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Wimbledon Titlists: And the Rest

Posted by gauloises1 on July 6, 2010

Congratulations to the other champions from Wimbledon 2010. It’s been an amazing fortnight for all sorts of people.

Mixed Doubles: Paes/Black d. Moodie/Raymond, 64 76(5)

I watched them lose last year, so this pleases.

Ladies’ Doubles: Shvedova/King d. Vesnina/Zvonareva, 76(6) 62

Tough day for Vera, but these two are adorable.

And my favourite team of the year …

Gentlemen’s Doubles: Petzschner/Melzer d. Lindstedt/Tecau, 61 75 75

To quote Petzsch, “I’ve fcking won wimbledon!omg.”


And among the juniors …

Boys’ Singles: Marton Fucsovics d. Benjamin Mitchell, 64 64

Fucsovics? Yes please. Also delighted to see he’s carrying on the tradition of boys’ singles winners being cute as a little pie.

Girls’ Singles: Kristyna Pliskova d. Sachie Ishizu, 63 46 64

The Czech Republic = the new Serbia?

And a quartet of tiny Tims …

Boys’ Doubles: Tom Farquharson/Liam Broady d. Lewis Burton/George Morgan

I nominate all four to the GBR Davis Cup squad, effective immediately.

Posted in benjamin mitchell, british tennis, cara black, jurgen melzer, kristyna pliskovic, leander paes, liam broady, marton fucsovics, philipp petzchner, sachie ishizu, titlists, tom farquharson, vania king, wimbledon, yaroslava shvedova | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments »

Wimbledon Manic Monday Preview: Gentlemen

Posted by gauloises1 on June 28, 2010

I’ve decided the best way to sum up Friday and Saturday’s action at Wimbledon is to look forward to Manic Monday, a.k.a. the greatest day of tennis in all the year, when the entire R16 – men and women – play on the same day.

Roger Federer v Jurgen Melzer

H2H: 0-0

Roger’s got his Wimbledon back on track with a straight sets victory over Arnaud Clement, a good match-up for him at the best of times. Jurgen Melzer toiled slightly more with a four-set win over Feliciano Lopez. Doubles partners in the juniors, these two have unbelievably never played on the senior tour. Melzer can be a tricky opponent and knocked out Novak Djokovic at the French Open, and Roger has obviously looked wobbly, but I reckon he’s found his feet now. Prediction: Roger in four.

Winner to meet …

Tomas Berdych v Daniel Brands










H2H: 0-0

Daniel Brands has, for me, been one of the surprises of the tournament; after beating Igor Andreev, Nikolay Davydenko, and Victor Hanescu (albeit in circumstances which bear examination, more on that later), he’s now through to the round of sixteen in his very first Wimbledon. And that’s not something that every bronzed sex god can pull out of the bag (I saw him at several points during Wimbledon, and he is.) He’s been excellent in tiebreaks and high-pressure situations, but Berdych certainly should be a bridge too far; he won his first two matches in straights and did get taken to five by Denis Istomin – but Istomin has been having some very good results of late. Definitely the hottest match of the day, anyway … Prediction: Berdych in three.

Novak Djokovic v Lleyton Hewitt

H2H: 3-1

Probably the most eagerly anticipated match-up of the day on the men’s side, what’s surprising to me is that Nole has won both of their previous meetings on grass; once at Queens in 2008, and once at this stage during Wimbledon in 2007. Since that time, however, Nole has been floundering – not least at Wimbledon – and Lleyton is arguably riding a great wave of confidence, coming off a win against Federer in Halle and a very decent Wimbledon last year. Everyone seems to be giving the edge to Hewitt, who’s had a good run including a straight sets defeat of Gael Monfils in the third round; Nole, on the other hand, seemed to make progress in his defeat of Taylor Dent, but laboured to a victory over a dreadful Montanes. I’m going with Nole, however, in the hope that that will Make It True. Prediction: Nole in five.

