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Hand of David.

Posted by gauloises1 on July 8, 2010

Let’s see how Argentina’s Davis Cup squad are preparing for this weekend’s tie against Russia, shall we?

Actual training footage.

Let’s not lie, the Argies are up against it and unsurprisingly much of the focus is on whether David ‘El Rey’ Nalbandian, the bad daddy of Davis Cup, can pull off another amazing rescue. Except this time he hasn’t played since Monte-Carlo and will have to face Nikolay Davydenko, Mikhail Youzhny and probably play the doubles as well.

Quietly confident, I assure you.

Anyway. Let’s all look at pictures of the Argies. Quick, before they start having to cry and recriminate.

Fine body of men.

If nothing else, he’s improving his fanboying immensely.

I swear to god, I just want to stick my face in his stomach and keep it there for an hour or so. In other news, here’s some words he said.

Bonus peeled Onion in video form:

Heading to the official dinner.

David does some practice in between sledging with Safin.

And the boys doing some serious physical work (David’s reaction at the end killed me):

As usual, I can only recommend you visit the amazing VamosDavid, who do a great job covering these ties. I’ll just be over there, looking at this photo and sighing a lot.

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RG Day Four: Por IRTTY

Posted by gauloises1 on May 26, 2010

So NB’s official second third fourth favourite Argentine, Leonardo Mayer a.k.a Horseface, had an excellent win today over Julien Benneteau, 67(4) 63 64 64, to progress to the third round where he’ll face Marin Cilic. I feel it’s only right to mark the occasion with a small picspam in honour of IRTTY, Horseface’s biggest fan …

Fear him, world.

The sadness of the Lamb.

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D Cup: Argentina 3 – 2 Sweden

Posted by gauloises1 on March 8, 2010

Guess who’s back.

That’s right. El Rey is in the house.

I’m still grinning like a fool about how this worked out, so can I recommend that you visit VamosDavid for their excellent match reports? I’ll  just be doing the hyperbole and silly picspams as per usual.

Now we’ve got that sorted out … The day didn’t start out too well for Argentina as Leonardo Mayer was first up against Robin Soderling, facing the difficult (and as it turned out, nigh-impossible) task of clinching the tie after the doubles left Argentina with a 2-1 lead. It didn’t work out so well.

One actually can’t blame Leo for throwing his toys out of the pram. I thought he played really well and kept the match very close as the scoreline shows. That said, the gulf in class clearly showed in key moments, and Robin was really impressive despite carrying the burden of keeping the tie alive. He’s turning into a great Davis Cup player and it’s a shame in some ways that he doesn’t really have anyone to back him up.

But you couldn’t fault Leo for effort. He was virtually crying as Robin served the match out in emphatic style, and left the court broken-hearted – without even any shirtless cuddling to make him (and us) feel better.

So that left the tie poised at 2-2 with one match to decide two nation’s fates. A tricky situation, delicately balanced between triumph and disaster, agony and elation. The kind of moment when you really need someone to step up and be the hero, someone who’s done it all before, who knows what it’s like to win and lose big, someone capable of bringing a bit of class and magic to the court … someone, not to put too fine a point on it, not Eduardo Schwank.

Well hello there.

It wasn’t, to be frank, Nalbandian’s best performance. Apparently he only decided ten minutes before the match that he was actually going to play, having felt some pain after the doubles yesterday, and he started off distinctly rusty and seemingly unsure of his tactics. Vinciguerra, in fact, missed several opportunities to impose himself at the beginning of the match which could have changed the course of the whole thing. As it was, Nalbandian seemingly won the first set through grim determination more than anything else.

After that he loosened up and almost at times looked like the Nalbandian of old (had anybody else forgotten a bit just how good that is? His ball-striking is basically the sex), outclassing Vinciguerra throughout the second set and might have won in straights had he not taken a tumble diving for an unexpectedly stinging cross-court forehand when he was serving to stay in the third. The fall seemed to jar him a bit (hopefully doing no lingering damage, please god) and the third set unexpectedly slipped away.

