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Baghdatis Wins Sydney Title, Is Heartwarming

Posted by gauloises1 on January 17, 2010

Marcos Baghdatis won the feelgood final of 2010 so far, beating Richard Gasquet 64 76(2) at the Medibank International.

I thought this was a really entertaining match between two players with a ton of talent and more than enough mental fragility to have you on the edge of your seat with anticipation to find out who was going to implode first. Perhaps unsuprisingly, it was Gasquet who was flakier, playing an appalling service game to surrender the break when serving for the second set and collapsing like a flan in a cupboard in the tiebreak, double-faulting twice to surrender the minibreak and then hand it back.

Great performance by Baggy, though, and he earned major points (not the ranking ones, the really important NB ones) by (a) donating $5,000 from his prize money to disaster relief for Haiti and (b) responding to Richard’s apology for his bad English during his runner-up speech by starting his own speech with “I think your English is sexy … the girls like it, so don’t worry about that.”

He stopped short of adding “and the coked-up ones might even give you a kiss with open mouths lasting 10 or 15 seconds”. But that’s what we were all thinking.

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Saturday’s OOP: Auckland, Hobart, Sydney

Posted by gauloises1 on January 16, 2010

Auckland

Centre Court (1.00 p.m.)
1. Marcelo Melo / Bruno Soares v Marcus Daniell / Horia Tecau
2. John Isner v Arnaud Clement

Hobart

Centre (from 12.00hrs)
1. Singles Final: Alona Bondarenko vs. Shahar Peer
2. Doubles Final: Chan/Niculescu vs. Chuang/Peschke

Sydney

Ken Rosewall Arena (4.30 p.m.)
1. Daniel Nestor / Nenad Zimonjic v Ross Hutchins / Jordan Kerr
2. Richard Gasquet v Marcos Baghdatis (not before 7.30 p.m.)

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Every Breath You Take

Posted by gauloises1 on January 15, 2010

You can’t tell me that’s not a bit creepy.

Anyway, I feel bad now for mocking them, so I shall just mention that Bluber beat Tathiana Garbin and Nadia Petrova 10-3 in the champions’ tiebreak for the Sydney trophy. Well done, and so forth.

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Sydney: Baghdatis, Gasquet Into Final

Posted by gauloises1 on January 15, 2010

How about that for a final to look forward to? Two of the most talented and volatile players on the tour, each pursuing their own redemption narrative. Great stuff.

Gasquet had the more straightforward victory, overcoming fellow Frenchman and giant-killer Julien Benneteau 64 75.

Manfully attempts ‘brooding intensity’.

Much better.

Baggy’s progress was a bit more … topsy-turvy.

If you rotate that picture 180 degrees, it looks like he’s desperately trying to stop the ceiling from crushing him, a la one of the Indiana Jones films, you know, the one where that happens. Anyway, he vanquished the Man Who Socks Forgot, 64 67(7) 76(5).

We heart you too, Marcos.

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Sydney: Dementieva Vu

Posted by gauloises1 on January 15, 2010

Remember last year, when Dementieva won Auckland and then Sydney, beating Serena 63 61 in the semifinals? And then went on to Melbourne and got rolled over by Serena in the semifinals, 63 64? I’m just saying.

Elena Dementieva d. Serena Williams, 63 62

OK, that should be enough of a preamble to try not to get anyone’s hopes up. But what a great performance from Elena. Serena was obviously not in prime condition and her movement was restricted by a sore left knee, but she’s hardly an easy player to beat even in that state (just ask, oh, everyone ever who’s failed to put her away). And I hate to mention the ‘s’ word, but Elena served and indeed rallied brilliantly.

Well deserved.

“I made about a thousand and two unforced errors.” – Serena Williams

Not one to mince words.

One second so classy, and the next …

… she’s about to go all Islington on you.

You’ve been warned, Justine.

