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ATP Brisbane, Chennai, Doha: Gasquet Mans Up

Posted by gauloises1 on January 4, 2010

Loads going on but not too much to report, although I really enjoyed the match betwen Jarkko Nieminen and Richard Gasquet in Brisbane. Both played really well but Gasquet was outstanding and – despite the seemingly unavoidable wobbles – kept it together in the end for a solid 63 46 64 win.

Also winning in Brisbane? Defending champion Radek Stepanek, Nose Job, and Andy Roddick – who didn’t take the Gasquet route of removing his cap, but seemed to have forgotten to remove something from his cap.

Sadly Jeremy Chardy fell by the wayside at the hands of Alejandro Falla, seemingly setting fair to make 2010 as inconsistent as 2009.

In Doha, with the big guns relaxing, two lesser seeds were knocked out; Ernests Gulbis is on track for a second-round loss, having beaten sixth seed Albert Montanes, and Sergiy Stakhovsky knocked out Mikhail Youzhny.

And in Chennai, Marin Cilic opened his title defence with a straightforward victory over Igor Kunitsyn, 62 64. Get in.

Brisbane

Singles – First Round
[1] A Roddick (USA) d P Luczak (AUS) 76(5) 62
[2] R Stepanek (CZE) d [WC] J Millman (AUS) 64 60
A Falla (COL) d [7] J Chardy (FRA) 64 64
[8] T Bellucci (BRA) d J Chela (ARG) 63 36 61
R Gasquet (FRA) d J Nieminen (FIN) 63 46 64
W Odesnik (USA) d A Clement (FRA) 64 76(2)
M Gicquel (FRA) d P Petzschner (GER) 63 61
H Levy (ISR) d M Llodra (FRA) 62 60

Doubles – First Round
A Fisher (AUS) / S Huss (AUS) d [WC] K Hensel (AUS) / B Tomic (AUS) 46 63 10-6
J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) d M Damm (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) 62 62

Chennai

Singles – First Round
[2] M Cilic (CRO) d I Kunitsyn (RUS) 62 64
[4] J Tipsarevic (SRB) d [WC] C Moya (ESP) 63 76(2)
J Hajek (CZE) d [6] S Greul (GER) 36 62 64
T de Bakker (NED) d [8] R Ram (USA) 61 61
S Giraldo (COL) d B Phau (GER) 64 67(6) 63

Doubles – First Round
[2] M Granollers (ESP) / S Ventura (ESP) d M Kohlman (GER) / R Schuettler (GER) 76(5) 63
[WC] S Devvarman (IND) / S Singh (IND) d [4] R de Voest (RSA) / S Lipsky (USA) 62 75

Doha

Singles – First Round
S Stakhovsky (UKR) d [4] M Youzhny (RUS) 76(11) 62
[5] V Troicki (SRB) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 61 75
E Gulbis (LAT) d [6] A Montanes (ESP) 62 75
[7] I Karlovic (CRO) d F Fognini (ITA) 64 64
O Rochus (BEL) d [WC] A Hajji (QAT) 61 60
M Chiudinelli (SUI) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 75 63
P Starace (ITA) d F Gil (POR) 62 60
E Korolev (RUS) d M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 62 63

Doubles – First Round
[2] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d [WC] R El Amrani (MAR) / M Ghareeb (KUW) 60 60
[4] C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) d S Bolelli (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) 63 36 10-6

4 Responses to “ATP Brisbane, Chennai, Doha: Gasquet Mans Up”

  1. Rafadoc said

    “Ernests Gulbis is on track for a second-round loss…”

    Dammit G-you caught me off guard with this one. Luckily, I hadn’t started on the red wine yet. Diet Coke-fairly harmless to the sweater.

    I saw the 2nd set and I thought Ernie looked like he was playing really well. Hitting the lines and even volleying well. So, yah, he will probably lose tomorrow. Le sigh.

  2. Mlle. Marseillaise (a.k.a Joan) said

    Richard played really well. I really missed that backhand and occasional lapses of concentration. I wonder if Richard stopped wearing his cap because he’s obviously losing his hair (it might be from the stress of his doping ordeal rather than the cap) and doesn’t want to speed up the process or if it’s one of the terms of his endorsement deal with Head and Shoulders.

  3. linz said

    hahahahahahahaha. I can’t BELIEVE that he left the plastic thingy on his hat. hahahahaha. DORK. Love him thought. Thankfully I talked myself out of waking up at 5:00AM on my VACATION to watch him play a first round match against an unknown in a 250 tournament. But, i mean, I set my alarm for it….

    He looks happy. I like his clothes A LOT. He won. I slept in. Good times all around.

    I’m happy for Richard too. REALLY want him back in the mix.

    Gosh, I guess I *did* miss this tennis thing……

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