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Mammoth Titlist … list

Posted by gauloises1 on July 19, 2010

I have to apologise for my protracted absence. Life stuff in the first half of the week followed by sustaining a silly and very painful eye injury on Wednesday which required me to lie in the dark being very bored … Well, that’s my excuse.

So who’s been winning while I’ve been away?

Bastad – ATP

Almagro continued his quest for universal popularity by beating Robin Soderling 75 36 62 for his sixth career title and first since Acapulco in 2009.

Bastad – WTA

Aravane Rezai beat Gisela Dulko 63 46 64 for her fourth career title and second this year. She’s now 4-0 in finals.

Budapest

Agnes Szavay defended her title, beating last year’s whipping woman Patty Schnyder 62 64.

Newport

While everyone else was playing Davis Cup last weekend, Mardy Fish won the soup thing.

Palermo

Quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and now defeater of Flavia Pennetta on home clay, Kaia Kanepi, ladies and gentlemen.

Prague

Second title in one post two weeks for Agnes Szavay, this time over Stepanova wedding guest Zahlalova Strycova, and she seems to have just about found her feet on clay for 2010. Never accused of good timing, our Agnes.

Stuttgart

A fifth career title for Montanes, conqueror of Federer earlier this year in Estoril, didn’t quite come the way he would have wanted after Gael Monfils turned his ankle at the end of the first set and was forced to retire 1-2 down in the second. Get better soon, Gael. Incidentally, five career titles and he doesn’t even get a look in on Davis Cup? Sometimes I wish I was Spanish.

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Climb Every Montanes

Posted by gauloises1 on May 9, 2010

Albert Montanes d. Frederico Gil, 62 67(4) 75

Congratulations to Albert Montanes on defending his Estoril Open title, and commiserations to Frederico Gil, who wasn’t able to build on his achievement of becoming the first Portuguese man to reach an ATP tour final and deliver the trophy for his home crowd. I didn’t see the match, so I’ll turn instead to naughty T, official NB agent provocateur and attender-of-Estoril, who summed up Gil’s performance in the final as “ripping victory from the jaws of defeat and then shoving it back down its throat”. Wise words.

Still cute though.

Anastasija Sevastova d. Arantxa Parra Santonja, 62 75

Just when you thought all there was to Latvian tennis was Ernests Gulbis, Anastasija Sevastova pops up to take her maiden WTA singles title. I’ve never seen her play but she’s had some solid results this year and it’s worth remembering that last year we also had a maiden titlist in Estoril who nobody had ever really heard of. Her name? Yanina Wickmayer. I’m just saying.

The Latvian Sharapova?

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Americans in Belgrade, Marin in Munich, F(r)ed in Estoril

Posted by gauloises1 on May 9, 2010

So here’s the state of play. Somewhat ironically, there’ll be an all-American final in Belgrade.

 John Isner had a great win over Stanislas Wawrinka and Sam Querrey disposed of little Filip Krajinovic, in his first ATP semi-final courtesy of Novak Djokovic’s withdrawal. He lost 61 62 in front of his home crowd.

Welcome to the wonderful world of the ATP!

In Munich, Marin Cilic has somehow cobbled enough wins together to be in the final. Yes, it’s one of those weeks. He actually played really well against Marcos Baghdatis today and got better as the match went on, which is, I suppose, a good thing.

It’ll be Mikhail Youzhny facing him in the final, after Youzhny disposed of Philipp Petzchner who had knocked out the defending champion Tomas Berdych. Youzhny is up 3 -0 in the head-to-head with Cilic, by the way. I’m just saying.

And the shock of the day in Estoril was Roger Federer’s 62 76(5) loss to Albert Montanes, the defending champion, in Estoril. It was a rain-delayed day, the conditions were terrible and for whatever reason, Federer just didn’t adapt at all. It was a mystifyingly lame performance from him, although he insists he isn’t worried – his post-match comments basically added up to ‘meh, these things happen’. I was fairly impressed with Montanes, though, who didn’t let either the conditions or the unexpected lack of resistance throw him off and is now in an excellent position to defend his title.

 

Lost in the Federer shuffle, however, has been the fact that Frederico Gil has become the first Portuguese player to reach an ATP final and he’s done it on his home ground, beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 62 57 63. Heartwarming stuff.

