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Hopman Cup: 1588 Not So Much

Posted by gauloises1 on January 10, 2010

Congratulations to Tommy Robredo and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain, who beat Andy Murray and Laura Robson 2-1 to win the 2010 Hopman Cup.

Timlet and starlet Laura Robson got things off to a good start for Team GB, choosing an excellent time to record her first singles win of the tournament by defeating Martinez Sanchez 61 76.


One might have expected that Andy Murray would clinch the tie, but then one never expects Tommy Robredo. He played a blistering match to even it up, 16 64 63.

Brilliant stuff.

I’d still hit that.

As is always the best in Hopman Cup, the title came down to the mixed doubles and again the Spaniards were too strong, winning in straight sets 63 75.

So a bit of a disappointing anticlimax for Team GB, especially after Robson – who’s been a delight and a revelation this week, to me at least – put them in a seemingly unassailable position after her singles win.

No diamond balls for you, losers.

All credit to Team Spain though. They’ve been brilliant all week and it was nice to see the oft-overlooked Robredo get some glory. Great stuff.

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Party! (Like You Fell Through a Hole in Time)

Posted by gauloises1 on January 3, 2010

The Hopman Cup player’s party. Surprisingly respectable ensembles.

I feel like I’ve seen this photo 97,503 times before.

The caption says this is Yaroslava Shvedova. I shall take the caption’s word for it.

The ghost of champions past.

When did Pat Cash become tennis’ creepy barfly?

Team Romania are rapidly becoming my favourites. Look at them, manfully working the Dracula/Bride Of look.

Well played, Laura. Not sure about the dress, but she looks adorable.

I don’t care what anyone says; Andy Murray is hot.

Just because Jez’s choice of footwear is making me giggle.

Melanie and her BFG.

In the interests of self-preservation, I’ve decided to enjoy Sabine’s fashion sense rather than despair at it.

Posted in andy murray, elena dementieva, hopman cup, john isner, laura robson, melanie oudin, sabine lisicki, samantha stosur, sorana cirstea, tommy robredo, victor hanescu, yaroslava shvedova | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Spain 3, USA 0

Posted by gauloises1 on January 3, 2010

Day two of the Hopman Cup saw Team America get shut out (or in, I can never remember which one it is) by Spain after multi-named tricky lefty Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez beat last year’s girl Melanie Oudin 64 64 to kick off the tie.

Partner and former champion Tommy Robredo did his bit by recovering after the loss of the first set to clinch a tough match against John Isner – who, in case you didn’t know, is very tall – 67 63 76(4).

‘When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun …’

We have noted in the past Robredo’s poetic aspirations and he did not disappoint, describing facing Isner’s serve as ‘a bit like the casino, red or black’.

Not just a pretty face.

All of this meant that the mixed doubles was a dead rubber, giving everyone plenty of time to concentrate on the real matter at hand, i.e. the difference between Isner and Oudin’s heights.


Despite averaging out at the height of one normal person, Isner and Oudin lost to Robredo and Martinez-Sanchez 46 57 – who between them probably average out to one person whose boobs don’t disquiet me vaguely.

All of which makes Tuesday’s Spain vs. Romania clash quite intriguing, no?

Posted in hopman cup, john isner, maria-jose martinez sanchez, melanie oudin, tommy robredo | Tagged: , , , | 5 Comments »

D Cup Semifinals: What Did I Tell You?

Posted by gauloises1 on September 19, 2009

Spain 3 Israel 0


Any excuse.

Sadly Erlich and Ram were no match for Lopez and Robredo, who won 76(6) 67(7) 64 62 to clinch the tie for the defending champions.

erlich ram

It’s been a great little run for Israel, but this was a tie too far. And Spain will play the final at home, which means the most interesting thing about it will be seeing whether Albert Costa benches Boss and Ferru – both of whom have done their part to get their country to the finals – in favour of Nadal and Verdasco. So, yeah. Actually, that’s not interesting.

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robredo lopez

My favourite thing about the photo is definitely the fact that Robredo looks like he’s punching Lopez in the nuts.

robredo lopez2

Remember what I said about Lopez rubbing his bits on people?

Well, it gets worse.




Too late.

My poor Boss 😦

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USO Day Eight: The Last Tommy

Posted by gauloises1 on September 8, 2009

Unsurprisingly, Roger Federer beat Tommy Robredo today, winning 75 62 62. It is, I believe, his ninth straight win over the Spaniard.


Don’t sweat it, it’s not like Blake would have put up more of a fight.


Watch out, field; Fed feels pretty.

He’ll face Robin Soderling next. Who apparently is preparing by eating jellybeans in bed. You go, Robin.

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USO Day Four: Men? Kind of Dull

Posted by gauloises1 on September 4, 2009

I have to confess, I am finding it much easier to talk about the WTA so far. Rightly or wrongly, all of the best matches I’ve watched so far – the close, compelling, dramatic ones – have come from the women, and the men’s matches? Kind of a yawn. And the ones that do look good – Lapentti’s five-set comeback over Wawrinka, for example – have happened on unstreamed courts. OK, some of the entertainment the women have provided has been in top seeds losing winnable matches, but it’s keeping things bloody interesting. The situation will probably reverse itself as we get into the second week, but with all the WTA-bashing, which tour would you rather watch in the first week of a Slam?

