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Montreal: Fed Loses, Jo Wins, and I’m Magic

Posted by gauloises1 on August 14, 2009

Remember my previous ATP post? No? Well, let me refresh your memory …

Murray did just enough, but that was just enough. Going to be a big step up to Federer tomorrow. (OK, I know Federer hasn’t won yet, but considering he’s up a double break in the third, I think it’s a safe assumption.) I hope he can do it.

Yeah, not so much. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won, 76(5) 16 76(3), after an insanely topsy-turvy match. After a high quality first set that saw Tsonga take set point on a diving volley, he completely fell apart in the second. He took a medical timeout for an injury presumably sustained during said diving volley, but honestly there was no excuse for his listless, mopy play. He was broken to love immediately in the third, threw his racquet, and I thought that was it as Federer raced to a 5-1 lead. Tsonga was oozing and melting all over the court like Camembert left out in the sun, and Federer was yumming it up with wheat crackers made of first serves and volley chutney.

Then Federer served for the match, quickly went down 0-30 with two massive UFEs. Suddenly Jo sprang to life and broke him back.

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Federer served for it again; similar story. Suddenly Jo had levelled it up at 5-5 and, unbelievably, had three match points on Federer’s serve at 6-5. Federer saved one and Jo really gave away two with backhand errors, and it looked like the match was going the other way. That is, until Jo quickly opened up a 6-3 lead in the tiebreak and Federer double-faulted.

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Federer was off the court with a handshake, a wave and a quick “bonne chance” to Jo while I was still going, “Wait … what?”

Reportedly Federer was fairly relaxed afterwards, and I’m not surprised. It’s not just the new twins and so forth. It’s the 15. I don’t think picking up Masters series titles and being no. 1 is going to mean that much to Roger going forward. Sure, he’ll take a title if it works out that way, but I get the feeling his focus will be very much on the Slams. Basically, I’m saying he’s going to become the Serena of the ATP.

Great win for Jo though. I mean, his extended period of listless and petulant play was fairly appalling, but he played a great first set and did brilliantly to come back in the end and snatch the match. As AmyLu pointed out, this makes him one of the very few players who has beaten Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray. Great stuff.

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I will never get sick of this celebration.

Or photos of it.

Sorry.

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Montreal: Kolya Gets Muzzled

Posted by gauloises1 on August 14, 2009

Andy Murray goes into the Montreal semifinals , beating Nikolay Davydenko 62 64. I should be pleased, but really this match was too much of a letdown. I thought it would be a cracker but instead it was a damp squib.

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Kolya just hasn’t recovered his former Mr. Consistency form yet … Actually, when was the last time he had that form?

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Murray did just enough, but that was just enough. Going to be a big step up to Federer tomorrow. (OK, I know Federer hasn’t won yet, but considering he’s up a double break in the third, I think it’s a safe assumption.) I hope he can do it.

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What, No Love for Stan and the Concubine?

Posted by gauloises1 on August 14, 2009

Can’t wait for next year when they have to spell out “Congratulations, Stanislas & Concubine.”

Also, it intimidates me that anyone anywhere is this organised.

(vid courtesy of gototennisblog)

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Of Montreal

Posted by gauloises1 on August 14, 2009

Nice little piece from the New York Times about the Montreal players’ lounge.

Inside this elite tennis bubble, away from the thousands of fans in the stands beyond its doors, players spoke French, Russian and English, ate doughnuts, read newspapers, argued politics, napped on couches and checked their e-mail. They left their tennis bags strewn about, separating their on-court jobs from their off-court downtime at the entryway. […]

Tennis players believe their lounges are distinctive compared with those in other sports: less stodgy than those in golf and different from football locker rooms or baseball clubhouses because they share space with competitors instead of teammates.

“It may sound weird, but it’s not,” said John Isner, an American pro. “The last tournament I played, it was a real tough three-set match. Afterward, my opponent was in the next shower.”

I’m a total sucker for anything that purports to take you behind the curtain.

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Montreal: Quarter-finals Set

Posted by gauloises1 on August 14, 2009

So the quarter-finals lineup is set, and we have the top eight seeds all in action tomorrow. Great stuff.

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Both these guys had fairly routine wins today. Rafa beat Philipp Petzchner 63 62; I got too annoyed by Petzchner playing like a useless sack of crap to watch much of this, but Rafa was indeed looking far sharper than yesterday. He’ll face Elf tomorrow (have I mentioned that?). And Roger beat buddy Stanislas Wawrinka (minus concubine) 63 76(5), finally collecting on his fifth match point when Stan flubbed a volley into the net. He’ll be playing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who took out Gilles Simon 63 63 in a really fun match. Gilles put up a great fight and pulled off some amazing shots, but his serve was beyond feeble and Jo-Wilfried was simply playing too well.

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Ignore the face. Look at the arms. Are you looking? Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.

