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He Won, He Won #3, a.k.a BRING IT ON

Posted by gauloises1 on February 19, 2011

Very, very exciting, people. Delpo beat Michael Russell 64 62 to make the semis of the Memphis 500, thus proving once and for all that elves really do pwn hobbits at everything except ringbearing (and the jury’s out on that one). He still hasn’t lost his serve once in the tournament and will go up against Andy Roddick in tonight’s semi-final.

Roddick had a good win last night over Lleyton Hewitt, but he did come out miserably flat. Either way it should be a good match; both of their most recent encounters went to three sets. And whatever happens, Delpo’s in the semi-finals of a 500. This is very, very good. But don’t take my word for it, let him tell you himself.

The other semi-final will be contested between Mardy Fish, who beat Sam Querrey, and the seemingly unstoppable Milos Raonic, who beat qualifier Robert Kendrick in three aceriffic sets.

I know most of you will be rooting for Raonic (as will I), but the laws of universal justice require me to call attention to the very sweet shoutout to Delpo from Fish in this Q&A, courtesy of the legendary Bobby Chiantapelli:

Juan Martín del Potro mentioned you’d play more doubles together this year. Your thoughts on him and his game right now?
I love Juan! He’s one of the best guys out here, one of the most laid-back guys. I’m a lot older than him. We played a few times. I remember playing him here one year. It might have been 2007 when he was still really young. He was ranked 60 in the world or so. I beat Juan like maybe 6-1, 7-6 in a tight tiebreaker. I played really well, and I thought this guy could be really, really good when I left the court. I remember that. I was happy to see his results. We played doubles in Madrid. We had a great time. So we’ll try to play again. He’s certainly one of the best players in the world and a pretty good doubles partner for me.


Bless. Meanwhile, the ladies final will feature Magdalena Rybarikova against the tournament’s last seed standing, Raonic’s compatriot Rebecca Marino.

Go Canada.


Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] A Roddick (USA) d L Hewitt (AUS) 46 63 64
[4] M Fish (USA) d [5] S Querrey (USA) 63 64
[WC] J Del Potro (ARG) d [Q] M Russell (USA) 64 62
[WC] M Raonic (CAN) d [Q] R Kendrick (USA) 64 36 63


Singles – Semifinals
(6) Rebecca Marino (CAN) d. Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 67(1) 64 61
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 62 46 64

Doubles – Semifinals
(2) Govortsova/Kudryavtseva (BLR/RUS) d. (3) King/Krajicek (USA/NED) 36 62 108
(4) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. Pervak/Senoglu (RUS/TUR) 62 61

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Mammoth Titlist … list

Posted by gauloises1 on July 19, 2010

I have to apologise for my protracted absence. Life stuff in the first half of the week followed by sustaining a silly and very painful eye injury on Wednesday which required me to lie in the dark being very bored … Well, that’s my excuse.

So who’s been winning while I’ve been away?

Bastad – ATP

Almagro continued his quest for universal popularity by beating Robin Soderling 75 36 62 for his sixth career title and first since Acapulco in 2009.

Bastad – WTA

Aravane Rezai beat Gisela Dulko 63 46 64 for her fourth career title and second this year. She’s now 4-0 in finals.


Agnes Szavay defended her title, beating last year’s whipping woman Patty Schnyder 62 64.


While everyone else was playing Davis Cup last weekend, Mardy Fish won the soup thing.


Quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and now defeater of Flavia Pennetta on home clay, Kaia Kanepi, ladies and gentlemen.


Second title in one post two weeks for Agnes Szavay, this time over Stepanova wedding guest Zahlalova Strycova, and she seems to have just about found her feet on clay for 2010. Never accused of good timing, our Agnes.


A fifth career title for Montanes, conqueror of Federer earlier this year in Estoril, didn’t quite come the way he would have wanted after Gael Monfils turned his ankle at the end of the first set and was forced to retire 1-2 down in the second. Get better soon, Gael. Incidentally, five career titles and he doesn’t even get a look in on Davis Cup? Sometimes I wish I was Spanish.

Posted in agnes szavay, albert montanes, aravane rezai, bstaad, budapest, kaia kanepi, mardy fish, newport, nicolas almagro, palermo, patty schnyder, prague, stuttgart, titlists | Tagged: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Queens: USA 2, England 0

Posted by gauloises1 on June 14, 2010

Sam Querrey d. Mardy Fish, 76(3) 75

Big, jug-eared trophy, big, jug-eared man.

Sam Querrey came out on top in the Final No-one Saw Coming, capitalising on being the only seed left in the draw after everyone’s picks for the title crashed out earlier in the competition: Rafa Nadal lost to the excellent Feliciano Lopez, Novak Djokovic to Xavier Malisse, Andy Murray to Mardy Fish, Andy Roddick to pocket rocket Dudi Sela, and Marin Cilic to Michael Llodra. It was that sort of week, so credit to Querrey and Fish for making it to the final. Fish looked the better player all week and indeed served for the second set, but seemed to be overpowered by his own desire and rather collapsed at the end of the match, leaving the field clear for Sam’s well-executed baseline game.

