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Old 04-25-2006, 11:26 AM   #31
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Max Mirnyi and I followed up our win in Miami by winning the title in Monte Carlo on Sunday, 6-2, 7-6 against Nenad Zimonjic and Fabrice Santoro. Two in a row now. Four this season. So we´ll just keep this pace now and win one title a month the rest of the year... This was my 46th title all together, and my third win in Monte Carlo.
It started to feel really good in Indian Wells, in Miami Max and I played brilliantly, and since then we´ve just kept on going with a great confidence. We played convincingly all week in Monte Carlo. Feels great right now!
I will rest a little bit now, and then play in Rome, Hamburg, and the French Open in Paris.
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Old 04-26-2006, 10:42 AM   #32
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Jonas is playing doubles with McEnroe in Stockholm?!
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No, it´s not decided yet. Jonas would like the idea, but McEnroe did not decide yet. Jonas said that if so, they maybe had to move back to Globen, because so many spectators would come then...
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Tourist in Rome


It still hurts to lose, as always. But that can sometimes open up for a quite ok cure. My loss on Saturday, when I injured my shoulder so I just have been able to practise lightly, gave me and Petra some time to see the classic tourist attractions in Rome: Colosseum, Fontana di Trevi, The Spanish steps, The Vatican; all these things you´re expected to do when in Rome, but stops we just have had time to do a few of earlier. Besides that, we have focused on eating great food, which is something that happens almost automatically here.
My shoulder shouldn´t be causing me any problems on Wednesday, when Max Mirnyi and I will play against the winner of Huss/Suk and Grosjean/Srichaphan. Max lost against Ginepri in the first round, but he seems to be in good form. We want to win the title here this year, as simple as that!

2006-05-05
High hopes in Rome


After visiting my family in Båstad, Sweden, I went back to Monte Carlo last Sunday, spent this week training with Thomas Johansson, Ivan Ljubicic, and Novak Djokovic. Now I am heading for Rome, the only tournament of the Grand Slams and Super Nine that I haven´t yet won. Rome and Wimbledon are the main targets for Max Mirnyi and me this season. Our form and confidence are great after two censecutive tournament victories. We are chasing the Bryan brothers as last year, and I guess we will trade first place in the rankings back and forth now as we did then - ok with me as long as we end the year as no. 1...! We are heading into a string of major tournaments now - Rome, Hamburg, Paris, soon Wimbledon - so it is important that we play top tennis, reaching better results than the Bryans preferably. The clay is reasonably fast in Rome, so I hope to be able to do a ok result in the singles.
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Hopeful trend


Max Mirnyi and I won our first match in Hamburg against Robert Lindstedt and Jarkko Nieminen, 6-4, 6-1. In their turn, they made a strong performance against Damm and Suk in the first round when they turned a threatening defeat around. The first set against Lindstedt/Nieminen was really close, but we could "kill" the match when we put pressure on them at the same time that they lost their edge a little bit in the second set.
We will play against Zimonjic and Santoro today. We have beaten them three times already this year, and I hope and think that we can continue that trend.

2006-05-15
Defending the title


I just saw Thomas Johansson lose against Mathieu in Hamburg. Thomas won a round in Rome last week, which was a good effort, but these tournaments are tough to do a comeback in. Especially if you, such as Thomas, gets to play evening matches despite that you then only have 70 percent of your normal eyesight, which happened in Rome. Maybe not the best arrangement.
It still stings that Max Mirnyi and I blew a chance to reach the final in Rome, win it, and climb to the first spot in the rankings. We had a golden oppurtunity when the Bryan brothers lost in the quarter final. But - just get over it! We got a little bit closer to the Bryans, and on Wednesday or Thursday we will play against Lindstedt/Nieminen or Damm/Suk, and we are here to defend our title. The form is good and my shoulder feels okey again.

2006-05-14
Rome haunts me


Rome is still the only one of the big tournaments that I haven´t won. On Saturday, Max Mirnyi and I lost the semi final against Knowles and Nestor, 3-6, 6-7, despite the fact that we had a 5-1 lead in the second set and plenty of oppurtunities to take control over the match. But we wanted to win this tournament a little bit too much, and made a few unforced errors too many. I have been treated with laser all week for my injured shoulder, but I can play at my full capacity nopw, so I can´t blame our loss on that either...!
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Focused on Paris


We lost the quarter final in Hamburg against Zimonjic and Santoro, 6-4, 7-5. Feels a little sour considering that the Bryans didn´t reach the final for the second tournament in a row. We could have narrowed the gap in the rankings with a better result. Rain and long matches forced us to play our quarter final around midnight. We weren´t on our toes, but Zimonjic and Santoro also played very good tennis. Both Max Mirnyi and I feel that our form is still there, and I think that clay is our best surface, so this week I will be in Monte Carlo preparing for the French Open that starts on Sunday. We won the title there last year, and we really want to defend it this time around.
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It's ok Siobhan. Clay is just a means to an end... and grass is the be all and end all (for some tennis fans anyway Can't wait for the grass to get here!)

