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ATP Week Ahead: Acapulco, Dubai, Delray Beach

Posted by gauloises1 on February 21, 2011

Acapulco

500, David Ferrer defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco, Nicolas Almagro, Stanislas Wawrinka, Albert Montanes, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Juan Monaco, Juna Ignacio Chela

Points of interest: How about a first-round meeting between Thomaz Bellucci and Fernando Verdasco? There’s also the question of how new kid on the block Milos Raonic, due to play Carlos Berlocq in the opening round, will respond after his astonishing last couple of weeks – and on a different surface too. And, you know, Ferru.

Oh, and there’s always the question of whether everyone will make it out alive, particularly after this.

Dubai

500, Novak Djokovic defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych, Mikhail Youzhny, Ivan Ljubicic, Viktor Troicki, Marcos Baghdatis, Ernests Gulbis

Points of interest: This was the first title Novak had ever defended in his career, but he’s got a tough road to make it a third year in a row; starting off with Michael Llodra, match-tough from Marseilles.  In contrast, Federer’s quarter looks rather lightweight. Keep an eye out for an unseeded Nikolay Davydenko lurking about, and note the first-round meeting of qualifier Grigor Dmitrov and Richard Gasquet. Battle of the Baby Feds …

Delray Beach

 

250, Ernests Gulbis defending (or not, given that he’s opted to go and lose in the first round of Dubai instead); draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey, John Isner, Kevin Anderson, Janko Tipsarevic, Benjamin Becker, Adrian Mannarino

Points of interest: Another American hard court tournament in spring, another brace of Americans, none of whom (with the exception of Roddick, who is clearly ill and may or may not play) particularly impressed last week in Memphis. But there’s a lot of interest in this draw: Dudi Sela, due for a rematch with Roddick; Julien Benneteau and Ivo Karlovic, both making their way back from injury, starting off with Ivan Dodig and Janko Tipsarevic respectively; former champion Kei Nishikori; and of course Delpo, Delpo, Delpo and Delpo, who will be playing Richard Berankis in the first round. Fair warning: he will probably lose to Berankis, who’s an infuriating bundle of counter-punching energy. Unfair warning: if he does, I’m cliffing myself.  

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ATP Week Ahead: Buenos Aires, Marseilles, Memphis

Posted by gauloises1 on February 14, 2011

Memphis

500; Sam Querrey defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Andy Roddick, Fernando Verdasco, Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey, John Isner, Yen-Hsun Lu, Kevin Anderson (Gael Monfils withdrew)

Points of interest: Delpo, Delpo, Delpo … and his first round match with defending finalist John Isner. Delpo’s won both of their meetings so far, but Isner’s improved since 2009 and it’s just a big ask for Delpo right now. Having said that, at least he’s sharp. Otherwise, it’s mainly seeing how many of the eight American men in the draw can make it past the first round and being amused that San Jose finalists Raonic and Verdasco will be meeting in the first round.

Buenos Aires

250; Juan Carlos Ferrero defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Nicolas Almagro, Stanislas Wawrinka, David Nalbandian, Albert Montanes, Juan Monaco, Tommy Robredo, Alexandr Dolgopolov

Points of interest: The South American clay swing is so incestuous, I feel like I’ve thought about all these match-ups many, many times in the past two weeks. Anyway, if we’re not going to get this level of sexy bromance, then this may not be the tournament for me. But you know … I wish them well. And does anybody else think that Stan Wawrinka looks really quite like French international Dmitri Yachvilli?

Marseilles 

250; Michael Llodra defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Robin Soderling, Tomas Berdych, Mikhail Youzhny, Jurgen Melzer, Ivan Ljubicic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Ernests Gulbis, Michael Llodra

Points of interest: It’s everybody who played in Rotterdam, just on slightly faster courts. And yet … the interest. Former better-half-of-Bendra, restaurant victim Julien Benneteau, returns to the tour only to face not just the defending champion, but the man who dumped him for Nenad Zimonjic in the doubles department, in the first round. Wildcard Grigor Dmitrov gets abs-flashing partner in crime Dmitry Tursunov, while Nikolay Davydenko and Gilles Simon – both unseeded! – will play each other.

