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Stakhovsky, Melzer, Ljubicic Capture Titles

Posted by gauloises1 on November 2, 2009

Finals galore today. Well, three. I don’t know what the galore threshhold is.

First up, congratulations to qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky, who beat Argentine Horacio Zeballos 26 76(8) 76(7) for the St Petersburg title. It’s the Ukrainian’s second title, the first coming in Zagreb 2008. Commiserations to Zeballos but it’s been a great week for him, too, backing up some solid results on the Challenger circuit. And I can now almost pick him out of a lineup.

horacio zeballos

I’m not a huge fan of Stakhovsky, in terms of either his game or his personality (this will be a theme in today’s titlists), and mainly remember him for being Andy Murray’s defeated opponent in the US Open juniors. But given that his game had completely fallen away after a strong start to the year, it’s a great result for him to be back in the winner’s circle.

sergiy stakhovsky st petersburg

sergiy stakhovsky st petersburg

And well done to Flemski, the British duo of Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski, who took their second ATP doubles title by defeating Chardy and Gasquet 10-4 in the super tiebreak. Wonder if they’ll be able to talk their way into first class this time … I doubt it.

In Lyon, despite the prevalence of French players, the title went to grumpy old baldy Ivan Ljubicic, who kicked it old school by defeating Michael Llodra 75 63 for his first title since 2007.

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ivan ljubicic lyon 2009

ivan ljubicic lyon 2009

And in Vienna, Jurgen Melzer irritated me exceedingly by beating Marin Cilic 64 63 for the title. From what I saw of the match (my stream was very poor quality), Marin was as usual defeated by his own inconsistency, but Melzer was extremely solid. Well done to him; it’s nice for him to win a title on home soil after his last final in Kitzbuhel when a certain JMDP beat him during the halcyon summer of 2008. Good times.

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jurgen melzer doha 2009

jurgen melzer vienna 2009 trophy

Congratulations to all …

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Saturday’s OOP: Lyon, St Petersburg, Vienna

Posted by gauloises1 on October 31, 2009

Lyon

Matches start at 2.00 p.m.

1. Arnaud Clement (FRA) vs. Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
2. Michael Llodra (FRA) vs. Gilles Simon (FRA)
3. Simone Bolell (ITA) / Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) vs. Arnaud Clement (FRA) / Sebastien Grosjean (FRA)

St Petersburg

Matches start at 2.00 p.m.
1. Marat Safin (RUS) vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)
2. Horacio Zeballos (ARG) vs. Igor Kunitsyn (RUS)
3. Jonathan Erlich (ISR) / Andy Ram (ISR) vs. Colin Fleming (GBR) / Ken Skupski (GBR)

Vienna

Matches start at 3.00 p.m.
1. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs. Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
2. Marin Cilic (CRO) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
3. Julian Knowle (AUT) / Jurgen Melzer (AUT) vs Christopher Kas (GER) / Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) (after suitable rest)

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Marin, My Avenging Angel

Posted by gauloises1 on October 31, 2009

I have so been short-changing the men this week. I know this. But the women are right there, on my TV, being by turns awesome and woeful. And it’s the last time we’ll see the top girls for like a month or something, so, you know. Sue me. Or go to a different blog. (Do not go to a different blog.)

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Anyway. Marin made me the happiest woman alive for about five seconds today by beating my second least-favourite player, Feliciano Lopez, into a bloody pulp like a red-headed stepchild in straight sets to make the semis of Lyon today. He’ll face Philipp Kohlschreiber, who’s beaten him once this year, so that should go well. The other semi-final will be contested between homeboy Jurgen Melzer, who took out second seed Radek Stepanek, and Janko Tipsarevic, who somewhat bizarrely beat Gael Monfils 63 in the third. Could this be Tipsy’s second ATP final – in as many weeks, no less? Stay tuned.

janko tipsarevic vienna

Lyon probably gets the ‘WTF?’ award for the day, as Arnaud Clement (who had lost about fifteen matches in a row until recently) beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, saving a match point or two along the way. He’ll face sole non-painting-slasher Ivan Ljubicic in the semis. The other one will be contested between Gilles Simon and wildcard Michael Llodra, who seems to do bizarrely well at this small(er) tournaments on home soil. So we’ll see.

