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The Week In ATP Winners: Soderling Repeats Rotterdam, Almagro Is Awkward

Posted by gauloises1 on February 13, 2011


After last week’s first-time titlists, it’s a bit repeato on the ATP tour this week. Robin Soderling successfully defended a title for the first time in his career, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 63 36 63 in the final. Oddly, it was Philipp Kohlschreiber who pushed him the hardest all week. But with Djokovic withdrawing and Murray losing in the first round to Baghdatis, it always looked like being Soderling’s week.

Costa do Saiupe

Nicolas Almagro won his second Brasil Open title at a tournament which I … didn’t watch. So I will merely post these mildly amusing photos from the trophy ceremony.


It was another solid week for Alexandr Dolgopolov – FYI, I absolutely refuse to call him either the ATP-sanctioned “The Dog” or the popular “Dolly”, sue me – getting to a final. I’m not quite sold on his long-term potential (future top 10, really?) but keeping up the momentum of Australia is a really good sign. I like watching him a lot and I hope he stays healthy.

And so the ‘Golden Swing’ (that just reminds me of a particularly upsetting sex-based episode of geriatric comedy Waiting For God) creaks on to Buenos Aires …

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

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2011


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.  

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Like a Fine, Fine Wine

Posted by gauloises1 on February 15, 2010

He just gets better with age. Juan Carlos Ferrero captured his thirteenth career title in Costa do Sauipe yesterday, defeating Lukas Kubot 61 60.

Hotter than ever.

Protocol dictates I give a shout-out to second-time ATP finalist, Poland’s Lukas/z/sz Kubot. He isn’t my favourite player, for no particular reason, but his progress up the rankings of late has been seriously impressive and almost unnoticed. He’s now up to no. 48. Check it out.

Now that’s over …

Don’t pretend this doesn’t turn you on.

Oh, and did I mention it was his 30th birthday?

Show that cake who’s Boss.

In only marginally-related news, I realised I’ve been spending (Christ on a bike) spelling ‘Costa do Sauipe’ wrong this whole week, and ‘Lukasz Kubot’ wrong for even longer. Sigh.

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ATP:: Tuesday’s Results, Wednesday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on February 10, 2010

Full Results


Singles – First Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 62 41 ret. (left knee)
[6] M Youzhny (RUS) d [Q] A Golubev (KAZ) 16 76(0) 76(5)
J Benneteau (FRA) d [7] I Ljubicic (CRO) 63 63
[Q] M Ilhan (TUR) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 61 64
M Chiudinelli (SUI) d M Llodra (FRA) 61 67(5) 76(6)
[WC] T de Bakker (NED) d [LL] J Hajek (CZE) 76(5) 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) 76(1) 61
[2] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d [WC] J Huta Galung (NED) / I Sijsling (NED) 63 62
[4] C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) d I Ljubicic (CRO) / J Melzer (AUT) 61 76(2)
F Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) d M Damm (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) 64 76(3)

Costa do Saiupe

Singles – First Round
[1] J Ferrero (ESP) d E Schwank (ARG) 76(4) 63
[3] T Bellucci (BRA) d [WC] T Alves (BRA) 62 75
[4] I Andreev (RUS) d P Starace (ITA) 62 62
[5] V Hanescu (ROU) d J Souza (BRA) 76(5) 64
[6] P Cuevas (URU) d [Q] F Volandri (ITA) 64 63
M Granollers (ESP) d [7] H Zeballos (ARG) 75 30 ret. (left hip)
L Kubot (POL) d O Hernandez (ESP) 75 76(2)
J Chela (ARG) d P Luczak (AUS) 67(4) 63 64
F Fognini (ITA) d M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 64 60
[Q] R Machado (POR) d M Daniel (BRA) 63 76(3)
N Massu (CHI) d [Q] R Dutra Da Silva (BRA) 64 36 64
F Gil (POR) d [LL] P Andujar (ESP) 76(9) 62
[WC] R Hocevar (BRA) d [Q] C Berlocq (ARG) 75 63

Doubles – First Round
J Chela (ARG) / S Ventura (ESP) d [4] A Sa (BRA) / H Tecau (ROU) 75 61
S Greul (GER) / P Luczak (AUS) d [WC] F Ferreiro (BRA) / R Mello (BRA) 75 26 11-9

San Jose

Singles – First Round
[4] T Haas (GER) d [WC] D Britton (USA) 64 76(3)
[6] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d R Ram (USA) 67(7) 61 63
[7] S Querrey (USA) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 63 62
B Phau (GER) d [8] J Chardy (FRA) 63 61
[Q] R Berankis (LTU) d R Ginepri (USA) 67(5) 62 63
B Becker (GER) d [Q] T Smyczek (USA) 64 62
M Russell (USA) d *[LL] K Im (KOR) 76(6) 61
*[LL] K Im (KOR) replaced M Fish (USA) – left knee

Doubles – First Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d C Fleming (GBR) / K Skupski (GBR) 62 64
[3] J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) d T Berdych (CZE) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) 76(2) 62
B Becker (GER) / L Mayer (ARG) d [WC] S Lipsky (USA) / D Martin (USA) 26 76(6) 12-10
D Istomin (UZB) / D Sela (ISR) d J Chardy (FRA) / J Nieminen (FIN) 63 36 10-8

Order of play here. Sorry, internet still inexplicably insisting it’s yesterday.