Winner to meet …

Andy Roddick v Yen-Hsun Lu













H2H: 3-0

Please. Despite many predictions of an early exit, Roddick has withstood inspired tennis from Michael Llodra and Philipp Kohlschreiber to be in the fourth round. When he does go out, it won’t be to Lu – no disrespect to the player from Chinese Taipei, who I saw putting paid to Horacio Zeballos in the very first round. Prediction: If it isn’t Roddick in three, something’s gone seriously wrong somewhere.

Julien Benneteau v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga










H2H: 3-3

Neither of these two have had a very smooth route through, but through they are as part of a stellar showing for France at this year’s Championships. Benneteau has played fourteen sets in beating Vliegen, Beck and Fognini’s eyebrows, while Jo was stretched to the limit by the artist formerly known as Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr. in the second round. I’m surprised their head-to-head is so evenly balanced, but Jo won their only other meeting on grass, and I’d be surprised if it didn’t go the same way – especially since Benny has had to work so hard to get here. I just hope it isn’t a total disappointment, as it is all too often when the French play each other. Prediction: Jo in three.

Winner to meet …

Sam Querrey v Andy Murray

H2H: 0-3

Sam has never taken so much of a set off Andy in their previous meetings. And Andy has yet to drop a set at this year’s championships. I think both these things might be about to change. Murray has yet to be seriously tested – and now has the full weight of our nation’s expectations back on his shoulders after the abysmal performance of England’s footballers at the World Cup today – while Sam has had two tough matches against Malisse and, er, Ivan Dodig. He also has his famously laid-back attitude (when he’s not storming back off to the States in a snit) which serves him well on an occasion like this. Still, I think Andy will win. I have to believe that when Andy loses here, it won’t be to Sam Querrey, Queen’s champion though he might be. Prediction: Murray in five.

Robin Soderling v David Ferrer

H2H: 5-2

Two of my favourite players still in this year’s draw. I’m excited. But not that excited, because Robin has looked in fearsome form and while that sometimes means a player is ripe for an upset, especially when they’re being tipped as a strong contender, it’s not going to come from Ferru (bless him), who narrowly escaped defeat at the hands of Jeremy Chardy last round when the latter enacted what I don’t think it’s unfair to describe as a massive choke. Will Ferru prove me wrong and deny everyone a Nadal-Soderling quarterfinal? No. Prediction: Robin in straights.

Winner to meet …

Rafael Nadal v Paul-Henri Mathieu

H2H: 9-0

You’ll notice Paul-Henri Mathieu is pictured running into a wall. There’s a reason for that. Rafa encountered a spot of bother in his last match, courtesy of an inspired and determined Philipp Petzchner, eventually triumphing in five sets during which he called the trainer more than once and was warned for coaching. However, Rafa says the knee (for which he called the trainer – also, something in the armular region, possibly) is not an issue, and while Mathieu has been on a good run, most impressively beating Mikhail Youzhny, it ends here. Honestly, we all know Mathieu is frantically talented, but does anyone really think he’ll keep it together enough to seriously challenge Rafa? Prediction: Rafa in straights.

What do you think?

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RG Day 11: This Is Why I Shouldn’t Say Things

Posted by gauloises1 on June 3, 2010

Oh, those whacky tennis gods. I knew my long rant yesterday about the existential satisfaction of seeing an underachiever come good was a bit ‘be careful what you wish for’.

Pretty sure I did not wish for this.

Novak. What’s happened to you? Where have you gone? And I don’t mean losing from 63 62 20 up, although that was a treat. Where has the confidence gone? The authority? How did your game become so ineffectual? And why can’t you ever seem to be in control of a match any more?

At least his time might be better served rummaging down the back of the sofa for his serve rather than enduring a beatdown at Rafa’s hands, which is probably the fate that would have awaited him and the last thing he needs.

Meanwhile, the laws of the universe require me to be pleased for Melzer.

It’s a work in progress.