And in St Petersburg, Marat Safin is into the semifinals after a typically lopsided victory over Uzbekistan’s finest, Denis Istomin. He’ll be joined by Argentine Horacio Zeballos, Igor Kunitsyn and Sergiy Stakhovsky. But hey … Marat!

marat safin st petersburg

 

Lyon

Singles – Quarter-finals
[WC] A Clement (FRA) d [1] J Tsonga (FRA) 57 64 76(8) – saved 1 M.P.
[2] G Simon (FRA) d [5] J Benneteau (FRA) 76(5) 63
[3] I Ljubicic (CRO) d F Serra (FRA) 76(6) 62
[WC] M Llodra (FRA) d M Gicquel (FRA) 76(5) 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
[WC] J Benneteau (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) d M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) 62 67(4) 10-4

St Petersburg

Singles – Quarter-finals
I Kunitsyn (RUS) d [2] V Hanescu (ROU) 63 36 76(6)
[8] H Zeballos (ARG) d E Gulbis (LAT) 76(8) 64
M Safin (RUS) d D Istomin (UZB) 60 76(4)
[Q] S Stakhovsky (UKR) d B Phau (GER) 62 75

Doubles – Semi-finals
J Chardy (FRA) / R Gasquet (FRA) d [WC] M Elgin / T Gabashvili (RUS) 76(3) 61

Vienna

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] [WC] M Cilic (CRO) d [6] F Lopez (ESP) 61 64
[7] J Melzer (AUT) d [2] R Stepanek (CZE) 62 62
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d [3] G Monfils (FRA) 64 67(8) 63
[4] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [5] N Almagro (ESP) 75 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
[3] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d J Isner (USA) / J Kerr (AUS) 64 36 10-6

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[4] J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d M Cilic (CRO) / L Zovko (CRO) 76(1) 75

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Friday’s OOP: Lyon, St Petersburg, Vienna

Posted by gauloises1 on October 30, 2009

Lyon

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St Petersburg

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Vienna

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French Invasion (Surrender Presumably Imminent)

Posted by gauloises1 on October 30, 2009

The French are taking this home tournament thing seriously. Of the eight quarterfinalists in Lyon, only one is not representing the home nation (Ivan Ljubicic). And yes, Simon and Tsonga you’d expect. Possibly even Benneteau and Serra. But Clement? Llodra beating Pico? Gicquel bagelling Paul-Henri Mathieu (also French, if anybody’s counting)? I’m really not even going to think about saying anything about British tennis at this point.

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A match too far for Mikhail Youzhny, who was forced to retire in St Petersburg against Denis Istomin. Igor Kunitsyn and Marat Safin (yes, you read that right) are still flying the flag for the land of vodka and bears, however. And in Lyon, my man Marin is into the quarterfinals after a straight sets win over Daniel Brands. He faces Feliciano Lopez next, who is second only to Fernando Verdasco in his love for crushing my dreams, so it was a nice little run while it lasted.

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Lyon

Singles – Second Round
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) d O Rochus (BEL) 63 62
[2] G Simon (FRA) d [Q] D Guez (FRA) 61 62
[3] I Ljubicic (CRO) d N Kiefer (GER) 63 36 63
[WC] M Llodra (FRA) d [4] J Monaco (ARG) 63 64
M Gicquel (FRA) d [6] P Mathieu (FRA) 64 60
[WC] A Clement (FRA) d [7] B Becker (GER) 64 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d J Coetzee (RSA) / S Huss (AUS) 63 64
[WC] J Benneteau (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) d L Mayer (ARG) / M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 64 76(3)
S Bolelli (ITA) / I Ljubicic (CRO) d M Gicquel (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) 46 75 12-10
[WC] A Clement (FRA) / S Grosjean (FRA) d L Arnold Ker (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG) 64 61

St Petersburg

Singles – Second Round
D Istomin (UZB) d [1] M Youzhny (RUS) 62 21 ret. (lower back)
M Safin (RUS) d [5] I Andreev (RUS) 63 01 ret. (left knee)
I Kunitsyn (RUS) d [WC] M Elgin (RUS) 62 63
[Q] S Stakhovsky (UKR) d [WC] A Kuznetsov (RUS) 61 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
C Fleming (GBR) / K Skupski (GBR) d P Cuevas (URU) / H Zeballos (ARG) 76(4) 64
J Chardy (FRA) / R Gasquet (FRA) d L Friedl (CZE) / J Levinsky (CZE) 75 62
[WC] M Elgin (RUS) / T Gabashvili (RUS) d J Cerretani (USA) / D Skoch (CZE) 63 62

