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Milos Raonic: Going To Happen

Posted by gauloises1 on February 15, 2011

Or in fact already happening, as the Canadian is up to 59 in the rankings after defeating Fernando Verdasco 76(6) 76(5) to take the San Jose title at the weekend.

I’ve got to confess I didn’t see this match. Well, I saw some of it – it started at 3 a.m. and I wanted right up until the point that Milos went something like 0-6 down in the first set tiebreak, at which point I assumed (with what I feel was some justification) that Verdasco would close out the tiebreak and use that boost to win in straights. How he didn’t, I’m not quite sure.

But he took it well.

But I’m assuming that Raonic carried on playing the way that he did for the first twelve games – mahoosive serving, confident aggression and a total lack of fear. The hype will now officially be out of control, given that he comes from a country with only slightly more top-flight players than Great Britain (and no Andy Murray), and while his talent is unquestioned, he’s been on a ridiculous run in 2011 and it remains to be seen what kind of consistency he has once that white-hot adrenaline has worn off. So the jury’s out – but it has plenty to deliberate upon.

Go Milos.

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He Won, He Won (And Lost, But That’s OK).

Posted by gauloises1 on February 13, 2011

So while I was mooching around in Palace at novel-writing bootcamp with intermittent internet, Delpo continued to be winny, beating Lukas Lacko and then Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets to reach the semi-finals of San Jose. Where he lost. To Fernando Verdasco. But that’s OK.


Soul-burningly, blood-boilingly, teeth-grindingly, buttock-clenchingly OK.

No, really. I don’t know if it’s because I’m trying to keep my expectations very low, but I was really pleased with the way Delpo played this week. Admittedly it wasn’t the best tennis I’ve seen from Lacko or Hewitt, but their opportunities were limited because Delpo was hitting the ball well – and most importantly, serving solidly and well. If he can keep that up, he’ll get through a lot of matches while his confidence behind the ball comes back. Last night, he dropped his first service game against Verdasco and never got the initiative back, as the defending champion was just too good and even the customary second-set wobble was only momentary. But it’s totally OK.

Even in an orange tent, it’s OK.

Delpo will be heading on to Memphis next, where he’s drawn John Isner in the first round.

Meanwhile, Verdasco will face Milos Raonic in the final after the wee curly-topped Canadian was given a walkover by Gael Monfils, who withdrew suffering from a wrist injury that’s apparently been bothering him for some time. That’s Milos’ first ATP final, and he beat Xavier Malisse, James Blake and Ricardas Berankis to get there, so we’ll say he earned it, shall we? Good. I rather think Verdasco on this form may be quite a large step too far, but it’s still been another great week for Mr. Momentum.

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He Won, He Won

Posted by gauloises1 on February 9, 2011

Hopefully the first of many. Delpo beat Teimuraz Gabashvili in the first round of the SAP San Jose Open, 63 62.

He Juan, he Juan.

Childish Gambino dance party!

Lukas Lacko next. Who just beat Sam Querrey. Again. Sadface.

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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.  

Posted in ATP week ahead, costa do saiupe, fernando verdasco, juan carlos ferrero, robin soderling, rotterdam, san jose | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »

My Tennis Pool Team Thanks You, Fernando

Posted by gauloises1 on February 15, 2010

Another player having a good week in numbers? Fernando Verdasco, who beat Andy Roddick 36 64 64 to take the San Jose title. It’s his fourth career title and his first win over a top 10 player since his feats at the 2009 Australian Open. This is definitely the right kind of momentum.

Don’t take it so hard, Andy. At least you’re still sleeping with a Sports Illustrated model.

Both men now move on to Memphis. Interesting times.

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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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Posted by gauloises1 on February 10, 2010

EDIT: You know, some mornings (like this morning), I wake up with a hangover and I look at this blog and I wonder what the hell I was thinking. This is particularly evident in post titles, like this one, where I honestly don’t even get what I was going for. Sorry about that.

Pete Sampras and Fernando Verdasco played an exhibition match at the SAP Open in San Jose last night. Verdasco – who has spoken in the past about his hero-worship of Andre Agassi – won 63 76(2).

There’s only so much I can say about Pete Sampras.

… Yeah, I’m done.

… Well done?

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

Posted by gauloises1 on February 8, 2010

One 500 in Europe and two 250s in the Americas this week …


Draw here.

Even with Murray not returning and the withdrawals of Nadal and Tsonga, this is a really fun draw. Top seed Nole has a quota of dangerous floaters (Stakhovsky, Chiudinelli, Tipsy) but no-one that should cause him any real problems, including probable quarterfinal opponent Robredo. In the second quarter, Monfils should be OK despite having reinjured his knee in Johannesburg, unless of course Youzhny’s healthy and on good form. I’d anticipate maybe a Nole-Youzhny semifinal.

In the bottom half, the third quarter is the real question mark: seventh seed Ivan Ljubicic has a tricky encounter with Julien Benneteau in the first round, while Robin Soderling has had an abysmal start to the year and there are real questions over the state of his recurring elbow injury. Someone totally random could easily come out there. And the fourth quarter is loaded, with Troicki-Melzer, Baggy-Blake, and Kolya-Lopez all meeting in the first round. Still hard to bet against Mr. Consistency, Kolya, though.

Predicted champion: Novak Djokovic. He really should.

Costa do Saiupe

Draw here.

With defending champion Robredo not returning, the top four seeds are Juan Carlos Ferrero (Boss! looking to get off the mark in 2010), Albert Montanes, Igor Andreev and last year’s finalist, Thomaz Bellucci. Richard Gasquet is hanging about in Boss’ quarter, looking to cause trouble no doubt, and Victor Hanescu could do well if he can get past last week’s revelation Joao Souza.

Predicted champion: Montanes. He’s got a really nice draw.

San Jose

Draw here.

Actually a brilliant draw for a 250; the top eight seeds are Roddick, Verdasco, Steps, Haas, Berdych, Kohlschreiber, Querrey and Chardy. Last year’s finalists Steps and Mardy Fish should meet in the second round, with the winner potentially having to contend with Taylor Dent or Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals. Top seed Roddick should handle the winner of Mayer-Gulbis in the second round without too much trouble and I wouldn’t count on Berdych upsetting him in the quarters, so should be a safe bet for the semifinals at least. In the bottom half of the draw, Verdasco has a smooth path, while the third quarter is packed with players who could do anything but probably won’t …

Predicted champion: Verdasco. His draw is very nice. 

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