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Shanghai: Now Marin- and Pico-Free

Posted by gauloises1 on October 13, 2009

So today sucked in many ways. One of which was Roddick getting injured. Another of which was Pico losing 61 62 to Troicki. And the third of which was Marin inexcusably losing to Tomas Berdych, 64 in the third set.

shanghai marin cilic first round

I watched this match with increasingly frustrated attention, and it really illustrated beautifully a lot of my concerns about Marin. He said recently in Beijing that he was pleased with the way he was proving able to sustain his level throughout a match, but that’s exactly what cost him today. Don’t get me wrong, Berdych was playing beautifully, but I still think Marin could and indeed should have won in straights. He had the advantage in the tiebreak and surrendered it with unforced errors, and precisely the same thing happened in the third set when he was 4-2 up and had 0-40 on Berdych’s serve. It just wasn’t … necessary. Anyway. That kind of inconsistency is not going to get it done and that’s all there is to it, so home he goes. And credit to Berdych. I found it hard to focus on him but he was playing beautifully.

shanghai tomas berdych first round

Elsewhere in first round action, Jurgen Melzer beat Jeremy Chardy 64 64 to set up a second-round meeting with JMDP, and Lleyton Hewitt put out an erratic John Isner 62 64. Soderling beat Hanescu easily enough, and Gael Monfils rolled over compatriot Paul-Henri Mathieu.

shanghai gael monfils first round

With the exception of Roddick-Wawrinka, the second-round matches all went with seeding, as Kolya visited little-noticed destruction on Kunitsyn, Stepanek put out Beck in straights, and Gonzo beat Nose Job in a match that was, frankly, hot.

shanghai fernando gonzalez second roundshanghai thomaz bellucci second round

Singles – First Round
[9] R Soderling (SWE) d V Hanescu (ROU) 63 64
[11] G Monfils (FRA) d P Mathieu (FRA) 62 62
T Berdych (CZE) d [12] M Cilic (CRO) 76(8) 36 64
[15] T Haas (GER) d B Becker (GER) 76(5) 64
J Melzer (AUT) d J Chardy (FRA) 64 64
L Hewitt (AUS) d J Isner (USA) 62 64
I Ljubicic (CRO) d J Benneteau (FRA) 63 36 61
N Almagro (ESP) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 67(2) 61 76(6)
V Troicki (SRB) d J Monaco (ARG) 61 62

Singles – Second Round
S Wawrinka (SUI) d [4] A Roddick (USA) 34 ret. (left knee)
[6] N Davydenko (RUS) d I Kunitsyn (RUS) 64 62
[10] F Gonzalez (CHI) d [Q] T Bellucci (BRA) 63 64
[13] R Stepanek (CZE) d A Beck (GER) 75 64

Doubles – First Round
J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d [WC] W Gao (CHN) / X Yu (CHN) 63 63
L Dlouhy (CZE) / P Petzschner (GER) d T Berdych (CZE) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) w/o (Kohlschreiber – right shoulder)
T Parrott (USA) / F Polasek (SVK) d J Blake (USA) / J Isner (USA) 75 62
J Benneteau (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) d M Llodra (FRA) / R Stepanek (CZE) 75 75

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Crook A-Rod Proves His Own Point

Posted by gauloises1 on October 13, 2009

So bit of a bugger for Andy Roddick today, as he was forced to retire at 3-4 in the first set against Stanislas Wawrinka after he damaged his knee during a seemingly routine change of direction.

shanghai andy roddick second round2

It’s the second time he’s been forced to retire against Wawrinka. Who may have voodoo powers.

shanghai andy roddick press conference2

In his press conference, Roddick said he would be returning to the States immediately to get a diagnosis.

“I don’t really know what’s going on in there,” Roddick said. “I’m not a doctor. I can’t really self diagnose myself… I’m not going to have a lot of answers for you guys tonight, unfortunately.

“I just felt I pushed off, and then Michal came on court and did some tests and advised that it probably wasn’t worth the risk until we know more. [The pain was] enough to make me stop a tennis match, which is going to be pretty significant.  Beyond that, I don’t know; that’s not my profession.”