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I am sure he hardly wants to win Wimbledon again
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A coming star


This Jeremy Chardy - he´s going to be really good. He was to good for me on Tuesday already, when I lost 6-2, 7-5, 6-2. His style, with a heavy forehand and a steady backhand, suited me badly. The weather was not on my side either, cold and rainy, which made the balls slow and heavy. But I would have had my hands full even on a sunny summer day - this guy, only 19, is going to be really good.
Max Mirnyi will play in the second round on Wednesday. On Thursday we will meet Robert Lindstedt and Jarkko Nieminen. A pitty that we have to meet them so early in such a big draw, seen from a Swedish and Scandinavian perspective. We beat them in Hamburg in a tough match, so we need to be on our toes in this one.

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Into the French Open


Cold and rain showers in Paris. I will play my first round in the French Open today against Jeremy Chardy, a French wild card player that might look like an easy task on paper, but he will surely be hard to handle in reality. He is a promising 19 year old that won Wimbledion and reached the US Open final last year as a junior; he is big, allround, with strong serve and forehand, and he will certainly be supercharged in front of his home crowd. I will have to work hard and use my experience to pull it off!
I trained well last week and feel prepared.
As usual it is a special atmosphere here, with a demanding crowd that knows their tennis.
This is my 14th French Openin a row since 1993. My best memory is of course the doubles title I won 2005, which was the only Grand Slam title that I hadn´t´won
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Double pleasure for Bjorkman - Mirnyi
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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Second-seeded Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi lifted their second Grand Slam trophy on Saturday after successfully defending their Roland Garros crown.

The Swede and Belarusian (who remain undefeated at Roland Garros, having won 10 straight matches in the past two years), overcame a first set deficit to post a 6-7(5) 6-4 7-5 triumph over US twin brothers Mike and Bob Bryan (No1) in two hours and 30 minutes.

"It's sweet to win back to back. One or two points made the difference today," said Bjorkman, who has captured all four finals he entered this season alongside different partners.

"It was a big battle between two of the top teams. This is as good as doubles get."

The Bryan brothers were through to their sixth consecutive Grand Slam doubles final, the first men's doubles team in the Open era to do so. They were the first team to win back-to-back Grand Slam titles since Jonas Bjorkman and Todd Woodbridge (who collected the 2003 Wimbledon and US Open trophies).

In the first set, both teams comfortably held their respective serves. At 5-4 up, Bjorkman squandered a golden opportunity to snatch the first set, misfiring badly on his backhand return. The two teams went toe to toe until the tiebreaker where Bjorkman double-faulted to hand the first set to the Americans.

Relying on some fine returning, the Swedish veteran and Belarusian broke back in the fifth game of the second set to level the match at one set apiece.

In the ensuing set, Bjorkman (who has won seven other majors in doubles), and Mirnyi made the difference in the twelfth game. They took their opponent's delivery for one last time, the Swede serving it out in commanding fashion in the following game.

In 2006, Bjorkman and Mirnyi have also clinched back-to-back titles in Miami and Monte Carlo.

Fourteen of Bjorkman's 46 career doubles crowns came alongside Australian Todd Woodbridge. The Swede has won at least one doubles title every year since taking his first in 1994.

Mirnyi lifted his 29th career doubles trophy on Saturday.

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Bjorkman/Mirnyi Win Roland Garros Final Over Bryans

Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden and Max Mirnyi of Belarus won their second straight title at Roland Garros in Paris over the American twins Bob and Mike Bryan, 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-5 Saturday.

The victors were seeded second, while the Bryans, who also were runners-up in Paris last year, were seeded first. The match lasted two hours and 30 minutes.

Bjorkman, 34, and Mirnyi, 28, lifted their record for the year to 28-5, while the Bryans, 28, slipped to 34-8.

Bjorkman and Mirnyi are now 2-0 against the Bryans this year, beating them in April at the NASDAQ-100 Open final in Miami too. But the Bryans still have a 4-3 career edge over Bjorkman and Mirnyi (see chart below).

