - the Indianapolis 500.
Led by 27-year-old Dutchman Robert Doornbos at a top speed of more than 221 mph, four of six Indianapolis 500 rookies have completed their mandatory driving test and have been cleared to begin full practice for the May 24 race.