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Shanghai: Verdasco Out, Tsonga-Soderling To Meet

Posted by gauloises1 on October 14, 2009

Fairly fun day in Shanghai today with the obvious exception of del Potro’s withdrawal (Tommy Haas was also forced to retire after a set against Rainer Schuettler). The first and second seeds, Nadal and Nole, both came through; Rafa winning a thriller against Blake 64 in the third and looking increasingly like his old self, and Nole in fairly routine fashion over Fabio Fognini.

shanghai rafa nadal second roundshanghai novak djokovic second round

It’ll be Robredo and Schuettler next respectively. Probably the upset of the day was Fernando Verdasco, who really wanted a strong showing here to boost his London bid, falling to Ivan Ljubicic, 64 76(6). I flicked over from time to time and saw some truly horrible tennis from Verdasco, and some truly classic tantrums.

shanghai fernando verdasco second roundshanghai ivan ljubicic second round

But at least Verdasco’s better half had a good day, putting out compatriot and sixteenth seed David Ferrer, while La Monf survived his own bizarre tactics and lack of attention span to beat Hewitt 62 in the third.

shanghai feliciano lopez second round

shanghai gael monfils second round

Marat Safin went out to Tomas Berdych and then bitched about it, and a blockbuster match-up was set between Robin Soderling and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Both guys are hoping to nab a London spot. Should be big fun.

shanghai jo-wilfried tsonga second roundshanghai robin soderling second round

Singles – Second Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d J Blake (USA) 62 67(4) 64
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] F Fognini (ITA) 63 61
J Melzer (AUT) d [3] J del Potro (ARG) 75 21 ret. (right wrist)
[5] J Tsonga (FRA) d [WC] S Zeng (CHN) 63 63 
I Ljubicic (CRO) d [7] F Verdasco (ESP) 64 76(6)
[8] G Simon (FRA) d V Troicki (SRB) 63 64
[9] R Soderling (SWE) d N Almagro (ESP) 64 75
[11] G Monfils (FRA) d L Hewitt (AUS) 46 64 62
[14] T Robredo (ESP) d [Q] F Mayer (GER) 46 76(10) 64 – Saved 3 M.P.
[Q] R Schuettler (GER) d [15] T Haas (GER) 64 ret. (right shoulder)
F Lopez (ESP) d [16] D Ferrer (ESP) 46 75 61 
T Berdych (CZE) d [WC] M Safin (RUS) 36 64 64

Doubles – Second Round
J Benneteau (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) d [1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 64 64
[2] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) 63 62
[3] M Bhupathi (IND) / M Knowles (BAH) d T Parrott (USA) / F Polasek (SVK) 75 36 10-4
J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d [4] M Mirnyi (BLR) / A Ram (ISR) 57 63 10-7
[5] W Moodie (RSA) / D Norman (BEL) d F Lopez (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) W/O (Verdasco knee)
[6] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d L Dlouhy (CZE) / P Petzschner (GER) 62 76(3)
F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d [7] B Soares (BRA) / K Ullyett (ZIM) 57 63 10-5
[8] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d B Becker (GER) / T Haas (GER) W/O (Haas – right shoulder)

6 Responses to “Shanghai: Verdasco Out, Tsonga-Soderling To Meet”

  1. irefusetotellyou said

    Good on RobSod for beating Almgagro.

    But what the hell is up with Feli and this “winning” thing all of a sudden?

  2. linz said

    Whoa. I thought that picture of Feli was Kiefer for a very, very long time. Is it? This hair cut and the winning are confusing me….

    Tsonga/Soderling should be a BLAST. Had a tough time picking that one, I can’t even remember who I picked…and I’m too lazy to check (also, considering I had DelPo winning the whole thing and Nando making the semis, I’m not sure I should look…)

    How did Blake look? Seems like he played well, I’m somewhat optimistic that he’ll be competitive in 2010…

  3. AmyLu said

    Well, I picked Soderling to beat Tsonga, but seeing how I had Roddick in the semis and Del Potro to win this whole thing (and for some bizarre reason, Gasquet to beat Ferrer and continue advancing…not sure what happened there), my guess is Tsonga will win.

    and IRTTY, I’m not at all surprised that Lopez beat Ferrer. For some reason, Lopez owns Ferru. If I had correctly picked Lopez and Ferru to meet (I love how I had neither one advancing past their first matches), I actually would have gotten a pick right, as I would have picked Lopez. But, yeah, that doesn’t count for much, except to help soothe my wounded pride and ego.

  4. Carrie/Cubbie said

    The Rafa/Blake match was fun. Rafa seems still unable to consolidate a break and needs to work on his serve- but it seemed better and his play was better. Baby steps- baby steps.

    Blake did will. I think he is tired of going down with a whimper and will be focused in 2010.

  5. harini said

    OMG that’s Feli?!? He looks wayyy different. I liked the old Feli better.

    Verdasco losing was just bizarre. I had to look properly to make sure he really lost to Ljuby. I mean, good for Ljuby but good lord. What is going on there?
    Heh, I want to see Marat bitching. Nice little turn from his cute exit from Beijing.

    I so wish I had taped the Rafa match! Weeks without tennis and I forgot I have the Tennis Channel and probably live coverage of Shanghai. And ooh looking forward to Jo/Robin. Go Jo!

    AmyLu, I picked Ferru to beat Feli. Obviously that was a mistake. I have Tsonga advancing to the finals but at the rate this tournament’s going, I don’t think I want to look at my bracket until it’s all over.

  6. AmyLu said

    Harini, Ferru is one of my favorite players, and I continually grew annoyed by his losses to Lopez (including when Ferru was actually playing really, really well). If I didn’t know of Ferru’s issues with Lopez, I would pick Ferru to win in a heartbeat. I mean it seems like he should be able to win that match-up comfortably — when you’re really good at putting returns in play, and hitting passing shots, and you’re playing a guy who has a big serve, but doesn’t exactly hold up well in rallies, you’d think Ferru would win. Not to mention that Ferru has had much better results, career, etc. So I remain baffled by their match-up (and now that I said this, I’m sure Ferru will destroy Lopez the next time the two play…which actually would be more than okay by me 🙂 ).

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