The winners have now captured four titles this year, previously taking Doha in January (d. C. Rochus-O. Rochus), Miami in April and Monte-Carlo in April (d. Santoro-Zimonjic). Coming into Roland Garros, Bjorkman and Mirnyi were third in the Stanford ATP Doubles Race.

The two Roland Garros trophies represent Bjorkman and Mirnyi's only Grand Slam titles together. They lost in the final of the 2005 US Open to the Bryans.

Bjorkman has won nine major crowns all together, with four different partners (Mirnyi, Woodbridge, Rafter, Eltingh). In addition to Roland Garros in 2005-06, Bjorkman won the Australian Open title in 1998-99, 2001; Wimbledon in 2002-04; and the US Open in 2003.

Mirnyi has won four major men's titles with three different partners. In addition to the two Roland Garros crowns, he won the US Open in 2000 (with Hewitt) and in 2002 (with Bhupathi).

With 611 career doubles wins, Bjorkman trails Cyrul Suk by only one victory for the most match wins by an active ATP doubles player.

The Bryans were seeking their third straight Grand Slam title (after the 2005 US Open and the 2006 Australian Open), which would have tied an Open Era record set by Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde in 1996-97. This was the Bryan brothers' sixth consecutive appearance in a Grand Slam final, which broke Woodbridge and Woodforde's Open Era record, also set in 1996-97.

The Bryans are now 3-6 in Grand Slam finals. They won the Australian Open this year, the US Open last year (over Bjorkman-Mirnyi) and Roland Garros in 2003. In addition to their losses at Roland Garros in 2005-06, the Bryans fell in the finals of the Australian Open in 2004-5, the final of Wimbledon in 2005 and the final of the US Open in 2003.

The Bryan brothers have won two titles this year (the Australian Open and Las Vegas) and were runners-up five times, including Roland Garros. Coming into Paris, they were the No. 1 team in the Stanford ATP Doubles Race.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Bjorkman: "It's always nice with repeats. I think clay is the surface on which we really are doing well. We do well on all surfaces, but I think our strength on clay comes out even better."

On his play in the first set: "That was probably the worst I returned in one set for the last 15 years I played. For my standard, that was very, very poor. I couldn't really find the explanation. I was just so shocked that I didn't put any ball in the court. I mis-hit it and mis-timed it. They served well, but, still, with my standard, I should make a lot more returns."

"I was just trying to stay positive and hang in with it. I think that's a strength in our team. Max kept pushing me and kept me positive. And then after a while, I started to pick it up, and we managed to put sort of a good finish in the end when we both played well."

On their history playing the Bryans: "We played so often, even before me and Max teamed up. I played them a lot, and Max has been playing them a lot. Last year, record-wise, we were down. Now we've been coming back strongly. So obviously, anyone can win when we go out there."

"It's been great, good quality matches when we play, normally very good tennis, good doubles to watch. I think that's going to continue for the rest of the year. It's going to be probably more matches we have to play each other and more finals."

Mirnyi: "Ranking-wise, the Bryans are the best team. But on any given day, there are maybe five, seven teams that could be just as good. But it is special to beat them for the second time to win the title, sure."

Mike Bryan: "We almost won the French Open again. So we're pretty happy with the week"

On Bjorkman: "I think Jonas, he did step it up. I thought we served good all the way through, but he came up large on some returns, especially in the second and third. It's tough when he's seeing it that well. It actually doesn't really matter where you serve it, because he's good off both sides, and you just got to give him different looks. But too good by him."

Bob Bryan: "Three [Grand Slam titles in a row] would have been sweet. But we still had to win one more to break the record. So it's not like we blew it right here. They played too tough. We had chances. We put ourselves in position to win that thing in the third. Had those four breakpoints. But they came up with the goods. They just played better than us today. That's the bottom line."

On the break in the third set: "It was deja vu, basically the same thing as last year. We'd been holding pretty much the whole way through. Then one game, they lit it up. Mike might have missed a couple first serves, but Jonas hit that return winner at I think love-15 to put us in a hole, and Max got hot on the return."

"Jonas is solid. Max is sometimes the X factor. But he was putting a lot of returns in and not missing first serves. It made that team tough to beat today."

