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Young Guns Go For It

Posted by gauloises1 on January 20, 2011

I’m pretty sure I’ve used this title before, but that was in my “first career”, OK? It’s all different now.

So amid the Delpo loss and the general malaise that attends me when everyone bangs on about how well Fedal are playing (and they are), there’s reasons for optimism about keeping it interesting as a crop of young players are into the third round, stacking up good wins, and generally making some noise.

Say hello to adorable, curly-topped Canadian qualifier Milos Raonic, who beat twenty-second seed Michael Llodra 76(3) 63 76(4). I’ve been interested in Raonic since I watched him play the sadly-missed Gonzo a couple of years ago in … somewhere in Canada, a match in which the kid had matchpoints, and although he was sidelined in 2009 by injury, he’s definitely back and in the mix. He played a fantastic match against Llodra and kept a cool head despite some dramatics from Llodra, a failed attempt to serve for the match and an extremely dodgy line call. He’s got a massive serve, flashy groundstrokes and a certain “tonight we dine in HELL!!!” quality on the court, which I find irresistibly appealing. He plays Mikhail Youhzny next.

The newly anglicized “Richard”, nee Ricardas, Berankis is also into the third round after David Nalbandian retired down 16 06 02. So there’s a certain amount of good fortune in getting Nalbandian when he’s self-confessedly “empty” after his marathon efforts against Lleyton Hewitt in the first round, but Berankis had an excellent 2010 on the Challenger tour that saw him break the top 100. He plays a much mature game than his 20 years would suggest, and while I think David Ferrer is a bad match-up for him in the next round, I’m sure we’re going to hear his name a lot in 2011. Because he’s good … you know, for a short Lithuanian.

I know, I know, Bernard Tomic is a brat and stole Mahut’s wildcard and pretended to have swine flu to get out of practicing with Lleyton Hewitt and is generally the devil incarnate. But with all the reasons to dislike him personally, you can’t deny he’s a pretty talented young man. And a sneaky little bit of me loves, not just his game, but his self-assured demeanour on the court. He beat Feliciano Lopez 76(4) 76(3) 63 and while I’m sure 99% of tennis fans will rejoice to see him getting the inevitable beatdown from Nadal in the next round, I’ll be sad. Because after years of watching young British ‘prospects’ fold like a house of cards in their home Slam, I’m both amused and fascinated to watch someone owning the spotlight so far. What can I say? I like a bastard. And it seems like Tomic has enough personal and familial demons to keep his career interesting for all concerned.

Technically I should have blogged about this yesterday, but time unexpectedly became an issue (have you ever tried to assemble an IKEA wardrobe?!). And technically Nishikori isn’t really a new face or new name – he’s won an ATP title and been to the fourth round of the US Open, after all. But after struggling with injury and hooking up with Brad Gilbert, it seems like he’s on his way back to where he should be, beating Florian Mayer 64 63 06 63 (I was watching, and we’ll call the bagel a blip) to make it into the third round and set up a meeting with Fernando Verdasco. Nishikori’s compact game and speed around the court often do well for him against big hitters. Verdasco of course plays well in Australia, but regardless of the outcome, we should be seeing Special Kei and his flying forehand on the main stages a lot more from now on.

I know, I’m really stretching the definition now. I just wanted to point out that big-hitting Robin Haase beat Juan Monaco to set up a meeting with Andy Roddick tonight. I find a lot of joy in Haase’s aggressive game and think he has a good chance against Roddick. We’ll see …

Anyway, if either of this four pull off an upset and make it to the round of sixteen, it could be pretty cool. I’m just saying.

Posted in australian open, bernard tomic, kei nishikori, milos raonic, richard berankis, robin haase | Tagged: , , , , | 6 Comments »

AO Day Three: Your Day in Picspam

Posted by gauloises1 on January 20, 2010

Condensed bloggage tonight due to time (and timezone) constraints …

It took Marin untold hours and absurd amounts of effort to beat a small child with swine flu.

Not pictured: swine flu.

Aravane was dismissed by Angelique Kerber, thus making the Australian Open 1% more fashionable and at least 3.7% less awesome.

The eternal sad puppy that is Pavs was given a thorough kicking by Kuznetsova.

Gonzo won. In an angry fashion.

Ditto Dinara.

La Monf continued his winning ways.

Flavia was shown the door.

But by Wicky, so it was OK.

Florent Serra backed up his upset of Jurgen Melzer by beating Jarkko Nieminen.

Despite having no legs.

Has Marion been wearing the same kit for about three years, or what?

The Passion of the Nose Job.