But when he came out for the fourth, he had a look on his face which said pretty clearly that he had no intention of losing it, and so it proved. 75 63 46 64, and still the bad daddy of Davis Cup.

We bow before you.

I don’t want to make it seem like Nalbandian won this tie single-handed. Leo Mayer did incredibly well to recover and win against Joachim Johansson, without which Argentina would have had no chance. Horacio Zeballos really impressed in the doubles and was probably the best player out there. But quite apart from the crucial fifth rubber, you can’t underestimate the value of experience and inspiration, and it seems like Nalbandian risked his playing health to provide both this weekend.

OK, I’ll stop gushing now. Who wants happy hugging Argies?

Russia next …

R4 – R.SODERLING (SWE) def. L.MAYER (ARG)
7-5  7-6(5)  7-5
R5 – D.NALBANDIAN (ARG) def. A.VINCIGUERRA (SWE)
7-5  6-3  4-6  6-4

 
 

Posted in andreas vinciguerra, david nalbandian, davis cup, horacio zeballos, leonardo mayer, robin soderling | Tagged: , , , , | 9 Comments »

D Cup: All To Play For

Posted by gauloises1 on March 7, 2010

And now for a quick (who am I kidding, mammoth) round-up of the ties still left to be settled on Sunday.

Spain 2 – Switzerland 1

Not the start that Spain wanted, as Nicolas Almagro lost a tough five-set match to Switzerland’s (in Davis Cup parlance) no. 1, new daddy Stanislas Wawrinka. Luckily Davis Cup warrior David Ferrer was on hand to steady the ship, dismissing Marco Chiudinelli in straight sets to even things up heading into the doubles.

I thought that if Switzerland could win the doubles, they would have a nice chance of nicking the tie come Sunday. But there’s that damned depth again. Perennial Davis Cup bridesmaid Marcel Granollers teamed up with Tommy Robredo to defeat Yves Allegro and Stanislas Wawrinka in four sets, leaving Switzerland 1-2 and with a fatigued top singles player heading in to Sunday. Nicely done, Spain.

Russia 2 – India 1

With Nikolay Davydenko out with an injured wrist and Igor Andreev suddenly sidelined with a knee injury, Igor Kunitsyn (who looks like he’s in the last stages of Shelleyesque consumption, but apparently isn’t) was hurriedly pitchforked into the team and did a nice job, grabbing a four-set win from India’s Somdev Devvarman before Mikhail Youzhny put Russia 2-0 up over Rohan Bopanna.

It’s not quite over yet, though, as Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi once again put aside their history of falling out and teamed up to flatten Russia in the doubles, 63 62 62.

Shamil despairs. Like a fox.

Sweden 1 – Argentina 2

Things didn’t start off well for Our Heroes, as Eduardo Schwank was dismissed in straight sets by Robin Soderling.

Taxi!

But an unlikely hero stepped up in the form of Leonardo ‘horseface’ Mayer, who came back from a set down to give Argentina their first point against Joachim Johansson.

Actually the best photo of him I could find.

And then who should hove into view (can you ‘hove’? did I make up that word?) but El Rey himself, David Nalbandian, who teamed up with Horacio Zeballos to take the doubles from Soderling and Lindstedt in straight sets.

Understandably, Nalbandian will get a lot of the credit for this win, but I really have to highlight the brilliant performance of Horazio Zeballos. The Zebutante really impressed on his first Davis Cup outing, staying cool and frequently producing fantastic shots under pressure. I’ve never really watched him play before, but he must have produced close to if not his best tennis on this occasion, a hard thing to do in Davis Cup especially with a legend-in-his-own-lunchtime next to you on the court. Great stuff. If Argentina lose this tie (they will), it won’t be his fault.

I’m told his nickname in Argentina translates to ‘onion’. Do with that information what you will.

Serbia 2 – United States 1

Well, well. Serbia looked well in control after Friday’s singles play against the next generation US team, with Troicki edging John Isner in four tight sets and Djokovic taking care of Querrey, also in four sets.

