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Mixed Fortunes For Marin.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 3, 2011

Don’t look now – I SAID DON’T LOOK!!! – but Marin won a match in Zagreb, where he’s the two-time defending champion, beating Igor Kunitsyn 76(3) 62. He’ll be facing Florian Mayer in the quarterfinals after Stupid Flowery Girlie Girl beat Radek Stepanek in three sets. Mayer, let us not forget, is the man who dismissed Marin in straight sets at Wimbledon last year before the horrified eyes of yours truly, and he recently beat Nikolay Davydenko in the first round of the Australian Open.

This isn’t going to end well for the Mariners, is what I’m saying.

Marin fared slightly worse in the doubles, as he (somewhat bizarrely) teamed up with sometime(s) coach and tournament director Goran Ivanisevic to lose to Filip Polasek and Ivan Zelenay in straight sets, in a match that was mainly memorable for (i) Goran’s inability to get a serve in the court, (ii) Goran cracking Marin up on changeovers, and (iii) this ridiculous pair of trick shots by Polasek, which you can watch here.

But have some photos anyway, because it’s been scientifically proven that there is nothing more pictorially engrossing than a pair of lanky Croatians playing doubles. Also … Marin actually makes Goran look a little bit fat, or at least three-dimensional.

 

 

Elsewhere, Johannesburg has been mainly notable for the exploits of a couple of Canadians; Milos Raonic, who beat second seed Yen-Hsun Lu before losing to Simon Greul in the second round, and Frank Dancevic, currently ranked 234, who knocked out defending champion Feliciano Lopez in a rain-interrupted match that went to 10-8 in a third set tiebreak.

And in Santiago, the hotness of the tournament took a blow when Juan Monaco lost to hermano Maximo Gonzalez in the first round, but is still ensured after David Nalbandian beat Carlos Berlocq in three and Thomaz Bellucci, defending champion, is into the quarterfinals after Rui Machado. As a reward, he got to meet the Chilean Minister of the Interior.

He looks pretty happy about it, I suppose.

6 Responses to “Mixed Fortunes For Marin.”

  1. naughty T....urbane gentleman said

    He’s a miner celebrity… ptssssssssh.

    • irefusetotellyou said

      At first I was all “ptshhhhh” at your typo, but then I realized you were really just making a hilarious pun and I LAUGHED OUT LOUD! Oh you.

  2. irefusetotellyou said

    I’m going to go ahead and prematurely call VICTORY for Florian “The Evil Mayer” Mayer, who has a habit of crushing everyone’s dreams.

    !!!!!DAMN YOU FLORIAN!!!!!

    • naughty T....urbane gentleman said

      Flowery Girlie Girl is making a Za grab for the whole shebang…
      oh and Petzsch lost to Yankee Bogo??? Women’s drama comes to the men’s tour.

  3. jewell - Make tea, not war. said

    Why has it taken me so long to see you were back blogging?! JewellFail.

    I’m glad. 🙂

  4. Kris said

    Thanks for linking to the video. Amazing shots back to back, as well as the reactions from Polasek and Goran.

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