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ATP: Semifinals Set in Sydney, Auckland

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010

Marcos Baghdatis and Richard Gasquet are keeping their resurgences going in Sydney, as they both made it through to the semifinals yesterday. Gasquet saw off the not-to-be-mocked Potito Starace to set up a semifinal encounter with Julien Benneteau, who beat Leonardo Mayer with a bagel, no less.

Well done, Lamb. IRTTY now hates you.

It was Baggy who had the really impressive win, though, backing up his victory over Troicki by knocking out fourth seed Lleyton Hewitt. He’s so much more likeable when he’s playing well, isn’t he?

Oh, and Mardy Fish won. Hands up who is pleased. Seriously, I’d like to take a count.

In Auckland, only one Spaniard remains out of the bazillion who entered, and that’s … Albert Montanes, who beat qualifier Michael Lammer to book his semifinal spot.

Sixth seed Jurgen Melzer was knocked out by Arnaud Clement, and Tommy Robredo fell to John Isner 64 in the third. I feel this merits a mini-picspam.

Auckland

Singles – Quarter-finals
J Isner (USA) d [1] T Robredo (ESP) 76(5) 36 64
[5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d M Gicquel (FRA) 63 61
A Clement (FRA) d [6] J Melzer (AUT) 62 75
[8] A Montanes (ESP) d [Q] M Lammer (SUI) 63 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) d T Bellucci (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) 75 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) d R Wassen (NED) / H Zeballos (ARG) 61 75

Sydney

Singles – Quarter-finals
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [4] L Hewitt (AUS) 46 62 63
M Fish (USA) d [WC] P Luczak (AUS) 76(5) 62
R Gasquet (FRA) d P Starace (ITA) 63 76(7)
J Benneteau (FRA) d [Q] L Mayer (ARG) 64 67(5) 60

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) 62 46 10-5
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d [WC] C Ball (AUS) / S Huss (AUS) 36 76(5) 10-8
I Andreev (RUS) / E Korolev (KAZ) d [Alt] B Becker (GER) / S Lipsky (USA) 75 10 – ret. (Becker – arm)

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Montanes, Monfils Win at Tennis, Pico Wins at Drama

Posted by gauloises1 on September 27, 2009

Sorry about the lack of blogging, I was doing stuff and then recovering from it. It happens.

Anyway, congratulations to Albert Montanes, who won the title in Bucharest today for his second clay-court title of the year, beating Pico 76(2) 76(6).

montanes

I saw the second set, and it seemed like Pico was actually setting up a lot of the points really well, only to lose control when it came to executing at the end. He was a minibreak up more than once in the second-set tiebreak and gave it away with unforced errors. And there was a lot of wailing at the sky and flopping about like a fabulous thespian, which fairly made it all worth it.

pico2

pico

pico3

Credit to Montanes though, who I find quite heart-warmingly sweet. I thought he played really well and some of his drop-shots were things of beauty. It isn’t easy to successfully drop-shot someone as quick as Pico. And he’s so happy when he wins. So I’m OK with this. I’m sure it’ll be a relief to him to know that.

montanes trophymontanes trophy2

And in Metz, Gael Monfils won his first title for four years (!), defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber 76(1) 36 62. I have nothing to say about this match apart from that having watched the first set, I can’t really understand how it went three, but hey, that’s Bambi for you.

la monf

la monf3

France Tennis

Best worst trophy ever.

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Sunday Champs: Djokovic, Berdych, Montanes

Posted by gauloises1 on May 10, 2009

Albert Montanes d. James Blake, 57 76(6) 60

montanes

Congratulations to Albert Montanes, who rallied from match point down to claim his second ATP title over James Blake.

montanes trophy

It was a tough ask for Blake, who had already done well earlier in the day to finish his match against Davydenko and come out with the win. Incidentally, is he still working with Barker? I didn’t see him around this week.

montanes blake

Tomas Berdych d. Mikhail Youzhny 64 46 76(5)

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Great result for Berdych. He’s making a fricking habit of beating guys I like in finals. I might bold his name on my hate list. And that’s serious business.

berdych

Priss.

Novak Djokovic d. Lukas Kubot 63 76(0)

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Did anyone really expect a different result? Surprised how close the scoreline was, anyway. But well done to Nole on winning the inaugural Nole Open. And I’m not being THAT sarcastic. Look how happy he is.

kubot

BRAAAAAAAAAAAINS.

Seriously, he’s dead behind the eyes.

nole kubot

Is that trophy a mirror or a gateway to another dimension?

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