Hopefully he’ll be right in time for Paris, otherwise he’ll have a tough time qualifying for the WTFs. And honestly it feels like he really deserves to be there.

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This Forfeits Thing Is Really Catching On

Posted by gauloises1 on October 13, 2009

Another sneaky peek at JMDP training in Shanghai:

del potro shanghai

Martininininiano does some push-ups after JMDP beats him at football. In fairness, if JMDP told me to drop and give him twenty … well, you know where I’m going with this.

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Tuesday’s Elfless OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on October 13, 2009


Center Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Roberta Vinci vs. Anna-Lena Groenefeld
2. Arantxa Parra Santonja vs. Sara Errani
3. Julia Goerges vs. Sorana Cirstea
4. Flavia Pennetta vs. Meghann Shaughnessy (NB 17.00hrs)
5. Lucie Safarova vs. Patricia Mayr
6. Iveta Benesova vs. Stephanie Gehrlein (NB 20.15hrs)

Court 1 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Olga Govortsova vs. Petra Martic
2. Tatjana Malek vs. Aravane Rezai
3. Manasieva/Niculescu vs. Hlavackova/Hradecka
4. Kondratieva/U.Radwanska vs. Jans/Rosolska
5. Errani/Olaru vs. Klaffner/Klaschka
6. Borwell/Kops-Jones vs. Malek/Petkovic


Centre Court (from 10.00hrs)
1. Chanelle Scheepers vs. Kurumi Nara
2. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Ayumi Morita
3. Kimiko Date Krumm vs. Jill Craybas
4. Galina Voskoboeva vs. Marion Bartoli
5. Akiko Morigami vs. Anastasia Rodionova (NB 18.30hrs)

Court 1 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Chan Yung-Jan vs. Carly Gullickson
2. Sophie Ferguson vs. Aleksandra Wozniak
3. Samantha Stosur vs. Peng Shuai
4. Chan/Hwang vs. Senoglu/Shvedova
5. Coin/Johansson vs. Chen/Fujiwara

Court 2 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Tamarine Tanasugarn vs. Chang Kai-Chen
2. Julie Coin vs. Vania King
3. Tezuka/Yonemura vs. Czink/Grandin
4. Scheepers/Spears vs. Gullickson/Kriz


shanghai oop

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Shanghai: Gonzo, Ferru, Nose Job, Marat Through

Posted by gauloises1 on October 12, 2009

Sudden flurries of tennistical activity in Shanghai! All four seeds made it through today; sadly in one case it came at the expense of Boss, as Steps beat him 63 60 in a result that made me sad – especially as Gonzo was looking a bit wobbly against Zverev. Fortunately, for me if not for Zverev, the German was forced to retire at 2-2 in the third, so Gonzo lives to pitch fits another day.

shanghai masters fernando gonzalez first round

Robredo dispatched of Michael Llodra easily enough, and Ferru sent girl-kisser Gasquet home in straights. Their head-to-head is now 5-1 in favour of Ferru, if you were wondering.

shanghai david ferrer

Diagonal badassery. The hardest kind.

In less seedy news, Wawrinka took three sets to subdue zombie Kubot, but cut off the head and/or removed the brain in a third-set tiebreak. Ernie fell to fellow qualifier Fabio Fognini, and Nose Job put out Chiudinelli in straights. Blake beat Karlovic in three sets to set up a Beijing rematch with Nadal, and Marat won another match in what is getting to be a mildly pleasing habit.

shanghai marat safin2

“Marat Just Be Yourself”?

Surely that’s the last thing you want him to do.

