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Verdasco Wins Kooyong, Nole Loses to Small Child

Posted by gauloises1 on January 17, 2010

My bad, for some reason I totally thought this tournament had already finished or something. Well, it has now.


In what has to be a huge confidence boost heading into the Australian Open with semi-final points to defend, Fernando Verdasco defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the AAMI Classic trophy in Kooyong last night, 75 63.

For some reason, I find photos like this really endearing.

Anyway, are the Kooyong lineswomen just flinging themselves on to the court, or what?


So’s the trophy.

Having a less good day was Novak Djokovic, who lost 64 36 75 to wunderkind Bernard Tomic.

No word yet on whether Nole was suffering from swine flu.

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Nole Gets It All Wrong In Kooyong

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010

Definitely the biggest news out of the AAMI Classic was Fernando Verdasco’s 61 62 victory over Novak Djokovic.

Wearing this outfit, too.

I didn’t see the match, but I hear Verdasco played really well and – exhibition or not – this is a warning sign to the rest of the field ahead of the Open. Nobody’s going to want him in their quarter when the draw comes out (which is in about 90 minutes, by the way). Due to del Potro’s withdrawal, Verdasco will play Tsonga in the final tonight.

Playing off for third will be Gonzo – who got himself together enough to beat Tommy Haas – and Ivan Ljubicic, who benefited from Soderling’s retirement.

And in other news, Andy Murray beat Sam Querrey 64 61 in the meta-exhibition.

So there’s that.

Tonight’s matches:

Fernando Gonzalez v Ivan Ljubicic
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Fernando Verdasco
“Crowd Bonus”: Sergiy Stakhovsky v Sam Querrey

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Delpo, Soderling Doubtful for Australian Open

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010

Juan Martin del Potro and Robin Soderling are both in doubt for the Australian Open after withdrawing from Kooyong with injuries. A wrist injury – presumably the same one he suffered from last autumn – forced Delpo to skip his match against Tsonga, while Soderling retired against Ljubicic after losing the opening set 64 with elbow tendinitis.

Soderling’s been optimistic about recovering for the Open, but no word from Delpo as yet.

This news is so dispiriting I don’t even know what to say about it, so have a shirtless picspam of Delpo instead.

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Man Getting Hit By Tennis Ball

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010

Gonzo’s painful moment, in case you missed it:

Thanks to Maria for the link.

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Never Forget

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010

Q. There are a lot of, I suppose, temptations that come with winning a grand slam.  How did you find you are handling them now?

Juan Martin del Potro: Well, I feel same.  Nothing, nothing change for my life after the US Open.  I just told you, I’m still having same friends and parents and coaches, and that’s important.  If you feel same person maybe you can improve your game or your life. I don’t know.  But I’m in good shape.  I hope to have a good tournament next week and then we will see.


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Further Adventures in Exhibitionism

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010

Well, he’s back. Juan Martin del Potro kicked off his 2010 season with a straightforward 63 63 victory over Ivan Ljubicic at the Kooyong AAMI Classic.

What can you really tell from an exo, though? Mainly that he hasn’t forgotten how to hit a tennis ball. Not that that stops people from writing rather unconvinced-sounding articles about the increased parity at the top of men’s tennis, etc., etc. …

Del Potro isn’t the package yet. But he thinks he can be the world’s best player and, indeed, that is one of his ambitions for 2010.

”I feel confident,” he said, when asked if he saw himself in the company of the dynastic duo. ”Of course, to beat Roger in the [US Open] final give to me a lot of motivation and confidence to keep, keep trying, keep working and when I get to the court with Roger, ‘Rafa’, I don’t feel too much different, and that [is] important for the career, for the future, and of course if I want to fight for the No. 1.”

Del Potro sounded almost blase about his lofty goals for 2010: ”Maybe win another grand slam, or fighting for the first position.”

Ljubicic, who had the rare experience of looking up at an opponent yesterday (Del Potro, at 198 centimetres, is five centimetres taller), reckoned Del Potro could be a future No. 1, with this rider: ”He will definitely need to play more consistent than what he was doing last year. I mean, he won the US Open, but he didn’t win a match until Paris, so if he wants to get to that level he will definitely need to be more consistent.”


Novak Djokovic not only defeated the often problematic Tommy Haas 62 63, he also – and possibly more importantly – debuted his brand new Sergio Tacchini threads:

Not much to write home about, are they? Although it’s a lovely colour on Nole, and at least he escaped this sort of thing:

Fortunately Verdasco’s game was looking better than his shirt, as he beat Fernando Gonzalez 75 61 in what by all accounts was a rather strange match. Gonzo got hit in the unmentionables by a first serve during Verdasco’s first service game, and thereafter was just … Gonzo, not that he needs an excuse.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rounded off proceedings by beating Robin Soderling, 76(0) 61. I must confess I missed this one, but I’m surprised by the scoreline. Robin a bit patchy of late? Or am I leaping to conclusions based on two exos and one bad day in Chennai? Answers on a postcard.

Anyway, he’s cute.

Tonight’s matches:

Tommy Haas v Fernando Gonzalez
Novak Djokovic v Fernando Verdasco
Robin Soderling v Ivan Ljubicic
“Crowd Bonus” match, Andy Murray v Sam Querrey

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Exhibitionism in Kooyong

Posted by gauloises1 on January 13, 2010

So, the AAMI Classic is happening in Kooyong this week. It’s the spiritual home of Australian tennis, you know. To be honest I’ve never really got the point of this one, but it’s an exo, it’s a warm up, it has good players, and I once met a lady in the pub who told me that she used to usher there and once had to hide Steffi Graf in the crowd when she was Andre Agassi’s Secret Love. So there.

And the players do tend to lend themselves to nice photoage …

They’ve more or less lined up the players in order of how much I like them, isn’t that sweet?

I know where you’re coming from, Ivan.

Well hello there, Nole.

And hello to you too, giant tanned man.

Just cute.

So that’s the field, basically. The draw’s here, although it makes me feel lost and confused. Basically, everyone will play, and then at some point someone will be handed a shiny trophy.

Oh, and Andy Murray – despite being turned down for a main draw spot in favour of Ivan Ljubicic (deal with that a minute) – will play a match against someone on Thursday ‘outside the round robin format’. So, basically he’ll be playing a mini-exhibition all by himself. This makes me sad.

Tonight’s action kicks off in about an hour or so:

Ivan Ljubicic v Juan Martin del Potro
Novak Djokovic v Tommy Haas
Fernando Gonzalez v Fernando Verdasco
Robin Soderling v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

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