Things looked pretty rosy for the Serbian team when the news broke that Mike Bryan was suffering from food poisoning and would be replaced by John Isner for Saturday’s doubles. But it didn’t quite work out that way, and a lot of the credit has to go to John Isner. Despite enthusiastic (and sexy) support from the bench …

… the US won in four sets, 76(8) 57 76(8) 63, helped slightly by a controversial call in the third-set tiebreak but mainly by the level head of Bob Bryan and some really impressive work from John Isner. It takes serious, er, mental toughness to bounce back from a disappointing singles debut and put in the kind of performance he did in an unfamiliar milieu on his least favourite surface, against hostile crowd no less. Impressive.

Chile 2 Israel 0

After a day’s delay (and a minute’s silence for the victims of the Chilean earthquake), the postponed tie got under way today with singles action and both Nicolas Massu and Fernando Gonzalez performed for their country, winning in four sets and (in Gonzo’s case) with the due amount of theatrics.

Fuerza Chile!

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Quarterfinals Set in Basel and Valencia

Posted by gauloises1 on November 6, 2009

Bit of a mad day in Basel today. Four of the six matches went three sets and of the two that didn’t, one was a double bagel courtesy of Novak Djokovic. Come in, Jan Hernych, your time is up.

novak djokovic

Djokovic will take on Wawrinka, one of three Swiss in the final eight, after he beat Jarkko Nieminen 61 in the third. And give it up for wildcard Marco Chiudinelli, who beat Michael Lammer in three sets to set up a match with Richard Gasquet, one of today’s match-point savers; he fought off two in defeating John Isner 62 in the third.

richard gasquet

Also in the match-point-saving gang? My man Marin, who beat Troicki 76(7) 67(8) 76(6) in what looks like a fairly amazing match. Sadly it was on an unstreamed court. He’ll take on Steps, while the unenviable task of facing Federer in the quarters goes to Evgeny Korolev, who had to kill my buzz by taking out Chardy. Whatever.

In Valencia, it was more woe for the owners of the tournament, as Ferru was forced to give a walkover to Albert Montanes due to a hamstring injury that may well keep him out of Paris. Montanes will be taking on Andy Murray, who overcame visible rust to beat Horseface 63 in the third. Mayer showed some really good stuff, I thought, coming to net with great results, but Murray was just that little bit more solid in the decider.

andy murrayleonardo mayer

Feliciano Lopez got off to a flier against Tommy Robredo, but then his tennis unaccountably deserted him, losing in the third, while Fernando Verdasco beat Tipsarevic 63 63 for his quarterfinal spot. And Kolya beat Pico, despite needing the trainer in the second set. Even an animated chat with Mo couldn’t save Pico.

juan monaco mo laylani

Basel

Singles – Second Round
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d J Hernych (CZE) 60 60
[4] [WC] M Cilic (CRO) d V Troicki (SRB) 76(7) 67(8) 76(6) – saved 3 M.P.
[6] S Wawrinka (SUI) d J Nieminen (FIN) 75 26 61
R Gasquet (FRA) d J Isner (USA) 46 76(9) 62 – saved 2 M.P.
[Q] E Korolev (RUS) d J Chardy (FRA) 64 76(1)
[WC] M Chiudinelli (SUI) d [Q] M Lammer (SUI) 26 63 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d J Cerretani (USA) / A Qureshi (PAK) 64 64
C Kas (GER) / V Troicki (SRB) d S Lipsky (USA) / F Polasek (SVK) 64 62
M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d L Dlouhy (CZE) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 64

Valencia

Singles – Second Round
[1] A Murray (GBR) d L Mayer (ARG) 64 36 63
[2] N Davydenko (RUS) d J Monaco (ARG) 63 75
[4] F Verdasco (ESP) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 63 63
[7] T Robredo (ESP) d F Lopez (ESP) 46 63 64
A Montanes (ESP) d [8] D Ferrer (ESP) w/o (hamstring)
M Youzhny (RUS) d P Cuevas (URU) 62 26 61

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[3] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d J Coetzee (RSA) / S Huss (AUS) 36 64 13-11
V Hanescu (ROU) / H Tecau (ROU) d P Cuevas (URU) / J Monaco (ARG) 75 61
M Knowles (BAH) / M Llodra (FRA) vs M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP)

Posted in andy murray, basel, juan monaco, leonardo mayer, novak djokovic, richard gasquet, valencia | Tagged: , , , , | 7 Comments »

Back. Ish.

