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Shanghai: Now Marin- and Pico-Free

Posted by gauloises1 on October 13, 2009

So today sucked in many ways. One of which was Roddick getting injured. Another of which was Pico losing 61 62 to Troicki. And the third of which was Marin inexcusably losing to Tomas Berdych, 64 in the third set.

shanghai marin cilic first round

I watched this match with increasingly frustrated attention, and it really illustrated beautifully a lot of my concerns about Marin. He said recently in Beijing that he was pleased with the way he was proving able to sustain his level throughout a match, but that’s exactly what cost him today. Don’t get me wrong, Berdych was playing beautifully, but I still think Marin could and indeed should have won in straights. He had the advantage in the tiebreak and surrendered it with unforced errors, and precisely the same thing happened in the third set when he was 4-2 up and had 0-40 on Berdych’s serve. It just wasn’t … necessary. Anyway. That kind of inconsistency is not going to get it done and that’s all there is to it, so home he goes. And credit to Berdych. I found it hard to focus on him but he was playing beautifully.

shanghai tomas berdych first round

Elsewhere in first round action, Jurgen Melzer beat Jeremy Chardy 64 64 to set up a second-round meeting with JMDP, and Lleyton Hewitt put out an erratic John Isner 62 64. Soderling beat Hanescu easily enough, and Gael Monfils rolled over compatriot Paul-Henri Mathieu.

shanghai gael monfils first round

With the exception of Roddick-Wawrinka, the second-round matches all went with seeding, as Kolya visited little-noticed destruction on Kunitsyn, Stepanek put out Beck in straights, and Gonzo beat Nose Job in a match that was, frankly, hot.

shanghai fernando gonzalez second roundshanghai thomaz bellucci second round

Singles – First Round
[9] R Soderling (SWE) d V Hanescu (ROU) 63 64
[11] G Monfils (FRA) d P Mathieu (FRA) 62 62
T Berdych (CZE) d [12] M Cilic (CRO) 76(8) 36 64
[15] T Haas (GER) d B Becker (GER) 76(5) 64
J Melzer (AUT) d J Chardy (FRA) 64 64
L Hewitt (AUS) d J Isner (USA) 62 64
I Ljubicic (CRO) d J Benneteau (FRA) 63 36 61
N Almagro (ESP) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 67(2) 61 76(6)
V Troicki (SRB) d J Monaco (ARG) 61 62

Singles – Second Round
S Wawrinka (SUI) d [4] A Roddick (USA) 34 ret. (left knee)
[6] N Davydenko (RUS) d I Kunitsyn (RUS) 64 62
[10] F Gonzalez (CHI) d [Q] T Bellucci (BRA) 63 64
[13] R Stepanek (CZE) d A Beck (GER) 75 64

Doubles – First Round
J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d [WC] W Gao (CHN) / X Yu (CHN) 63 63
L Dlouhy (CZE) / P Petzschner (GER) d T Berdych (CZE) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) w/o (Kohlschreiber – right shoulder)
T Parrott (USA) / F Polasek (SVK) d J Blake (USA) / J Isner (USA) 75 62
J Benneteau (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) d M Llodra (FRA) / R Stepanek (CZE) 75 75

One Response to “Shanghai: Now Marin- and Pico-Free”

  1. Ela said

    Jeez! this really sucks no Pico, no Marin. I’m so over this

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