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Up and Down … And Down

Posted by gauloises1 on January 20, 2011

Marcos Baghdatis d. Juan Martin del Potro 61 63 46 63

Let’s be honest, we all knew it was going to happen. Well … that’s not true, really. After Baghdatis going five sets in his opener with Gregor Zemjla (no offence, Slovenia’s finest) and JMDP winning in straights against Sela, I was experiencing hope. That died pretty quickly. Putting Delpo on court with a class player like Baghdatis – who is playing above his current ranking of 22 at the moment – was a sharp  lesson in how far he has to go.

Positives? He worked so hard out there and refused to give up, seizing his opportunity to put some points together and take the third set 6-4. Even after he surrendered a break early in the fourth and Baghdatis was running with it, Delpo could have concluded he’d done enough and let it go, but he kept fighting, eventually forcing Baghdatis to ace him to get him off the court. And there were moments, especially towards the end of the match, when everything clicked and he strung sequences of shots together that could have come from 2009 and reminded everyone just how good he was.

Negatives? Well, he lost, so that’s a fairly major one. And he never really looked like winning. The phrase ‘a shadow of his former self’ keeps wanting to get out, but it makes me sad, so I’ll keep it in. Let’s just say that he’s got roughly the accuracy of a stormtrooper out there, and he’s moving about as well as one.

His shot selection and decision-making was way off at times as well. But all of that comes with more matches, doesn’t it? You just need to play matches.

Of course, having lost here and failed to defend his 2010 fourth-round points, his ranking is now projected to drop into the 400s. But he’s got a protected ranking to enter 9 tournaments, or until I think June 20th, whichever happens first, so he’s not going to have problems playing. Of course, he won’t be seeded, so there’s nothing to stop him getting knocked out by the top seed in the first round of each of those 9 tournaments, and every lower-ranked player will be smelling blood. But nothing to stop him playing lots and lots of lovely matches, as long as he’s healthy.

Oh. Did I mention this?

That’s after he was serving break point down, threw the ball up, grimaced and caught it, tried again and then watched his racquet fly out of his hand and across the court after he hit the ball (a fault, by the way). He didn’t take an MTO, and insisted afterwards that the trainer visits were merely precautionary, but … you know … damn you universe, basically.

But he didn’t beat himself; Baghdatis beat him, and did it really well (his third-round meeting with Jurgen Melzer is going to be a great match). So I’m hopeful. And the sad part is, I really am.

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Miami: Weekend Results, Monday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on March 29, 2010

My god in heaven, what happened here?!

Mardy Fish and Oliver Rochus, those rightly feared titans of the modern game, have struck again. Apparently. Christ on a bike.

In other news, Mandy’s lost his passion for tennis. It’s entirely Roger’s fault.

Meanwhile, Boss and Ferru have continued to be my new favourite sex bombs:

Nalby popped in to be briefly awesome before losing to Rafa:

And Rafa got some new and improved shorts:

Like a lemon drizzle cake.

Full Results

Men’s Singles – Third Round
[4] R Nadal (ESP) d [WC] D Nalbandian (ARG) 67(8) 62 62
[6] A Roddick (USA) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 62 61
[8] J Tsonga (FRA) d [28] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 62 75
[12] J Ferrero (ESP) d [17] J Isner (USA) 62 36 63
[15] D Ferrer (ESP) d [24] I Karlovic (CRO) 76(5) 63
B Becker (GER) d [18] T Robredo (ESP) 16 64 76(1)
[27] T Bellucci (BRA) d O Rochus (BEL) 63 64
[33] N Almagro (ESP) d J Chardy (FRA) 62 67(9) 63

Women’s Singles – Third Round
[2] C Wozniacki (DEN) d [32] M Kirilenko (RUS) 16 61 64
[4] V Azarenka (BLR) d L Safarova (CZE) 64 62
[7] J Jankovic (SRB) d [28] E Vesnina (RUS) 76(3) 63
[9] S Stosur (AUS) d V Razzano (FRA) 64 57 61
[11] V Zvonareva (RUS) d S Errani (ITA) 62 63
[14] K Clijsters (BEL) d [17] S Peer (ISR) 60 61
[22] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [15] F Schiavone (ITA) 75 63
[WC] J Henin (BEL) d [26] D Cibulkova (SVK) 64 64

