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Wimbledon Daze: Upsets

Posted by gauloises1 on June 23, 2010

Stick with me while I attempt to catch up on everything that I missed at Wimbledon while I was there. (And yes, I know I may be stretching the definition of ‘upset’ somewhat with some of these …) This is who we’ve lost so far that we wouldn’t have expected to …

Sam Stosur and Francesca Schiavone crashed out to Kaia Kanepi and Vera Dushevina respectively. That’s an entire French Open final gone right there. You’d almost think it was played on a different surface or something.

Verdasco lost to Fognini in five. And still needs a haircut.

Damn Croatians. You’re supposed to be the reliable one, Marin! Although why anyone thinks that, I don’t know. Anyway, I watched this match. It made me sad.

Oh, Boss.

Please don’t let that be your last Wimbledon, OK?

Grass is not Shahar’s best ever surface, it must be said. She lost to Angelique Kerber in three. Still, I’ve been vaguely touting Kerber as a thing-in-waiting, so there’s that.

Big win for bronzed god Daniel Brands, who took out Kolya in straights. Kolya is another one who doesn’t thrive on the grass at all, though. Plus that whole fractured wrist thing.

If a result doesn’t upset anyone, is it still an upset? I’ve decided that this qualifies on the basis that Robin Haase did the upsetting, which means he actually won a match. Shock face.

Not sure what’s the bigger not-really-a surprise, Mel losing in the second round or the fact that she made it.

And how about a big hand for our upsetters …

What depth.

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RG Day Five: Instant Karma

Posted by gauloises1 on May 28, 2010

The interrupted match between Gael Monfils and Fabio Fognini was finally resumed late yesterday afternoon at 5-5. Six games later, this happened.

I don’t, for the record, quite go along with a lot of the anger I’ve heard towards Monfils in the last few days – he isn’t, after all, responsible for the reprehensible behaviour of the Roland Garros crowd, or the decisions of the tournament referee.

He is, however, a bit of a plonker at times. If only because this match should have been won in straight sets, and it should have been won on Wednesday.

Anyway, well done to Fabs Fognini, or ‘Ming the Merciless’ as I like to think of him, for holding his nerve in an exceptionally hostile environment. Stanislas Wawrinka next for the fighting Italian.

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RG Day Four: ‘ella, ‘ella, ‘ella

Posted by gauloises1 on May 26, 2010

Lots of this sort of thing in Paris today …

But hey, the weather here was beautiful.

The various rain delays held off Elena Dementieva’s match against Anabel Medina Garrigues until tomorrow, and John Isner’s match against Marco Chiudinelli, Marcos Baghdatis’ match against Marcel Granollers, and Andy Murray’s match against Juan Ignacio Chela were all called off for lack of light. Which is a shame, because I thought Andy was playing really well. He was also yelling at himself a lot but in a very focussed way. These are Good Signs.

Keep it going, Mandy.

But the grand prize for drama, nonsense and all-around coitus interruptus goes to Gael Monfils’ match against Fabio Fognini, which was called off at 5-5 in the fifth, the last two games being played in approximately these conditions:

The entire match was crazy. La Monf was leading by two sets to love, then by two breaks in the fourth after Fognini nicked the third, then was 0-3 down before fighting his way back to 4-4, at which point the tournament referee entered the fray indicating that play should be suspended for lack of light. Which, you know, it should. Monfils basically refused to stop and the crowd were naturally howling for more, so play continued after a good five or ten minutes of Fognini displaying his range of facial expressions (which eventually earned him a point penalty courtesy of Carlos Bernardes.)

It was utterly ridiculous, not least from Monfils, who may have wanted to preserve some momentum but had entirely lost it by the time play actually continued, when he saved three match points and started cramping before finally holding for 5-5. The crowd, meanwhile, were vociferously booing Fognini every time he won a point. An utter clusterfuck, and while not much can be done about the laws of nature which immutably decree that the sun sets and that the Roland Garros crowd will be gleefully vicious at every opportunity, the tournament referee who made the decision to play on should be fired, immediately.

Indeed.

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RG Day One: Full Results

Posted by gauloises1 on May 24, 2010

ATP

Singles – First Round
[5] R Soderling (SWE) d L Recouderc (FRA) 60 62 63
[8] J Tsonga (FRA) d D Brands (GER) 46 63 62 67(2) 75 
[10] M Cilic (CRO) d R Mello (BRA) 61 36 63 61
[11] M Youzhny (RUS) d M Przysiezny (POL) 61 60 64
J Benneteau (FRA) d [23] E Gulbis (LAT) 64 62 10 ret. (right thigh)
[29] A Montanes (ESP) d S Galvani (ITA) 63 63 63
[32] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d R Schuettler (GER) 75 64 62
J Ouanna (FRA) d L Kubot (POL) 76(5) 67(4) 62 64
T De Bakker (NED) d O Patience (FRA) 64 57 64 63
T Kamke (GER) d S Robert (FRA) 60 64 63
A Falla (COL) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 61 62 63
M Chiudinelli (SUI) d S Devvarman (IND) 63 36 63 36 63
J Chela (ARG) d R Sweeting (USA) 60 64 76(4)
F Fognini (ITA) d N Massu (CHI) 61 36 26 63 63
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d K Anderson (RSA) 16 46 63 76(4) 61
M Yani (USA) vs L Lacko (SVK) 64 67(5) 67(4) 76(5) 8-8 – play suspended

