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The Week In ATP Winners: Soderling Repeats Rotterdam, Almagro Is Awkward

Posted by gauloises1 on February 13, 2011


After last week’s first-time titlists, it’s a bit repeato on the ATP tour this week. Robin Soderling successfully defended a title for the first time in his career, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 63 36 63 in the final. Oddly, it was Philipp Kohlschreiber who pushed him the hardest all week. But with Djokovic withdrawing and Murray losing in the first round to Baghdatis, it always looked like being Soderling’s week.

Costa do Saiupe

Nicolas Almagro won his second Brasil Open title at a tournament which I … didn’t watch. So I will merely post these mildly amusing photos from the trophy ceremony.


It was another solid week for Alexandr Dolgopolov – FYI, I absolutely refuse to call him either the ATP-sanctioned “The Dog” or the popular “Dolly”, sue me – getting to a final. I’m not quite sold on his long-term potential (future top 10, really?) but keeping up the momentum of Australia is a really good sign. I like watching him a lot and I hope he stays healthy.

And so the ‘Golden Swing’ (that just reminds me of a particularly upsetting sex-based episode of geriatric comedy Waiting For God) creaks on to Buenos Aires …

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ATP Week Ahead: Rotterdam, San Jose, Costa do Saiupe

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2011


500; Robin Soderling defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Robin Soderling, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Jurgen Melzer, Mikhail Youhzny, Ivan Ljubicic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Points of interest: What isn’t of interest? Soderling’s no. 4 ranking is on the line unless he can defend his title or Murray puts in a dismal performance, which is pretty likely given his draw: Baghdatis, Lopez or Mayer, probably Ljubicic … Just the kind of draw that a man recovering from a battering in a major final needs. Look out for first round meetings between Dimitrov-Tsonga, Gulbis-de Bakker, and Paire-Simon. Fun on the bun.

San Jose


250; Fernando Verdasco defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Fernando Verdasco, Gael Monfils, Sam Querrey, Xavier Malisse, Denis Istomin, Benjamin Becker, Lleyton Hewitt, Kei Nishikori

Points of interest: I thought Fernando Verdasco had a broken foot – and yet. Two men attempting to bounce back from a disappointing Australian Open – Monfils and Querrey – along with Nishikori and Ivo Karlovic on the comeback trail. Also? Delpo, Delpo and Delpo. In that order. He plays Teimuraz “Basher” Gabashvili in the first round.

Costa do Saiupe


250; Boss defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Nicolas Almagro, Albert Montanes, Thomaz Bellucci, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Juan Ignacio Chela, Tommy Robredo, Potito Starace, Victor Hanescu

Points of interest: Sexy men on sexy clay.  

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The Withdrawal Method: Nole Out Of Rotterdam

Posted by gauloises1 on February 4, 2011

Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic has pulled out of the ABN AMRO 500 in Rotterdam next week, citing a shoulder injury which will reportedly prevent him from practicing for a week. He did, let’s recall, have that shoulder taped in Melbourne.

Any excuse for topless, bendy, victorious, gasping Nole …

Let’s hope it’s preventative and he just needs a little rest after his feats in Belgrade and Melbourne. Soderling and Murray are still in the Rotterdam draw.

Meanwhile, Novak has been being unbearably hot at a watch shop, or something. I don’t know. Does it matter? He looks hot.

There’s also a video of the visit, courtesy of Noleksa on twitter. If you can’t get enough Nole – and who can? – check it out.

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Sunday Titlists: Dementieva, Soderling, Zvonareva

Posted by gauloises1 on February 15, 2010

Time has kind of made me its bitch tonight. FYI.

Elena Dementieva d. Lucie Safarova, 67(5) 61 64

Huge congratulations to Elena. She had some tough opponents to deal with, none more so than Lucie. The third set was really great stuff and should be taken as a smack in the face to all those who say that the WTA doesn’t produce good finals. That Elena burst into tears when she won really showed how much it meant to her.

And just when things couldn’t get more heartwarming, Momo presented her with the trophy.

Robin Soderling d. Mikhail Youzhny, 64 20 ret.