Men’s Doubles – First Round
[1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [Alt] D Istomin (UZB) / F Moser (GER) 60 62
[3] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) d R Hutchins (GBR) / J Kerr (AUS) 64 76(4)
[4] M Bhupathi (IND) / M Mirnyi (BLR) d S Huss (AUS) / W Moodie (RSA) 64 75
[6] S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) 63 67(4) 14-12
[7] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) 76(1) 64
F Lopez (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d M Llodra (FRA) / A Ram (ISR) 62 75
E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) / N Lapentti (ECU) 61 75
I Andreev (RUS) / M Youzhny (RUS) d M Fish (USA) / M Knowles (BAH) 75 64

Women’s Doubles – Second Round
G Dulko (ARG) / F Pennetta (ITA) d [2] N Llagostera Vives (ESP) / M Martinez Sanchez (ESP) 46 63 10-7
[3] N Petrova (RUS) / S Stosur (AUS) d O Govortsova (BLR) / A Kudryavtseva (RUS) 60 75
Y Chan (TPE) / J Zheng (CHN) d N Grandin (RSA) / A Spears (USA) 64 46 11-9
M Kirilenko (RUS) / A Radwanska (POL) d [WC] K Clijsters (BEL) / K Flipkens (BEL) 62 75
J Coin (FRA) / V King (USA) d K Jans (POL) / V Uhlirova (CZE) 64 62

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d [LL] N Lapentti (ECU) 63 63
M Fish (USA) d [3] A Murray (GBR) 64 64
[5] R Soderling (SWE) d P Luczak (AUS) 76(5) 60
[7] M Cilic (CRO) d S Robert (FRA) 63 61
[9] F Gonzalez (CHI) d [Q] Y Lu (TPE) 64 64
[10] F Verdasco (ESP) d D Sela (ISR) 61 62
[13] M Youzhny (RUS) d [Q] S Giraldo (COL) 60 61
[16] T Berdych (CZE) d T de Bakker (NED) 63 64
[19] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [Q] K Anderson (RSA) 64 75
H Zeballos (ARG) d [20] G Simon (FRA) 62 63
[22] J Monaco (ARG) d [Q] M Ilhan (TUR) 62 75
[23] J Melzer (AUT) d A Falla (COL) 63 64
[25] M Baghdatis (CYP) d J Chela (ARG) 62 64
F Serra (FRA) d [26] A Montanes (ESP) 63 36 62
[29] F Lopez (ESP) d M Berrer (GER) 76(2) 75
P Petzschner (GER) d [31] J Tipsarevic (SRB) 64 60

Women’s Singles – Third Round
[1] S Kuznetsova (RUS) d [27] A Szavay (HUN) 62 63
[3] V Williams (USA) d R Vinci (ITA) 61 64
[6] A Radwanska (POL) d [25] A Ivanovic (SRB) 75 75
[12] Y Wickmayer (BEL) d [WC] P Martic (CRO) 63 63
[13] M Bartoli (FRA) d G Dulko (ARG) 76(2) 64
[19] D Hantuchova (SVK) d [16] N Petrova (RUS) 62 64
Y Shvedova (KAZ) d A Petkovic (GER) 60 57 75
T Bacsinszky (SUI) d P Hercog (SLO) 62 62

Men’s Doubles – First Round
[2] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [WC] R Nadal (ESP) / B Salva-Vidal (ESP) 60 63
B Becker (GER) / M Kohlmann (GER) d [5] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) 61 76
[8] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d J Knowle (AUT) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) 67(4) 75 14-12
J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) 46 63 10-7
A Clement (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / A Montanes (ESP) 26 63 10-5
N Almagro (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) d M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) 62 46 14-12
M Damm (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) d I Karlovic (CRO) / D Vemic (SRB) 62 76(5)
T Bellucci (BRA) / M Lopez (ESP) d C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) 36 63 10-8

Women’s Doubles – Second Round
[5] A Kleybanova (RUS) / F Schiavone (ITA) d M Niculescu (ROU) / E Vesnina (RUS) 76(4) 75

Women’s Doubles – First Round
N Grandin (RSA) / A Spears (USA) d [1] C Black (ZIM) / L Huber (USA) 36 64 10-7
[4] L Raymond (USA) / R Stubbs (AUS) d A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / C Wozniacki (DEN) 57 63 10-5
M Kirilenko (RUS) / A Radwanska (POL) d [6] B Mattek-Sands (USA) / Z Yan (CHN) 62 64
[8] E Makarova (RUS) / S Peng (CHN) d I Senoglu (TUR) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) 60 61
K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) d T Garbin (ITA) / V Ruano Pascual (ESP) 62 60