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ATP Week Ahead: Rotterdam, San Jose, Costa do Saiupe

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2011

Rotterdam

500; Robin Soderling defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Robin Soderling, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Jurgen Melzer, Mikhail Youhzny, Ivan Ljubicic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Points of interest: What isn’t of interest? Soderling’s no. 4 ranking is on the line unless he can defend his title or Murray puts in a dismal performance, which is pretty likely given his draw: Baghdatis, Lopez or Mayer, probably Ljubicic … Just the kind of draw that a man recovering from a battering in a major final needs. Look out for first round meetings between Dimitrov-Tsonga, Gulbis-de Bakker, and Paire-Simon. Fun on the bun.

San Jose

 

250; Fernando Verdasco defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Fernando Verdasco, Gael Monfils, Sam Querrey, Xavier Malisse, Denis Istomin, Benjamin Becker, Lleyton Hewitt, Kei Nishikori

Points of interest: I thought Fernando Verdasco had a broken foot – and yet. Two men attempting to bounce back from a disappointing Australian Open – Monfils and Querrey – along with Nishikori and Ivo Karlovic on the comeback trail. Also? Delpo, Delpo and Delpo. In that order. He plays Teimuraz “Basher” Gabashvili in the first round.

Costa do Saiupe

 

250; Boss defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Nicolas Almagro, Albert Montanes, Thomaz Bellucci, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Juan Ignacio Chela, Tommy Robredo, Potito Starace, Victor Hanescu

Points of interest: Sexy men on sexy clay.  

Posted in ATP week ahead, costa do saiupe, fernando verdasco, juan carlos ferrero, robin soderling, rotterdam, san jose | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »

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.

Posted in ATP week ahead, feliciano lopez, johannesburg, marin cilic, santiago, thomaz bellucci, zagreb | Tagged: , , | 11 Comments »

ATP Week Ahead: Atlanta, Hamburg

Posted by gauloises1 on July 19, 2010

The tour gets schizophrenic again this week as some of it heads off to hard courts to get a head start on the US Open series, while the rest of it clings doggedly to clay.

Atlanta

OK, so Robby Ginepri isn’t technically the defending champ, but I’m pretty sure this is the tournament that used to be Indianaopolis. And I like to scare you all every so often by reminding you that if you’re not careful and fail to maintain constant vigilance, Robby Ginepri will win things.

Draw here.

Top seeds: Andy Roddick (WC), John Isner, Lleyton Hewitt, Horacio Zeballos, Janko Tipsarevic, Mardy Fish, Xavier Malisse, Benjamin Becker

Big Question of the Week: Do they really have mermaids in Atlanta?

Hamburg

Draw here.

Top seeds: Kolya, Ferru, Jurgen Melzer, Gael Monfils, Nicolas Almagro, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Thomaz Bellucci, Albert Montanes

Big Question of the Week: Can babydaddy Gilles Simon start drawing down the green? If not, can Ferru or Boss or Nose Job please win this thing? Thanks.

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ATP Week Now: Newport Soup Tournament

Posted by gauloises1 on July 6, 2010

Newport

Draw here.

Top Seeds: Sam Querrey, Santiago Giraldo, Alejandro Falla, Olivier Rochus, Mardy Fish, Karol Beck, Rajeev Ram, Taylor Dent

The tournament has also given Nicolas Mahut a wildcard and, presumably, all the soup he can eat, which is a bit of a weird present to give to someone who just played the longest match ever. I’m saying, he’s probably had enough of tennis for a while. Why not a nice fruit basket? Or just a hearty ‘well done’?

It’s also worth noting that the Davis Cup quarterfinals are this weekend. I shall attempt to address them forthwith (i.e. tomorrow).

