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Friday ATP Results: Bastad, Stuttgart

Posted by gauloises1 on July 18, 2009

And we have most of our semifinalists!


Give it up for Andreas Vinciguerra, ranked 460 in the world. He thrilled the home crowds with a three-set victory over fourth seed Jurgen Melzer. Who would have thought Sweden would have had two homeboys in the semis, as Rob Soderling out-thwacked Nicholas Almagro? Tommy Robredo dismissed my man Teimuraz 64 60 – grrr – and the match of the day (at least from my perspective) turned out to a bit of a damp squib. Fernando Verdasco was listless and struggling from the beginning with a tight right calf muscle, presumably the result of exhaustion after having played fourteen sets in Davis Cup and an epic match with ol’ Krazy Koellerer the previous day. It actually would have been over much quicker, had not Pico gone inexplicably soft in the head seeing how much Verdasco was struggling and started hitting the ball right back to him. Ah well. I’m sure Nando will be fully recovered and ruining my life in no time at all.

The biggest shock of the day was Fabio Fognini – who has eerily grown to resemble Ming the Merciless – defeating second seed Nikolay Davydenko in three sets.


Fabs played a solid match, but it was fairly dreadful stuff from Kolya, who just couldn’t find his range with any consistency. Hanescu beat Sidorenko in straight sets, but sadly rain interrupted play, so the winner of Kiefer-Kubot and Zverev-Chardy will presumably have to play two matches. Tough stuff.



Singles – Quarter-finals
J Monaco (ARG) d [1] F Verdasco (ESP) 61 31 ret. (right calf)
[2] R Soderling (SWE) d [5] N Almagro (ESP) 75 63
[3] T Robredo (ESP) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 64 60
[WC] A Vinciguerra (SWE) d [4] J Melzer (AUT) 26 64 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
[3] J Levinsky (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) d N Almagro (ESP) / S Ventura (ESP) 64 67(5) 10-7
R Lindstedt (SWE) / R Soderling (SWE) d [4] M Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) 64 76(7)


Singles – Quarter-finals
F Fognini (ITA) d [2] N Davydenko (RUS) 61 36 75
[4] V Hanescu (ROU) d [LL] A Sidorenko (FRA) 76(2) 64
N Kiefer (GER) vs [Q] L Kubot (POL) – play suspended due to rain
M Zverev (GER) vs J Chardy (FRA) – play suspended due to rain

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) vs V Hanescu (ROU) / H Tecau (ROU) – play suspended due to rain

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d I Navarro (ESP) / G Simon (FRA) 62 60

No Responses Yet to “Friday ATP Results: Bastad, Stuttgart”

  1. irefusetotellyou said

    Pico and “Vinciguerra” …. whoulda thunk?

    It’s a great story for “Andreas.” Wish I could have seen some of his matches . . . ranked 460 but in front of his home crowd? Sounds like a movie in the making.

    And, of course, who can’t forget my new sortofboyfriend Robin. SO LONG, ALMGAGRO! Gag you later.

  2. naughty T ... the champion unicorn said

    Merciless Minger more like….

  3. Carrie said

    I am kinda sad that Pico had to get to the semis at the expense of an injured Nando- but at the same time, I am happy he is in the semis. I want him to gain as many points as possible so he won’t have to qualify for Masters series any more.

    The thing is that now- ever since he got injured last year- he doesn’t seem like he believes he can win. He blows leads and gets incredibly headcasey and angsty. While I find his rants to be rather sexy (in part because I think he is the imbodiment of sex on two legs) I think he is increasingly losing the plot in matches so less rants would be good.

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