Singles – First Round
[10] F Gonzalez (CHI) d M Zverev (GER) 75 67(0) 22 ret. (right wrist)
[13] R Stepanek (CZE) d J Ferrero (ESP) 63 60
[14] T Robredo (ESP) d [Q] M Llodra (FRA) 61 64
[16] D Ferrer (ESP) d R Gasquet (FRA) 64 63
J Blake (USA) d I Karlovic (CRO) 36 76(4) 63
[WC] M Safin (RUS) d [WC] M Gong (CHN) 64 64
S Wawrinka (SUI) [Q] L Kubot (POL) 26 76(5) 76(3)
[Q] F Mayer (GER) d P Petzschner (GER) 63 62
[Q] R Schuettler (GER) d M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 64 36 76(2)
[Q] F Fognini (ITA) d [WC] E Gulbis (LAT) 76(3) 63
[Q] T Bellucci (BRA) d [Q] M Chiudinelli (SUI) 76(3) 64

Doubles – First Round
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d J Coetzee (RSA) / S Huss (AUS) 46 63 11-9
F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d M Damm (CZE) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 46 76(4) 11-9
F Lopez (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d J Monaco (ARG) / T Robredo (ESP) 75 76(5)
B Becker (GER) / T Haas (GER) d [WC] Z Li (CHN) / Y Wang (CHN) 76(5) 60

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Delpo the “Little Star”

Posted by gauloises1 on October 12, 2009

Yeah, he’s killing me again.

Shanghai – Argentine culinary creature of habit Juan Del Potro won’t bow to local sensitivities as he plays as third seed at the Shanghai Masters, with the new US Open champion insisting he’ll stick to his habitual Italian diet while competing in one of the world’s great Asian food cities.

‘I always eat Italian, Italian food,’ said the South American Sunday after training as the new event got underway with a handful of first-round matches.

Del Potro, like the remainder of the top eight seeds at an event missing fatigued Roger Federer and injured Andy Murray, has a first round bye, with his first test to come against the winner from Frenchman Jeremy Chardy and Austrian Jurgen Melzer.

Del Potro is still getting used to the idea that he actually won the Open over Federer a month ago. And the last thing the 21-year-old wants to do is changes a winning tradition.

At the table, he plans to stick to what he knows best – even in one of the heartlands of one of the planet’s major cuisines.

‘I will try to eat China’s food – but not before the match,’ he warned.

Del Potro is already looking forward to the end of another breakthrough season.

As world number five on the ATP, he knows his current place in the pecking order.

‘It’s very good be like a star – a little star – because the biggest stars are our Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray,’ he said.

‘I’m still the same person, the same player even though I won a Grand Slam.

‘I do the same things every day. I know my way is to work hard, to be a better player, and of course I feel the matches. I’m tired but I will try to win here.

‘I have to win more Grand Slam to be similar to Rafa or Djokovic, maybe Roger. They are biggest players. They are the superstars in this moment.’

Check out his press conference. Sounds tired …

del potro practice shanghai

More photos of JMDP training here.

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Monday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on October 12, 2009


Center Court (from 11.30hrs)
1. Stephanie Gehrlein vs. Karolina Sprem (Singles Q Final)
2. Nikola Hofmanova vs. Petra Martic (Singles Q Final)
3. Petra Kvitova vs. Andrea Petkovic
4. Urszula Radwanska vs. Yvonne Meusburger (NB 17.00hrs)
5. Katarina Srebotnik vs. Carla Suárez Navarro (NB 18.30hrs)

Court 1 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Julia Goerges vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Singles Q Final)
2. Aravane Rezai vs. Andrea Hlavackova (Singles Q Final)
3. Lucie Hradecka vs. Ioana Raluca Olaru
4. Barrois/Woehr vs. Beygelzimer/Klepac
5. Dekmeijere/Pelletier vs. Parra Santonja/Uhlirova


Centre Court (from 10.00hrs)
1. Abigail Spears vs. Sophie Ferguson (Singles Q Final)
2. Shahar Peer vs. Sania Mirza (NB 11.00hrs)
3. Maria Kirilenko vs. Viktoriya Kutuzova
4. Melinda Czink vs. Ryoko Fuda

Court 1 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Chang Kai-Chen vs. Hsu Wen-Hsin (Singles Q Final)
2. Chanelle Scheepers vs. Kumiko Iijima (Singles Q Final; NB 11.00hrs)
3. Anne Kremer vs. Francesca Schiavone
4. Craybas/Tanasugarn vs. Haynes/Hsu

Court 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Anastasia Rodionova vs. Alexandra Panova (Singles Q Final)
2. Katie O’Brien vs. Alexa Glatch
3. Mathilde Johansson vs. Yaroslava Shvedova


shanghai oop

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Shanghai: Shao-Xuan Zeng In The House