Who’s Already Out

Singles – First Round
[4] O Rochus (BEL) d E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 76(2) 64
[WC] R Harrison (USA) d [6] K Beck (SVK) 61 62
G Soeda (JPN) d [8] T Dent (USA) 64 36 64
D Brown (JAM) d B Phau (GER) 76(3) 67(7) 64
F Dancevic (CAN) d M Gicquel (FRA) 75 64

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ATP Week Ahead: Eastbourne, ‘Den Bosch

Posted by gauloises1 on June 14, 2010

Eastbourne

Random Queens-related comment: I saw Tursunov a couple of days after he’d lost, and he was being a real sweetie about posing for photos and so on for fans. Kudos. Anyway …

Draw here.

Top seeds: Nicolas Almagro, Feliciano Lopez, Gilles Simon, Julien Benneteau, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Horacio Zeballos, Alexander Dolgopolov, Michael Llodra

A bit lightweight compared to the women’s draw, and very heavy on the clay-courters. Still, Gilles is back – yay! – and it will be interesting to see whether Lopez and Llodra can carry across their good Queens form.

‘Den Bosch

Draw here.

Top seeds: Ivan Ljubicic, Marcos Baghdatis, Tommy Robredo, Victor Troicki, Philipp Petzchner, Thiemo de Bakker, Janko Tipsarevic, Arnaud Clement

Sunday’s results

Singles – First Round
S Greul (GER) d [WC] R Haase (NED) 75 76(5)
S Giraldo (COL) d M Chiudinelli (SUI) 62 75
A Falla (COL) d F Serra (FRA) 64 64
P Luczak (AUS) d M Russell (USA) 76(6) 76(3)

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ATP Week Now: Halle, Queens

Posted by gauloises1 on June 8, 2010

Halle

Draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Roger Federer, Nikolay Davydenko, Mikhail Youzhny, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Radek Stepanek, Jurgen Melzer, Marcos Baghdatis, Lleyton Hewitt

The good news? Kolya and Steps are back. The bad news? Boss and Baggy are already out. Somehow.

Monday’s results

Singles – First Round
[LL] D Meffert (GER) d [4] J Ferrero (ESP) 63 75
P Petzschner (GER) d [7] M Baghdatis (CYP) 64 63
[8] L Hewitt (AUS) d P Luczak (AUS) 62 62
L Lacko (SVK) d J Chardy (FRA) 75 76(0)
T de Bakker (NED) d [Q] R Bopanna (IND) 64 76(11)
V Troicki (SRB) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 61 76(4)

Doubles – First Round
S Stakhovsky (UKR) / M Youzhny (RUS) d [4] M Kohlmann (GER) / J Nieminen (FIN) 16 76(8) 10-5
C Kas (GER) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [WC] Y Allegro (SUI) / R Federer (SUI) 64 76(6)

Queens

Draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Marin Cilic, Gael Monfils, Sam Querrey, Feliciano Lopez

The good news? I’m going to be there Wednesday and Thursday, and @rachaelsimpson is already there tweeting in classic style. The bad news? Rain. Lots of rain.

Monday’s results

Singles – First Round
[9] J Benneteau (FRA) d A Clement (FRA) 62 64
[11] R Gasquet (FRA) d K Nishikori (JPN) 63 63
[12] M Llodra (FRA) d A Golubev (KAZ) 63 62
E Korolev (KAZ) vs [13] S Giraldo (COL) – to finish 33
[14] D Sela (ISR) d C Guccione (AUS) 67(4) 76(5) 64
[16] D Istomin (UZB) d [WC] J Baker (GBR) 61 64
R Ginepri (USA) d [WC] J Ward (GBR) 63 75
[Q] A Bogdanovic (GBR) vs [WC] G Dimitrov (BUL) – to finish 46 63 21
K Anderson (RSA) d T Dent (USA) 67(7) 63 75
M Fish (USA) vs S Devvarman (IND) – to finish 61 32
R Schuettler (GER) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 61 62
R Ram (USA) d K Beck (SVK) 16 63 64
J Levine (USA) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) 63 63
I Navarro (ESP) d D Koellerer (AUT) 63 64
P Lorenzi (ITA) d P Riba (ESP) 64 64
I Kunitsyn (RUS) d I Marchenko (UKR) 16 64 63
G Muller (LUX) d M Przysiezny (POL) 76(3) 63
M Daniel (BRA) d B Kavcic (SLO) 61 64

