June 18, 2005: On Friday Mark continued his winning ways by defeating Sanguinetti 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (7-2) to advance to the semifinals. Unfortunately today he lost 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-5), 3-6 to Lorda, the defending champion at the Ordina Open. It was a tight match until Mark lost serve in the third set and couldn’t convert it back. But fans should take heart that it’s probably a good thing that Mark didn’t advance again as now he has a short breather before starting Wimbledon. On-site reports indicate that Mark’s game improved with each match and that he’s showing some very aggressive net serve and volley tennis.
June 16, 2005: It’s a streak breaker! Mark won today 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-2) over Garcia-Lopez breaking a streak that goes all the way back to last year’s Wimbledon! It’s the first time since then that he’s won two singles matches at the same tournament! Mark wasn’t at his best today, but he held it together to advance. Next up is David Sanguinetti. The Wimbledon draw also came out today and Mark will play Beck in the first round with a potential match-up against Safin in the second round. You can see the full draw on the Wimbledon website.
June 14, 2005: Mark managed to hold it together today to win over Rochus 6-3, 7-6 (10-8). He’s taking some anti-infammatories for his back and they’re making him slightly nauseaus, which is affecting his game. His serve is firing though, and he’s hoping that the match play will help the back and get him in form for Wimbledon. And for the first time in weeks there’s positive upward movement in Mark’s rankings!
June 11, 2005: In an attempt to get some more match play prior to Wimbledon, Mark accepted a last minute place in the Ordina Open in the Netherlands next week. He’ll start off against Christophe Rochus. Interestingly, Mark’s only played him twice, both times earlier this year on hardcourt, they’ve each won once. (Thanks to Mars for the tournament news)