WTA

Singles – First Round
(2) Venus Williams (USA) d. Patty Schnyder (SUI) 63 63
(6) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 63 61
Gisela Dulko (ARG) d. (10) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 61 62
(14) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Anne Keothavong (GBR) 62 62
(15) Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. (Q) Heidi El Tabakh (CAN) 61 61
(19) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (Q) Zhang Shuai (CHN) 60 63
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) d. (20) María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 62 64
(26) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (Q) Ekaterina Ivanova (RUS) 62 60
(30) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Karolina Sprem (CRO) 76(5) 64
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 46 61 64
Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. (WC) Stéphanie Foretz (FRA) 62 62
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 57 76(2) 64
Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) d. (WC) Claire Feuerstein (FRA) 76(4) 63
Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 62 62
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. (WC) Christina McHale (USA) 75 63
(Q) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. (WC) Mathilde Johansson (FRA) 62 64

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Tuesday ATP Results: Ming is Merciless

Posted by gauloises1 on September 24, 2009

So I suppose the biggest news of the day is Almagro losing in straight sets to Fognini.

fabs

And by ‘big’, I mean ‘only’.

Bucharest

Singles – Second Round
F Fognini (ITA) d [2] N Almagro (ESP) 64 76(3)
[5] A Montanes (ESP) d M Granollers (ESP) 61 63
R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) d [WC] M Copil (ROU) 63 67(3) 64
[Q] S Ventura (ESP) d A Martin (ESP) 45 ret. (left leg)

Singles – First Round
[8] P Cuevas (URU) d [WC] A Pavel (ROU) 63 76(2)
S Greul (GER) d S Darcis (BEL) 75 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d [WC] A Cruciat (ROU) / P Luncanu (ROU) 76(2) 63
[4] P Cuevas (URU) / M Granollers (ESP) d L Friedl (CZE) / D Vemic (SRB) 60 76(8)
[Alt] F Gil (POR) / D Munoz-De la Nava (ESP) d M Kohlmann (GER) / A Peya (AUT) 63 62
[WC] M Copil (ROU) / H Tecau (ROU) d O Hernandez (ESP) / A Montanes (ESP) 61 62
A Pavel (ROU) / G Trifu (ROU) d R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) / S Ventura (ESP) 76(1) 62

Metz

Singles – Second Round
[2] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d B Phau (GER) 46 63 62
[3] P Mathieu (FRA) d M Gicquel (FRA) 76(5) 64
[7] A Beck (GER) d [Q] T Ascione (FRA) 62 64
E Korolev (RUS) d D Istomin (UZB) 36 75 76(2)

Singles – First Round
[WC] M Llodra (FRA) d M Zverev (GER) 46 63 63
[WC] S Grosjean (FRA) d J Nieminen (FIN) 76(1) 75

Doubles – First Round
[1] A Clement (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) d R Bopanna (IND) / J Nieminen (FIN) w/o (Nieminen – illness)
[3] C Kas (GER) / R Wassen (NED) d Y Allegro (SUI) / D Martin (USA) 63 67(4) 10-5
C Fleming (GBR) / K Skupski (GBR) d F Moser (GER) / C Rochus (BEL) 76(2) 61
A Beck (GER) / M Berrer (GER) vs P Kohlschreiber (GER) / P Petzschner (GER)

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Friday ATP Results: Bastad, Stuttgart

Posted by gauloises1 on July 18, 2009

And we have most of our semifinalists!

picovinciguerra

Give it up for Andreas Vinciguerra, ranked 460 in the world. He thrilled the home crowds with a three-set victory over fourth seed Jurgen Melzer. Who would have thought Sweden would have had two homeboys in the semis, as Rob Soderling out-thwacked Nicholas Almagro? Tommy Robredo dismissed my man Teimuraz 64 60 – grrr – and the match of the day (at least from my perspective) turned out to a bit of a damp squib. Fernando Verdasco was listless and struggling from the beginning with a tight right calf muscle, presumably the result of exhaustion after having played fourteen sets in Davis Cup and an epic match with ol’ Krazy Koellerer the previous day. It actually would have been over much quicker, had not Pico gone inexplicably soft in the head seeing how much Verdasco was struggling and started hitting the ball right back to him. Ah well. I’m sure Nando will be fully recovered and ruining my life in no time at all.

The biggest shock of the day was Fabio Fognini – who has eerily grown to resemble Ming the Merciless – defeating second seed Nikolay Davydenko in three sets.

fabshanescu

Fabs played a solid match, but it was fairly dreadful stuff from Kolya, who just couldn’t find his range with any consistency. Hanescu beat Sidorenko in straight sets, but sadly rain interrupted play, so the winner of Kiefer-Kubot and Zverev-Chardy will presumably have to play two matches. Tough stuff.

umbrella

Bastad

Singles – Quarter-finals
J Monaco (ARG) d [1] F Verdasco (ESP) 61 31 ret. (right calf)
[2] R Soderling (SWE) d [5] N Almagro (ESP) 75 63
[3] T Robredo (ESP) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 64 60
[WC] A Vinciguerra (SWE) d [4] J Melzer (AUT) 26 64 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
[3] J Levinsky (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) d N Almagro (ESP) / S Ventura (ESP) 64 67(5) 10-7
R Lindstedt (SWE) / R Soderling (SWE) d [4] M Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) 64 76(7)

Stuttgart

Singles – Quarter-finals
F Fognini (ITA) d [2] N Davydenko (RUS) 61 36 75
[4] V Hanescu (ROU) d [LL] A Sidorenko (FRA) 76(2) 64
N Kiefer (GER) vs [Q] L Kubot (POL) – play suspended due to rain
M Zverev (GER) vs J Chardy (FRA) – play suspended due to rain

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) vs V Hanescu (ROU) / H Tecau (ROU) – play suspended due to rain

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d I Navarro (ESP) / G Simon (FRA) 62 60

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