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Tokyo: Gulbis Makes It Past Second Round

Posted by gauloises1 on October 9, 2009

Crack open the Latvian champagne, he finally did it – won two main draw matches in a row for the first time in 2009. OK, so it came courtesy of a withdrawal from Pico when Gulbis was leading 64 41, but even Ernie wouldn’t have messed up that scoreline, right? Right?

juan monaco tokyo japan open 2009

There’s a gaping hole in this photo where a comforting Elf should be.

Ernie will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals, after Jo topped Richard Gasquet (pfft, who hasn’t?) in three sets.

jo-wilfried tsonga tokyo japan open 2009

Daddy cool.

Up at the top of the draw, it’ll be Mikhail Youzhny facing Berdych after he knocked out third seed Gilles Simon 64 in the fifth. Lleyton Hewitt managed to subdue ancient trickster and odour-removal spray Fabrice Santoro 61 in the third, and Eduardo Roger-Vasselin of ruining-my-week fame beat Melzer in three sets. Which I find oddly comforting.

tokyo vasselin

Guys, this is killing me. *Who* does he look like?!

Singles – Second Round
[2] J Tsonga (FRA) d R Gasquet (FRA) 46 62 62
M Youzhny (RUS) d [3] G Simon (FRA) 76(5) 67(5) 64
[5] T Berdych (CZE) d A Beck (GER) 64 61
[8] L Hewitt (AUS) d F Santoro (FRA) 36 63 61
[Q] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d J Melzer (AUT) 46 62 63
[Q] E Gulbis (LAT) d J Monaco (ARG) 63 41 ret. (right hip)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[WC] S Iwabuchi (JPN) / T Suzuki (JPN) d J Tsonga (FRA) / S Wawrinka (SUI) 63 46 10-8
J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) 36 64 11-9

Doubles – First Round
C Kas (GER) / J Levinsky (CZE) d *[Alt] M Chiudinelli (SUI) / D Meffert (GER) 63 62

*[Alt] M Chiudinelli (SUI) / D Meffert (GER) replaced M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) – (Sa – illness)

17 Responses to “Tokyo: Gulbis Makes It Past Second Round”

  1. linz said

    He looks a little like Tom Cruise in that picture, but that’s the only picture I’ve seen of him ever, so it could just be the angle. And a little like Michael Vartan. A cross between the two?

  2. sophienz said

    He kinda looks like Sam Rockwell in that photo.

  3. doesn't swing,it blows said

    He is a kind of cross between Tom Cruise and Voldemort right before he is completely back.

  4. gauloises1 said

    It’s all good, but it’s not what I’m thinking of …

    Who’s Michael Vartan? What’s he been in?

  5. AmyLu said

    Ooh, Linz, I see the Michael Vartan reference. Never would have thought of that one, but I do see it — kind of the slightly less attractive, older brother (I’m sure he’s actually younger, but he seems older to me) of Michael Vartan.

    gauloises, I know Vartan from the TV show (in the US) called Alias, which Jennifer Garner starred in. I feel like he’s been in some romantic comedy, chick-flick movies too, but I can’t come up with any off the top of my head.

  6. Saoirse said

    Steve Coogan sucking on lemons.

  7. sophienz said

    Michael Vartan is the babe in Never Been Kissed.

  8. sophienz said

    I still think Sam Rockwell, from Charlie’s Angels and the Assassination of Jesse James and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
    He really could be his pointier twin.

  9. linz said

    Sam Rockwell is a good one!!! But I do still feel like there’s someone else we’re missing….This is going to keep me up at night.

  10. gauloises1 said

    The problem is that while these are all plausible and good and fine, they’re not the person I’m thinking of … Basically someone needs to climb inside my skull and do some rewiring.

  11. irefusetotellyou said

    I LOLed at the Voldemort reference, Naughty, but then I saw it in his face too. Weird.

    Or maybe the fact that he took out Elf adds to his evilness? CRUCIO to my heart, indeed.

    Also, was Pico ill? or injured?

  12. gauloises1 said

    I heard it was the same leg injury he picked up in the Bucharest final, but I couldn’t say for certain sure.

  13. mina said

    Michael Vartan was in the Jennifer Lopez movie, Monster in Law.

  14. mrdarnley said

    Shades of Chris De Burgh me thinks. Also stick a leather jacket on him, and aayyy thumbs up he could do a nice impression of the Fonz.

  15. siara said

    Matthew Bellamy? 😛

  16. lauren said

    Hmm, oddly reminding me of that guy who played Nate in 6 Feet Under.
    Is there some kind of prize for guessing the contents of your brain? If so, and if I win, can I pick Pico? I think he needs some comforting right now.

  17. Mozumi said


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