I love this outfit. I don’t know why, because it’s disgusting. Anyway, she won.

Have an attractive photo of Rafa. No hate mail for me today!

Like looking into a mirror. And having your reflection repeatedly beat you.

Men’s Results

Singles – Second Round
[2] R Nadal (ESP) d L Lacko (SVK) 62 62 62
[4] J del Potro (ARG) d J Blake (USA) 64 67(3) 57 63 108
[5] A Murray (GBR) d M Gicquel (FRA) 61 64 63
[7] A Roddick (USA) d T Bellucci (BRA) 63 64 64
[11] F Gonzalez (CHI) d [LL] M Ilhan (TUR) 63 64 75
[12] G Monfils (FRA) d A Veic (CRO) 64 64 64
[14] M Cilic (CRO) d [WC] B Tomic (AUS) 67(6) 63 46 62 64
[19] S Wawrinka (SUI) d I Kunitsyn (RUS) 63 62 62
E Korolev (KAZ) d [21] T Berdych (CZE) 64 64 75
[24] I Ljubicic (CRO) d A Golubev (KAZ) 63 36 62 63
[27] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d W Odesnik (USA) 64 36 63 62
F Mayer (GER) d [29] V Troicki (SRB) 46 64 76(2) 61
[33] J Isner (USA) d [Q] L Sorensen (IRL) 63 76(4) 75
F Lopez (ESP) d R Schuettler (GER) 63 26 63 62
F Serra (FRA) d J Nieminen (FIN) 36 64 57 76(4) 75 – Saved 2 M.P.
I Karlovic (CRO) d J Benneteau (FRA) 26 61 63 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d M Berrer (GER) / S Greul (GER) 64 75
[2] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [WC] S Groth (AUS) / J Kubler (AUS) 76(5) 63
[5] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d J Chela (ARG) / D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 67(1) 63 61
[7] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d R Hutchins (GBR) / J Kerr (AUS) 64 26 76(4)
[8] M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) d [WC] M Ebden (AUS) / B Klein (AUS) 62 64
A Clement (FRA) / J Erlich (ISR) d [10] J Knowle (AUT) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 67(3) 64 64
A Montanes (ESP) / M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) d J Acasuso (ARG) / S Prieto (ARG) 64 64
L Mayer (ARG) / H Zeballos (ARG) d [12] M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) 76(3) 64
[WC] R Junaid (AUS) / P Luczak (AUS) d [15] J Levinsky (CZE) / T Parrott (USA) 46 76(5) 62
[17] J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) d M Lopez (ESP) / A Ventura (ESP) 64 61
C Fleming (GBR) / K Skupski (GBR) d Y Lu (TPE) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) 75 64
L Arnold Ker (ARG) / H Tecau (ROU) d W Moodie (RSA) / M Youzhny (RUS) 46 76(4) 75
[WC] P Amritraj (IND) / S Devvarman (IND) d J Cerretani (USA) / T Rettenmaier (USA) 57 64 75
J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) d [Alt.] A Falla (COL) / S Giraldo (COL) 62 63
[WC] K Hensel (AUS) / G Jones (AUS) d [Alt] P Lorenzi (ITA) / C Rochus (BEL) 76(3) 36 76(2)
R De Voest (RSA) / S Lipsky (USA) d R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) 46 61 76(6)
P Marx (GER) / I Zelenay (SVK) d [WC] N Lindahl (AUS) / M Reid (AUS) 63 64

Women’s Results

Singles – Second Round
(2) Dinara Safina (RUS) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 63 64
(3) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 62 62
(WC) Justine Henin (BEL) d. (5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 75 76(6)
(8) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Katie O’Brien (GBR) 62 62
(11) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) 64 64
(Q) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. (12) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 76(2) 61
(15) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 63 63
(19) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 64 64
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. (24) María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 26 62 63
(Q) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (26) Aravane Rezai (FRA) 62 63
(27) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 64 63
Elena Baltacha (GBR) d. (30) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 62 75
(31) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 64 75
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 62 63
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (Q) Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) 63 61
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Vania King (USA) 76(7) 75

Singles – First Round
(4) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 64 62
(7) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (WC) Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) 62 60
(9) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Kristina Kucova (SVK) 62 60
(16) Li Na (CHN) d. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 62 60
(22) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Viktoriya Kutuzova (UKR) 36 61 75
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) d. (28) Elena Vesnina (RUS) 76(5) 64
(29) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 67(5) 62 61
Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. Stéphanie Dubois (CAN) 63 62
Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) 75 62
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) 64 62
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 75 67(5) 97
Julia Goerges (GER) d. Tamira Paszek (AUT) 60 36 63
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 64 64
(Q) Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. (WC) Jarmila Groth (AUS) 62 46 64

