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Image is Everything: Into the Valley of Death …

Posted by gauloises1 on November 9, 2009

Got to love a good running Tennyson joke. Tennison! Ha. Anyway. I’m celebrating good results for my favourites the best way I know how.

novak djokovic treatment

*insert hoary old ‘how do I get that guy’s job?’ joke here*

Or possibly a whore-y one.

jelena ristic

Will Jelena ever not be cute in photos?

novak djokovic

Sheer relief.

roger federer novak djokovic trophies

I feel like I hit the meth and developed mad photoshop skillz.

roger federer ballgirl

So … do the ballkids still get pizza, or what?

novak djokovic depressed swiss people

Uh-oh, the Swiss are pissed off.

Look for Nole to be found in a ditch, very slowly opened like a can of beans.

andy murray mikhail youzhny

Think they’re discussing the crappy trophies.

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andy murray celebrates

andy murray champagne

andy murray champagne

andy murray champagne

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Horrible when you get it in your eyes, isn’t it?

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Djokovic, Murray: Noble 500

Posted by gauloises1 on November 9, 2009

Federer to the right of them, Youzhny to the left of them, home crowd not behind them, they volley’d and thundered. And so forth.

novak djokovic trophy

andy murray trophy

Get in, you boyos.

Again, I’ve only seen highlights of the Valencia final, but I thought Murray was mightily impressive in defeating Mikhail Youzhny 63 62. Not Mischa’s best day, but he’s been on such a great run of late and done so well at this tournament, there’s no shame there.

mikhail youzhny frustrated

And I’m just delighted that Murray has come back from his wrist injury so strongly to nab his sixth title of the year. Now, do I dare to hope for what I shall euphemistically call a strong finish to the season …?

andy murray valencia trophy

Somebody be a doll and photoshop in the 02, would you?

As for my kitten-haired Nole, he definitely had the harder task and took to it with aplomb, beating home favourite, GOAT and defending champion Federer in three sets, 64 46 62. From the comments I’ve read, it doesn’t seem like the match was of particularly high quality, but I frankly don’t care. Yes, all the pressure was on Federer’s shoulders, but that’s pretty much where he eats. And for Nole to outlast and outfight him on his home turf is a fantastic achievement. Have I mentioned I’m happy?

roger federer

novak djokovic celebrates

novak djokovic trophy

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Federer-Djokovic, Murray-Youzhny To Meet In Finals

Posted by gauloises1 on November 8, 2009

An excellent line-up for the finals at the end of two fun tournaments. Anyway, it’s to nobody’s surprise that Federer will be there; he survived a tough first-set challenge from friend and compatriot Marco Chiudinelli to come through in straights, 76(7) 63.

roger federer marco chiudinelli

It was a tougher road for Djokovic, who came through in what turned out to be a thriller against Radek Stepanek. Sadly I only saw the first set (rugby intervened) but the quality of play was brilliant, Steps edging it 7-4 in the tiebreak.

radek stepanek

Djokovic surrendered three match points in the second set, serving at 4-5, but rallied to save them all and break Stepanek’s serve for the set before racing away with the third, 62. Good on him for toughing it out (and points for having the lovely Jelena Ristic in attendance).

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jelena ristic

Both Valencia semifinals went to three sets. I watched the very beginning of Davydenko-Youzhny, and thought Kolya was hitting the ball beautifully. I was surprised when I checked to see that Youzhny had taken the match 63 in the third, but then I don’t think there can be any question that Youzhny is just about the hottest player in the ATP at the moment. It’s great to see him somewhere near his best again.

nikolay davydenko

mikhail youzhny

I was very worried about Murray’s match against Verdasco, but thankfully, the Scot took it 63 in the third. I do think Murray was there for the taking; he was definitely unsure at the net and ripe to be hit off the court, something Verdasco should have excelled at. However, a plethora of often wild unforced errors hurt Verdasco; I don’t know whether the pressure of playing at home or of securing his WTF spot (all but guaranteed at this point, I should think) told at him, but he wasn’t mentally there, and in the end Murray was the more solid player in the big points. To, and let’s be honest here, my total delight.

fernando verdasco frustrated

andy murray

This will be Murray’s seventh final of the year (he’s won five of them). Not bad after a not inconsiderable layoff since the US Open ended in disappointment. C’mon Tim!