Posted by gauloises1 on October 19, 2009

I’m sort of back after having not switched on the computer or thought about tennis for nigh-on four days. Well, the bit about not thinking about tennis is obviously a lie. Catching up on a number of WTFs?! that seem to have occurred while I was gone (and I’m not talking about the World Tour Finals), but in the meantime, I think IRTTY deserves a little Horseface-shaped thank you for (wo)manning the fort so admirably in my absence …

You’re welcome.

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USO Day Four: Men? Kind of Dull

Posted by gauloises1 on September 4, 2009

I have to confess, I am finding it much easier to talk about the WTA so far. Rightly or wrongly, all of the best matches I’ve watched so far – the close, compelling, dramatic ones – have come from the women, and the men’s matches? Kind of a yawn. And the ones that do look good – Lapentti’s five-set comeback over Wawrinka, for example – have happened on unstreamed courts. OK, some of the entertainment the women have provided has been in top seeds losing winnable matches, but it’s keeping things bloody interesting. The situation will probably reverse itself as we get into the second week, but with all the WTA-bashing, which tour would you rather watch in the first week of a Slam?

Anyway. The men are playing, forgettable though it might be so far. Nikolay Davydenko (on an unstreamed court) beat Jan Hernych 64 61 62, and fourteenth seed Tommy Robredo dropped a set but overcame Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in four.

tommy

Tommy Haas and Sam Querrey, the twentieth and twenty-second seed, both came through. Haas put out Robert Kendrick in straights, while Sam exhibited some loose play to drop a set to fellow American Kevin Kim, but came through 75 67(6) 64 64. He will play Robin Soderling next, who progressed when Marcel Granollers retired after two and a bit games. Oooh-kay.

TENNIS-US OPEN-SODERLING-GRANOLLERS

Verdasco dropped just six games in beating Florent Serra, but the only real upset of the day came from Mikhail Youzhny, who lost to Marco Chiudinelli (that other Swiss guy who isn’t that one or the other one), 62 67(4) 46 36.

marco

Oh, and it was a bad day for the Argies. Maximo Gonzalez lost to the frankly inxplicable Jesse Witten (although he did rock some truly excellent hair), and Leonardo Mayer went down to Radek Stepanek in straight sets. He didn’t play particularly well, but he did exhibit some first-class dramatics.

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Sad face for Horseface.

Posted in leonardo mayer, marcel granollers, marco chiudinelli, robin soderling, tommy robredo, us open | Tagged: , , , , | 5 Comments »

USO Day One: Horseface In All His Glory

Posted by gauloises1 on September 1, 2009

Horseface scored a good win over Andrey Golubev tonight, winning in four sets.

In lieu of any photographic evidence, please enjoy his US Open headshot as kindly provided by IRTTY, Horseface’s No. 1 fan (out of 1).

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Really, any words I say at this point would be redundant.

UPDATED: Oh my god in heaven. It’s even better when you consider it in juxtaposition with this one …

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I can just imagine the photographer begging him to smile and then getting … well, you know.

Bless you, Horseface, and all who sail in you.

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New Haven: Have I Mentioned I Love Momo?

Posted by gauloises1 on August 28, 2009

You have to hand it to Sam Querrey. While everyone was still milling around going, “Really? Sam Querrey won the US Open series? … Huh,” he went out and scored what was probably the second biggest win of his career, coming from behind (heh) to beat Nikolay Davydenko in three sets. Nice.

querrey

Is success making him more attractive, or is it just me? Serious q.

