Posted by gauloises1 on July 12, 2010
Because nothing generates quite so much fantastic photoage as Davis Cup. You know it to be true.
sorry but ive to say i fcking won davis cup!omg
Pretty sure I could snap him like a twig. A twig.
Marin’s left arm makes a desperate bid for freedom.
Get the man a Big Mac, a big drink and a big vuvuzela.
“Did I leave the gas on …?”
This is not the face I’ve missed.
This is the face I’ve missed.
Put it away, Nole. Or I will come to Serbia and show you where to … never mind.
“Mr. President. What the hell.”
Nothing beats a good old-fashioned Serbian love huddle.
Eduardo Schwank looking in no way ridiculous.
Eduardo Schwank being no way ridiculous.
Kind of impossible to dislike Gael when he finds himself on this planet long enough to win a big match.
Tipsy wants a cuddle. No-one on this earth can blame him.
They shoot horses, don’t they?
Yeah, Youzh better run.
Having beaten Spain at tennis, France take them on at the art of the manly hug. And win.
Have him caramelised and sent to my room.
Nole Major and Nole Minor.
Look who showed up to ‘help’.
“I’m a little lamb who’s lost in the woods …”
Kolya contemplates the many tragedies of life.
Shamil contemplates finding another job.
You’re not helping.
Homoerotic celebrations: must try harder.
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Posted by gauloises1 on July 12, 2010
Bad news for Spain? Fairly comprehensive Davis Cup humiliation for the reigning champions. Good news for Spain? Pretty sure nobody in Spain noticed. Bad news for France? None. They were awesome.
A fantastic team effort from Les Bleus, starting off with Gael Monfils playing the kind of tennis that makes him almost impossible to not warm to against David Ferrer for two sets on Friday. Then, being Gael Monfils, he was distracted by something shiny, and lost the next two.
It looked very much like Ferru, five-set Davis Cup warrior that he is, would pull off another amazing comeback, and in some ways he perhaps deserved to. He certainly put in around 90% of Spain’s effort this weekend. However, Gael raced ahead in the fifth and even Ferru breaking serve as Monfils served for the match couldn’t get it done.
I missed the Llodra-Verdasco match but I wasn’t completely surprised by the result; Llodra has put in some great Davis Cup performances (albeit in doubles), can drive any player to distraction on his day, and Verdasco has been having a torrid time of it lately. Still a huge upset win for Llodra, who at 30 seems to be playing some of his best tennis lately.
This set up a fairly mouthwatering doubles clash between Benneteau/Llodra and Lopez/Verdasco, both great doubles teams that have delivered for their countries in the past. For two and a half sets it wasn’t much of a contest, though, as Bendra came out absolutely on fire; energetic, aggressive and intense. By contrast, Verdasco at times seemed hardly in the match and his serve wasn’t making much of an impact (I’ve not been keeping up with the injury latest there, but it looked to me like something was up). A sudden and inspired fightback at 4-2 down in the third kept Spain in it and the fourth was closely contested, especially after Spain saved three break points on Lopez’s serve. Crucially, a double-fault from Verdasco gave France the lead in the tiebreak and Benneteau served it out. Then came one of the most gleeful celebrations I’ve ever seen.
This is why we stalk them at Queens.
Both teams appeared more than a little hungover for today’s dead rubbers, with Gilles Simon and Julien Benneteau defeating Nicolas Almagro and Feliciano Lopez in straights. But it’s kind of understandable, given that this is the first time since 1932 that France have beaten Spain in Davis Cup – and without their highest-ranked player in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, too. They will host Argentina in September and have a great chance of making it to the finals.
Hence the ritual jumping around in the showers.
As for Spain … well, they’ve won the last two. It’s only fair that someone else should have a go. I have to credit Ferru, though; not just because it felt like he was the only player who really showed up for this tie on that side, but because after the last dead rubber was done and the others exited as quickly as possibly, he stuck around to congratulate the French and sign autographs for the fans on his way out.
R1 – G.MONFILS (FRA) def. D.FERRER (ESP)
7-6(3) 6-2 4-6 5-7 6-4
R2 – M.LLODRA (FRA) def. F.VERDASCO (ESP)
6-7(5) 6-4 6-3 7-6(2)
R3 – J.BENNETEAU / M.LLODRA (FRA) def. F.LOPEZ / F.VERDASCO (ESP)
6-1 6-2 6-7(6) 7-6(5)
R4 – G.SIMON (FRA) def. N.ALMAGRO (ESP)
R5 – J.BENNETEAU (FRA) def. F.LOPEZ (ESP)
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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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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.
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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 May 21, 2010
Judging on Nice, the men aren’t too much more stable this week than the women. The only seed living up to his obligations is Fernando Verdasco, who beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 64 in the third to set up a semi-final with Horseface, who scored an excellent and scandalously unphotographed win against Baggy. On the other side of the draw, it’s a semi-hilarious semi with Gasquet against Potito Starace – the man, the myth, the name – who beat Gael Monfils in straight sets.
Deal with that for a minute.
I’m not even going to pretend to understand what’s happening in Dusseldorf. Just have a picture of Pico and the Onion.
See? Two Argies, only one visible bandage, and no signs of imminent withdrawal/collapse. I told you this tournament makes no sense.
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Posted by gauloises1 on May 10, 2010
Yeah, I was going for some sort of ‘K-Swiss Family Robinson’ joke but it just didn’t happen and I’ve had way too much caffeine to worry about it.
Anyway, K-Swiss announced today that it had signed Gael Monfils away from Nike. He’ll join such luminaries as Tommy Haas, Sam Querrey, Vera Zvonareva and the Bondarenko sisters.
La Monf debuted his new threads today during a 62 75 win over Stephane Robert.
The colour’s OK, I guess, but La Monf just should be sleeveless. He just should. Apart from the fact that he looks great that way, who’s going to wear all the clothes we should have been seeing Delpo in over the next however many months?
I don’t think so. Not when you’re losing 60 62 to Benjamin Becker, the angel of imminent retirement.
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Posted by gauloises1 on April 12, 2010
Former sweeties Dominika Cibulkova and Gael Monfils have withdrawn from their respective tournaments, adding to an impressive out-with-injury roster. Cibulkova remains troubled with a groin injury that prevents her playing Charleston, while La Monf apparently hurt his hand playing Davis Cup.
Why can’t these crazy kids just work it out? They’re clearly perfect for each other.
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Posted by gauloises1 on March 16, 2010
So, I missed a lot. A lot of kind of surprising losses. Marin Cilic lost to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 76(1) 60; that was pretty surprising. I thought he’d got over random losses to opponents he should take care of easily enough. Obviously not, or maybe he was just that keen to get on to Miami and “work” with Goran again. Moving on. Justine Henin lost 62 16 64 to Gisela Dulko, who went on to lose 61 60 to Agnieszka Radwanska.
Because that happens.
Similarly mixed fortunes for battling British qualifier Elena Baltacha, who did incredibly well to beat Li Na in three sets, scoring the first top 10 win of her career – and then lost 60 62 to wildcard Alicia Molik.
Because that … happens.
Gael Monfils, meanwhile, never the most reliable or consistent of players, still surprised in losing to Simon Greul 16 62 63.
This actually does happen.
And Svetlana Kuznetsova took being the top seed on the women’s side about as well as could have been expected, losing in three sets to Carla Suarez Navarro in her first match.
And Maria Sharapova found herself a victim of Zheng Jie’s indomitable (when she feels like it) spirit, falling 63 26 63.
Roger Federer, meanwhile, won everything.
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Posted by gauloises1 on March 7, 2010
Seriously. First of all we have them looking kind of cool and sophisticated and sexy at the official dinner:
Then a mere matter of days later, we have … I don’t even know how to describe this. What are they doing? Why are they doing it? All I know is that it appears to be happening in the showers:
And that Richie dropped the soap.
(photos & humour courtesy of crystaleyesd)
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