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Friday’s OOP: Auckland, Hobart, Sydney

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010

Auckland

Centre Court (from 12.00)
1. John Isner v Albert Montanes
2. Philipp Kohlschreiber v Arnaud Clement
3. Marcus Daniell / Horia Tecau v Johan Brunstrom / Jean-Julien Rojer

Hobart

Centre (from 12.00hrs)
1. Sara Errani vs. Shahar Peer
2. Chuang/Peschke vs. Errani/Vinci (NB 14.00hrs; after suitable rest)
3. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Alona Bondarenko (NB 19.00hrs)
4. Hsieh/Peng vs. Chan/Niculescu

Sydney

Ken Rosewall Arena (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Hutchins/Kerr vs. Aspelin/Hanley
2. ATP: Nestor/Zimonjic vs. Andreev/Korolev
3. ATP: Gasquet vs. Benneteau
4. ATP: Baghdatis vs. Fish
5. Singles Final: Serena Williams vs. Elena Dementieva (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Doubles Final: Black/Huber vs. Garbin/Petrova

 

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ATP: Semifinals Set in Sydney, Auckland

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010

Marcos Baghdatis and Richard Gasquet are keeping their resurgences going in Sydney, as they both made it through to the semifinals yesterday. Gasquet saw off the not-to-be-mocked Potito Starace to set up a semifinal encounter with Julien Benneteau, who beat Leonardo Mayer with a bagel, no less.

Well done, Lamb. IRTTY now hates you.

It was Baggy who had the really impressive win, though, backing up his victory over Troicki by knocking out fourth seed Lleyton Hewitt. He’s so much more likeable when he’s playing well, isn’t he?

Oh, and Mardy Fish won. Hands up who is pleased. Seriously, I’d like to take a count.

In Auckland, only one Spaniard remains out of the bazillion who entered, and that’s … Albert Montanes, who beat qualifier Michael Lammer to book his semifinal spot.

Sixth seed Jurgen Melzer was knocked out by Arnaud Clement, and Tommy Robredo fell to John Isner 64 in the third. I feel this merits a mini-picspam.

Auckland

Singles – Quarter-finals
J Isner (USA) d [1] T Robredo (ESP) 76(5) 36 64
[5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d M Gicquel (FRA) 63 61
A Clement (FRA) d [6] J Melzer (AUT) 62 75
[8] A Montanes (ESP) d [Q] M Lammer (SUI) 63 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) d T Bellucci (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) 75 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) d R Wassen (NED) / H Zeballos (ARG) 61 75

Sydney

Singles – Quarter-finals
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [4] L Hewitt (AUS) 46 62 63
M Fish (USA) d [WC] P Luczak (AUS) 76(5) 62
R Gasquet (FRA) d P Starace (ITA) 63 76(7)
J Benneteau (FRA) d [Q] L Mayer (ARG) 64 67(5) 60

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) 62 46 10-5
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d [WC] C Ball (AUS) / S Huss (AUS) 36 76(5) 10-8
I Andreev (RUS) / E Korolev (KAZ) d [Alt] B Becker (GER) / S Lipsky (USA) 75 10 – ret. (Becker – arm)

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Sydney: Serena, Elena to Meet in the Final

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010

So it isn’t surprising that Serena Williams and Elena Dementieva will contest the Sydney final. It’s kind of surprising how it happened. Serena beat Aravane Rezai 36 75 64, and Elena beat Victoria Azarenka, 63 61. And yes, I did get those scores the right way round.

Poor Aravane. She played absolutely spectacularly to lead 63 52, and then Serena … was Serena. It’s just what happens.

The last time I properly watched Elena Dementieva, she was getting her ass absolutely handed to her by Licky in Perth. Something has clearly clicked between then and now, as she dismissed Victoria Azarenka in straight sets. I’m not sure whether to ascribe this to Azarenka being Azarenka, or Dementieva playing well. Either way, the scoreline looks very good for Demmy.

“WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?!”

“….”

Singles – Semifinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Aravane Rezai (FRA) 36 75 64
(5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. (6) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 63 61

Doubles – Semifinals
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. Granville/Spears (USA/USA) 61 61
Garbin/Petrova (ITA/RUS) d. (4) Groenefeld/King (GER/USA) 63 75

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Thursday’s OOP: Auckland, Hobart, Sydney

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010

Auckland

Hobart

Centre (from 11.00hrs)
1. Alona Bondarenko vs. Zheng Jie
2. Kirsten Flipkens vs. Sara Errani (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Gisela Dulko
4. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Shahar Peer (NB 19.00hrs)
5. Dulko/Zheng vs. Chan/Niculescu

Sydney

Ken Rosewall Arena (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Nestor/Zimonjic vs. Kas/Norman
2. Serena Williams vs. Aravane Rezai (NB 12.30hrs)
3. Victoria Azarenka vs. Elena Dementieva
4. ATP: Baghdatis vs. Hewitt (NB 15.00hrs)
5. ATP: Fish vs. Luczak (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Black/Huber vs. Granville/Spears

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Starace vs. Gasquet
2. ATP: Benneteau vs. Mayer
3. ATP: Aspelin/Hanley vs. Ball/Huss
4. ATP: Becker/Lipsky vs. Andreev/Korolev
5. Groenefeld/King vs. Garbin/Petrova

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ATP Action: Lagging Behind

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010

The men, meanwhile, have only got as far as quarterfinals but only one seeded player remains in Sydney – Lleyton Hewitt, who demolished Andreas Seppi 60 62.

Please. Someone. Take his hair gel away.

It was a good day for two of NB’s unsung heroes, Julien Benneteau and Leonardo Mayer – or Lamb and Horseface to you. Benneteau caught a lucky break when Stanislas Wawrinka was forced to withdraw with a neck injury, but overcame lucky loser Taylor Dent by the skin of his teeth in a third-set tiebreak, while Mayer beat Pablo Cuevas in straights. And Tomas Berdych was accounted for by wildcard Peter Luczak.

You probably do not need to remember this face.

And two men on the comeback trail, Marcos Baghdatis and Richard Gasquet, both posted encouraging victories. Good stuff.

Auckland, meanwhile, strenuously resists any attempt to make it interesting after Juan Carlos Ferrero rolled his ankle and was forced to retire just 4 games into his match with Michael Lammer. The injury may or may not put him out of the Open:

“It’s disappointing to get injured in the first tournament and I have some doubts about the tournament in Australia. I will try to recover but I don’t know,” Ferrero told reporters.

“They say it’s not too bad, I will have to wait three or four days with some ice, take some anti-inflammatories and see how it goes.

“I want to play over there so I will do everything in my power to make it, but we’ll see. I cannot tell you now.”

source

Isner put out Pico, Arnaud Clement beat Ferru, and Philipp Kohlschreiber accounted for Nose Job. Hey ho.

But Tommy continues to win.

Auckland

Singles – Second Round
[1] T Robredo (ESP) d S Greul (GER) 76(1) 76(2)
A Clement (FRA) d [2] D Ferrer (ESP) 75 64
[Q] M Lammer (SUI) d [3] J Ferrero (ESP) 31 ret. (right ankle sprain)
M Gicquel (FRA) d [4] N Almagro (ESP) 60 63
[5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d T Bellucci (BRA) 64 61
[6] J Melzer (AUT) d [WC] S Grosjean (FRA) 62 67(5) 76(1)
J Isner (USA) d [7] J Monaco (ARG) 57 64 63
[8] A Montanes (ESP) d [WC] J Statham (NZL) 76(6) 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) d [2] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) 62 63
[WC] M Daniell (NZL) / H Tecau (ROU) d [3] M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) 36 76(5) 10-8
R Wassen (NED) / H Zeballos (ARG) vs M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA)
T Bellucci (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d L Arnold Ker (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG) 75 64

Sydney

Singles – Second Round
[WC] P Luczak (AUS) d [2] T Berdych (CZE) 16 64 62
J Benneteau (FRA) d *[LL] T Dent (USA) 63 57 76(2)
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [6] V Troicki (SRB) 75 63
[4] L Hewitt (AUS) d A Seppi (ITA) 60 62
R Gasquet (FRA) d [8] B Becker (GER) 62 76(4)
M Fish (USA) d E Korolev (KAZ) 61 62
P Starace (ITA) d [LL] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 63 32 ret. (leg)
[Q] L Mayer (ARG) d P Cuevas (URU) 64 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
R Hutchins (GBR) / J Kerr (AUS) d [3] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) 76(3) 61
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) vs [WC] C Ball (AUS) / S Huss (AUS) 00 – postponed until Thursday

Doubles – First Round
**[Alt] B Becker (GER) / S Lipsky (USA) d [4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 63 76(4)

* [LL] T Dent (USA) replaced [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) – neck muscle strain
** [Alt] B Becker (GER) / S Lipsky (USA) replaced J Erlich (ISR) / F Lopez (ESP) – (Erlich – right rib)

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