Vienna

Singles – Second Round
[1] [WC] M Cilic (CRO) d D Brands (GER) 76(7) 64
[3] G Monfils (FRA) d J Hajek (CZE) 61 26 64
[6] F Lopez (ESP) d D Koellerer (AUT) 63 63
[7] J Melzer (AUT) d [Q] D Hrbaty (SVK) 64 75
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d M Berrer (GER) 76(3) 61

Doubles – Quarter-finals
C Kas (GER) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 64 36 11-9
[3] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d M Kohlmann (GER) / A Peya (AUT) 67(4) 64 10-8
J Isner (USA) / J Kerr (AUS) d A Seppi (ITA) / S Vagnozzi (ITA) 63 76(7)

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Thursday’s OOP: Lyon, St Petersburg, Vienna

Posted by gauloises1 on October 29, 2009

Lyon

lyon oop

St Petersburg

st petersburg oop

Vienna

vienna oop

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Safin Beats Gasquet; Ernie Gets Past Second Round

Posted by gauloises1 on October 29, 2009

Ructions and happenings, folks. Ernests Gulbis is actually into the quarter-finals of a tournament, having beaten fourth seed Jeremy Chardy (boo) in straight sets in St Petersburg. He’ll be joined by Bjorn Phau, Victor Hanescu and Horacio Zeballos (Argentina, baby). And Marat Safin beat Richard Gasquet in what was by all accounts a very entertaining match. (I haven’t actually read any accounts.)

marat safin st petersburg

In Lyon, everybody’s favourite little slumper, Gilles Simon, ousted Simone Bolelli, and Julien Benneteau and Florent Serra are both into the quarter-finals. And in Vienna, Stepanek, Kohlschreiber and Almagro are all into the quarter-finals, while Gael Monfils won his first round against Garcia-Lopez and Tipsarevic ousted Isner.

gael monfils vienna

Lyon

Singles – Second Round
[5] J Benneteau (FRA) d [Q] K Anderson (RSA) 75 62
F Serra (FRA) d [8] A Montanes (ESP) 75 63

Singles – First Round
[2] G Simon (FRA) d S Bolelli (ITA) 76(5) 76(5)
[6] P Mathieu (FRA) d L Mayer (ARG) 76(5) 62
N Kiefer (GER) d [WC] S Grosjean (FRA) 46 76(7) 76(2) – Saved 2 M.P.
O Rochus (BEL) d [Q] V Millot (FRA) 63 62

Doubles – First Round
[WC] A Clement (FRA) / S Grosjean (FRA) d [2] B Soares (BRA) / K Ullyett (ZIM) 64 76(1)
M Gicquel (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) d [4] S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) 63 64
L Arnold Ker (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG) d E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) 63 36 10-8

St Petersburg

Singles – Second Round
[2] V Hanescu (ROU) d I Marchenko (UKR) 63 64
E Gulbis (LAT) d [4] J Chardy (FRA) 76(7) 63
[8] H Zeballos (ARG) d [Q] O Dolgopolov Jr. (UKR) 63 61
B Phau (GER) d K Beck (SVK) 64 21 ret. (respiratory illness)

Singles – First Round
[1] M Youzhny (RUS) d A Golubev (KAZ) 63 62
I Kunitsyn (RUS) d [7] P Cuevas (URU) 64 63
M Safin (RUS) d R Gasquet (FRA) 76(5) 64

Doubles – First Round
J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) d [1] F Cermak / M Mertinak (SVK) 63 76(7)
C Fleming (GBR) / K Skupski (GBR) d [3] R Bopanna (IND) / T Parrott (USA) 76(5) 36 10-7

Vienna

Singles – Second Round
[2] R Stepanek (CZE) d F Gil (POR) 62 63
[4] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d V Crivoi (ROU) 62 30 ret. (right shoulder)
[5] N Almagro (ESP) d W Odesnik (USA) 64 64

Singles – First Round
[3] G Monfils (FRA) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 75 64
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d [8] J Isner (SRB) 76(4) 64
D Koellerer (AUT) d J Nieminen (FIN) 61 62
[Q] D Hrbaty (SVK) d R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) 63 64