Save it for the inevitable final, Rafa.

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Dubai: Comeback Kid

Posted by gauloises1 on February 27, 2010

Novak Djokovic had his third consecutive three set come-from-behind win in Dubai today, which according to my hazy maths works out as about ninety thousand cubits of awesome. He beat Marcos Baghdatis 67(2) 63 64. Nole made faces, Baggy lost a shoe, there was extreme net love, it was that kind of fantastic match. That I had to work through.

Luckily other people did watch the match. Step forward, Flatman:

“It was an incredible struggle again,” admitted Djokovic, who will now be looking for revenge over Youzhny after losing to the Russian in the Rotterdam semi-final a fortnight ago. “For the third time in a row I’m fortunate to get through.

“There is no excuse. I’m definitely tired. It’s been a long week, but a final is a final and I have faced this kind of feeling and situation before in my life. It’s ups and downs, and it shouldn’t be happening at this level. Now I’m just focused on the fact I’ve never defended a title before. I want to do it now.” […]

The Cypriot, so entertaining when he reached the Australian Open as a rank outsider four years ago, has been plagued by injuries since. He is determined to recapture a place in the sport’s elite yet clearly has a problem with his concentration.

Repeatedly he engaged Djokovic in long rallys and seemed to have the point won only to slam a basic unforced error either into the net or wide of the court. “I just don’t know what is going on in my head,” said Baghdatis, who was sufficiently focused to win the title in Sydney a week before this year’s Australian Open.

“What can I say? I lost a match that I had in my hands. I’m really frustrated. I put him back in the game when I had him on the ground, and I should have kept him there.”



The other semifinal saw Mikhail Youzhny – who really is playing scaringly well this year – beat Jurgen Melzer in straight sets. Now he is all that stands between Nole and defending a title for the first time, which would be great, apart from that whole Rotterdam semifinal thing that happened a few weeks ago, which I am choosing to erase from my memory.

All we have to fear is fear itself. And Mikhail Youzhny.

Singles – Semi-finals
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d M Baghdatis (CYP) 67(2) 63 64
[7] M Youzhny (RUS) d J Melzer (AUT) 75 76(4)

Doubles – Semi-finals
[2] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) d C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) 26 76(6) 10-7
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d F Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) 62 36 14-12

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Dubai: Carry On Culling

Posted by gauloises1 on February 25, 2010

Not that there were many top seeds left to cull, but sixth seed Marin Cilic was the latest victim of whatever is going on in Dubai, falling to Jurgen Melzer 76(8) 75.

For a while there it looked like Novak Djokovic might join him, but fortunately he fought back against Ivan Ljubicic and ended in fine style, by bagelling him.

Next up for Nole, sole survivor of a field that looked so promising? Marcos Baghdatis, who beat Michael Berrer in straights, while Melzer faces seventh seed and perennial question mark Mikhail Youzhny.

And that is what happened today.

Full results

Singles – Quarter-finals
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d I Ljubicic (CRO) 26 64 60
J Melzer (AUT) d [6] M Cilic (CRO) 76(8) 75
[7] M Youzhny (RUS) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 63 64
M Baghdatis (CYP) d M Berrer (GER) 76(5) 61

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[2] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) d A Clement (FRA) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 76(3) 61
C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) d [4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 64 62
F Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) 63 64

Order of Play

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
J Melzer (AUT) vs [7] M Youzhny (RUS)
F Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) vs S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS)
Not Before 7:00 PM
M Baghdatis (CYP) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) vs [2] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND)

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Rotterdam: Soderling, Kolya, Nole and Youzh Into Semis

Posted by gauloises1 on February 13, 2010

Semi-finals are set in Rotterdam and it’s a very decent lineup. Nole has somehow sneaked his way in there despite only playing one match after getting a walkover from Florian Mayer. He’ll face Mikhail Youzhny, who won a highly entertaining against Gael Monfils. The commentators were intent on casting it as Russian meticulousness and tenacity against French flair, which does something of a disservice to both their games, but in the end Youzhny was that little bit more focussed in the end.

