New Balls, Please

"Climbing the Comeback Mountain with the Tower of Tandil."

  • Recent Posts

  • Unhealthily Obsessed With

    agnieszka radwanska alize cornet amelie mauresmo ana ivanovic andy murray andy roddick aravane rezai ATP ATP week ahead australian open beijing belgrade british tennis bstaad caroline wozniacki cincinnati daniela hantuchova david ferrer david nalbandian davis cup dinara safina doha dubai elena dementieva ernests gulbis estoril fed cup feliciano lopez fernando gonzalez fernando verdasco flavia pennetta francesca schiavone french open gael monfils gilles simon image is everything indian wells jelena jankovic jo-wilfried tsonga john isner juan carlos ferrero juan martin del potro juan monaco julien benneteau justine henin kim clijsters kuala lumpur li na lleyton hewitt los angeles madrid marat safin marcos baghdatis maria kirilenko maria sharapova marin cilic marion bartoli melanie oudin miami mikhail youzhny montreal munich nikolay davydenko novak djokovic paris masters philipp kohlschreiber queens radek stepanek rafael nadal richard gasquet robin soderling roger federer rome sabine lisicki samantha stosur sam querrey serena williams shahar peer shanghai sorana cirstea stuttgart svetlana kuznetsova sydney the withdrawal method thomaz bellucci titlists tokyo tomas berdych tommy robredo us open venus williams vera zvonareva victoria azarenka video wimbledon WTA wta week ahead WTFs yanina wickmayer
  • Categories

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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: