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Halle: Welcome To The H-Word

Posted by gauloises1 on June 14, 2010

Lleyton Hewitt d. Roger Federer, 36 76(4) 64

The year of the former pigeon continues as Lleyton Hewitt overturned a run of fifteen straight defeats to Roger Federer to take the Halle title. I missed the first set, but from what I saw Federer became increasingly erratic and unfocussed as the match went on. Lleyton, by contrast, just became more and more cool and accurate with his groundstrokes and sealed the win in veteran style long after it felt like it was inevitable.

I just like this photo.

Clearly, the days in which you knew which Federer was going to turn up week to week are gone. This has been the case for a while, but it still seems to surprise, particularly when the victor is someone who Federer partly built his reputation on being able to consistently demolish at will. I’m of the opinion that it doesn’t mean terribly much for Wimbledon, except maybe that it makes it a tiny bit more interesting, but there’s no way that Federer is going to turn in the same kind of somewhat listless performance there he did here.

Somewhere in here is the knowledge of how to play this game.

I don’t want to take anything away from Rusty, because I thought he played brilliantly. And this is, let’s forget, when he’s still getting back into the swing of things after his second hip surgery. Age and adversity have definitely mellowed him, or maybe just my response to him, because I love to see him get a great win these days. And this time he can’t follow it up by beating Elf in the second round at Wimbledon. Yay.

‘maaaaawn the little Aussie battler.

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ATP Week Now: Halle, Queens

Posted by gauloises1 on June 8, 2010


Draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Roger Federer, Nikolay Davydenko, Mikhail Youzhny, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Radek Stepanek, Jurgen Melzer, Marcos Baghdatis, Lleyton Hewitt

The good news? Kolya and Steps are back. The bad news? Boss and Baggy are already out. Somehow.

Monday’s results

Singles – First Round
[LL] D Meffert (GER) d [4] J Ferrero (ESP) 63 75
P Petzschner (GER) d [7] M Baghdatis (CYP) 64 63
[8] L Hewitt (AUS) d P Luczak (AUS) 62 62
L Lacko (SVK) d J Chardy (FRA) 75 76(0)
T de Bakker (NED) d [Q] R Bopanna (IND) 64 76(11)
V Troicki (SRB) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 61 76(4)

Doubles – First Round
S Stakhovsky (UKR) / M Youzhny (RUS) d [4] M Kohlmann (GER) / J Nieminen (FIN) 16 76(8) 10-5
C Kas (GER) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [WC] Y Allegro (SUI) / R Federer (SUI) 64 76(6)


Draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Marin Cilic, Gael Monfils, Sam Querrey, Feliciano Lopez

The good news? I’m going to be there Wednesday and Thursday, and @rachaelsimpson is already there tweeting in classic style. The bad news? Rain. Lots of rain.

Monday’s results

Singles – First Round
[9] J Benneteau (FRA) d A Clement (FRA) 62 64
[11] R Gasquet (FRA) d K Nishikori (JPN) 63 63
[12] M Llodra (FRA) d A Golubev (KAZ) 63 62
E Korolev (KAZ) vs [13] S Giraldo (COL) – to finish 33
[14] D Sela (ISR) d C Guccione (AUS) 67(4) 76(5) 64
[16] D Istomin (UZB) d [WC] J Baker (GBR) 61 64
R Ginepri (USA) d [WC] J Ward (GBR) 63 75
[Q] A Bogdanovic (GBR) vs [WC] G Dimitrov (BUL) – to finish 46 63 21
K Anderson (RSA) d T Dent (USA) 67(7) 63 75
M Fish (USA) vs S Devvarman (IND) – to finish 61 32
R Schuettler (GER) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 61 62
R Ram (USA) d K Beck (SVK) 16 63 64
J Levine (USA) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) 63 63
I Navarro (ESP) d D Koellerer (AUT) 63 64
P Lorenzi (ITA) d P Riba (ESP) 64 64
I Kunitsyn (RUS) d I Marchenko (UKR) 16 64 63
G Muller (LUX) d M Przysiezny (POL) 76(3) 63
M Daniel (BRA) d B Kavcic (SLO) 61 64

