Posted by gauloises1 on May 25, 2010
A brief round-up of the things I found noteworthy today …
JJ won 60 64 against Alicia Molik. She looked pretty.
Remember Project 45, Special Kei Nishikori? He’s back after a protracted injury lay-off, using his protected ranking to enter the main draw after winning consecutive Challengers, and putting it to good use, beating Santiago Giraldo 64 in the fifth. Good stuff.
Gonzo is back. And still Gonzo.
La Monf is also back, winning in four and confirming he is still himself.
As is Nole.
We lost Tommy Robredo to Viktor Troicki. Is that an upset? It doesn’t feel like one.
This is Benoit Paire. He’s 21 and he lost to Olivier Rochus in four. I watched, and I think he’s a thing. Watch this space.
Nose Job won and took his shirt off (not necessarily in that order).
And all was well in the land.
ATP – Full Results
Singles – First Round
 R Federer (SUI) d P Luczak (AUS) 64 61 62
 N Djokovic (SRB) d E Korolev (KAZ) 61 36 61 63
 A Murray (GBR) d R Gasquet (FRA) 46 67(5) 64 62 61
 F Gonzalez (CHI) d T Alves (BRA) 62 46 64 64
 G Monfils (FRA) d *[LL] D Kindlmann (GER) 63 75 67(5) 62
 I Ljubicic (CRO) d Y Lu (TPE) 76(5) 75 63
 T Berdych (CZE) d J Aguilar (CHI) 76(7) 63 61
 J Isner (USA) d A Golubev (KAZ) 64 63 62
 N Almagro (ESP) d R Haase (NED) 64 36 46 76(3) 64
 S Wawrinka (SUI) d J Hajek (CZE) 61 63 63
V Troicki (SRB) d  T Robredo (ESP) 64 64 63
 T Bellucci (BRA) d M Llodra (FRA) 64 62 62
 M Baghdatis (CYP) d J Witten (USA) 63 64 63
J Reister (GER) d  Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 61 76(5) 62
 V Hanescu (ROU) d O Hernandez (ESP) 61 16 64 63
O Rochus (BEL) d B Paire (FRA) 36 76(4) 64 75
M Granollers (ESP) d P Mathieu (FRA) 36 63 30 ret. (digestive problems)
T Dent (USA) d N Lapentti (ECU) 63 64 76(3)
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d D Tursunov (RUS) 61 61 61
C Ball (AUS) d P Petzschner (GER) 36 67(4) 62 75 97
Y Schukin (KAZ) d R Ram (USA) 36 64 62 64
K Nishikori (JPN) d S Giraldo (COL) 26 46 76(3) 62 64
O Dolgopolov Jr (UKR) d A Clement (FRA) 36 76(5) 36 63 63
P Andujar (ESP) d S Bolelli (ITA) 76(2) 64 62
A Beck (GER) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 46 63 62 62
L Mayer (ARG) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 76(4) 63 62
M Fish (USA) d M Berrer (GER) 57 64 36 61 63
S Darcis (BEL) d K Vliegen (BEL) 61 64 64
L Lacko (SVK) d M Yani (USA) – 46 76(5) 76(4) 67(5) 12-10
*replaced F Mayer (GER) – illness
WTA – Full Results
Singles – First Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 76(2) 62
(3) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 60 63
(4) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Alicia Molik (AUS) 60 64
(5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. Petra Martic (CRO) 61 61
(7) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (Q) Simona Halep (ROU) 75 61
(8) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Elena Baltacha (GBR) 60 75
(11) Li Na (CHN) vs. (WC) Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 75 63
(17) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Regina Kulikova (RUS) 57 63 64
(24) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Jelena Dokic (AUS) 62 62
(27) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 67(3) 63 64
(28) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Mariya Koryttseva (UKR) 62 61
(31) Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 76(1) 46 63
(32) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. Julie Coin (FRA) 61 62
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 61 75
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Tatjana Malek (GER) 62 63
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) 63 63
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 75 62
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Iveta Benesova (CZE) 63 63
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 67(2) 63 62
Polona Hercog (SLO) d. (Q) Misaki Doi (JPN) 63 60
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) d. Kristina Barrois (GER) 16 76(7) 63
Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d. (Q) Kurumi Nara (JPN) 62 62
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Virginie Razzano (FRA) 75 62
Julia Goerges (GER) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 62 63
Rossana de los Ríos (PAR) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 76(2) 63
(Q) Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 63 61
(Q) Sophie Ferguson (AUS) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 16 62 62
(WC) Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) d. Stéphanie Dubois (CAN) 67(3) 61 63
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Posted by gauloises1 on April 12, 2010
Stanislas Wawrinka d. Victor Hanescu, 62 63
If you like that sort of thing.
Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet teamed up last week to make a fool of me, with Gasquet losing a three-set quarterfinal to Victor Hanescu when I picked him for the title and Stan crushing Hanescu in the final when I specifically didn’t. Ah well. Can’t win any of them them all. Well done to Stan.
Speaking of Hanescu, I found his unrelentingly serious ATP Uncovered adorable:
Juan Ignacio Chela d. Sam Querrey, 57 64 63
Hmmm. I know I had a pretty busy weekend, what with inventing sci-fi themed cocktails and trying to keep my unco-operative cat alive and everything, but … Chela? Winning? Is that still a thing? Was that ever a thing? I rather thought Sam Querrey had this one sewn up after he finally defeated everybody’s least favourite player, Wayne Odesnik, in the semis:
Querrey reportedly said “I refuse to lose to that guy”, and refuse to lose he did. So … what happened in the final? Anyone?
All joking aside, that’s a startlingly good run from Chela. A cursory glance at his playing record suggests that the last time he won consecutive main draw matches was in Kitzbuhel last year. So something major must have been working for him this week.
Meanwhile, props to another Argy, Horacio Zeballos, for reaching the semi-finals and defeating Gonzo along the way:
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Posted by gauloises1 on April 9, 2010
The (mildly hilarious) shock of the day has to be Kim Clijsters losing to 258th-ranked Spanish qualifier Beatriz Garcia Vidagany, who is playing her first WTA tour tournament ever – so that consistency thing remains a work in progress, eh, Kim? Simona Halep had another good win, this time over the slumping Sorana Cirstea, and lucky loser Varvara Lepchenko is making the best of things in Ponte Vedra Beach. On the men’s side, Stan Wawrinka survived a bagel from a qualifier and Official NB Pick For Casablanca Champion Richard Gasquet put in another crushing win. Lleyton Hewitt was not so rusty in his first match back after hip surgery, and Zeballos and Gonzo will be playing in a frankly hot quarterfinal. That is all.
Full Results – ATP
Singles – Second Round
 S Wawrinka (SUI) d [Q] M Klizan (SVK) 64 06 64
 V Hanescu (ROU) d [Q] J Nieminen (FIN) 26 63 62
[WC] R El Amrani (MAR) d J Hajek (CZE) 63 26 62
R Gasquet (FRA) d A Golubev (KAZ) 61 61
Doubles – Semi-finals
 R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) d  M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) 64 63
R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d P Marx (GER) / I Zelenay (SVK) 63 64
Singles – Second Round
 F Gonzalez (CHI) d [Q] K Anderson (RSA) 64 46 64
X Malisse (BEL) d  J Isner (USA) 76(3) 67(7) 76(3)
 S Querrey (USA) d B Kavcic (SLO) 62 61
 [WC] L Hewitt (AUS) d [LL] S Devvarman (IND) 16 60 76(2)
 H Zeballos (ARG) d D Sela (ISR) 63 62
W Odesnik (USA) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) 61 75
Doubles – Semi-finals
 S Huss (AUS) / W Moodie (RSA) d H Zeballos (ARG) / M Zverev (GER) 63 63
Doubles – Quarter-finals
[WC] N Healey (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) d D Istomin (UZB) / A Motti (ITA) 64 76(5)
Singles – Second Round
(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (WC) Estrella Cabeza Candela (ESP) 62 64
(2) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (Q) Laura Pous Tio (ESP) 62 62
(Q) Beatriz García Vidagany (ESP) d. (3/WC) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 75 46 64
Sara Errani (ITA) d. (7) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 61 76(1)
(8) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 64 76(2)
(Q) Simona Halep (ROU) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 64 76(4)
Doubles – Quarterfinals
Kondratieva/Shvedova (RUS/KAZ) d. Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja (ESP/ESP) 60 64
Doubles – First Round
(2) Ruano Pascual/Shaughnessy (ESP/USA) d. Malek/Sfar (GER/TUN) 26 75 1210
Ponte Vedra Beach
Singles – Second Round
(4) Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 63 62
(8) Melanie Oudin (USA) d. Peng Shuai (CHN) 26 75 75
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. (Q) Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 62 62
(LL) Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. Angelique Kerber (GER) 61 61
Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Mattek-Sands/Yan (USA/CHN) d. (WC) Cibulkova/Morita (SVK/JPN) 62 61
Borwell/Kops-Jones (GBR/USA) d. Goerges/Zahlavova Strycova (GER/CZE) 63 36 108
Today’s OOP is brought to you by Gonzo’s poorly knee.