Both boys were suitably charming in the post-match analysis, with Sam earning bonus points for meretriciously picking England to win the World Cup and thereby deserving the traditional somewhat awkward Queens locker-room trophy photo shoot.

Strike a pose, it turns out there is something to it.

That’s Sam’s third title for the year (only Rafa has more) and he’s picked up one indoors, on clay and grass. Not a bad year for the emo one. Not bad at all.

Incidentally, if anyone’s still interested in my Queens experiences earlier in the week, I’ll try to write something. Actually, I probably will even if nobody is. So there.

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ATP Week Ahead: Dubai, Acapulco, Delray Beach

Posted by gauloises1 on February 22, 2010

A 250 and two 500s this week …


Draw here.

With Federer out, Tommy Robredo now takes his place in the draw, opening against Marseilles finalist Julien Benneteau. Third seed Andy Murray’s half looks, consequently, a little bit easier, although much will depend on how Marin Cilic makes his return to the courts after his dazzling start to the year as he could well be Murray’s semi-final opponent. Mikhail Youzhny is a possible quarter-final opponent; he’s been playing really well, but also suffering some serious injury difficulties. All in all, this half looks like a great opportunity for Murray to bounce back from his heartbreaking loss in Melbourne … I’ve just jinxed him, haven’t I?

The bottom half looks a little more loaded, although unless Gilles Simon can find some fitness and form, it’s hard not to see Kolya in the semi-finals. Djokovic has drawn wildcard Tsonga in his quarter, but Tsonga in turn has drawn Marseilles champion Michael Llodra in the first round. If both play as they’ve done in the past week, I wouldn’t count on Tsonga getting through that one. Kolya-Nole semi-final and a big cheer for Nole …


Draw here.

Top Seeds: Verdasco, Gonzo, Ferru, Boss, Isner, Almagro, Pico, Montanes … a veritable who’s who of clay courters. Apart from Isner. WTF?

Delray Beach

Draw here.

Definitely the least interesting of the three. Top Seeds: Tommy Haas, Ivo Karlovic, Benjamin Becker, Jeremy Chardy

Posted in acapulco, ATP week ahead, delray beach, dubai, mardy fish, nicolas almagro, novak djokovic | Tagged: , , | 9 Comments »

The Withdrawal Method: Fish Have Ribs?

Posted by gauloises1 on August 31, 2009

Serious biological question. Do they?

Anyway, Mardy Fish has sadly been forced to pull out of the US Open with a rib injury. He was the twenty-fifth seed and due to play del Potro in the third round (I believe).

He’ll be replaced in the draw by Rui Machado of Portugal who lost in the final round of qualifying.


Get well soon.

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ATP Player Photos = Enough Fun to Last a Lifetime

Posted by irefusetotellyou on July 27, 2009

So I have a feeling that the ATP decided that they could increase their macho level by having players take tough, manly-man photos for their bio pics. Needless to say, they’ve failed miserably, although it has provided me much entertainment. Oh, the hilarity of it all!

Some players only succeeded in looking mildly pissed off:Gilles Simon, Robin Soderling

Some managed to look smolderingly hot.



And some just took it way, way too seriously.
Tyra Banks called. She wants her "fierce" look back.

Tyra Banks called. She wants her "fierce" look back.

Others scared the bajesus out of me.

David Nalbandian, Radek Stepanek

Sorry, Nalby and/or Sex lovers, but these pictures make them look like convicted criminals who are 1 second away from beating the shit out of you.

And some need a re-take. Like NOW. Stanislas Wawrinka, Lleyton Hewitt

These photos make them look about 50 pounds heavier than they really are.

Some looked so unbelievably goofy that I scared by cat by laughing so uproariously.

Well, with a nickname like "Chucho," I guess I shouldn't expect much.

Well, with a nickname like "Chucho", I guess I shouldn't expect much.

And some are just the cutest wittle things I’ve ever seen.

Victor Troicki

All in all, though, a scary rapist-esque picture (I’m looking at you, Nalby) is better than no picture at all.

Leonardo Mayer

Leonardo Mayer, supposedly

Leonardo “Horseface” Mayer– perennial no-show, professional buzz-killer, and my archnemesis — STRIKES AGAIN!

Posted in andy roddick, ATP, david nalbandian, dmitry tursunov, fernando verdasco, gilles simon, jose acasuso, leonardo mayer, lleyton hewitt, mardy fish, radek stepanek, robin soderling, stanislas wawrinka, viktor troicki | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments »

D Cup QF: Croatians Can Keep Going and Going

Posted by gauloises1 on July 11, 2009

Croatia 2 U.S.A. 0

croatian supporters jpg

With the help of their weird futuristic Fifth Element-style air hostess supporters, Croatia took a 2-0 lead over the U.S. today. Both matches went to five and were replete with drama, with Ivo Karlovic coming back from a two set to love deficit against James Blake.

ivo jpg

Croatians do it lanky.