Men’s Singles – Second Round
O Rochus (BEL) d [2] N Djokovic (SRB) 62 67(7) 64
[4] R Nadal (ESP) d T Dent (USA) 64 63
[6] A Roddick (USA) d I Andreev (RUS) 64 64
[8] J Tsonga (FRA) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 64 63
B Becker (GER) d [11] I Ljubicic (CRO) 46 01 ret. (back)
[12] J Ferrero (ESP) d D Koellerer (AUT) 40 ret. (right elbow)
[15] D Ferrer (ESP) d M Llodra (FRA) 62 64
[17] J Isner (USA) d M Russell (USA) 76(5) 26 76(5)
[18] T Robredo (ESP) d [Q] I Marchenko (UKR) 63 46 64
J Chardy (FRA) d [21] S Querrey (USA) 46 64 62
[24] I Karlovic (CRO) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 63 67(5) 63
[27] T Bellucci (BRA) d J Blake (USA) 36 61 62
[28] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d F Mayer (GER) 66 ret. (hamstring)
[WC] D Nalbandian (ARG) d [30] V Troicki (SRB) 63 46 64
S Stakhovsky (UKR) d [32] J Benneteau (FRA) 63 76(5)
[33] N Almagro (ESP) d E Schwank (ARG) 64 75

Women’s Singles – Second Round
[2] C Wozniacki (DEN) d [Q] T Pironkova (BUL) 36 63 64
[4] V Azarenka (BLR) d A Dulgheru (ROU) 63 62
[WC] J Henin (BEL) d [5] E Dementieva (RUS) 63 62
[7] J Jankovic (SRB) d [Q] M Koryttseva (UKR) 64 60
[9] S Stosur (AUS) d C Suarez Navarro (ESP) 46 75 62
[11] V Zvonareva (RUS) d M Oudin (USA) 61 62
[14] K Clijsters (BEL) d P Kvitova (CZE) 61 61
[15] F Schiavone (ITA) d A Cornet (FRA) 63 62
[17] S Peer (ISR) d A Kudryavtseva (RUS) 61 60
V Razzano (FRA) d [20] J Zheng (CHN) 64 62
[22] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d T Paszek (AUT) 76(4) 46 63
S Errani (ITA) d [24] A Kleybanova (RUS) 64 75
[26] D Cibulkova (SVK) d [Q] S Arvidsson (SWE) 60 62
[28] E Vesnina (RUS) d J Goerges (GER) 63 64
L Safarova (CZE) d [29] M Martinez Sanchez (ESP) 46 76(3) 62
[32] M Kirilenko (RUS) d M Czink (HUN) 46 62 76(4)

Men’s Doubles – First Round
J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) vs [6] S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) – postponed due to rain
[WC] R Harrison (USA) / N Lapentti (ECU) vs E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) – postponed due to rain
M Llodra (FRA) / A Ram (ISR) vs F Lopez (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) – postponed due to rain
M Damm (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) vs I Karlovic (CRO) / D Vemic (SRB) – postponed due to rain

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[1] C Black (ZIM) / L Huber (USA) vs N Grandin (RSA) / A Spears (USA) – postponed due to rain
A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [4] L Raymond (USA) / R Stubbs (AUS) – postponed due to rain
[6] B Mattek-Sands (USA) / Z Yan (CHN) vs M Kirilenko (RUS) / A Radwanska (POL) – postponed due to rain
I Senoglu (TUR) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs [8] E Makarova (RUS) / S Peng (CHN) – postponed due to rain
L Dekmeijere (LAT) / P Schnyder (SUI) d V Dushevina (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) 63 36 10-5
T Garbin (ITA) / V Ruano Pascual (ESP) vs K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) – postponed due to rain
J Coin (FRA) / V King (USA) d A Bondarenko (UKR) / G Voskoboeva (KAZ) 57 64 10-8

Today’s OOP brought to you by Baggy’s “the ground, I am on it” face.

