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Cincinnati: Julien Benneteau, Your Masters Series Quarterfinalist

Posted by gauloises1 on August 21, 2009

He is, as well. He beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in a epic three-setter which about one person watched to book his spot opposite Murray in the quarters.


Allez, lambykins.

Speaking of the world no. 2, he beat Radek Stepanek 64 61. OK, he has a good record over Stepanek – didn’t he beat him in his Very First Wimbledon as a wee thing? – but still. This is making me nervous now. Things are going so smoothly that he’s got “ripe for an upset” written all over him, and I do NOT want that upset happening in Flushing Meadows. Can we get it out of the way now, please?


Anyway, the other three members of the Big Four (we still call it that, right?) came through as well. That Swiss dude somehow took three sets to beat David Ferrer and, while Ferru was playing OK, bear in mind that in their last 8 sets combined, Federer had dropped just fifteen games. Let’s just say his mind was not on the job. I’m sure he’ll get it there to face his next opponent, as Rusty disposed of Sam Querrey in three to book another quarter-final spot.


Novak Djokovic beat Jeremy Chardy in straight sets that only required one or two racquet smashes and a certain amount of shouting. It’s another Frenchman for him next, as Gilles outlasted Kolya in three sets. This is actually a good result for Gilles, isn’t it? When was the last time he made quarter-finals in a Masters?


 Tomas Berdych will take on Rafa Nadal in the fourth quarter-final. The Czech had a straightforward win over Chris Guccione. Rafa beat Paul-Henri Mathieu, but I don’t have too much insight into this one as Mathieu’s play was maddeningly ragged and I switched over. Still, it would seem that Rafa is getting his game back on track-ish … no?


Singles – Third Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d D Ferrer (ESP) 36 63 64
[2] R Nadal (ESP) d P Mathieu (FRA) 75 62
[3] A Murray (GBR) d [16] R Stepanek (CZE) 64 61
[4] N Djokovic (SRB) d J Chardy (FRA) 75 63
[9] G Simon (FRA) d [8] N Davydenko (RUS) 67(6) 64 64
L Hewitt (AUS) d S Querrey (USA) 61 26 63
[LL] J Benneteau (FRA) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 46 64 76(4)
T Berdych (CZE) d [Q] C Guccione (AUS) 64 63

Doubles – Second Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d M Mirnyi (BLR) / A Ram (ISR) 64 62
D Ferrer (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) d [3] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) 62 64
[6] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d J Chardy (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) 62 64
[8] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d [WC] J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) 46 62 10-8


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8 Responses to “Cincinnati: Julien Benneteau, Your Masters Series Quarterfinalist”

  1. AmyLu said

    Murray is looking scarily good these days — I would be quite happy, though, to watch him in the USO final.

    I’m so irritated with Ferru (who would happen to be my second favorite tennis player). He FINALLY played his game for stretches against Federer (in the past, I think Federer makes him panic and he goes away from what he does best). He did what he does to Rafa — hit big with your FH and pound away. Now, he pounded Fed’s BH while he goes after Rafa’s FH wing, but basically the same strategy. And then I don’t know what happened after he broke Fed in the third. It’s like his brain completely imploded. So he breaks by targeting Fed’s BH, and then in his service game, he decides to direct his FH to Fed’s FH? And he’s nervous about going to the FH, so he went for too much, and he made about three UFEs with his best shot. And he started with a double-fault. Just brilliant, Ferru. Cahill was dumbstruck as to why he switched strategies. I mean, clearly, Fed wasn’t playing nearly his best tennis, but I’d argue some of his less than stellar form was due to Ferru taking away his confidence by exposing his BH (and Ferru was also reading Fed’s serve and getting a ton of returns in play — some of which took Fed off-guard). That was Ferru’s best chance to beat Federer, and he basically gave his break advantage away in the third set (and then he turned into pissy, cranky, unhappy Ferru). I don’t care how well or badly Fed is playing — if you give him life, and he can tell you’re vulnerable, he will capitalize. And win. And that’s what happened. Argh Ferru!

    The first set of Rafa/PHM was rather painful to watch, as Rafa started again seemingly unable to put the ball on the court. But I knew PHM would do what PHM does best — which is start to hit balls into the net. Repeatedly. I did feel like Rafa ended the match really well, as I saw some more “vintage” Rafa shots, but I’m still worried about his movement to the FH side. He’s always been vulnerable on that wing, and he still doesn’t look like he’s covering that side as well as he has in the past. Berdych has exploited that vulnerability to perfection in the past so I feel like tonight is a really, really big test for Rafa. I think this match will be the best match since the Del Potro one to really assess his form (provided, of course, that Berdych’s head makes it to the court tonight). If Berdych actually shows up, I’m expecting that Berdych will win. But I’ll be pleased if Rafa can hang in there with him.

    And, as for Nole, I’ve got nothing since ESPN has apparently decided he’s not worthwhile to put on TV. And he’s not going to be on TV today. That’s just pfft….

  2. irefusetotellyou said

    No sooner did I drive down the DRIVEWAY in my death-mobile car than the BREAKS STARTED SLIPPING (helllooo neighbor’s lawn!), which means I couldn’t go to Cincinnati …

    … which means I paid a shitload for a ticket I can’t use.

    … which means that my last opportunity of whoknowshowlong to revel in live tennis / stalk has passed.


  3. AmyLu said

    Aww, I’m so sorry you can’t go. That absolutely sucks. *big hug*

    I am glad, though, that you are okay and safe.

  4. irefusetotellyou said

    Thanks. 🙂

    I don’t even care so much about the money as the missed opportunity … sigh.

    Oh well. I guess having all limbs is still a bonus?

    On another note — BENNETEAU LEADS 1!? Did anyone see that last serve by Murray which gave Benny the break point / set point? Someone appears to be unravelling …

  5. AmyLu said

    I literally laughed at the second serve. That was insanely bad. And, then I’m not quite sure what happened in the second set — I start teaching on Tuesday so I’m trying to get my syllabus and everything in shape (and UNC’s computer network is killing me by continually malfunctioning — that makes it oh so easy to load readings on-line) so I have half an eye on the tennis, and then I’m yelling at the computer. A lot. I know Bennetau was up a break, then they played that insane 53 point rally in which Bennetau botched an overhead…and the next thing I knew, Murray had already won the set?

  6. gauloises1 said

    Murray’s performance was woefully bad. Winning notwithstanding.

    And yes, that double fault on set point was the worst second serve ever seen on planet tennis.

  7. linz said

    IRTTY I now feel incredibly guilty for encouraging you to go to Cincy. I’m glad you’re okay!

    (P.S: Turns out I am not very good at taking a break from tennis! I’m still reading blogs, tweets, and checking livescores. I think I’m a lost cause. At least there’s no frazzling though!!)

    And I LOVE the Carolina blue on Gilles!!!! Mmmmm….

  8. irefusetotellyou said

    Hah! Linz, it was hardly your fault …

    And indeed it is hard to cut tennis out of your life once YOU’VE GOTTEN ADDICTED.

    I’ll buy you a patch or some gum or a 12-step book or something, eh?

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