And Kolya, and Jo …
Posted by gauloises1 on February 25, 2010
More pain for the top seeds in Dubai today. Literally, after Kolya was forced to retire with a wrist injury, trailing indistinguishable German Michael Berrer 6-3.
And Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost to Ivan Ljubicic in straight sets in a match that I’m bloody glad I didn’t watch.
Not all bad news, though. Marin may look like he was constructed out of pipecleaners and wet spaghetti with no particular care taken during the process (and I love it, before the hatemail starts), but he’s holding up surprisingly well despite it, managing to beat Stefan Koubeck in straights; Baggy took care of Somdev Devvarman, and Nole meandered to a victory over compatriot Troicki, 62 in the third.
Nice nips though.
Men’s Singles – Second Round
 N Djokovic (SRB) d V Troicki (SRB) 36 64 62
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d  A Murray (GBR) 76(3) 46 64
M Berrer (GER) d  N Davydenko (RUS) 63 ret. (left wrist)
I Ljubicic (CRO) d  [WC] J Tsonga (FRA) 75 63
 M Cilic (CRO) d [Q] S Koubek (AUT) 62 76(6)
 M Youzhny (RUS) d [Q] B Phau (GER) 76(2) 64
J Melzer (AUT) d T Robredo (ESP) 63 75
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [Q] S Devvarman (IND) 63 36 61
Men’s Doubles – Quarter-finals
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d  M Bhupathi (IND) / M Mirnyi (BLR) 64 64
Men’s Doubles – First Round
F Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) d  D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 63 36 10-7
A Clement (FRA) / R Lindstedt (SWE) d [WC] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) 57 76(5) 10-8
 F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d  N Davydenko (RUS) / I Kunitsyn (RUS) W/O (Davydenko – left wrist)
Order of Play
CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
J Melzer (AUT) vs  M Cilic (CRO)
J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs  M Youzhny (RUS)
Not Before 7:00 PM
I Ljubicic (CRO) vs  N Djokovic (SRB)
M Baghdatis (CYP) vs M Berrer (GER)
COURT 3 start 2:00 pm
C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) vs  F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK)
A Clement (FRA) / R Lindstedt (SWE) vs  L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND)
Not Before 5:00 PM
F Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) vs J Tipsarevic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) – After Suitable Rest