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The Week Ahead Now: Johannesburg, Santiago, Zagreb

Posted by gauloises1 on February 1, 2011

Johannesburg

250; Feliciano Lopez defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Feliciano Lopez, Yen-Hsun Lu, Janko Tipsarevic, Kevin Anderson, Florent Serra, Adrian Mannarino, Rainer Schuettler, Michal Przysieny

Points of interest: Adorable Canadian giant Milos Raonic has qualified and will play second seed Yen-Hsun Lu in the first round. Also, that’s once more than I hoped to have to type “Michal Przysieny” in 2011. Twice now.

Santiago

250; Thomaz Bellucci defending; draw here.

Top 8 Seeds: David Nalbandian, Juan Monaco, Thomaz Bellucci, Juan Ignacio Chela, Potito Starace, Tommy Robredo, Fabio Fognini, Santiago Giraldo

Points of interest: David Nalbandian, Juan Monaco, Thomaz Bellucci. Seriously, the South American clay swing? Sexy. Also, Robredo also got through a potentially challenging first round match with Federico Gil. Is Ex-Disco Tommy a thing again? Can he not be?

Zagreb

a.k.a the Marin Cilic peep show

250; Marin Cilic defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Marin Cilic, Ivan Ljubicic, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Richard Gasquet, Florian Mayer, Marcel Granollers, Philipp Petzchner, Michael Berrer

Points of interest: Well, it depends. If you think Marin Cilic has to hit rock bottom before he can begin to climb again, then you probably want him to lose in the second round. If you think he has to arrest the slide somewhere, anywhere, then you probably don’t want to watch his second round. He’s got a tough draw to get to the semis; first a  probable match with Igor Kunitsyn, then either the suddenly-scary Florian Mayer (who beat him in straights at Wimbledon last year) or the always-sexy Radek Stepanek. There’s always Richard Gasquet and last year’s finalist Michael Berrer in his half, too. And watch out for Lukas Lacko hanging around the bottom half as well. No insinuation intended.

Also: Marin is playing doubles with Goran. Seriously. Their first match is 6 p.m. local tomorrow.

11 Responses to “The Week Ahead Now: Johannesburg, Santiago, Zagreb”

  1. naughty T....urbane gentleman said

    Boy a year goes by and we see how all our dreams crumbled and turned to crap. Still love how miserable Feli looks holding that trophy.. “they killed a beautiful thing and gave it to me as a prize” The Floozy is too sensitive for his own good really.
    Point of interest may also be the Cilic/Goran doubles team… if you like that kind of tall, gangly please shag me senseless kind of thing.. twice over.

  2. naughty T....urbane gentleman said

    I should say something about Bella.. but I look at him and words fail me. That is enough

  3. linz said

    Only Feli could look that emo while holding a trophy. The boy has talent.

  4. Kris said

    This post is worth it for likely the last time Bellu and Marin were smiling on the court (why does it figure that his shot is obscured like that).

    Oh and the Goran/Marin doubles love.

  5. neilintoronto said

    Raonic took out number 2 seed Lu today in South Africa!!! Good to see he’s continuing his recent run of good form
    😀

  6. irefusetotellyou said

    I’ll ignore the obvious slight on Horseface by not mentioning his involvement at the Movistar thingamajig … (mainly since he already lost.)

    Anyway, the main point of this is to say GO NALBATRON (assuming he hasn’t lost yet.)

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