Poor, poor Mikhail Youzhny. He played so well to beat Nole in the semis (just like he did to beat Gasquet at the AO), then once again injury strikes him down. He was clearly heartbroken. Sad face.

A hearty ‘yay’ to Robin Soderling though. He had a nightmare at Chennai and the AO and a lot of people have been questioning whether he would be able to back up last year’s career-best achievements. Well, he’s not doing badly so far.

Vera Zvonareva d. Tamarine Tanasugarn, 64 64

Welcome back to the winner’s circle, Vera.

(Other tourney results to follow as soon as they finish / I can find decent photos.)

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Rotterdam: Soderling, Youzhny To Meet In Final

Posted by gauloises1 on February 14, 2010

Not a great day for the big boys in Rotterdam. Robin Soderling is definitely back to form, beating Kolya 76(3) 64 to claim his seventh win over the Russian in eleven attempts.

The second semifinal was even tighter, but Mikhail Youzhny beat Novak Djokovic 76(5) 76(6). Squeaky. I don’t even know what to say about this one: Nole wasn’t serving great, but nor was Youzhny. Just a little bit of concentration and focus lacking at key moments, maybe – the usual Nole malaise? Not liking it up at there at no. 2? I don’t even know.


But yay for Youzhny. God knows, he’s got the game to be challenging at this level on a consistent basis.

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Rotterdam: Soderling, Kolya, Nole and Youzh Into Semis

Posted by gauloises1 on February 13, 2010

Semi-finals are set in Rotterdam and it’s a very decent lineup. Nole has somehow sneaked his way in there despite only playing one match after getting a walkover from Florian Mayer. He’ll face Mikhail Youzhny, who won a highly entertaining against Gael Monfils. The commentators were intent on casting it as Russian meticulousness and tenacity against French flair, which does something of a disservice to both their games, but in the end Youzhny was that little bit more focussed in the end.

In the other half of the draw, Nikolay Davydenko and Robin Soderling both progressed in straight sets. Kolya calmly saw off Jurgen Melzer, 63 62.

Talk to the hand.

I would like to pinch your cheeks, Kolya. Take that as you will.

Robin Soderling, however, put in the most dominant performance of the day, utterly dismissing Julien Benneteau 60 61.

A return to form for the Sod?

Full Results

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d F Mayer (GER) w/o (left leg)
[2] N Davydenko (RUS) d J Melzer (AUT) 63 62
[3] [WC] R Soderling (SWE) d J Benneteau (FRA) 60 61
[6] M Youzhny (RUS) d [4] G Monfils (FRA) 57 62 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
M Llodra (FRA) / A Ram (ISR) vs [2] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK)

Order of Play

Centre Court (matches start at 2 p.m.)
1. Robin Soderling v Nikolay Davydenko
2. Daniel Nestor / Nenad Zimonjic v Julian Knowle / Robert Lindstdt
3. Novak Djokovic v Mikhail Youzhny (not before 7.30  p.m.)
4. Simon Aspelin / Paul Hanley v Michael Llodra / Andy Ram

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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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ATP:: Tuesday’s Results, Wednesday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on February 10, 2010

Full Results


Singles – First Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 62 41 ret. (left knee)
[6] M Youzhny (RUS) d [Q] A Golubev (KAZ) 16 76(0) 76(5)
J Benneteau (FRA) d [7] I Ljubicic (CRO) 63 63
[Q] M Ilhan (TUR) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 61 64
M Chiudinelli (SUI) d M Llodra (FRA) 61 67(5) 76(6)
[WC] T de Bakker (NED) d [LL] J Hajek (CZE) 76(5) 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) 76(1) 61
[2] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d [WC] J Huta Galung (NED) / I Sijsling (NED) 63 62
[4] C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) d I Ljubicic (CRO) / J Melzer (AUT) 61 76(2)
F Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) d M Damm (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) 64 76(3)