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Friday’s OOP: Bali, Basel, Valencia

Posted by gauloises1 on November 6, 2009

Bali

Centre Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Samantha Stosur vs. María José Martínez Sánchez
2. Sabine Lisicki vs. Melinda Czink
3. Marion Bartoli vs. Shahar Peer (NB 18.30hrs)
4. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues

Basel

basel oop

Valencia

valencia oop

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Quarterfinals Set in Basel and Valencia

Posted by gauloises1 on November 6, 2009

Bit of a mad day in Basel today. Four of the six matches went three sets and of the two that didn’t, one was a double bagel courtesy of Novak Djokovic. Come in, Jan Hernych, your time is up.

novak djokovic

Djokovic will take on Wawrinka, one of three Swiss in the final eight, after he beat Jarkko Nieminen 61 in the third. And give it up for wildcard Marco Chiudinelli, who beat Michael Lammer in three sets to set up a match with Richard Gasquet, one of today’s match-point savers; he fought off two in defeating John Isner 62 in the third.

richard gasquet

Also in the match-point-saving gang? My man Marin, who beat Troicki 76(7) 67(8) 76(6) in what looks like a fairly amazing match. Sadly it was on an unstreamed court. He’ll take on Steps, while the unenviable task of facing Federer in the quarters goes to Evgeny Korolev, who had to kill my buzz by taking out Chardy. Whatever.

In Valencia, it was more woe for the owners of the tournament, as Ferru was forced to give a walkover to Albert Montanes due to a hamstring injury that may well keep him out of Paris. Montanes will be taking on Andy Murray, who overcame visible rust to beat Horseface 63 in the third. Mayer showed some really good stuff, I thought, coming to net with great results, but Murray was just that little bit more solid in the decider.

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Feliciano Lopez got off to a flier against Tommy Robredo, but then his tennis unaccountably deserted him, losing in the third, while Fernando Verdasco beat Tipsarevic 63 63 for his quarterfinal spot. And Kolya beat Pico, despite needing the trainer in the second set. Even an animated chat with Mo couldn’t save Pico.

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Basel

Singles – Second Round
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d J Hernych (CZE) 60 60
[4] [WC] M Cilic (CRO) d V Troicki (SRB) 76(7) 67(8) 76(6) – saved 3 M.P.
[6] S Wawrinka (SUI) d J Nieminen (FIN) 75 26 61
R Gasquet (FRA) d J Isner (USA) 46 76(9) 62 – saved 2 M.P.
[Q] E Korolev (RUS) d J Chardy (FRA) 64 76(1)
[WC] M Chiudinelli (SUI) d [Q] M Lammer (SUI) 26 63 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d J Cerretani (USA) / A Qureshi (PAK) 64 64
C Kas (GER) / V Troicki (SRB) d S Lipsky (USA) / F Polasek (SVK) 64 62
M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d L Dlouhy (CZE) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 64

Valencia

Singles – Second Round
[1] A Murray (GBR) d L Mayer (ARG) 64 36 63
[2] N Davydenko (RUS) d J Monaco (ARG) 63 75
[4] F Verdasco (ESP) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 63 63
[7] T Robredo (ESP) d F Lopez (ESP) 46 63 64
A Montanes (ESP) d [8] D Ferrer (ESP) w/o (hamstring)
M Youzhny (RUS) d P Cuevas (URU) 62 26 61

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[3] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d J Coetzee (RSA) / S Huss (AUS) 36 64 13-11
V Hanescu (ROU) / H Tecau (ROU) d P Cuevas (URU) / J Monaco (ARG) 75 61
M Knowles (BAH) / M Llodra (FRA) vs M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP)

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Monaco, Murray Play With Kids. (Not Like That.)

Posted by gauloises1 on November 5, 2009

Thank you, thank you, Valencia. If it were possible to marry a tournament then … well, obviously I’d marry Wimbledon. And cheat on it with Queens. But if I ever wanted a taste of something more exotic and less Tim-infested (or Timfested, if you will), you would be the very first tournament I’d run away to have a passionate fling with. Not only because you’re owned by Boss, but because you provide photos of Pico and Murray teaming up to play mini-tennis with small children.

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You know where to find me, Valencia.