Doubles – First Round
A Murray (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) vs S Lipsky (USA) / S Querrey (USA) – postponed due to rain
[WC] J Delgado (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) vs N Djokovic (SRB) / J Erlich (ISR) – postponed due to rain
[WC] C Eaton (GBR) / D Inglot (GBR) vs M Cilic (CRO) / A Sa (BRA) – to finish 26
A Clement (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) vs M Granollers (ESP) / F Lopez (ESP) – to finish 52

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ATP Week Now: Madrid

Posted by gauloises1 on May 10, 2010

Weird to remember I didn’t even bother watching last year’s final because the Wimbledon Centre Court celebration was on at the same time and I was so sure of the result.

Draw here.

Notable absences: Novak Djokovic (pollen), Juan Martin del Potro (right wrist), Nikolay Davydenko (left wrist), Juan Carlos Ferrero (knee tendonitis)

Quarters: Federer-Roddick, Murray-Cilic, Soderling-Verdasco, Nadal-Tsonga

And how about David Nalbandian-Tomas Berdych as a first round to watch …?

Main draw play kicked off today with three matches. Dr Ivo, who’s been somewhat quiet this year, beat Korolev to set up a second-round meeting with Fernando Verdasco; Pico beat Simon Greul to face the winner of Nose Job/Pere Riba; and a certain David Ferrer beat Jeremy Chardy. He’ll face the winner of Marcos Baghdatis-Marco Chiudinelli in the next round, and I could really live with getting some more of this …

Because this? Is working for me.

Full Results

 Singles – First Round
[9] D Ferrer (ESP) d J Chardy (FRA) 63 76(2)
I Karlovic (CRO) d E Korolev (KAZ) 64 76(5)
J Monaco (ARG) d S Greul (GER) 61 61

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ATP Week Ahead: Rome

Posted by gauloises1 on April 26, 2010

Draw here.

Quarters: Federer-Cilic, Nadal-Soderling, Murray-Tsonga, Djokovic-Verdasco

Sunday’s Results

Singles – First Round
V Hanescu (ROU) d M Berrer (GER) 62 67(5) 63
J Chardy (FRA) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 64 64
A Seppi (ITA) d F Fognini (ITA) 60 63

Monday’s OOP

CENTRE COURT start 1:00 pm
[Q] S Giraldo (COL) vs [12] J Ferrero (ESP)
M Baghdatis (CYP) vs E Gulbis (LAT)
[Q] J Hajek (CZE) vs [WC] P Starace (ITA)

Not Before 8:30 PM
[WC] F Volandri (ITA) vs [Q] P Luczak (AUS)
J Kerr (AUS) / F Polasek (SVK) vs F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK)
PIETRANGELI start 1:00 pm
[14] J Isner (USA) vs H Zeballos (ARG)
I Andreev (RUS) vs [16] J Monaco (ARG)
[10] T Berdych (CZE) vs [Q] M Granollers (ESP)
[11] I Ljubicic (CRO) vs P Mathieu (FRA)
COURT 5 start 1:00 pm
[WC] P Lorenzi (ITA) vs A Montanes (ESP)
J Benneteau (FRA) vs [15] S Querrey (USA)

Not Before 5:30 PM
[WC] Y Allegro (SUI) / R Federer (SUI) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) – Possible Court Change
COURT 6 start 1:00 pm
P Cuevas (URU) vs P Kohlschreiber (GER)
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] J Chela (ARG)
[Q] M Llodra (FRA) vs A Beck (GER)

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