Costa do Saiupe

Singles – First Round
[1] J Ferrero (ESP) d E Schwank (ARG) 76(4) 63
[3] T Bellucci (BRA) d [WC] T Alves (BRA) 62 75
[4] I Andreev (RUS) d P Starace (ITA) 62 62
[5] V Hanescu (ROU) d J Souza (BRA) 76(5) 64
[6] P Cuevas (URU) d [Q] F Volandri (ITA) 64 63
M Granollers (ESP) d [7] H Zeballos (ARG) 75 30 ret. (left hip)
L Kubot (POL) d O Hernandez (ESP) 75 76(2)
J Chela (ARG) d P Luczak (AUS) 67(4) 63 64
F Fognini (ITA) d M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 64 60
[Q] R Machado (POR) d M Daniel (BRA) 63 76(3)
N Massu (CHI) d [Q] R Dutra Da Silva (BRA) 64 36 64
F Gil (POR) d [LL] P Andujar (ESP) 76(9) 62
[WC] R Hocevar (BRA) d [Q] C Berlocq (ARG) 75 63

Doubles – First Round
J Chela (ARG) / S Ventura (ESP) d [4] A Sa (BRA) / H Tecau (ROU) 75 61
S Greul (GER) / P Luczak (AUS) d [WC] F Ferreiro (BRA) / R Mello (BRA) 75 26 11-9

San Jose

Singles – First Round
[4] T Haas (GER) d [WC] D Britton (USA) 64 76(3)
[6] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d R Ram (USA) 67(7) 61 63
[7] S Querrey (USA) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 63 62
B Phau (GER) d [8] J Chardy (FRA) 63 61
[Q] R Berankis (LTU) d R Ginepri (USA) 67(5) 62 63
B Becker (GER) d [Q] T Smyczek (USA) 64 62
M Russell (USA) d *[LL] K Im (KOR) 76(6) 61
*[LL] K Im (KOR) replaced M Fish (USA) – left knee

Doubles – First Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d C Fleming (GBR) / K Skupski (GBR) 62 64
[3] J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) d T Berdych (CZE) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) 76(2) 62
B Becker (GER) / L Mayer (ARG) d [WC] S Lipsky (USA) / D Martin (USA) 26 76(6) 12-10
D Istomin (UZB) / D Sela (ISR) d J Chardy (FRA) / J Nieminen (FIN) 63 36 10-8

Order of play here. Sorry, internet still inexplicably insisting it’s yesterday.

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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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ATP: Monday’s Results, Tuesday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on February 9, 2010

Full Results


Singles – First Round
[3] [WC] R Soderling (SWE) d F Serra (FRA) 46 64 61
[5] T Robredo (ESP) d [WC] R Haase (NED) 76(4) 64
F Mayer (GER) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 63 67(6) 76(6)
[Q] I Sijsling (NED) d M Zverev (GER) 67(2) 63 75
A Seppi (ITA) d [Q] S Bohli (ITA) 61 75

Doubles – First Round
[3] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d M Chiudinelli (SUI) / G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 75 36 10-7
J Knowle (AUT) / R Lindstedt (SWE) d R de Voest (RSA) / R Wassen (NED) 46 76(7) 10-8

Costa do Saiupe

Singles – First Round
[2] A Montanes (ESP) d S Greul (GER) 62 76(2)
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d S Ventura (ESP) 76(7) 61
[WC] R Mello (BRA) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 62 75

Doubles – First Round
[2] P Cuevas (URU) / M Granollers (ESP) d V Hanescu (ROU) / S Prieto (ARG) 63 64
F Fognini (ITA) / F Gil (POR) d I Andreev (RUS) / D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 46 64 10-4

San Jose

Singles – First Round
[5] T Berdych (CZE) d W Odesnik (USA) 61 67(5) 75
D Sela (ISR) d S Giraldo (COL) 76(2) 76(4)
L Mayer (ARG) d E Gulbis (LAT) 75 64
J Nieminen (FIN) d [WC] L Poerschke (GER) 36 63 62
D Istomin (UZB) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) 62 75
T Dent (USA) d [Q] A Bogomolov Jr. (USA) 64 76(2)

Doubles – First Round
T Haas (GER) / R Stepanek (CZE) d [4] J Cerretani (USA) / M Kohlmann (GER) 63 63
M Fish (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d [WC] R Ginepri (USA) / T Rettenmaier (USA) 63 64

Order of Play


NB: For some reason, probably related to my shitty internet, I can’t get to the latest OOP for Costa do Saiupe and San Jose. But you know to go here for them, right?

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