Doubles – First Round
A Murray (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) vs S Lipsky (USA) / S Querrey (USA) – postponed due to rain
[WC] J Delgado (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) vs N Djokovic (SRB) / J Erlich (ISR) – postponed due to rain
[WC] C Eaton (GBR) / D Inglot (GBR) vs M Cilic (CRO) / A Sa (BRA) – to finish 26
A Clement (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) vs M Granollers (ESP) / F Lopez (ESP) – to finish 52

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I Don't Fancy Yours Much

Posted by gauloises1 on June 14, 2009

Murray and Haas celebrate with the women in their life.

haas foster

judy muzz

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Friday Results: The Four People You Meet In Halle

Posted by gauloises1 on June 13, 2009

(thanks to ptenisnet for the title, which I never found a good opportunity to use and totally screwed up)

So we have our semifinalists!


It’ll be Murray-Ferrero in the top half of the draw, as Murray took on Mardy and emerged victorious. We like that. And how about a great run for Ferrero to the semi-finals? Sadly I think it might end there. It’ll be an all-American semi (heh) on the other side, as Blake took out Youzhny (he of the beautiful eyes and communist aesthetic) and Roddick beat Karlovic in two unsurprising tiebreak sets. As Pat Cash astutely said before the match, “I think it’s all going to come down to the serve.”


One imagines a lot of the match looked like this.

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] A Murray (GBR) d [8] M Fish (USA) 75 63
[2] A Roddick (USA) d [9] I Karlovic (CRO) 76(4) 76(5)
[6] J Blake (USA) d [14] M Youzhny (RUS) 76(5) 63
J Ferrero (ESP) d S Darcis (BEL) 46 63 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[7] J Coetzee (RSA) / J Kerr (AUS) d [4] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 76(6) 76(4)
[6] M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) 76(2) 46 11-9
[5] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d [WC] C Fleming (GBR) / K Skupski (GBR) 57 76(3) 10-7 – Saved 3 M.P.
W Moodie (RSA) / M Youzhny (RUS) d J Benneteau (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) 75 63


What a terribly democratic semi-finals line-up. We have a top seed (Nole, who beat Jurgen Melzer); an unseeded homeboy (Kohlschreiber), a Belgian qualifier (Rochus) and a German wildcard (Haas). Great stuff.


You know when you’ve been Nole’d. 

Singles – Quarter-finals
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [7] J Melzer (AUT) 61 64
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d A Beck (GER) 36 63 63
[Q] O Rochus (BEL) d [WC] B Becker (GER) 67(4) 63 63
[WC] T Haas (GER) d [WC] M Zverev (GER) 76(5) 62


Oh well, I think two of my semi-final predictions are still standing. Seeds Li Na Na Li and Rybarikova beat Voegele (who?) and Urszula (once again not the Raddest ‘wanska) to advance. Sania Mirza continues her nice run, defeating sixteenth seed Melinda Czink, and Maria Sharapova took three sets to subdue ‘the Belgian Sharapova’, Estoril champ Yanine Wickmayer. Shazza’s run is just scary here, let’s face it. There are going to be a lot of top players praying she doesn’t land in their quarter for Wimbledon.


Why do all the pictures suck this week? Where are all the good snappers? Resting up for Wimbledon, or over in L.A. taking fuzzy candids of Ronaldo and Paris Hilton?

