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D Cup: Argentina 3 – 2 Sweden

Posted by gauloises1 on March 8, 2010

Guess who’s back.

That’s right. El Rey is in the house.

I’m still grinning like a fool about how this worked out, so can I recommend that you visit VamosDavid for their excellent match reports? I’ll  just be doing the hyperbole and silly picspams as per usual.

Now we’ve got that sorted out … The day didn’t start out too well for Argentina as Leonardo Mayer was first up against Robin Soderling, facing the difficult (and as it turned out, nigh-impossible) task of clinching the tie after the doubles left Argentina with a 2-1 lead. It didn’t work out so well.

One actually can’t blame Leo for throwing his toys out of the pram. I thought he played really well and kept the match very close as the scoreline shows. That said, the gulf in class clearly showed in key moments, and Robin was really impressive despite carrying the burden of keeping the tie alive. He’s turning into a great Davis Cup player and it’s a shame in some ways that he doesn’t really have anyone to back him up.

But you couldn’t fault Leo for effort. He was virtually crying as Robin served the match out in emphatic style, and left the court broken-hearted – without even any shirtless cuddling to make him (and us) feel better.

So that left the tie poised at 2-2 with one match to decide two nation’s fates. A tricky situation, delicately balanced between triumph and disaster, agony and elation. The kind of moment when you really need someone to step up and be the hero, someone who’s done it all before, who knows what it’s like to win and lose big, someone capable of bringing a bit of class and magic to the court … someone, not to put too fine a point on it, not Eduardo Schwank.

Well hello there.

It wasn’t, to be frank, Nalbandian’s best performance. Apparently he only decided ten minutes before the match that he was actually going to play, having felt some pain after the doubles yesterday, and he started off distinctly rusty and seemingly unsure of his tactics. Vinciguerra, in fact, missed several opportunities to impose himself at the beginning of the match which could have changed the course of the whole thing. As it was, Nalbandian seemingly won the first set through grim determination more than anything else.

After that he loosened up and almost at times looked like the Nalbandian of old (had anybody else forgotten a bit just how good that is? His ball-striking is basically the sex), outclassing Vinciguerra throughout the second set and might have won in straights had he not taken a tumble diving for an unexpectedly stinging cross-court forehand when he was serving to stay in the third. The fall seemed to jar him a bit (hopefully doing no lingering damage, please god) and the third set unexpectedly slipped away.

But when he came out for the fourth, he had a look on his face which said pretty clearly that he had no intention of losing it, and so it proved. 75 63 46 64, and still the bad daddy of Davis Cup.

We bow before you.

I don’t want to make it seem like Nalbandian won this tie single-handed. Leo Mayer did incredibly well to recover and win against Joachim Johansson, without which Argentina would have had no chance. Horacio Zeballos really impressed in the doubles and was probably the best player out there. But quite apart from the crucial fifth rubber, you can’t underestimate the value of experience and inspiration, and it seems like Nalbandian risked his playing health to provide both this weekend.

OK, I’ll stop gushing now. Who wants happy hugging Argies?

Russia next …

R4 – R.SODERLING (SWE) def. L.MAYER (ARG)
7-5  7-6(5)  7-5
R5 – D.NALBANDIAN (ARG) def. A.VINCIGUERRA (SWE)
7-5  6-3  4-6  6-4

 
 

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Let’s Get Our D Cup On

Posted by gauloises1 on September 18, 2009

So I wrote a whole Davis Cup preview earlier and then the internet was all, “no no no”. So it disappeared. Have some pictures instead.

spain israel

Put it away, Spain.

Spain Tennis Davis Cup

tommy feli

Feli never uses his hands when his mouth will do.

levy sela

Cheerful for condemned men, aren’t they?

ivo

Ivo is serious business.

birdworm

Team BirdWorm are not.

troicki tipsy

Is it me, or does Tipsy just get freakier?

sweden

Sweden are hot. I’m just saying.

chardy forget llodra

So are France.

fabs bols

Barbie’s Dream Davis Cup Team!

roger del piero

I recognise one of these guys.

Consider the weekend’s Davis Cup action previewed.

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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.

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robredo

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?

hanescu

chardy2

chardy3

Bastad

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

Stuttgart

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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Friday ATP Results: Bastad, Stuttgart

Posted by gauloises1 on July 18, 2009

And we have most of our semifinalists!

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Give it up for Andreas Vinciguerra, ranked 460 in the world. He thrilled the home crowds with a three-set victory over fourth seed Jurgen Melzer. Who would have thought Sweden would have had two homeboys in the semis, as Rob Soderling out-thwacked Nicholas Almagro? Tommy Robredo dismissed my man Teimuraz 64 60 – grrr – and the match of the day (at least from my perspective) turned out to a bit of a damp squib. Fernando Verdasco was listless and struggling from the beginning with a tight right calf muscle, presumably the result of exhaustion after having played fourteen sets in Davis Cup and an epic match with ol’ Krazy Koellerer the previous day. It actually would have been over much quicker, had not Pico gone inexplicably soft in the head seeing how much Verdasco was struggling and started hitting the ball right back to him. Ah well. I’m sure Nando will be fully recovered and ruining my life in no time at all.