Order of Play

STADIUM start 11:00 am
M Fish (USA) vs [29] F Lopez (ESP) – ATP

Not Before 1:00 PM
[1] R Federer (SUI) vs F Serra (FRA) – ATP
[3] V Williams (USA) vs [19] D Hantuchova (SVK) – WTA

Not Before 4:30 PM
[14] K Clijsters (BEL) vs [4] V Azarenka (BLR) – WTA

Not Before 7:00 PM
[9] F Gonzalez (CHI) vs [22] J Monaco (ARG) – ATP

Not Before 8:30 PM
[WC] J Henin (BEL) vs [11] V Zvonareva (RUS) – WTA

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
[1] S Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [13] M Bartoli (FRA) – WTA

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Indian Wells Results & OOP: Wednesday

Posted by gauloises1 on March 17, 2010


Men’s Singles – Third Round
[27] M Baghdatis (CYP) d [1] R Federer (SUI) 57 75 76(4) – saved 3 M.P.
[4] A Murray (GBR) d M Russell (USA) 63 75
[6] R Soderling (SWE) d [28] F Lopez (ESP) 76(3) 64
[7] A Roddick (USA) d T de Bakker (NED) 63 64
[9] J Tsonga (FRA) d [24] A Montanes (ESP) 46 63 63
[18] T Robredo (ESP) d D Sela (ISR) 63 60
[22] J Melzer (AUT) d S Greul (GER) w/o (illness)
N Almagro (ESP) d J Blake (USA) 64 36 63

Women’s Singles – Fourth Round
[2] C Wozniacki (DEN) d [16] N Petrova (RUS) 63 36 60
[4] E Dementieva (RUS) d [19] A Rezai (FRA) 63 63
[5] A Radwanska (POL) d [11] M Bartoli (FRA) 63 62
[6] J Jankovic (SRB) d [17] S Peer (ISR) 62 62
[8] S Stosur (AUS) d [12] V Zvonareva (RUS) 62 75
[28] M Martinez Sanchez (ESP) d [13] Y Wickmayer (BEL) 64 64
[18] J Zheng (CHN) d [WC] A Molik (AUS) 63 46 76(1)
[23] A Kleybanova (RUS) d C Suarez Navarro (ESP) 26 76(2) 64

Men’s Doubles – Second Round
[5] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d T Bellucci (BRA) / P Cuevas (URU) w/o (Bellucci – back)
J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) d T Berdych (CZE) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 46 10-4
[WC] M Lopez (ESP) / R Nadal (ESP) d F Lopez (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 64 76(4)
J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d I Andreev (RUS) / E Korolev (KAZ) 75 67(5) 10-4

Women’s Doubles – Quarter-finals
Y Chan (TPE) / J Zheng (CHN) d [1] C Black (ZIM) / L Huber (USA) 76(5) 62
K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO)  d M Kirilenko (RUS) / A Radwanska (POL) 46 76(4) 10-5


STADIUM 1 start 12:00 noon
[5] A Radwanska (POL) vs [4] E Dementieva (RUS) – WTA
[15] J Isner (USA) vs [3] R Nadal (ESP) – ATP
[9] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [6] R Soderling (SWE) – ATP
Not Before 7:30 PM
[22] J Melzer (AUT) vs [7] A Roddick (USA) – ATP
[4] A Murray (GBR) vs N Almagro (ESP) – ATP

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [21] J Monaco (ARG) – ATP
[20] I Ljubicic (CRO) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB) – ATP
[29] V Troicki (SRB) vs [19] T Berdych (CZE) – ATP
[27] M Baghdatis (CYP) vs [18] T Robredo (ESP) – ATP
Not Before 7:30 PM
[18] J Zheng (CHN) vs [2] C Wozniacki (DEN) – WTA

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
[6] S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) – ATP
I Benesova (CZE) / B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) vs [3] N Petrova (RUS) / S Stosur (AUS) – WTA
[6] B Mattek-Sands (USA) / Z Yan (CHN) vs [2] N Llagostera Vives (ESP) / M Martinez Sanchez (ESP) – WTA
Not Before 5:00 PM
M Llodra (FRA) / A Ram (ISR) vs [WC] M Lopez (ESP) / R Nadal (ESP) – ATP – Possible Court Change
J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs I Karlovic (CRO) / D Vemic (SRB) – ATP

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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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Fighting Fit

Posted by gauloises1 on February 22, 2010

Andy Murray beat Igor Kunitsyn 62 63 today in his first match since the Australian Open. That, you might think, is good. Well, not when it was apparently the most agonising slog of all time and a lot of it looked like this:

Oh, goody.

Well, that’s what you get for not going to the gym for a month, Andy. Oh, he says he went to football matches and so forth, but we all know that’s just code for sobbing into his Hibs shirt. Inside the wardrobe, so nobody will hear.

Anyway, Nole looked mildly more impressive over Garcia-Lopez. In all senses.

And Baggy, despite suffering from food poisoning, came through 76(3) 64 over Gilles Simon. Another first-round loss for Gilles, but apparently he’s moving a lot better. So that’s something.