Doubles – First Round
[4] J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d L Dlouhy (CZE) / P Petzschner (GER) 75 63
M Cilic (CRO) / L Zovko (CRO) d F Lopez (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) 63 62

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Wednesday’s OOP: Lyon, St Petersburg, Vienna

Posted by gauloises1 on October 28, 2009

Lyon

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St Petersburg

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Vienna

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Tsonga, Cilic, Kuznetsov Win

Posted by gauloises1 on October 28, 2009

Hard to be as interested in the ATP this week. Let’s see; Tsonga and Ljubicic won in Lyon; Chardy, Andreev and the Wimbledon boys’ champion Andrey Kuznetsov all won in St Petersburg; and all the seeds won in Vienna, including Marin, who was on fine shirt-lifting form.

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Lyon

Singles – First Round
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) d K Kim (USA) 76(5) 76(5)
[3] I Ljubicic (CRO) d M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 63 64
[7] B Becker (GER) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 62 63
[8] A Montanes (ESP) d F Santoro (FRA) 64 64
[WC] M Llodra (FRA) d L Ouahab (ALG) 61 62
M Gicquel (FRA) d [Q] J Haehnel (FRA) 61 64
[Q] K Anderson (RSA) d S Greul (GER) 64 46 76(3)
[Q] D Guez (FRA) d R Ram (USA) 62 64
[WC] A Clement (FRA) d O Hernandez (ESP) 61 63

Doubles – First Round
[WC] J Benneteau (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) d [1] W Moodie (RSA) / D Norman (BEL) 76(4) 76(3)
J Coetzee (RSA) / S Huss (AUS) d [3] M Damm (CZE) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 75 21 ret. (Lindstedt – right elbow)

St Petersburg

Singles – First Round
[4] J Chardy (FRA) d [Q] P Luncanu (ROU) 62 62
[5] I Andreev (RUS) d P Starace (ITA) 64 62
[Q] S Stakhovsky (UKR) d [6] E Korolev (RUS) 64 63
[8] H Zeballos (ARG) d [Q] Y Schukin (KAZ) 76(9) 63
I Marchenko (UKR) d F Fognini (ITA) 64 61
[WC] M Elgin (RUS) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) 63 63
[WC] A Kuznetsov (RUS) d M Granollers (ESP) 67(4) 76(6) 64
[Q] O Dolgopolov Jr. (UKR) d R Ginepri (USA) 62 10 ret. (hip injury)

Doubles – First Round
L Friedl (CZE) / J Levinsky (CZE) d [2] J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) 76(7) 67(7) 11-9
I Andreev (RUS) / M Youzhny (RUS) d [WC] P Chekhov (RUS) / V Rudnev (RUS) 67(4) 64 10-5
P Cuevas (URU) / H Zeballos (ARG) d I Kunitsyn (RUS) / M Safin (RUS) 76(6) 26 10-8

Vienna

Singles – First Round
[1] [WC] M Cilic (CRO) d [Q] A Falla (COL) 62 63
[2] R Stepanek (CZE) d L Kubot (POL) 64 61
[4] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [Q] D Kindlmann (GER) 61 63
[6] F Lopez (ESP) d [WC] A Haider-Maurer (AUT) 64 64
[7] J Melzer (AUT) d M Chiudinelli (SUI) 76(4) 76(10)
*[LL] M Berrer (GER) d S Darcis (BEL) 63 62
J Hajek (CZE) d A Seppi (ITA) 76(4) 57 63

*[LL] M Berrer (GER) replaced P Petzschner (GER) – (left calf)

Doubles – First Round
J Isner (USA) / J Kerr (AUS) d [1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 46 76(8) 10-6
[2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d [WC] M Fischer (AUT) / P Oswald (AUT) 64 76(3)

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The Ovary Implosion Equation

Posted by gauloises1 on October 28, 2009

I’m thinking it’s “tennis players + little kids”. Seriously.

Marat Safin and my unsung hero Teimuraz Gabashvili visited the Warm Home Charity Foundation, which cares for children from troubled families, in St. Petersburg:

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marat safin teimuraz gabashvili kids3

I might need to go and have a cold shower and think about Nicolas Massu for a bit.

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