In the other half of the draw, Nikolay Davydenko and Robin Soderling both progressed in straight sets. Kolya calmly saw off Jurgen Melzer, 63 62.

Talk to the hand.

I would like to pinch your cheeks, Kolya. Take that as you will.

Robin Soderling, however, put in the most dominant performance of the day, utterly dismissing Julien Benneteau 60 61.

A return to form for the Sod?

Full Results

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d F Mayer (GER) w/o (left leg)
[2] N Davydenko (RUS) d J Melzer (AUT) 63 62
[3] [WC] R Soderling (SWE) d J Benneteau (FRA) 60 61
[6] M Youzhny (RUS) d [4] G Monfils (FRA) 57 62 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
M Llodra (FRA) / A Ram (ISR) vs [2] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK)

Order of Play

Centre Court (matches start at 2 p.m.)
1. Robin Soderling v Nikolay Davydenko
2. Daniel Nestor / Nenad Zimonjic v Julian Knowle / Robert Lindstdt
3. Novak Djokovic v Mikhail Youzhny (not before 7.30  p.m.)
4. Simon Aspelin / Paul Hanley v Michael Llodra / Andy Ram

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Zagreb: I Like These Numbers

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2010

Marin Cilic is now 14-1 in 2010, after defeating Jurgen Melzer 76(5) 64 to reach the finals of the PBZ Zagreb.

Knobbly knees.

Does anyone like Jurgen Melzer?

Marin lost to Melzer in the finals of Vienna last year, so it’s good to see him get some revenge. He’ll face Michael Berrer, who beat Philipp Petzschner 76(5) 75. He fears no plosives. Also, there are no pictures of him and I don’t care enough to look really hard. Come on Marin!

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] M Cilic (CRO) d [3] J Melzer (AUT) 76(5) 64
M Berrer (GER) d P Petzschner (GER) 76(6) 75

Doubles – Semi-finals
J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) d [3] M Damm (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) 76(4) 64

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Stakhovsky, Melzer, Ljubicic Capture Titles

Posted by gauloises1 on November 2, 2009

Finals galore today. Well, three. I don’t know what the galore threshhold is.

First up, congratulations to qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky, who beat Argentine Horacio Zeballos 26 76(8) 76(7) for the St Petersburg title. It’s the Ukrainian’s second title, the first coming in Zagreb 2008. Commiserations to Zeballos but it’s been a great week for him, too, backing up some solid results on the Challenger circuit. And I can now almost pick him out of a lineup.

horacio zeballos

I’m not a huge fan of Stakhovsky, in terms of either his game or his personality (this will be a theme in today’s titlists), and mainly remember him for being Andy Murray’s defeated opponent in the US Open juniors. But given that his game had completely fallen away after a strong start to the year, it’s a great result for him to be back in the winner’s circle.

sergiy stakhovsky st petersburg

sergiy stakhovsky st petersburg

And well done to Flemski, the British duo of Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski, who took their second ATP doubles title by defeating Chardy and Gasquet 10-4 in the super tiebreak. Wonder if they’ll be able to talk their way into first class this time … I doubt it.

In Lyon, despite the prevalence of French players, the title went to grumpy old baldy Ivan Ljubicic, who kicked it old school by defeating Michael Llodra 75 63 for his first title since 2007.

michael llodra lyon 2009

ivan ljubicic lyon 2009

ivan ljubicic lyon 2009

And in Vienna, Jurgen Melzer irritated me exceedingly by beating Marin Cilic 64 63 for the title. From what I saw of the match (my stream was very poor quality), Marin was as usual defeated by his own inconsistency, but Melzer was extremely solid. Well done to him; it’s nice for him to win a title on home soil after his last final in Kitzbuhel when a certain JMDP beat him during the halcyon summer of 2008. Good times.