ORDER OF PLAY – APRIL 9, 2010
Stadium Court – Start 12:00 noon
Nicolas Massu (CHI) vs (3) Sam Querrey (USA)
(4) Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) vs Juan Ignacio Chela (CHI)
Wayne Odesnik (USA) vs Xavier Malisse (BEL)
Not Before 6 p.m.
(1) Bob Bryan (USA) & Mike Bryan (USA) vs Nathan Healey (AUS) & Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
(1) Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) vs (6) Horacio Zeballos (ARG)
Centre Court (from 13.00hrs)
1. Tatjana Malek vs. Carla Suárez Navarro
2. Simona Halep vs. Flavia Pennetta
3. Victoria Azarenka vs. María José Martínez Sánchez
4. Sara Errani vs. Beatriz García Vidagany
Court 1 (NB 13.30hrs)
1. Lefèvre/Niculescu vs. Ruano Pascual/Shaughnessy
Ponte Vedra Beach
Stadium (from 11.00hrs)
1. Varvara Lepchenko vs. Olga Govortsova
2. Elena Vesnina vs. Melanie Oudin (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Aleksandra Wozniak vs. Dominika Cibulkova (NB 15.00hrs)
4. Dekmeijere/Schnyder vs. Chuang/Peng
5. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (NB 19.00hrs)
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Posted by gauloises1 on April 5, 2010
Andy Roddick d. Tomas Berdych 75 64
I want to tickle underneath his chin.
Ten years after appearing in the Sony Ericsson Open for the first time at the age of 17, courtesy of a wildcard, Andy Roddick won his second title in Miami after beating Nadal on the way. Nice work. I’ve only seen highlights from the final, but it looks like Roddick did a nice job of keeping Berdych discombobulated and on the back foot, not really allowing him to build any rhythm.
He may not have been really in the final, but Berdych did brilliantly to get there against the opponents he faced and mastering the trick of actually stringing big wins together. Still, the story is Andy this week. It’s true that with Delpo and Kolya injured and Murray, Djokovic and Federer losing early, the only higher-ranked opponent he faced was Nadal, but with the way Rafa was playing earlier in the week, that was a huge win. And it’s fantastic to see someone who has repeatedly been written off or marginalised proving, once again, that he deserves to be in the conversation.
His pressers, as always, are down to earth and charming, too:
Q. Could you talk a little bit perhaps about the maturing that you’ve undergone?
ANDY RODDICK: I get a lot credit. I’m not that mature. I get a lot credit for it right now for like the last six months. I went from the most immature person on the planet to maturity. I like it.
Q. It’s fairly commendable, though.
ANDY RODDICK: Thank you. Your turn.
Q. You hadn’t won a Masters Series event since 2006. Did you ever doubt you could win another one, and is this a big relief for you?
ANDY RODDICK: There’s always any athlete who says they don’t have a “what if” moment probably isn’t being too honest with you.
