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AO Day Two: Let the Carnage Begin

Posted by gauloises1 on January 19, 2010

Seeds on both sides fell today. I’m reckoning the most surprising was Robin Soderling, who lost to Armada coracle Marcel Granollers 57 26 64 64 62.

Sunstroke? The elbow? Inspired play by Granollers? We shall never know, or at least I shan’t, because I was extremely not watching.

Huge win for Granollers, though. I shall now remember him for something other than having the second-longest eyelashes on the ATP tour.

We also lost twenty-fifth seed Sam Querrey to Rainer ‘in my day, this was played on grass’ Schuettler, although it might have been a good thing based on this outfit.

Boss lost to Ivan Dodig (or Dingo Diva, if you will) after leading two sets to love, and Jeremy Chardy continued his recent dismal run of form, but perhaps the most baffling was Tommy Robredo’s straight sets defeat by Santiago Giraldo, 4, 2 and 2. I mean, you can normally count on Tommy not to lose in the first round of a Slam, right? If nothing else.

On the women’s side, Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginie Razzano were both shown the door, but the biggest upset came courtesy of Vania King, who took out Dominika Cibulkova 75 in the third.

Well … OK.

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USO Day Four: Men? Kind of Dull

Posted by gauloises1 on September 4, 2009

I have to confess, I am finding it much easier to talk about the WTA so far. Rightly or wrongly, all of the best matches I’ve watched so far – the close, compelling, dramatic ones – have come from the women, and the men’s matches? Kind of a yawn. And the ones that do look good – Lapentti’s five-set comeback over Wawrinka, for example – have happened on unstreamed courts. OK, some of the entertainment the women have provided has been in top seeds losing winnable matches, but it’s keeping things bloody interesting. The situation will probably reverse itself as we get into the second week, but with all the WTA-bashing, which tour would you rather watch in the first week of a Slam?

Anyway. The men are playing, forgettable though it might be so far. Nikolay Davydenko (on an unstreamed court) beat Jan Hernych 64 61 62, and fourteenth seed Tommy Robredo dropped a set but overcame Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in four.


Tommy Haas and Sam Querrey, the twentieth and twenty-second seed, both came through. Haas put out Robert Kendrick in straights, while Sam exhibited some loose play to drop a set to fellow American Kevin Kim, but came through 75 67(6) 64 64. He will play Robin Soderling next, who progressed when Marcel Granollers retired after two and a bit games. Oooh-kay.


Verdasco dropped just six games in beating Florent Serra, but the only real upset of the day came from Mikhail Youzhny, who lost to Marco Chiudinelli (that other Swiss guy who isn’t that one or the other one), 62 67(4) 46 36.


Oh, and it was a bad day for the Argies. Maximo Gonzalez lost to the frankly inxplicable Jesse Witten (although he did rock some truly excellent hair), and Leonardo Mayer went down to Radek Stepanek in straight sets. He didn’t play particularly well, but he did exhibit some first-class dramatics.



Sad face for Horseface.

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