Singles – Quarterfinals
(4) Li Na (CHN) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 63 76(3)
(13) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 63 63
Sania Mirza (IND) d. (16) Melinda Czink (HUN) 61 76(4)
Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 61 26 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. Czink/Grandin (HUN/RSA) 64 46 105
(3) Chuang/Mirza (TPE/IND) d. Chan/Yan (TPE/CHN) 76(5) 61
(4) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. Shvedova/Tanasugarn (KAZ/THA) 63 76(4)
Schiavone/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Goerges/Parra Santonja (GER/ESP) 57 75 1210

Doubles – First Round
Goerges/Parra Santonja (GER/ESP) d. Morita/Sugiyama (JPN/JPN) 76(4) 64

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OOPs I Forgot: Queens, Halle, Birmingham

Posted by gauloises1 on June 8, 2009

Sorry, totally forgot to do this last night.


Julie DITTY (USA) vs Naomi CAVADAY (GBR)
Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS) v Stephanie DUBOIS (CAN)
Melanie SOUTH (GBR) v Katie O’BRIEN (GBR)

Abigail SPEARS (USA) vs Naomi BROADY (GBR)
Vania KING (USA) v Jarmila GROTH (SVK)
Julie COIN (FRA) v Tamarine TANASUGARN (THA)

Court 2
Michaella KRAJICEK (NED) v Tatiana POUTCHEK (BLR)
Petra CETKOVSKA (CZE) v Stephanie FORETZ (FRA)

Court 3
Roberta VINCI (ITA) v Severine BREMOND (FRA)

Court 4

 Queens here.

Halle here.

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ATP Week Ahead: Queens, Halle Preview

Posted by gauloises1 on June 7, 2009

Kind of late … but better late than never, right? Or is never actually better in this situation?


nadal queens

Sorry, the “AEGON Championships”. Whatever. It’s Queens.

Draw here.

With defending champion Rafael Nadal out with knee/parent troubles, that leaves homeboy Andy Murray as the top seed. C’MON TIM! He hasn’t got a half bad draw either, with Mardy Fish (shudder) in his quarter. Feliciano Lopez could cause some potential problems, but if Andy stays healthy (hardly a given for him at Queens), he should get to the quarters at least.

The second quarter is the Qrazy Quarter. Anchored by Gael Monfils and Marat Safin, with Ernests Gulbis (whose game is complimented by grass), Juan Carlos Ferrero and Sebastian Grosjean (didn’t he retire already?) hanging about in there. Plus a couple of Spanish clay-courters just for the hell of it. You pick a winner here. Whoever it is, I’m thinking they lose to Murray.

The third quarter has James Blake and Gilles Simon at either end. I’m dreadfully afraid Blake will get to the quarters, and I’m equally afraid that Gilles won’t. Sam Querrey (who I do think should do well on grass) and Jeremy Chardy sadly have to play each other in the first round, but the winner gets either Fognini or Anderson, so look for them in the third. Mikhail Youzhny is hanging around, as are three wildcards; James Ward (he once took a set off Marat Safin, you know), Marcos Baghdatis and Grigor Dimitrov. A Dmitrov-Simon second round could be fun …

If all goes well, the fourth quarter should lead to the best quarter-final match; Marin Cilic vs. Andy Roddick. I’m really rooting for Marin here as I think there’s a strong case to be made for grass being his best surface. Sadly, he’ll probably have dangerous floater Tipsarevic (who lost to Djokovic here last year after playing a fantastic first set) in the second and the only Croatian more giant than him, Ivo Karlovic, in the third. Things look a bit smoother for A-Rod, who’s only really got to get through former champ Lleyton Hewitt.

Predicted semifinalists: Murray, Safin, Youzhny, Roddick

Predicted finalists: Murray, Roddick

Winner: Murray


fed halle

Kind of hard breaking this one down without knowing whether Federer will play or not. I’m thinking not.

Anyway, the draw’s here.

Should Federer show, he’ll have to get past last year’s finalist Philipp “punkt de” Kohlschreiber, but otherwise it should be smooth sailing until at least the semis, where he’ll hopefully have either Tsonga or Berdych. The other side of the draw is highlighted by Verdasco and Djokovic (who, it turns out, could just have gone to Queens).

If Federer shows, I predict him to win. If not, Djokovic.

Yes, I’m risque in my predictions.

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