I’ve certainly what my share of them throughout the course of my career. You know, I talked about this a lot after Wimbledon last year, but even after ’08 Wimbledon I openly talked to Brook and wondered if the best of it was gone.
I didn’t know. I honestly didn’t know. But I knew there was a way to find out, and that was to kind of go back to the drawing board and give myself every opportunity to succeed.
Luckily, that’s given me some good days.
Q. Given the in past year you’ve been known for your many achievements outside of tennis, do you feel that maybe the fates were with you, that you also won because today is Easter Sunday and we’re in the middle of Passover?
ANDY RODDICK: Hadn’t thought about it. But I’ll take some divine intervention any time it wants to help me out. I’m not above it.
And oh yeah, he also found time this week to appear alongside Gonzo, Jim Courier and Guga Kuerten in a charity exhibition which raised $125,000 for victims of the Chilean earthquake:
So yeah. I think we can call that a full week.
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Posted by gauloises1 on March 25, 2010
It’s up to something.
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Posted by gauloises1 on March 10, 2010
Chile 4 – 1 Israel
Fernando Gonzalez defeated Dudi Sela 64 64 63 to seal the tie for his country and complete the Davis Cup quarterfinals lineup yesterday.
It’s a great win for Chile, still reeling from the devastating earthquake and aftershocks, and a huge achievement for the players to put all of that aside and perform for each other. I have no idea how much attention the tie got in Chile, but I can see how the players might have felt that since they had to play, getting on with it and winning was the least they could do, and that’s what they did.
“The important thing was to win, whichever the way,” [Gonzalez] said. “We are very happy with this victory, and we hope it is something to get happy about, even if it’s small happiness, for all the people affected by the earthquake.”
Gonzo has taken some time now to visit with earthquake victims – but not before a well-deserved celebration:
“Let’s bring Chile back with Fena and Massu.”
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Posted by gauloises1 on March 2, 2010
So unless you’re living under a rock somewhere (and it shattered and fell on your head), you’ll have heard that Chile has been hit with an 8.8-magnitude earthquake with its epicentre somewhere in the vicinity of Concepcion (felt by Delpo in Buenos Aires). This news doesn’t really fall within the scope of this website, except that Chile is due to host a Davis Cup tie with Israel this weekend. The tie will go ahead as scheduled in the northern port town of Coquimbo, which has suffered little damage.
However, the Chileans appear to be feeling a certain amount of reluctance to go ahead with the tie (unsurprisingly. God.) The Chilean no. 2, former Olympic gold medallist Nicolas Massu, and an official statement from the Chilean tennis federation have both said that they would have postponed had the choice been left to them and not the ITF.
Fernando Gonzalez, meanwhile, posted a message from Acapulco on his website on Sunday:
I was watching TV and I found out about the earthquake. I’m so sad for the victims and families. I’m at Mexico City. This nght I’ll fly to Lima to try to get a new flight to Santiago.
Thank God I could talk with my family after the earthquake. I watched TV all the time and I’m so sad with the news. It’s tough I can’t be in Chile. I’m praying. I would like to help with the reconstruction of my country.
I hope to see them again as soon as possible.
A big hug for everyone and ¡Fuerza Chile!
According to the latest update on a twitter that may or may not be his, he is still stuck in Lima trying to return home to Santiago.
One’s heart goes out to everyone involved, no matter how peripherally, in this awful situation. It’s true that Gonzo and Massu are talismans to their country and seeing them play a Davis Cup tie might be good for morale, if anybody’s paying attention. And the logistics of postponing a tie are intricate and burdensome. Still, it’s easier to understand that tennis must be the furthest thing from anyone’s mind and to be required to play a Davis Cup tie under these circumstances must seem at best awfully incongruous. Sad.
…. And that was a serious post on a serious subject, the last thing I feel qualified to provide. So have a photo of one of my favourite off-court moments ever from any player, a proud Gonzo carrying the Chilean flag during the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony:
We love you, Gonzo.
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Posted by gauloises1 on February 26, 2010
… Drenched in hotness.
