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4 and 0. Sigh.

Posted by gauloises1 on May 9, 2010

Mikhail Youzhny d. Marin Cilic, 63 46 64

So … this was a tough one to watch. The tennis was really great, and for a while it really looked like Marin was going to pull it out of the bag; after giving up an early break in the first, he fought doggedly to keep it to just that single break advantage, and although he was unable to hold on to the early break he in turn gained at the beginning of the second, he looked slightly the better player throughout and eventually nabbed it when Youzhny flubbed a baseline smash into the net. The third set was a marathon and Marin had break points, but a couple of unlucky net cords within the one game undid him and Youzhny served it out for his first Munich title in his third final. And I was very sad for Marin.

He was pretty sad for himself, too.

But … it was great match and Youzhny played really well, so it’s good that he won. What? Stop looking at me.

Mischa carries out a controlled explosion.

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Americans in Belgrade, Marin in Munich, F(r)ed in Estoril

Posted by gauloises1 on May 9, 2010

So here’s the state of play. Somewhat ironically, there’ll be an all-American final in Belgrade.

 John Isner had a great win over Stanislas Wawrinka and Sam Querrey disposed of little Filip Krajinovic, in his first ATP semi-final courtesy of Novak Djokovic’s withdrawal. He lost 61 62 in front of his home crowd.

Welcome to the wonderful world of the ATP!

In Munich, Marin Cilic has somehow cobbled enough wins together to be in the final. Yes, it’s one of those weeks. He actually played really well against Marcos Baghdatis today and got better as the match went on, which is, I suppose, a good thing.

It’ll be Mikhail Youzhny facing him in the final, after Youzhny disposed of Philipp Petzchner who had knocked out the defending champion Tomas Berdych. Youzhny is up 3 -0 in the head-to-head with Cilic, by the way. I’m just saying.

And the shock of the day in Estoril was Roger Federer’s 62 76(5) loss to Albert Montanes, the defending champion, in Estoril. It was a rain-delayed day, the conditions were terrible and for whatever reason, Federer just didn’t adapt at all. It was a mystifyingly lame performance from him, although he insists he isn’t worried – his post-match comments basically added up to ‘meh, these things happen’. I was fairly impressed with Montanes, though, who didn’t let either the conditions or the unexpected lack of resistance throw him off and is now in an excellent position to defend his title.


Lost in the Federer shuffle, however, has been the fact that Frederico Gil has become the first Portuguese player to reach an ATP final and he’s done it on his home ground, beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 62 57 63. Heartwarming stuff.

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Driving in Cars With Boys

Posted by gauloises1 on May 5, 2010

So, the BMW Open in Munich is happening and still has most of its seedy goodness intact, with the exceptions of Julien Benneteau and Benjamin Becker. More importantly, it has had its players’ party, and hence its player party photos.

Hasn’t lost yet. Also … hello.

What is it that’s turning me around on Tomas Berdych? The jeans? The hair? The cardigan? The implicit promise of being gently ravished in the backseat? Whatever it is, it’s working.

I am mentally cropping out the right two-thirds of this photo and then saving it to my F drive, if you know what I mean.

We also got bonus Berdych-at-the-BMW-factory:

And I’ve made the acquaintance of one Danijel Pranjic, a Croatian player for Bayern Munich, who popped in to check on the progress of his compatriots:

I am now officially disappointed that Croatia aren’t in the World Cup. Because this? I would watch.

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Sunday Champs: Djokovic, Berdych, Montanes

Posted by gauloises1 on May 10, 2009

Albert Montanes d. James Blake, 57 76(6) 60


Congratulations to Albert Montanes, who rallied from match point down to claim his second ATP title over James Blake.

montanes trophy

It was a tough ask for Blake, who had already done well earlier in the day to finish his match against Davydenko and come out with the win. Incidentally, is he still working with Barker? I didn’t see him around this week.

montanes blake

Tomas Berdych d. Mikhail Youzhny 64 46 76(5)


Great result for Berdych. He’s making a fricking habit of beating guys I like in finals. I might bold his name on my hate list. And that’s serious business.



Novak Djokovic d. Lukas Kubot 63 76(0)


Did anyone really expect a different result? Surprised how close the scoreline was, anyway. But well done to Nole on winning the inaugural Nole Open. And I’m not being THAT sarcastic. Look how happy he is.



Seriously, he’s dead behind the eyes.

nole kubot

Is that trophy a mirror or a gateway to another dimension?