The biggest shock of the day was Fabio Fognini – who has eerily grown to resemble Ming the Merciless – defeating second seed Nikolay Davydenko in three sets.

fabshanescu

Fabs played a solid match, but it was fairly dreadful stuff from Kolya, who just couldn’t find his range with any consistency. Hanescu beat Sidorenko in straight sets, but sadly rain interrupted play, so the winner of Kiefer-Kubot and Zverev-Chardy will presumably have to play two matches. Tough stuff.

umbrella

Bastad

Singles – Quarter-finals
J Monaco (ARG) d [1] F Verdasco (ESP) 61 31 ret. (right calf)
[2] R Soderling (SWE) d [5] N Almagro (ESP) 75 63
[3] T Robredo (ESP) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 64 60
[WC] A Vinciguerra (SWE) d [4] J Melzer (AUT) 26 64 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
[3] J Levinsky (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) d N Almagro (ESP) / S Ventura (ESP) 64 67(5) 10-7
R Lindstedt (SWE) / R Soderling (SWE) d [4] M Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) 64 76(7)

Stuttgart

Singles – Quarter-finals
F Fognini (ITA) d [2] N Davydenko (RUS) 61 36 75
[4] V Hanescu (ROU) d [LL] A Sidorenko (FRA) 76(2) 64
N Kiefer (GER) vs [Q] L Kubot (POL) – play suspended due to rain
M Zverev (GER) vs J Chardy (FRA) – play suspended due to rain

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) vs V Hanescu (ROU) / H Tecau (ROU) – play suspended due to rain

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d I Navarro (ESP) / G Simon (FRA) 62 60

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Thursday ATP Results: Bastad, Stuttgart

Posted by gauloises1 on July 16, 2009

Some tough matches in Bastad today. Verdasco survived a match point in a three-set victory over Daniel “lethal like” Koellerer and local wildcard Andreas Vinciguerra came back from the brink of defeat to subdue Canas. Things were much simpler for Melzer and Pico, who had a typically bizarre scoreline but still managed to put out Crivoi in straight sets.

Sadly Gilles’ woes continued, losing to Zverev (who also beat him in Rome). And Lukas Kubot is questing for braaaaaaaaaaaaains again. He beat PEHK 62 64.

vinciguerra

gilles

Bastad

Singles – Second Round
[1] F Verdasco (ESP) d D Koellerer (AUT) 67(1) 62 75 – saved 1 M.P.
[4] J Melzer (AUT) d [Q] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 62 62
[5] N Almagro (ESP) d [Q] P Starace (ITA) 26 61 61
[WC] A Vinciguerra (SWE) d [Q] G Canas (ARG) 67(5) 63 64
J Monaco (ARG) d V Crivoi (ROU) 60 76(1)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
N Almagro (ESP) / S Ventura (ESP) d [1] S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) 63 64
[4] M Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) d [WC] J Melzer (AUT) / A Vinciguerra (SWE) 64 63
R Lindstedt (SWE) / R Soderling (SWE) d R Wassen (NED) / I Zelenay (SVK) 76(3) 64

Stuttgart

Singles – Second Round
M Zverev (GER) d [1] G Simon (FRA) 64 62
[2] N Davydenko (RUS) d [WC] M Berrer (GER) 63 63
[Q] L Kubot (POL) d [5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 62 64
F Fognini (ITA) d P Mathieu (FRA) 64 41 ret. (dizziness)
J Chardy (FRA) d M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 26 63 61
N Kiefer (GER) d [WC] S Greul (GER) 63 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d [WC] S Greul (GER) / M Kohlmann (GER) 63 62
[2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Melo (BRA) d J Acasuso (ARG) / M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 63 76(5)
V Hanescu (ROU) / H Tecau (ROU) d A Beck (GER) / N Davydenko (RUS) 63 76(6)

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ATP Monday Results: Bastad, Stuttgart

Posted by gauloises1 on July 13, 2009

Vinciguerra_monday

A thrill for the home crowds in Bastad today, as homeboy Andreas Vinciguerra defeated sixth seed Florent Serra in three sets to advance to the second round. (Serra, according to naughty, being one of the sport’s master berators). Seventh seed Christophe Rochus also fell to unsung YFB fave Teimuraz Gabashvili in three sets including a breadstick and a bagel. Fear the Basher.

In Stuttgart, Nikolay Davydenko survived a tough day and shook off some rust to beat Ivan Navarro in three tight sets. And Kubot continued his quest for braaaaains. Expect to see him in the final, gnawing mindlessly through some luckless player’s skull in search of the yummy goo within.

Stuttgart

Michael Berrer (Germany) d. Stefan Koubek (Austria) 06 76(3) 76(4)
(2)Nikolay Davydenko (Russia) d. Ivan Navarro (Spain) 46 75 63
(4)Victor Hanescu (Romania) d. Dominik Meffert (Germany) 64 76(6)
Lukasz Kubot (Poland) d. Pablo Andujar (Spain) 62 64

Bastad

Teimuraz Gabashvili (Russia) d. (7)Christophe Rochus (Belgium) 46 61 60
Andreas Vinciguerra (Sweden) d. (6)Florent Serra (France) 67(5) 63 64
Victor Crivoi (Romania) d. Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan) 60 64

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