Juan Monaco. Juan Carlos Ferrero. Fernando Gonzalez. David Ferrer. And all on filthy red clay. Acapulco, frankly, has proved to be the sex.
Special props to Boss, notching up his thirteenth straight win and defeating Nicolas Almagro, the two-time champion; and to Juan Monaco, who took out top seed Fernando Verdasco in his biggest win since the same opponent was forced to retire against him in Bastad last year. Semi-finals to come later tonight, and it’s worth nothing that all four semi-finalists will be featuring prominently in Davis Cup ties this time next week.
On the women’s side, Carla Suarez Navarro upset Gisela Dulko but is currently a set down to Polona Hercog, while Venus Williams came *this* close to losing to Laura Pous Tios, ranked over three hundred points below her, but survived to face Edina Gallovits later tonight.
Singles – Quarter-finals
 J Monaco (ARG) d  [WC] F Verdasco (ESP) 75 63
 F Gonzalez (CHI) d [Q] E Schwank (ARG) 36 63 75
 D Ferrer (ESP) d P Cuevas (URU) 75 64
 J Ferrero (ESP) d  N Almagro (ESP) 61 57 62
Doubles – Quarter-finals
 L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d P Cuevas (URU) / F Gonzalez (CHI) 64 62
F Fognini (ITA) / P Starace (ITA) d  M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) 62 36 10-7
J Monaco (ARG) / H Zeballos (ARG) d [WC] S Gonzalez (MEX) / N Massu (CHI) 75 61
Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Venus Williams (USA) d. (Q) Laura Pous Tio (ESP) 46 63 75
(8) Polona Hercog (SLO) d. (2) Agnes Szavay (HUN) 64 01 ret. (left adductor strain)
(5) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (3) Gisela Dulko (ARG) 61 76(4)
Edina Gallovits (ROU) d. Sharon Fichman (CAN) 75 62
Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. (WC) Cirstea/Cornet (ROU/FRA) 57 75 106
(2) Uhlirova/Voracova (CZE/CZE) d. Fichman/Washington (CAN/USA) 75 61
(4) Hercog/Zahlavova Strycova (SLO/CZE) d. Osterloh/Tatishvili (USA/GEO) 75 62
Order of Play
Central Court (from 15.00hrs)
1. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Polona Hercog
2. ATP: Monaco vs. Ferrero (NB 17.00hrs)
3. Venus Williams vs. Edina Gallovits (NB 19.00hrs)
4. ATP: Ferrer vs. González (NB 21.00hrs)
Cancha 2 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Hlavackova/Hradecka vs. Errani/Vinci
2. ATP: Kubot/Marach vs. Damm/Polasek (NB 17.00hrs)
3. Hercog/Zahlavova Strycova vs. Uhlirova/Voracova
4. ATP: Monaco/Zeballos vs. Fognini/Starace
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Posted by gauloises1 on February 22, 2010
So last time I bought a phone, I actually went for a Sony Ericsson because I had a vague idea that somehow buying it meant that I was supporting the WTA. In that vein, look for me to be found in ditches covered in dried-up lime wedges a lot in the coming years. More than usual, that is. Because Corona, the Mexican beer, has just become the ATP’s new premier sponsor.
It’s a five and a half year deal which will see Corona branding become the most visible at ATP events (like Mercedez-Benz used to be. Remember that?). Of course, those were cars and not, you know … beer.
Adam Helfant, the ATP’s chairman and president, said last night: “Beers have been associated with different sports before. This is nothing new, and we are happy that it is a great fit both for the company and the tour. Corona’s motto is ‘relax responsibly’ and we are very pleased with the nature of our conversations with their representatives. They will bring an exciting new creativity and marketing experience to the game.”
I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand … this. On the other hand, I can’t help but have a vague hope that it will lead to somehow more free beer in my life. Conundrum.
The ATP’s finest approve this deal.
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Posted by gauloises1 on February 10, 2010
Gonzo’s ATP World Tour Uncovered video:
Never a dull moment with the big man.
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