Doubles – First Round
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. Malek/Petkovic (GER/GER) 64 64
(2) Williams/Williams (USA/USA) d. (WC) Ferguson/Moore (AUS/AUS) 61 61
(3) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. Dokic/Kvitova (AUS/CZE) 75 60
(4) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. Goerges/Parra Santonja (GER/ESP) 63 64
(6) Raymond/Stubbs (USA/AUS) d. Koryttseva/Kustova (UKR/BLR) 64 61
(8) Mattek-Sands/Yan (USA/CHN) d. Flipkens/Oudin (BEL/USA) 63 62
Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) d. Molik/Shaughnessy (AUS/USA) 26 75 64
Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. Chakvetadze/Paszek (RUS/AUT) 64 63
Chan/Niculescu (TPE/ROU) d. (WC) Adamczak/Kriz (AUS/AUS) 63 61
Bacsinszky/Garbin (SUI/ITA) d. Medina Garrigues/Wozniacki (ESP/DEN) 64 64
Coin/Pelletier (FRA/CAN) d. (WC) Groth/Rogowska (AUS/AUS) 63 75

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Hit For Haiti: the Video Evidence

Posted by gauloises1 on January 17, 2010

All I can say is that this was so worth staying up until 4.30 a.m. for. I laughed until I cried and had several moments of rampant sentimentality. At the risk of sounding like someone who collects kitten plates, it made me so proud to be a tennis fan. They did a good thing here.

In case you missed it:

Pictures to come …

Posted in andy roddick, bernard tomic, exhibitions, kim clijsters, lleyton hewitt, novak djokovic, rafael nadal, roger federer, samantha stosur, serena williams, video | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Verdasco Wins Kooyong, Nole Loses to Small Child

Posted by gauloises1 on January 17, 2010

My bad, for some reason I totally thought this tournament had already finished or something. Well, it has now.

 

In what has to be a huge confidence boost heading into the Australian Open with semi-final points to defend, Fernando Verdasco defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the AAMI Classic trophy in Kooyong last night, 75 63.

For some reason, I find photos like this really endearing.

Anyway, are the Kooyong lineswomen just flinging themselves on to the court, or what?

Shiny.

So’s the trophy.

Having a less good day was Novak Djokovic, who lost 64 36 75 to wunderkind Bernard Tomic.

No word yet on whether Nole was suffering from swine flu.

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Tomic Blames It On the Hamthrax.

Posted by gauloises1 on October 7, 2009

Remember that whole episode where it came out that Bernard Tomic had been invited to practice with Hewitt at Wimbledon and had refused, meanwhile asking Boss to hit with him? Well, the plot thickens. Tomic was in Melbourne yesterday for the Australian Open 2010 launch (they launch these things?), his first public appearance since the allegations, and claimed the reason he declined Hewitt’s invitation was because he had swine flu.

”The thing that happened over there was confidential,” said Tomic. ”I had swine flu and I couldn’t play, really, so it wouldn’t have been fair to expose Lleyton to the sickness I had. The doctor said I couldn’t play and you can check with the doctors if you want information about that.”

Tomic, 16, said he had not told Hewitt of the reason for declining his offer because: ”I couldn’t have told anyone. People would run away from me.” The pair or their representatives have not spoken since, Tomic confirmed.

”I mean, if I get the chance, look, I would love to,” he said. ”He’s an idol and an icon for Australian tennis. I was watching him as I was growing up, a lot, and I loved his game and it would be a pleasure to hit with him any time, anywhere, I think.”

So Tomic did not ask to hit with Ferrero, as claimed by the Hewitts? ”No, no, maybe you should go ask Ferrero, I think.” It did not happen? ”No.”

Team Hewitt seem to be fairly flabberghasted and also fairly furious about Tomic’s take on events. And I have to say, it doesn’t seem to add up. I remember during Wimbledon there was discussion of two doubles players diagnosed with swine flu and a number of ballkids and staff with possible cases. In all cases, those involved were kept away from the tournament. If Tomic’s doctor had diagnosed him with swine flu or even possible swine flu and it was made known to the tournament officials, there is no way he would have been allowed to contest the junior event or even, I don’t think, be around the practice courts and locker rooms. Instead, he reached the semi-finals of the boys’ singles.