Men’s Singles – First Round
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 64 64
[3] A Murray (GBR) d [Q] I Kunitsyn (RUS) 62 63
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [8] G Simon (FRA) 76(3) 64
J Melzer (AUT) d S Bolelli (ITA) 61 75
V Troicki (SRB) d [WC] R Schuettler (GER) 63 64
[Q] S Koubek (AUT) d F Lopez (ESP) 76(4) 64
I Ljubicic (CRO) d [LL] J Hernych (CZE) 62 67(3) 64

Men’s Doubles – First Round
[2] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) d M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 76(7) 63
[3] M Bhupathi (IND) / M Mirnyi (BLR) d [WC] M Al Baloushi (UAE) / A Magdas (KUW) 75 60

Tomorrow’s OOP:

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
A Clement (FRA) vs [6] M Cilic (CRO)
F Serra (FRA) vs [4] N Davydenko (RUS)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[5] [WC] J Tsonga (FRA) vs M Llodra (FRA)
L Lacko (SVK) vs [7] M Youzhny (RUS)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
M Chiudinelli (SUI) vs [Q] S Devvarman (IND)
A Seppi (ITA) vs J Tipsarevic (SRB)
Not Before 4:00 PM
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) vs N Djokovic (SRB) / D Vemic (SRB)
F Serra (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) vs J Tipsarevic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) – After Suitable Rest

COURT 3 start 2:00 pm
M Berrer (GER) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR)
[WC] M Ghareeb (KUW) vs [Q] B Phau (GER)
Not Before 5:00 PM
T Robredo (ESP) vs J Benneteau (FRA)
C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) vs I Ljubicic (CRO) / J Melzer (AUT)

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Rotterdam: Blake, Robredo Out

Posted by gauloises1 on February 11, 2010

Starting to get a few surprises in Rotterdam, the biggest tournament of the week, too. As usual unable to do anything in a straightforward manner, Gael Monfils spent the night tweeting about how ill he was, and then promptly dropped a set to a Rochus. He bounced back, but it’s not exactly going to fill his next opponent with dread.

Soderling beat a local wildcard, Troicki was forced to retire, Kolya put the frighteners on Jo’burg champion Feliciano Lopez, and Baggy put paid to James Blake in straight sets. Yay.

Surprise of the day goes to Florian Mayer, who upset Tommy Robredo 63 in the third.

Tommy losing makes him a sad panda.

Full Results

Singles – Second Round
[3] [WC] R Soderling (SWE) d [Q] I Sijsling (NED) 76(6) 62
F Mayer (GER) d [5] T Robredo (ESP) 64 36 63

Singles – First Round
[2] N Davydenko (RUS) d F Lopez (ESP) 64 62
[4] G Monfils (FRA) d O Rochus (BEL) 46 61 62
J Melzer (AUT) d [8] V Troicki (SRB) 63 30 ret. (right arm)
M Baghdatis (CYP) d J Blake (USA) 64 62
M Berrer (GER) d A Clement (FRA) 76(16) 46 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
J Knowle (AUT) / R Lindstedt (SWE) d [3] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 63 46 10-8

Doubles – First Round
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d S Bolelli (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) 62 63
M Llodra (FRA) / A Ram (ISR) d J Benneteau (FRA) / A Clement (FRA) 67(0) 64 10-4

Order of Play

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So This Is Going To Be a Thing

Posted by gauloises1 on February 10, 2010

Apparently, yesterday’s photos of Jo were not a one-off. Today’s autographer: Marcos Baghdatis.

And to those of you missing Novak Djokovic, not to worry; James Blake is here to take up the slack.

Who’s going to be the velour fog by day five, I hear you ask.

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AO Day Six: Damp Squib

Posted by gauloises1 on January 23, 2010

There isn’t really that much to say about last night’s action; it was all a bit lacklustre, exemplified by the much-anticipated Hewitt-Baghdatis match which ended after a set and a bit when Baghdatis was forced to retire with a shoulder injury.

So on Lleyton Hewitt goes to face Roger Federer in the round of sixteen after Federer beat Montanes in straight sets. Lest we forget, Federer is 16-7 against Hewitt, with Hewitt’s last victory coming in 2003. Or to put it another way: Rusty is screwed.

It was obviously the day for retirements, as in addition to Kubot’s walkover from Youzhny to face Novak Djokovic, Stefan Koubek retired after a 16 set against Fernando Verdasco.

Verdasco will face Nikolay Davydenko in what should be a really interesting match, after Davydenko, in full-on terminator mode, crushed poor Pico, 60 63 64.