Posted by gauloises1 on October 12, 2009

Not too much going on in Shanghai today. Final qualifying matches took place, and Nose Job, Llodra, Zombie Kubot, Fognini, Mayer (not the Horsefaced kind), Schuettler and Chiudinelli all made the cut. One or all of them will probably beat Elf at some point.  In main draw action, Chucho was sadly forced to retire against Beck, Kunitsyn beat the rapidly-plummeting Andreev, and local wildcard Shao-Xuan Zeng gave the home crowds a thrill by unseating Dudi Sela, 64 in the third.

shanghai shao-xun zeng

And Feliciano Lopez sunk Armada tugboat Garcia-Lopez for his match win in what seems like forever. In fact, it’s only since Wimbledon. (Christ on a bike.)

shanghai feliciano lopez

Where he belongs: in soft porn.

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Sunday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on October 11, 2009


Center (from 13.00hrs)
1. ATP: Knowles/Roddick vs. Bryan/Bryan
2. ATP: Cilic vs. Djokovic (NB 15.30hrs)
3. Singles Final: Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (NB 19.00hrs)


Centre (from 11a.m.)
Ross Hutchins/Jordan Kerr vs Julian Knowle/Jurgen Melzer
Mikhail Youzhny vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (NB 1.30 p.m.)

Shanghai (qualifying & main draw)

shanghai oop

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ATP Week Ahead: Shanghai

Posted by gauloises1 on October 10, 2009

djokovic shanghai trophy

All aboard for the rebranded Shanghai Masters 1000! Draw here.

First Quarter: Anchored by Nadal and Verdasco, with Robredo and Monfils in the middle, this has some fantastic first-round encounters; Blake-Karlovic, Monfils-Mathieu, and Hewitt-Isner. Nadal may not be on top form at the moment, but I can’t see anyone else coming out of this quarter unless Karlovic unseats Blake and then has an unbelievable serving day against Rafa. On the other hand, Verdasco is looking to clinch a WTF spot, but I still see Nadal making the semi-finals.

Second Quarter: The Elf-Tsonga quarter, with Soderling and Ferru for added fun. Elf has a potentially tricky second-round against either Chardy (whom he’s never played) or Melzer (OK, they’ve played 5 times and Melzer has never won, but I persist in believing that he could). If he can get through that – a sizeable ‘if’, as we all recall the Roger-Vasselin incident – it doesn’t look too bad, as he’s likely to encounter either occasionally dangerous Armada tugboat Garcia-Lopez, or the winner of the first round between Gasquet and Ferru. In the bottom section, I would imagine a Soderling-Tsonga third round (although Jo doesn’t do great at putting together back-to-back deep runs, but he is working hard for a London spot right now). I’m betting on Tsonga, and I also see him taking out Elf. Sorry.

Third Quarter: The Kolya-Roddick section, with Stepanek and Gonzo in the middle. I’m feeling Roddick for the semis here; he’s got a potentially tough second round against Wawrinka but otherwise probable smooth sailing (and I do think his early loss in Beijing was just one of those things). Steps-Boss and Igor-Igor (Kunitsyn and Andreev) in the first round draw the eye, but I’d be very surprised if it wasn’t a Kolya-Roddick quarterfinal with Andy winning.

Fourth Quarter: Bit of a loaded quarter here really. Gilles and Nole are the seeds, with Marin and Tommy Haas (spit, turn round three times, make the sign of the cross) knocking about in the middle. Unfortunately Marin has Tomas Berdych in the first round (winner meeting Safin, if he can beat a random wildcard), so I suspect that might be the end of his run here. In fact, I can see Berdych making the quarterfinals; Gilles has to contend with the winner of Troicki-Pico and I can see Tomas blowing him off the court quite easily. Nole has a potential second round against Gulbis and has to cope with nemesis Tommy Haas, but I hope he can make the semis …

Semifinals: Rafa-Tsonga, Roddick-Berdych (yes, I went there)

Final: Tsonga-Roddick

Champion: Tsonga

Can’t believe I’m betting on Jo. How did that happen? Anyway, it should be fun on the bun.

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