Anyway. The men are playing, forgettable though it might be so far. Nikolay Davydenko (on an unstreamed court) beat Jan Hernych 64 61 62, and fourteenth seed Tommy Robredo dropped a set but overcame Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in four.


Tommy Haas and Sam Querrey, the twentieth and twenty-second seed, both came through. Haas put out Robert Kendrick in straights, while Sam exhibited some loose play to drop a set to fellow American Kevin Kim, but came through 75 67(6) 64 64. He will play Robin Soderling next, who progressed when Marcel Granollers retired after two and a bit games. Oooh-kay.


Verdasco dropped just six games in beating Florent Serra, but the only real upset of the day came from Mikhail Youzhny, who lost to Marco Chiudinelli (that other Swiss guy who isn’t that one or the other one), 62 67(4) 46 36.


Oh, and it was a bad day for the Argies. Maximo Gonzalez lost to the frankly inxplicable Jesse Witten (although he did rock some truly excellent hair), and Leonardo Mayer went down to Radek Stepanek in straight sets. He didn’t play particularly well, but he did exhibit some first-class dramatics.



Sad face for Horseface.

Posted in leonardo mayer, marcel granollers, marco chiudinelli, robin soderling, tommy robredo, us open | Tagged: , , , , | 5 Comments »

Gilles, Tommy, Stan, AMG Out. But Pico Won!

Posted by gauloises1 on July 21, 2009

Pico won. That’s really all you need to know.

You want more?! OK, well, Portoroz second seed Anabel Medina Garrigues went out to qualifier Vesna Manasieva, just to make it really embarrassing if Dinara doesn’t win the thing, and Vera Dushevina had a good win over last week’s Palermo semifinalist Tathiana Garbin.



Alize Cornet won a match in Bad Gastein – ssssh! – but apparently it seems to be a rule that only one French slumper can win a match on any given day, as Gilles Simon lost in Hamburg to wildcard Daniel Brands. I promised I would honour this victory with photos of Brands. So … yeah.

International German Open Hamburg 2009brands

Auf gehts, Fragman.

It’s got to the point now where one doesn’t even bother speculating about a Gilles loss. One just sucks it up and grimly carries on.

Anyway, he wasn’t the only seed to fall in Hamburg today. Tommy Robredo lost to Ivan Navarro in straight sets, so, yeah, good luck winning anything for the rest of the year, Tommy. And Stanislas Wawrinka, also on his best surface, lost to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 62 64. I’d care, but I don’t. Did I mention Pico won?


Singles – First Round
(Q) Vesna Manasieva (RUS) d. (2) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)
63 16 75
(4) Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. (WC) Nastja Kolar (SLO) 62 60
(7) Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 60 63
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. (Q) Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 61 46 63
Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) d. (Q) Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) 61 64
Alberta Brianti (ITA) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 75 64
Camille Pin (FRA) d. Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) 63 ret. (upper respiratory infection)
(Q) Ksenia Pervak (RUS) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 64 46 62

Doubles – First Round
Daniilidou/Woehr (GRE/GER) d. (2) Hrdinova/Voracova (CZE/CZE) 63 63

Bad Gastein

Singles – First Round
(1) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. Mariana Duque Marino (COL) 46 76(3) 64
(3) Sybille Bammer (AUT) d. (LL) Nathalie Vierin (ITA) 75 64
(4) Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 76(5) 63
(6) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Mariya Koryttseva (UKR) 63 61
(7) Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) d. (Q) Zuzana Ondraskova (CZE) 64 63
Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) d. (8) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 62 62
(9) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (WC) Tina Schiechtl (AUT) 64 63
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. (Q) Lenka Jurikova (SVK) 61 60
Patricia Mayr (AUT) d. Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 63 63
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) d. (Q) Carmen Klaschka (GER) 61 61
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) 61 26 64
(LL) Tereza Hladikova (CZE) d. (WC) Melanie Klaffner (AUT) 64 26 64
(WC) Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) d. (Q) Sharon Fichman (CAN) 64 63

Doubles – First Round
Malek/Petkovic (GER/GER) d. (2) Senoglu/Shvedova (TUR/KAZ) 46 75 106
(4) Koryttseva/Olaru (UKR/ROU) d. Anderson/Chakhnashvili (RSA/GEO) 60 64


Singles – Second Round
[WC] D Brands (GER) d [1] G Simon (FRA) 36 64 63
I Navarro (ESP) d [4] T Robredo (ESP) 75 76(2)
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [5] S Wawrinka (SUI) 62 64
[8] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [Q] P Starace (ITA) 62 46 64
[Q] P Cuevas (URU) d [9] J Melzer (AUT) 76(5) 63
[10] V Troicki (SRB) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 36 62 64
[13] P Mathieu (FRA) d [Q] P Riba (ESP) 61 26 76(3)