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Estoril, Munich, Belgrade Finals

Posted by gauloises1 on May 10, 2009

First up, congratulations to Yanine Wickmayer of Belgium (a.k.a. the Belgian Sharapova … apparently), who won her first WTA singles title in Estoril when she defeated Ekaterina Makarova 75 62.


She played a solid, focussed match and seeing someone get their first title is always lovely. Well done, Yanine.

Unfortunately rain messed up the rest of the day’s play in Estoril. The first ATP finalist is Albert Montanes, who beat Capdeville 3 and 4. The second semifinal was rained off with Blake a set down but a break up on Davydenko, so it’s all still to be decided.


In Munich, both semifinals went to 3 sets, but Youzhny and Berdych – somewhat predictably – managed it in the end over local wildcard and hitherto total unknown Brands, and Chardy respectively.


And at the Nole Open, all our worst fears have come true.



NB: All the above was crafted while massively drunk and is probably not true.

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Friday Results: Munich, Estoril, Belgrade

Posted by gauloises1 on May 8, 2009

Yeah, I’m combining the men into one post. You know why? They weren’t as interesting as the women today, and that’s the fact of the matter. You want equal column inches, then you be equally compelling and watchable. I can’t be having with this New Age equal-rights-for-the-ATP nonsense.

Oh yeah, and pretty much everyone I wanted to win today … didn’t.


Makarova beat Groenefeld fairly straightforwardly for her second straight final, where she will play the Belgian Sharapova (apparently) after Peer was forced to retire after three games. And on the ATP side; Blake won, Gilles lost. Are you getting the ‘today sucks’ theme yet?


An apt pictorial representation of Gilles’ season thus far.

Singles – Semifinals
(6) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (8) Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 63 61
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. (7) Shahar Peer (ISR) 30 ret. (right foot injury)

Doubles – Semifinals
(3) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. Coin/Pelletier (FRA/CAN) 36 75 103
Fichman/Marosi (CAN/HUN) d. Diatchenko/Dzehalevich (RUS/BLR) 64 46 107

Singles – Quarter-finals
[7] A Montanes (ESP) d [1] [WC] G Simon (FRA) 57 64 76(4) – saved 1 M.P.
[2] N Davydenko (RUS) d [6] M Fish (USA) 64 63
[4] J Blake (USA) d [8] F Serra (FRA) 64 61
P Capdeville (CHI) d O Hernandez (ESP) 46 61 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
E Butorac (USA) / S Lipsky (USA) d [3] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 63 63
[4] M Damm (CZE) / R Lindstedt (SWE) d W Moodie (RSA) / D Norman (BEL) 64 46 10-7


Thanks for nothing, Marin. At least Chardy’s pretty. What’s your excuse, Rusty Potatoes?



Singles – Quarter-finals
J Chardy (FRA) d [2] M Cilic (CRO) 36 75 64
[4] T Berdych (CZE) d [WC] L Hewitt (AUS) 46 63 76(4)
M Youzhny (RUS) d [7] P Mathieu (FRA) 75 36 63
[WC] D Brands (GER) d P Starace (ITA) 64 11 ret. – right hamstring

Doubles – Semi-finals
[2] A Fisher (AUS) / J Kerr (AUS) d [4] R Bopanna (IND) / T Parrott (USA) 76(2) 64


At the Nole Serbia Open, Karlovic, Seppi and Nole all progressed to the semis. In even LESS interesting news … can someone explain to me how Kubot is still in the tournament? Seriously?


Posting a picture of Kubot would only encourage him in his sinister plans for world domination.

Singles – Quarter-finals
[2] I Karlovic (CRO) d [Q] F Cipolla (ITA) 63 63
[4] A Seppi (ITA) d M Daniel (BRA) 64 75
[LL] L Kubot (POL) d K Vliegen (BEL) 76(6) 63
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d [5] V Troicki (SRB) 63 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[2] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d [WC] N Ciric (SRB) / D Savic (SRB) 64 36 10-8
R Wassen (NED) / I Zelenay (SVK) d [4] S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) 64 64
M Granollers (ESP) / S Ventura (ESP) d [3] S Huss (AUS) / R Hutchins (GBR) 76(4) 16 10-7
[WC] M Djokovic (SRB) / D Madjarovski (SRB) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO)

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OOPsydaisy: Rome, Estoril, Munich, Belgrade

Posted by gauloises1 on May 8, 2009


Stadio Pietrangeli (from 11.00hrs)
1. Hsieh/Peng vs. Senoglu/Shvedova
2. Kuznetsova vs. Azarenka (NB 13.30hrs)
3. Safina vs. V.Williams (NB 16.00hrs)
4. Hantuchova/Sugiyama vs. Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez


Central (from 11.15hrs)
1. Groenefeld vs. Makarova
2. ATP: Fish vs. Davydenko (NB 13.55hrs)
3. ATP: Serra vs. Blake (NB 16.15hrs)
4. ATP: Damm/Lindstedt vs. Moodie/Norman

Centralito (from 11.30hrs)
1. Peer vs. Wickmayer
2. ATP: Hernández vs. Capdeville (NB 13.00hrs)
3. ATP: Simon vs. Montañés
4. ATP: Butorac/Lipsky vs. Cermak/Mertinak

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Diatchenko/Dzehalevich vs. Fichman/Marosi
2. Coin/Pelletier vs. Kops-Jones/Spears


12:00 noon K.Vliegen (BEL) vs L. Kubot (POL)
Not before 2:00 PM F. Cipolla (ITA) and I. Karlovic (CRO)
A. Seppi (ITA) vs M. Daniel (BRA)
Not before 8:00 PM N. Djokovic (SRB) vs V. Troicki (SRB)
M.Djokovic (SRB)/D.Madjarovski (SRB) vs J.Brunstrom (SWE)/J-J.Rojer (AHO)
1:00 PM R.Wassen (NED)/I.Zelenay (SVK) vs S.Aspelin (SWE)/P.Hanley (AUS)
Not before 2:00 PM S.Huss (AUS)/R.Hutchins (GBR) vs M.Granollers (ESP)/S.Ventura (ESP)

5:00 PM N.Ciric (SRB)/D.Savic (SRB) vs L.Kubot (POL)/ O,Marach (AUT)

Munich can be found here.

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Munich Results: My Potatoes are Rusty

Posted by gauloises1 on May 7, 2009

Is anybody else finding it hard to believe that the second round is just done here? I thought BMWs were supposed to be fast.

rusty laughs

Lleyton thought it was funny.

Anyway, it was international wildcard day in Munich today, as local boy Daniel Brands (yes, I looked up his first name) beat Bennetteau in a tough three-setter and somewhat less local boy Lleyton Hewitt trashed de Bakker in straights. Missing out on the love was Andreas Beck, who fell to Tomas Berdych, but Italian stallion and all-round comedy legend Potito Starace, owner of the best name and the worst tattoos in the game, made my day by beating Bolelli. Forza!potito2

Potito Starace for Roland Garros champ 2009.

Believe it.

Singles – Second Round
[4] T Berdych (CZE) d [WC] A Beck (GER) 16 64 76(4)
P Starace (ITA) d S Bolelli (ITA) 64 76(5)
[WC] D Brands (GER) d J Benneteau (FRA) 64 36 76(6)
[WC] L Hewitt (AUS) d [Q] T de Bakker (NED) 63 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[4] R Bopanna (IND) / T Parrott (USA) d J Cerretani (USA) / J Chardy (FRA) 64 64
[WC] D Gremelmayr (GER) / D Meffert (GER) d J Murray (GBR) / P Vizner (CZE) 75 62
J Hernych (CZE) / I Minar (CZE) vs [WC] M Kohlmann (GER) / A Waske (GER)

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Munich Results: Kiefer and Almagro Out

Posted by gauloises1 on May 6, 2009

Or, in much better news, Mischa and the delicious Chardy through. Huzzah! Marin also neatly put out local boy (and awesome website-owner) PEHK, 0 and 4. Is this the good run on clay we Mariners have been waiting for? I just jinxed it, didn’t I?



Singles – Second Round
[2] M Cilic (CRO) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 60 64
M Youzhny (RUS) d [3] N Almagro (ESP) 76(2) 64
J Chardy (FRA) d [6] N Kiefer (GER) 64 76(8)
[7] P Mathieu (FRA) d D Gremelmayr (GER) 61 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[2] A Fisher (AUS) / J Kerr (AUS) d E Gulbis (LAT) / I Kunitsyn (RUS) 75 76(3)

Doubles – First Round
J Hernych (CZE) / I Minar (CZE) d [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) 16 62 11-9
J Murray (GBR) / P Vizner (CZE) d [3] P Petzschner (GER) / A Peya (AUT) 64 36 17-15 – saved 4 M.P.
[WC] M Kohlmann (GER) / A Waske (GER) d S Bolelli (ITA) / C Kas (GER) 64 46 10-8

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Bryans Lose in Munich First Round

Posted by gauloises1 on May 6, 2009

The Bryan brothers suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Jan Hernych and Ivo Minar in Munich today, 16 62 11-9.

There’s an old saying that applies here, I feel.


Wear lederhosen, get your ass kicked.


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