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Thursday’s OOP: Bali, Basel, Valencia

Posted by gauloises1 on November 5, 2009

Bali

Centre Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Shahar Peer vs. Magdalena Rybarikova
2. Melinda Czink vs. Aravane Rezai
3. María José Martínez Sánchez vs. Agnes Szavay (NB 18.30hrs)
4. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Kimiko Date Krumm

Basel

basel oop

Valencia

valencia oop

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Swiss Guys Do It With Their Concubines Watching

Posted by gauloises1 on November 5, 2009

Well, at least one of them does. Stanislas “that other Swiss dude” Wawrinka beat Ivan Ljubicic 67(5) 63 64 today with his pregnant girlfriend Ilham Valoud (I’m too depressed to check the spelling) in attendance.

stanislas wawrinka

Wawrinka will be joined in the second round by Marin Cilic, who beat Philipp Petzchner in straights, and Richard Gasquet, who took care of surprise St Petersburg finalist Horacio Zeballos. In more surprising news, John Isner suddenly sparked to life, defeating Gonzo in three sets and dealing a possibly fatal blow to Gonzo’s London chances; and in news that made me happy, Jeremy Chardy beat James Blake 64 in the third after two tiebreak sets. I watched the decider and thought Jezza was simply too good. And smiled.

jeremy chardy

Unfortunately for Our Jezza, he’s in the same section of the draw as that not-other Swiss dude, who spanked Seppi 63 63. Radek Stepanek is also into the quarter-finals with what looks like a tough win over lucky loser Florent Serra. Whatever will be, will be.

The other half of the Czech Republic D Cup team didn’t fare so well in Valencia, falling to Gilles Simon in three sets. I will now post a shirtless photo of him for his many, many fans.

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Good solid win for Gilles though, who sadly won’t be joined in the quarter-finals by compatriots Monfils and Tsonga. La Monf was defeated by Armada tugboat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in straight sets, which is just classic La Monf, and Jo was forced to retire 03 down in the decider against Mikhail Youzhny with a left wrist injury.

jo-wilfried tsonga

mikhail youzhny salute

Congratulations to Youzhny and so forth, but it’s a bit of a bugger for Jo and puts his chances of defending his title at the Paris masters very much in doubt. But in news that’s bound to make everyone smile, Fernando Verdasco took another step forward by defeating Oscar Hernandez. So there’s that.

Basel

Singles – Second Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d A Seppi (ITA) 63 63
[5] R Stepanek (CZE) d [LL] F Serra (FRA) 36 76(1) 76(1)

Singles – First Round
J Isner (USA) d [3] F Gonzalez (CHI) 76(3) 46 64
[4] [WC] M Cilic (CRO) d P Petzschner (GER) 64 64
[6] S Wawrinka (SUI) d I Ljubicic (CRO) 67(5) 63 64
J Chardy (FRA) d [7] J Blake (USA) 76(4) 67(6) 64
R Gasquet (FRA) d H Zeballos (ARG) 76(3) 64

Doubles – First Round
C Kas (GER) / V Troicki (SRB) d [3] B Soares (BRA) / K Ullyett (ZIM) 76(4) 46 10-6
J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) d A Beck (GER) / B Becker (GER) 46 76(4) 10-6
L Dlouhy (CZE) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) d J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) 62 36 11-9

Valencia

Singles – Second Round
[5] G Simon (FRA) d T Berdych (CZE) 64 46 63
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [6] G Monfils (FRA) 62 75

Singles – First Round
M Youzhny (RUS) d [3] J Tsonga (FRA) 67(3) 60 30 ret. (left wrist)
[4] F Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] O Hernandez (ESP) 61 01 ret. (lower back pain)
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d V Hanescu (ROU) 64 63
F Lopez (ESP) d [Q] A Martin (ESP) 75 63

Doubles – First Round
M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) d [2] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) 67(6) 63 10-5
[Alt] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / A Montanes (ESP) d [4] M Damm (CZE) / J Knowle (AUT) 63 46 13-11
E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) d N Almagro (ESP) / S Ventura (ESP) 76(3) 62
M Knowles (BAH) / M Llodra (FRA) d [WC] R Bautista-Agut (ESP) / J Marti (ESP) 63 61

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More Random Photos From Valencia

Posted by gauloises1 on November 4, 2009

Just a smattering of photoage I liked coming out of Valencia today …

juan carlos ferrero dejected

Boss shows us his sad face.

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Ferru and Almagro give us some guy love.

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Mandy is not impressed.

gael monfils

Sweaty Bambi gets his game face on.

verdasco davydenko

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Not sure what’s going on here, but Kolya in his civvies? Always worth posting.

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Wednesday’s OOP: Bali, Basel, Valencia

Posted by gauloises1 on November 4, 2009

Bali

Centre Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Sabine Lisicki vs. Aravane Rezai
2. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Kimiko Date Krumm
3. Marion Bartoli vs. Magdalena Rybarikova (NB 18.30hrs)
4. Samantha Stosur vs. Agnes Szavay

Basel

basel oop

Valencia

valencia oop

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