Andy Murray will face Nikolay Davydenko, who beat Fernando Gonzalez 76(2) 75. Not that you’d know. There are literally no photos of that match. And that’s your lot. Fun stuff, eh?

Results

Singles – Third Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d S Wawrinka (SUI) 63 76(5)
[2] R Nadal (ESP) d P Petzschner (GER) 63 62
[3] A Murray (GBR) d [Q] J Ferrero (ESP) 61 63
[4] N Djokovic (SRB) d M Youzhny (RUS) 63 64
[5] A Roddick (USA) d [10] F Verdasco (ESP) 76(2) 46 76(5)
[6] J Del Potro (ARG) d V Hanescu (ROU) 36 63 64
[7] J Tsonga (FRA) d [9] G Simon (FRA) 63 63
[8] N Davydenko (RUS) d [11] F Gonzalez (CHI) 76(2) 75

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[7] M Mirnyi (BLR) / A Ram (ISR) d L Dlouhy (CZE) / P Petzschner (GER) 62 63

Doubles – Second Round
[5] W Moodie (RSA) / D Norman (BEL) d F Lopez (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 76(7) 76(5)
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs R Lindstedt (SWE) / M Melo (BRA)
D Ferrer (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) vs [2] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB)
[WC] F Dancevic (CAN) / P Duclos (CAN) vs [8] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT)

Friday’s OOP:

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Montreal: Get Ready For Laughs

Posted by gauloises1 on August 13, 2009

Because when Nole and A-Rod play each other, fun is sure to follow.

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Nole beat Mikhail Youzhny 63 64 and Roddick had a tougher time of it, beating Fernando Verdasco 76(2) 46 76(5). I have to admit I was impressed with Verdasco’s recovery after imploding in the first set tiebreak, but Roddick was the more solid player throughout. And it was nice – well, as nice as anything involving Verdasco can be – to see them have a lovely little moment at the net.

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Montreal: You’re Not the Boss of Me

Posted by gauloises1 on August 13, 2009

Poor Boss. He plays so well, scores great wins and then just like at Queens and at Wimbledon, he comes up against Andy Murray, who demolished him 61 63.

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Tough day at the office. I just think Murray plays Boss with a lot of confidence and their games match up particularly well for him.

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Still tasty though.

Anyway, as it happens, I’m a Murray fan and I’m pleased for him. He’s been cruising so far, but things are going to get a bit more tricky from here.

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C’mon Tim!

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Montreal: Not Good

Posted by gauloises1 on August 13, 2009

Elf survived a close call today, beating Victor Hanescu 36 63 64.

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I don’t want to take anything away from Victor Hanescu, who played very well – he was getting everything back and using his slice really well – but this really was a performance to strike fear into the hearts of Elf fans everywhere. He looked more than a step slow, and he couldn’t buy a first serve (53% for the match, 43% in the first set).

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He really got through the match on pure willpower alone, and while I’m delighted that he can do that, he shouldn’t have to. Not against Victor Hanescu.

Most worrying of all, he took a couple of timeouts to receive treatment on his right shoulder.

Still, he’s only got to play Rafa bloody Nadal next, so I’m sure everything will be fine.

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Dale, man.

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Thursday OOP: Cincinnati, Montreal

Posted by gauloises1 on August 13, 2009

Serena Williams defeated Kateryna Bondarenko 63 62 last night in Cincinnati.

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Thursday’s OOP

Center Court (from 10.00hrs)
1. Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez vs. Kirilenko/Vesnina
2. Venus Williams vs. Flavia Pennetta (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Kim Clijsters vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova
4. Sybille Bammer vs. Serena Williams
5. Dinara Safina vs. Peng Shuai (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Black/Huber vs. Mattek-Sands/Petrova

Grandstand (from 12.00hrs)
1. Daniela Hantuchova vs. Vera Zvonareva
2. Sorana Cirstea vs. Elena Dementieva
3. Jelena Jankovic vs. Victoria Azarenka
4. Amanmuradova/Niculescu vs. Bondarenko/Bondarenko (NB 19.00hrs)

Court 3 (from 14.00 hrs)
1. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Melinda Czink
2. Ruano Pascual/Zheng vs. Hantuchova/Sugiyama

Montreal:

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Montreal: I Didn’t Know Bad Knees Were Infectious

Posted by gauloises1 on August 13, 2009

Well, that was a big tennistical tease. David Ferrer was forced to retire with a knee injury at 3-4 in the first set.

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Some Rafa fans are already making dire predictions based on Rafa’s level of play. But you know what? It was seven games and he’s been out for ten weeks. Give him a full match against a healthy opponent, and we’ll see how he does. (It helps that his next opponent is Philipp Petzchner).

Tommy Haas was also forced to retire tonight against Fernando Gonzalez due to a blister on his hand which looked pretty horrible.

Get better soon, Ferru and Hasi.

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