BRYANS v BJORKMAN/MIRNYI HEAD2HEAD
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2005 Australian Open Hard SF BRYAN / BRYAN 6-1 6-3
2005 Rome Clay SF BRYAN / BRYAN 6-3 4-6 6-2
2005 French Open Clay F BJORKMAN / MIRNYI 2-6 6-1 6-4
2005 Queen's Grass F BRYAN / BRYAN 7-6(9) 7-6(4)
2005 U.S. Open Hard F BRYAN / BRYAN 6-1 6-4
2006 Miami Hard (O) F BJORKMAN/MIRNYI 64 64
2006 French Open Clay F BJORKMAN / MIRNYI 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-5

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By Greg Garber, ESPN.com

PARIS -- Here it was at long last, No. 1 vs. No. 2, the great championship final at Roland Garros.

But Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were nowhere to be seen; they had stopped by the interview room earlier in the afternoon. Their match will be the piece de resistance of this French Open when they meet on Sunday for the singles title. In the insular world of men's doubles, however, Saturday's meeting at Court Phillipe Chatrier was a titanic clash.


It featured the No. 1-seeded team of Bob and Mike Bryan versus the No. 2-seeded team of Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi. Naturally, it went down to the end of the third set.


The score was 5-all, but Bjorkman and Mirnyi broke Mike Bryan's serve when Mirnyi hit a devastating backhand volley winner. Then Bjorkman served it out for the match. The ultimate point came on a serve that Mike Bryan couldn't keep in the court.


Thus, Bjorkman and Minyi prevailed 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5 in a match that required 2 hours, 30 minutes. And so, Bjorkman and Mirnyi successfully defended their 2005 title here at Roland Garros.


"I hope you really enjoyed it," Bjorkman told the crowd after accepting the winning trophies. "That's as good as doubles gets."


The 28-year-old Bryan twins from Camarillo, Calif., who had already reached six consecutive Grand Slam finals, failed to match the Open-era record by winning their third consecutive Grand Slam doubles championship. They were trying to equal the feat of Australians Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, who won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 1996 and the 1997 Australian Open.


"It's sweet to win back-to-back," Bjorkman said. "Hopfully, Max and I will get back here next year."
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Max Mirnyi and I will play in the final of the French Open on Saturday - in the middle of the soccer World Cup start-up and everything! - after beating Pavel Vizner and Lukas Dlouhy in the semi final yesterday, 6-3, 6-3. We won quite easily. We broke their serve at 4-3 in the first set, could serve for the set, and when we broke their serve again in the opening of the second set, it felt like they didn´t believe that they could turn the match around. We´ve had a quite comfortable ride to the final, so I hope we can let everything out on Saturday. The rivallery between the Bryans, our opponents in the final again, is similar to the one between Federer and Nadal. It´s thrilling to match ourselves against them every week in the fight over the first spot in the rankings.
The Bryans have been impressive this year. The final on Saturday is their sixth consecutive. Our record against them on clay is 1-1. We beat them in the final in Miami in straight sets in our only match this year, and if we play like that this time, they will have a hard time beating us!
Max and I won here last year. That was the only Grand Slam title I hadn´t won uptil then. That victory meant that I can play without feeling any pressure this year, I can just go out there, enjoy the moment, and give it all I have. If we win again on Saturday, I will pass Anders Järryd and be the first Swedish doubles player to reach nine Grand Slam titles.
But I have to say that the schedule for Saturday is a little bit stressful. The second match after 2 pm means that I risque missing Swedens opening match against Trinidad and Tobago in the soccer World Cup! Not good at all. I have to see the second half at least!
It might be a fantastic Saturday, though: lift the shiny trophy at Roland Garros, smoke a victory cigar, and then take a seat in front of the TV to watch Sweden play like world champions in Germany.
Then I have to have a talk with the people at Queens so they schedule our matches next week in a more soccer-World-Cup-friendly way...

2006-06-11
A morning for champions!

There is no better way to wake up and start a day, than as a freshly baked world champion!
On Saturday, Max Mirnyi and I won the French Open final against Bob and Mike Bryan, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5, in a very close and tough match over two and a half hours. Very close, just a few points divided us. They started out best, but we were steady and strong and kept our level all through the match, at the same time that they maybe dropped a little in quality.
I think the fact that we won here last year, and I got the only Grand Slam title that I hadn´t won so far, helped us to perform so strong and play completely without feeling any pressure. We just loved beeing in this GS final, and just went out and played our best tennis. An evidence of our mental strength came at 5-5 in the third set. We broke their serve and then held ours without losing a point.
This was our fourth title of the year. We now have 28-5 in matches and 2-0 against the Bryan´s (3-4 all together). We closed in a lot on the gap and should be just a few points behind them in the rankings.
Now we will take the train from Paris straight into the grass season. First Queens, then Wimbledon which is our biggest goal this year, since Max haven´t won there yet.
What a wonderful feeling this is!
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