So, if Tomic’s story were to be true, there’s a strong implication that he concealed a swine flu diagnosis from tournament officials, surely? It doesn’t add up, and Team Tomic are not coming over as particularly credible. I mean, please yell if I’ve missed something …

The whole affair seems to hinge upon whether or not there was an approach to Boss and/or his team for Tomic to hit with him. And I can’t see Boss involving himself in a nasty intra-compatriot spat like this one is involving into. Either way, it doesn’t look good for an amicable future for these two.

Kind of interesting, though.

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Nobody Puts Lleyton In a Corner

Posted by gauloises1 on September 17, 2009

Remember Bernard Tomic, winner of the Australian and US Open juniors? According to The Age, Lleyton Hewitt, his team and Tennis Australia are all furious with him after Hewitt’s invitation to practice was declined during Wimbledon.

tomic

The article has all the details, but apparently several phone calls were made to Team Tomic inviting him to practice with Hewitt on the middle Sunday, with no response. Then Tomic was present when Hewitt turned up to practice, only for a personal invitation to be declined because ‘Lleyton’s not good enough’ (the reported words of Tomic’s IMG agent). Further awkwardness ensued when it turned out Tomic had asked to practice with a certain Boss …

”Then we told Juan Carlos what had happened and his coach said that if a leading player in Spain asked a junior to practice and the junior said ‘no’, that he would never get to hit with a senior player again, they would make sure he had all his funding and support from the national federation cut and that he would be, in the coach’s words, ‘strung up from a tree by his balls’.”

Don’t mess with Boss. You have been warned. Anyway, Tomic’s agent denies the ‘not good enough’ remark, but doesn’t deny that the practice invitation was declined. So … Australia’s Davis Cup team in the next few years looks good, doesn’t it?

This isn’t the first controversy Tomic has been involved in either. Interesting times.

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USO Day Fourteen: What’s Your Damage, Heather?

Posted by gauloises1 on September 13, 2009

Nothing. She’s solid. Heather Watson beat Yana Buchina 64 61 for the US Open junior girl’s title today.

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buchina watson

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I think this is the first time a British girl has ever won the juniors at the US Open. And who would have thought the girl in question would be from Guernsey?! Madness.

“When I won, I hadn’t realized I’d won. I thought, ‘Oh, I won the match.’ And then I put my racquet down, and it finally began to sink in. It feels great,” she said. […]

Asked if she had been inspired by Robson’s win at Wimbledon last year Watson replied: “Definitely. She’s doing really well at a very young age.

“It would have been good to have an all British final, but she had it tough yesterday. It’s really good for British tennis, and we’re starting to come through.”

source

I’ve seen a few interviews with Heather on Sky Sports and she is adorable, sweet and smiley and a bit shy. She talked about what an inspiration her dad is – apparently his mantra is, ‘Whatever happens, I’m proud of you’ – and she had her mum, who looks also awesome, with her in New York. Really well done to her, I’m so pleased.

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On the boy’s side, congratulations go to the Atomic B, who picked up another junior Slam with a win over Chase Buchanan (also known as the WC who got torn apart by Tsonga in the first round).

chase buchanan tomic

Should he really still be in the juniors?

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RG Day Three: ATP Round-Up

Posted by gauloises1 on May 27, 2009

And on the penile side …

Novak Djokovic was denied a tough test by veteran clay-courter (and freaking sex god) Nico Lapentti, who rolled an ankle in the second set and was forced to retire.

nico nole

Bad luck for Nico and kitten. Still, maybe it’s good that Nole doesn’t expend too much energy too early. He’s going to need it.

Twenty-seventh seed Schuettler was double-bagelled by Marc Gicquel, but took it well, apparently, milking the cheers of the crowd when he finally managed to get a game. Nadal-beater (yes, in an exo, I KNOW) Brian Dabul was a slight blemish on Argentina’s record of the day, falling to Sergiy Stakhovsky in four. Tommys Robredo and Haas advanced, as did Gimeno-Traver after Evgeny Korolev, the Kournikova Kousin, was forced to retire after a set.

And it was not a good day for wunderkind Bernard Tomic, who needed medical attention just to lose to Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets.

tomic

Someone get the Atomic B a sandwich, please.

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Quick Hits: Tomic Receives French Open Wildcard

Posted by gauloises1 on May 5, 2009

So the Atomic B will be rocking Roland Garros, apparently. Instead of holding a wildcard playoff as is the custom, Tennis Australia skipped the whole tedious process and just gave them to whoever the hell they wanted: Bernard Tomic and Olivia Rogowska, who’s apparently a thing.

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I bet he somehow manages to beat Potito Starace again. Because that’s how the Potito peels.

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