Then Marin was up against Mardy Fish in a match that he really should have won in four (especially as Fish seemed to be struggling with some injuries), but which somehow took over four hours and ended up in the wee small hours, finishing 8-6 in the third. Marin did what he does best (dropping serve when serving for the match).


At which point I feared that the match would go the same way as his match with Haas at Wimbledon. But Marin regathered himself, stayed strong and was the better player in the end.

fish pmac

And with a doubles tie against the Bryans coming up tomorrow, a 2-0 lead is an awfully nice thing to have.

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D Cup Quarterfinals: U.S.A vs Croatia

Posted by gauloises1 on July 9, 2009

I think – I hope – that this could be, along with Czech Republic-Argentina, the most exciting tie this weekend.


That’s a lot of lank.

usa team

And this is a lot of wank.

No surprises in the selection; Karlovic and Cilic for the Croats in the singles, Blake and Fish (I literally shudder when I type that) for Team America. I really hope this doesn’t come down to the doubles – which it really could – because then the prostitute murderers will settle it.

pmac blake

Keep your eyes on the prize, James.

You know, I wouldn’t be surprised if Blake beat Karlovic. I know his form has been dismal, but ironically the best run he’s had this year has been on clay. Plus it would really piss me off. And he likes doing that. Regardless, the match looks like being so dull that even the players will struggle to stay awake.


As for the other, am I mad to think that Marin has a good shot at beating Fish? The way I remember the one match they’ve played (the finals of New Haven), Marin could have taken it in two had he not wobbled going for his first title, and that was on hard. On the other hand, Marin has been making a habit of disappointing me of late. And as we all know, the question of how a given result will affect my mood must be factored into any comprehensive H2H analysis.

marin mardy

marin dc

My my.

Ivo Karlovic (CRO) v James Blake (USA)
Marin Cilic (CRO) v Mardy Fish (USA)

Ivo Karlovic/Lovro Zovko (CRO) v Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA)

Marin Cilic (CRO) v James Blake (USA)
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) v Mardy Fish (USA)

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RG Day Three: It Really Is An American In Paris

Posted by gauloises1 on May 26, 2009

My drunken mistake of last night proved prophetic.













With the aforementioned defeats of “clay-courter” Blake and “Elf-stalker” Fish, as well as Bobby Reynolds, I’m fairly sure Andy Roddick is now the only American on the men’s side left in the singles draw.

Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out of Paris.

You know … that door out of Paris that there is.

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ATP Madrid Results: Thursday

Posted by gauloises1 on May 15, 2009

Penile action was a tad disappointing today, as both Philipp “punkt de” Kohlschreiber and Nikolay Davydenko were forced to withdraw with suspiciously identical injuries, giving Rafa and Roddick a walkover into the quarter-finals. Men, eh? All talk and no performance.



Murray survived what looked like a tough first set against Tommy Robredo before winning the second easily, and Nole subdued Seppi for what feels like the millionth time in recent weeks, 4 and 4. In disappointing news, Simon was taken out by Ivan Ljubicic, he of the preternaturally enormous cranium, and Pico’s run ended at the hands of official YFB Mascot of Hatred and Despair, Fernando Verdasco. Fortunately, he’s still pretty.


And speaking of hot Tandilese …


Elf battled his way to his second three-set win over Stanislas Wawrinka in as many tournaments. To my eternal shame, I’ve not seen him play at all this week, but from what I gather his form was patchy today, just like in Rome. I don’t think he’s really found his rhythm on clay at all this season and I don’t expect him to trouble Nole overly, but still. A Masters series quarterfinal is not to be sniffed at.



However, all is not well in the Elven Kingdom. The inexplicable and disturbing partnership with Mardy Fish continues to … continue. And they’re WINNING. They’re in the SEMIFINALS.

This should not be happening.

This should NOT be happening.


There is no god.

EDIT: C Note has more pictures. And they HURT.

Singles – Third Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) W/O (left leg)
[2] R Federer (SUI) d [14] J Blake (USA) 62 64
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d A Seppi (ITA) 64 64
[4] A Murray (GBR) d [16] T Robredo (ESP) 75 61
[5] J Del Potro (ARG) d [11] S Wawrinka (SUI) 46 64 64
[6] A Roddick (USA) d [10] N Davydenko (RUS) W/O (left leg)
[WC] I Ljubicic (CRO) d [8] G Simon (FRA) 36 64 63
[7] F Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] J Monaco (ARG) 75 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
J Del Potro (ARG) / M Fish (USA) d S Huss (AUS) / R Hutchins (GBR) 67(9) 62 10-4

Doubles – Second Round
[2] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [WC] M Lopez (ESP) / R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) 63 67(7) 10-6
N Djokovic (SRB) / D Vemic (SRB) d [8] M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) 62 76(9)
A Fisher (AUS) / T Parrott (USA) vs [5] B Soares (BRA) / K Ullyett (ZIM)

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