Also into the round of sixteen is Nicolas Almagro, who beat Alejandro Falla in three, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who provided the only real thrills with a four set win over Tommy Haas, 64 36 61 75.

Love you, Jo.

Things were not that much more exciting on the women’s side. Serena and Venus both progressed in straight sets over Carla Suarez Navarro and Casey Dellacqua respectively, and Caroline Wozniacki beat Shahar Peer 64 60.

Wozniacki will face Li Na after she beat Daniela Hantuchova in three sets, triumphing 62 in the third. This means there are two Chinese players in the fourth round of a Slam for the first time ever. Impressive stuff.

And Francesca Schiavone shellacked Agnieszka Radwanska 62 62. ‘Shellacked’ means what I think it means, right?

So that was that. I hope tonight’s more exciting …

Men’s Results

Singles – Third Round

[1] R Federer (SUI) d [31] A Montanes (ESP) 63 64 64
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d D Istomin (UZB) 61 61 62
[6] N Davydenko (RUS) d
[30] J Monaco (ARG) 60 63 64
[9] F Verdasco (ESP) d [Q] S Koubek (AUT) 61 ret. (illness)
[10] J Tsonga (FRA) d [18] T Haas (GER) 64 36 61 75
L Kubot (POL) d [20] M Youzhny (RUS) w/o (right wrist)
[22] L Hewitt (AUS) d M Baghdatis (CYP) 60 42 ret. (right shoulder)
[26] N Almagro (ESP) d A Falla (COL) 64 63 64

Doubles – Second Round
[3] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) d L Arnold Ker (ARG) / H Tecau (ROU) 75 63
M Kohlmann (GER) / J Nieminen (FIN) d C Fleming (GBR) / K Skupski (GBR) 36 64 63
A Clement (FRA) / J Erlich (ISR) d F Lopez (ESP) / R Schuettler (GER) 63 75
F Gonzalez (CHI) / I Ljubicic (CRO) d 
C Ball (AUS) / S Huss (AUS) 57 76(3) 75
I Karlovic (CRO) / D Vemic (SRB) d [WC] K Hensel (AUS) / G Jones (AUS) 36 75 75
J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d
J Benneteau (FRA) / S Darcis (BEL) 64 60
L Mayer (ARG) / H Zeballos (ARG) d I Andreev (RUS) / E Korolev (KAZ) 63 62

Women’s Results

Singles – Third Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (32) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 60 63
(4) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (29) Shahar Peer (ISR) 64 60
(6) Venus Williams (USA) d. (WC) Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 61 76(4)
(7) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 60 62
(9) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG) 61 75
(17) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (10) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 62 62
(13) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Alberta Brianti (ITA) 64 61
(16) Li Na (CHN) d. (22) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 75 36 62

Doubles – Second Round
(8) Mattek-Sands/Yan (USA/CHN) d. Jankovic/Perry (SRB/USA) 62 46 61
(9) Vesnina/Zheng (RUS/CHN) d. Razzano/Wickmayer (FRA/BEL) w/o (lower back soreness)
Azarenka/Kuznetsova (BLR/RUS) d. (14) Groenefeld/King (GER/USA) 63 46 63
(15) Kirilenko/A.Radwanska (RUS/POL) d. Baltacha/Dekmeijere (GBR/LAT) 60 62
Dushevina/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) d. Szavay/Vinci (HUN/ITA) 64 36 62

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AO Day Four: The Bagman’s Gambit

Posted by gauloises1 on January 21, 2010

Once again, time has made me its bitch. But I did want to give special mention to a particularly entertaining match; Marcos Baghdatis against David Ferrer. Baggy eventually prevailed, 46 36 76(4) 63 61, but not without a full measure of drama including fifth set cramping, despite Baggy’s claim that he’s the fittest he’s ever been.

I was lucky enough to catch a replay of most of this on the TVs in my office, and while the tennis might not have been of the highest quality, it was scintillating entertainment. Great stuff.

Sad Ferru makes me sad.

On the other hand, happy Baggy makes me happy.

What is it with the guys publicly celebrating their genitalia?

We do know you’ve got them, boys.

This is more like it.


A few of the other guys went the distance today, with Spaniards Nicolas Almagro and Albert Montanes both progressing in five, while it took Pico till 63 in the fifth to subdue Michael Llodra.

Janko Tipsarevic came close to an upset, but fell to Tommy Haas 63 in the fifth.

Better luck next time. Or, you know, never.

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