Verdasco trampled over Jurgen Melzer and Andreev overcame Horseface in three sets for the win.

hf

Sadly the best photo I could find to recognise a true NB hero. Also the only one.

But all is not lost! Everybody’s least favourite-ish Argy, Chucho, took out Florent Serra 75 64 to book his spot in the semis. All you people who have in the past called him a useless sack of crap should be ashamed of yourselves. *wags finger*

chucho

Has his uses.

And on the vaginal side, Caroline Wozniacki and Flavia Pennetta progressed in straight sets to set up a nice semi-final clash. The other semi-final will be between Elena Vesnina, who dismissed translucent fish Anna Chakvetadze, and one Momo, who may or may not have been awesome in a three-set win over Svetlana Kuznetsova.

momo2

Yep, she was definitely awesome.

I didn’t see almost all the first set (turned it on just in time to see Momo awesomely save a set point and then go on to take the tiebreak), but it’s safe to say that throughout the match Kuznetsova had her chances to win it. I just never felt like she would, though. It’s odd, but even after Momo lost her way in the second set, I was certain she’d win in the end.

Maybe it’s just that her notoriously fragile mind is in fact a steel trap compared to Sveta’s, I don’t know. Still it’s so good to see her win a tough match, as always.

momo

Marry me, Momo.

Results

Singles – Quarter-finals
[6] S Querrey (USA) d [1] N Davydenko (RUS) 63 36 64
[2] [WC] F Verdasco (ESP) d [11] J Melzer (AUT) 63 61
[7] I Andreev (RUS) d L Mayer (ARG) 64 67(4) 63
J Acasuso (ARG) d F Serra (FRA) 75 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d [3] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 63 64
[4] M Damm (CZE) / R Lindstedt (SWE) d P Hanley (AUS) / J Kerr (AUS) 62 36 10-6

Doubles – First Round
P Hanley (AUS) / J Kerr (AUS) d [WC] D Martin (USA) / R Ram (USA) 62 63

Singles – Quarterfinals
(8) Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) d. (1/WC) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 76(9) 26 63
(2) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Virginie Razzano (FRA) 64 63
(3) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (Q) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 62 62
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 61 75

Doubles – Semifinals
Benesova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. (4) Bondarenko/Bondarenko (UKR/UKR) 64 20 ret. (K.Bondarenko: left thigh strain)

OOP:

Stadium (from 12.00hrs)
1. Flavia Pennetta vs. Caroline Wozniacki
2. ATP: Andreev vs. Verdasco
3. Querrey vs. Acasuso (NB 15.00hrs)
4. Amélie Mauresmo vs. Elena Vesnina (NB 19.00hrs)
5. ATP: Damm/Lindstedt vs. Soares/Ullyett

Grandstand (from 12.00hrs)
1. Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez vs. Craybas/Raymond
2. Knowle/Melzer vs. Melo/Sa (NB 13.00hrs)

Posted in amelie mauresmo, jose acasuso, leonardo mayer, new haven, sam querrey | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

L.A.: The Future’s Querrey

Posted by gauloises1 on August 2, 2009

Bad news for irefusetotellyou and indeed all fans of lustrously-coiffed Argies. Horseface went down to Carsten Ball in the first semifinal.

horseface

Boo.

carsten ball

Who?

But all is not lost as Sam Querrey beat Tommy Haas in straight sets to advance to his third straight final.

haas

Nobody likes you.

Haas paid grudging tribute to the “definitely improved” Querrey after the match. Sam, incidentally, is the first American to reach three straight ATP finals since Roddick did it back in 2004.

sam

Still an enormous geek though.

Singles – Semi-finals
[6] S Querrey (USA) d [1] T Haas (GER) 63 75
[Q] C Ball (AUS) d L Mayer (ARG) 75 76(3)

Doubles – Semi-finals
B Becker (GER) / F Moser (GER) d D Istomin (UZB) / L Mayer (ARG) 63 63

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