marin cilic vienna 2009

jurgen melzer doha 2009

jurgen melzer vienna 2009 trophy

Congratulations to all …

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Marin, My Avenging Angel

Posted by gauloises1 on October 31, 2009

I have so been short-changing the men this week. I know this. But the women are right there, on my TV, being by turns awesome and woeful. And it’s the last time we’ll see the top girls for like a month or something, so, you know. Sue me. Or go to a different blog. (Do not go to a different blog.)

marin cilic viennajurgen melzer vienna

Anyway. Marin made me the happiest woman alive for about five seconds today by beating my second least-favourite player, Feliciano Lopez, into a bloody pulp like a red-headed stepchild in straight sets to make the semis of Lyon today. He’ll face Philipp Kohlschreiber, who’s beaten him once this year, so that should go well. The other semi-final will be contested between homeboy Jurgen Melzer, who took out second seed Radek Stepanek, and Janko Tipsarevic, who somewhat bizarrely beat Gael Monfils 63 in the third. Could this be Tipsy’s second ATP final – in as many weeks, no less? Stay tuned.

janko tipsarevic vienna

Lyon probably gets the ‘WTF?’ award for the day, as Arnaud Clement (who had lost about fifteen matches in a row until recently) beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, saving a match point or two along the way. He’ll face sole non-painting-slasher Ivan Ljubicic in the semis. The other one will be contested between Gilles Simon and wildcard Michael Llodra, who seems to do bizarrely well at this small(er) tournaments on home soil. So we’ll see.

And in St Petersburg, Marat Safin is into the semifinals after a typically lopsided victory over Uzbekistan’s finest, Denis Istomin. He’ll be joined by Argentine Horacio Zeballos, Igor Kunitsyn and Sergiy Stakhovsky. But hey … Marat!

marat safin st petersburg



Singles – Quarter-finals
[WC] A Clement (FRA) d [1] J Tsonga (FRA) 57 64 76(8) – saved 1 M.P.
[2] G Simon (FRA) d [5] J Benneteau (FRA) 76(5) 63
[3] I Ljubicic (CRO) d F Serra (FRA) 76(6) 62
[WC] M Llodra (FRA) d M Gicquel (FRA) 76(5) 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
[WC] J Benneteau (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) d M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) 62 67(4) 10-4

St Petersburg

Singles – Quarter-finals
I Kunitsyn (RUS) d [2] V Hanescu (ROU) 63 36 76(6)
[8] H Zeballos (ARG) d E Gulbis (LAT) 76(8) 64
M Safin (RUS) d D Istomin (UZB) 60 76(4)
[Q] S Stakhovsky (UKR) d B Phau (GER) 62 75

Doubles – Semi-finals
J Chardy (FRA) / R Gasquet (FRA) d [WC] M Elgin / T Gabashvili (RUS) 76(3) 61


Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] [WC] M Cilic (CRO) d [6] F Lopez (ESP) 61 64
[7] J Melzer (AUT) d [2] R Stepanek (CZE) 62 62
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d [3] G Monfils (FRA) 64 67(8) 63
[4] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [5] N Almagro (ESP) 75 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
[3] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d J Isner (USA) / J Kerr (AUS) 64 36 10-6

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[4] J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d M Cilic (CRO) / L Zovko (CRO) 76(1) 75

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Hands Up Who’s Thrilled To Be In Vienna

Posted by gauloises1 on October 26, 2009

Marin and some other people at the Vienna draw ceremony …

marin cilic kohlschreiber koubek koellerer vienna

… or possibly a funeral.

jurgen melzer marin cilic vienna

Observe, Marin: he has *two* eyebrows. Count them. Two.

You’re still cuter, though.

jurgen melzer marin cilic vienna

Why is Marin nursing a phantom pregnancy?

koellerer cilic melzer koubek kohlschreiber vienna

Check out the grey sweatpants on Koellerer.

That’s how you know he’s a rebel.

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