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ATP: Monday’s Results, Tuesday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on February 9, 2010

Full Results


Singles – First Round
[3] [WC] R Soderling (SWE) d F Serra (FRA) 46 64 61
[5] T Robredo (ESP) d [WC] R Haase (NED) 76(4) 64
F Mayer (GER) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 63 67(6) 76(6)
[Q] I Sijsling (NED) d M Zverev (GER) 67(2) 63 75
A Seppi (ITA) d [Q] S Bohli (ITA) 61 75

Doubles – First Round
[3] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d M Chiudinelli (SUI) / G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 75 36 10-7
J Knowle (AUT) / R Lindstedt (SWE) d R de Voest (RSA) / R Wassen (NED) 46 76(7) 10-8

Costa do Saiupe

Singles – First Round
[2] A Montanes (ESP) d S Greul (GER) 62 76(2)
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d S Ventura (ESP) 76(7) 61
[WC] R Mello (BRA) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 62 75

Doubles – First Round
[2] P Cuevas (URU) / M Granollers (ESP) d V Hanescu (ROU) / S Prieto (ARG) 63 64
F Fognini (ITA) / F Gil (POR) d I Andreev (RUS) / D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 46 64 10-4

San Jose

Singles – First Round
[5] T Berdych (CZE) d W Odesnik (USA) 61 67(5) 75
D Sela (ISR) d S Giraldo (COL) 76(2) 76(4)
L Mayer (ARG) d E Gulbis (LAT) 75 64
J Nieminen (FIN) d [WC] L Poerschke (GER) 36 63 62
D Istomin (UZB) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) 62 75
T Dent (USA) d [Q] A Bogomolov Jr. (USA) 64 76(2)

Doubles – First Round
T Haas (GER) / R Stepanek (CZE) d [4] J Cerretani (USA) / M Kohlmann (GER) 63 63
M Fish (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d [WC] R Ginepri (USA) / T Rettenmaier (USA) 63 64

Order of Play


NB: For some reason, probably related to my shitty internet, I can’t get to the latest OOP for Costa do Saiupe and San Jose. But you know to go here for them, right?

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

Posted by gauloises1 on February 8, 2010

One 500 in Europe and two 250s in the Americas this week …


Draw here.

Even with Murray not returning and the withdrawals of Nadal and Tsonga, this is a really fun draw. Top seed Nole has a quota of dangerous floaters (Stakhovsky, Chiudinelli, Tipsy) but no-one that should cause him any real problems, including probable quarterfinal opponent Robredo. In the second quarter, Monfils should be OK despite having reinjured his knee in Johannesburg, unless of course Youzhny’s healthy and on good form. I’d anticipate maybe a Nole-Youzhny semifinal.

In the bottom half, the third quarter is the real question mark: seventh seed Ivan Ljubicic has a tricky encounter with Julien Benneteau in the first round, while Robin Soderling has had an abysmal start to the year and there are real questions over the state of his recurring elbow injury. Someone totally random could easily come out there. And the fourth quarter is loaded, with Troicki-Melzer, Baggy-Blake, and Kolya-Lopez all meeting in the first round. Still hard to bet against Mr. Consistency, Kolya, though.

Predicted champion: Novak Djokovic. He really should.

Costa do Saiupe

Draw here.

With defending champion Robredo not returning, the top four seeds are Juan Carlos Ferrero (Boss! looking to get off the mark in 2010), Albert Montanes, Igor Andreev and last year’s finalist, Thomaz Bellucci. Richard Gasquet is hanging about in Boss’ quarter, looking to cause trouble no doubt, and Victor Hanescu could do well if he can get past last week’s revelation Joao Souza.

Predicted champion: Montanes. He’s got a really nice draw.

San Jose

Draw here.

Actually a brilliant draw for a 250; the top eight seeds are Roddick, Verdasco, Steps, Haas, Berdych, Kohlschreiber, Querrey and Chardy. Last year’s finalists Steps and Mardy Fish should meet in the second round, with the winner potentially having to contend with Taylor Dent or Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals. Top seed Roddick should handle the winner of Mayer-Gulbis in the second round without too much trouble and I wouldn’t count on Berdych upsetting him in the quarters, so should be a safe bet for the semifinals at least. In the bottom half of the draw, Verdasco has a smooth path, while the third quarter is packed with players who could do anything but probably won’t …

Predicted champion: Verdasco. His draw is very nice. 

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