Singles – First Round
J Benneteau (FRA) d J Chela (ARG) 64 16 61
J Monaco (ARG) d M Youzhny (RUS) 76(4) 63
[WC] F Mayer (GER) d R Schuettler (GER) 67(3) 63 63
F Fognini (ITA) d I Minar (CZE) 64 62

Doubles – First Round
[2] W Moodie (RSA) / D Norman (BEL) d J Chardy (FRA) / P Mathieu (FRA) 36 63 10-7
[4] L Dlouhy (CZE) / D Skoch (CZE) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) 76(5) 76
J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) 64 62
M Melo (BRA) / F Polasek (SVK) d [WC] K Krawietz (GER) / N Langer (GER) 60 64
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) vs [WC] M Stich (GER) / M Zverev (GER)

Posted in anabel medina garrigues, bad gastein, daniel brands, gilles simon, hamburg, juan monaco, portoroz, stanislas wawrinka, tommy robredo, vera dushevina, vesna manasieva | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Saturday ATP Results: Bastad, Stuttgart

Posted by gauloises1 on July 19, 2009

It’ll be Pico-Soderling in the Bastad final after the Andreas Vinciguerra fairytale came to an end at the hands of Robin Soderling. Vinciguerra hasn’t won the first set of a single one of his matches this week, but Soderling was the first to stop the second-set comeback in its tracks, winning the tiebreak 8-6.

vincivinci sod

It’ll be interesting to see whether Vinciguerra can keep this career resurgence going away from his home tournament. I’m betting no, but it’s been a great week for someone who was tennistically (thank you, Bambi) down and out. The other semifinal saw Pico beat Tommy Robredo 6-0, 6-2 in a performance critics are characterising as “fucking awesome”. Pico came out fired up and broke Tommy in the first game, and Robredo simply never recovered. He was flat, listless and every time he did manage to play a good point, Pico played a better one. He only held serve once in the entire match. I’d have felt a bit sorry for him if Pico hadn’t been looking so, well, hot.



In Stuttgart, Victor Hanescu survived a tough match with the suddenly bizarrely dangerous Fabio Fognini to advance to his first final of the year. He’ll meet Jeremy Chardy, who defeated Mischa Zverev and then came back to school Nicholas Kiefer. Excellent double duty, although he does seem to have been replaced by his evil mirrorverse double at some point. Seriously, what’s with the beard?





Singles – Semi-finals
[2] R Soderling (SWE) d [WC] A Vinciguerra (SWE) 61 76(6)
J Monaco (ARG) d [3] T Robredo (ESP) 60 62


Singles – Semi-finals
[4] V Hanescu (ROU) d F Fognini (ITA) 63 67(4) 62
J Chardy (FRA) d N Kiefer (GER) 63 75

Singles – Quarter-finals
N Kiefer (GER) d [Q] L Kubot (POL) 62 61
J Chardy (FRA) d M Zverev (GER) 76(4) 61

Doubles – Semi-finals
V Hanescu (ROU) / H Tecau (ROU) d [1] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) 64 75
[4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d [2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Melo (BRA) 36 62 10-4

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ATP Week Ahead: Bastad, Stuttgart

Posted by gauloises1 on July 13, 2009



Draw here.

It looks fun, I think. The top four seeds (Verdasco, Robredo, Melzer and Soderling) all have a bye through the first round, but there’s plenty of interest there; Almagro vs. Safin, Teimuraz Gabashvili vs. seventh seed Christophe Rochus (second round Teimuraz, COME ON), and an all-Argie clash between Pico and Maximo Gonzalez. Ordinarily I would say that Pico has a nice shot at the quarters at least, but given what he’s just been through … maybe not. The Serra-Melzer quarter also includes Grigor Dimitrov and Frederico Gil, both of whom have qualifiers in the first round, so that could be a nice potential run for one. Still, I’m betting on Soderling or defending champion Robredo to take this title.



Was it really only a year ago?! *has quality moment of nostalgic remembrance*

Ah, memories. Well, JMDP’s not coming back to defend his title (which I think is not a bad decision, although I welcome differing opinions from more knowledgeable people, i.e. anybody who reads this blog or even just wanders through to try to sell me Viagra). Still, the draw’s OK, and it’s here.

Gilles is the top seed and he has a tough quarter that includes Garcia-Lopez and either Jeremy Chardy or Chucho (a first-rounder to watch). The second quarter is where the DC bleeders really are, with Berdych facing Kiefer in the first and Kohlschreiber and Beck lurking. I honestly don’t see second seed Kolya having too many problems, and the third quarter is the token ‘WTF?’ quarter (sorry, Victor Hanescu fans, of which I happen to know there are some). I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a Kolya-Berdych final. I’m just saying.

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D Cup QFs: Just Get a Room. And Stay In It, Please.

Posted by gauloises1 on July 12, 2009

Spain 2 Germany 1

kiefer zverev2

Yep. Kiefer and Zverev were no match for the giggle twins. Verdasco and Lopez took the rubber 63 76(1) 67(6) 63. Which at least produced some mildly amusing photos, although with a distinct deja vu feeling about them.


feli nando



If Argentina lose tomorrow (which they will) and this lot win (which they will), I am going to be pissed off. Which I will.

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