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ATP Week Ahead: Eastbourne, ‘Den Bosch

Posted by gauloises1 on June 14, 2010

Eastbourne

Random Queens-related comment: I saw Tursunov a couple of days after he’d lost, and he was being a real sweetie about posing for photos and so on for fans. Kudos. Anyway …

Draw here.

Top seeds: Nicolas Almagro, Feliciano Lopez, Gilles Simon, Julien Benneteau, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Horacio Zeballos, Alexander Dolgopolov, Michael Llodra

A bit lightweight compared to the women’s draw, and very heavy on the clay-courters. Still, Gilles is back – yay! – and it will be interesting to see whether Lopez and Llodra can carry across their good Queens form.

‘Den Bosch

Draw here.

Top seeds: Ivan Ljubicic, Marcos Baghdatis, Tommy Robredo, Victor Troicki, Philipp Petzchner, Thiemo de Bakker, Janko Tipsarevic, Arnaud Clement

Sunday’s results

Singles – First Round
S Greul (GER) d [WC] R Haase (NED) 75 76(5)
S Giraldo (COL) d M Chiudinelli (SUI) 62 75
A Falla (COL) d F Serra (FRA) 64 64
P Luczak (AUS) d M Russell (USA) 76(6) 76(3)

Posted in ATP week ahead, benjamin becker, dmitry tursunov, eastbourne, unicef open | Tagged: , | 3 Comments »

ATP Week Ahead: Metz, Bucharest

Posted by gauloises1 on September 21, 2009

Metz

dima metz

I think Yoshi’s about to hatch.

Draw here.

This actually is pretty fun-looking. The top four seeds – Gael Monfils, Philipp Petzchner, Philipp Kohlschreiber, and Paul-Henri Mathieu – all have byes through the first round, but there are some fun early matches; wildcard Sebastian Grosjean vs. Jarkko Nieminen, Mischa Zverev vs. Michael Llodra, Christophe Rochus vs. Fabrice Santoro, and Bjorn Phau vs. Rainer Schuettler.

Really though if Bambi doesn’t win this tournament, he needs a slap upside the head. Ol’ baldy Ljubicic is always potentially tricky, and Richard Gasquet (who has to start putting his life/game/head back together at some point) could make a run to the semi-finals. In fact, what am I thinking? There’s no way that Bambi will make it through this tournament whole. In the bottom half, it’s hard to see past a  Kohlschreiber-Mathieu semi; in order for this not to happen, someone’s going to have to make an unexpected run. Kohlschreiber could win the whole thing, in fact. And why not …

Bucharest

SPORT-TENNIS/

Draw here.

Sadly – or perhaps wisely, given the parlous state of his poor knees – Gilles Simon isn’t returning to defend his Bucharest title this week. But you know who is there? Pico! He’s the third seed, and I’m all about Pico this week, although he has a potentially tricky task against pesky Frederico Gil in the second round, but he should be fine from there until the semi-finals. It will probably be Victor Hanescu in the semis, although there’s a lurking Tandilese (Gonzo to the Max) in his quarter too, as well as D Cup hero Steve Darcis who plays well on clay and oh-so-charming Crazy Dani Koellerer.

Bottom half is a bit calmer, with Seppi, Andreev, Montanes and Almagro the seeds. First-rounds to watch: Alberto Martin vs. Florent Serra, Albert Montanes vs. Potito Starace, and Simone Bolelli vs. Nicolas Almagro. Game on.

Posted in ATP week ahead, bucharest, dmitry tursunov, gilles simon, metz | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

Querrey’s Quest Quelled, Quarry Quashed

Posted by irefusetotellyou on July 27, 2009

Robby Ginepri gave Sam Querrey a proper schwanking at the Final on Sunday in Indy, defeating him 62 64.

Respect.

Respect.

This will be Robby’s 2nd win in Indianapolis (his previous victory here was in 2005).

Says Robz: “When I won here in 2005 I was about in the same ranking [high 90s]. But this one has to be more special as I never really expected it … I really had no expectations but no pressure either. It’s funny how things work out.”

Funny indeed, Robby.

Querrey seemed to let his nerves get the better of him, what with 9 double faults–some at particularly important times, i.e. BREAK POINTS–and only 45% first serves (at one point in the match, he was at 38%).

Querrey

This win has helped Robby move up 39 spots to no. 56 in the ATP rankings (as of Monday 27 July.)

Unfortunately, though, Robby will have to rely on his memories (and the $$$ he won) to remind him of his win, because — weirdly — the Indy tournament doesn’t give you a trophy.

See the trophy below? Yeah, it’s just for a photo-op. Misleading.

What the hell, Indy?

After this photo was taken, I have a feeling that armed guards swarmed in, grabbed it, and returned it to … an undisclosed location. Perhaps THAT’S what the Samurai were here for, after all?

In other Indy news, Ernests Gulbis and Dmitry Tursonov won the Doubles trophy, beating the top seeds (and androgynously named) Ashley Fisher (AUS) / Jordan Kerr (AUS) 64 36 11-9.Ernests and Dmitry

Dmitry had some entertaining quotage:

on Fisher / Kerr: “They’re obviously better as a team, but when there’s a lot of firepower against you, there’s not much you can do.”

on whether he’ll continue to play doubles with Ernests: “It’s kind of like beginner’s luck in poker, so we’ll see how it goes. If we’re having success, it makes sense to continue to play.”

The Odd Couple

Excuse me, Dmitry. Does this mean you’re sick of chaperoning Ernests’ night out?

Posted in dmitry tursunov, ernests gulbis, indianapolis, sam querrey, titlists | Tagged: , , , | 9 Comments »

ATP Player Photos = Enough Fun to Last a Lifetime

Posted by irefusetotellyou on July 27, 2009

So I have a feeling that the ATP decided that they could increase their macho level by having players take tough, manly-man photos for their bio pics. Needless to say, they’ve failed miserably, although it has provided me much entertainment. Oh, the hilarity of it all!

Some players only succeeded in looking mildly pissed off:Gilles Simon, Robin Soderling

Some managed to look smolderingly hot.

Rawr!

Rawr!

And some just took it way, way too seriously.
Tyra Banks called. She wants her "fierce" look back.

Tyra Banks called. She wants her "fierce" look back.

Others scared the bajesus out of me.

David Nalbandian, Radek Stepanek

Sorry, Nalby and/or Sex lovers, but these pictures make them look like convicted criminals who are 1 second away from beating the shit out of you.

And some need a re-take. Like NOW. Stanislas Wawrinka, Lleyton Hewitt

These photos make them look about 50 pounds heavier than they really are.

Some looked so unbelievably goofy that I scared by cat by laughing so uproariously.

Well, with a nickname like "Chucho," I guess I shouldn't expect much.

Well, with a nickname like "Chucho", I guess I shouldn't expect much.

And some are just the cutest wittle things I’ve ever seen.

Victor Troicki

All in all, though, a scary rapist-esque picture (I’m looking at you, Nalby) is better than no picture at all.

Leonardo Mayer

Leonardo Mayer, supposedly

Leonardo “Horseface” Mayer– perennial no-show, professional buzz-killer, and my archnemesis — STRIKES AGAIN!

Posted in andy roddick, ATP, david nalbandian, dmitry tursunov, fernando verdasco, gilles simon, jose acasuso, leonardo mayer, lleyton hewitt, mardy fish, radek stepanek, robin soderling, stanislas wawrinka, viktor troicki | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments »

Eastbourne: Is He Human Or Is He Dancevic?

Posted by gauloises1 on June 20, 2009

The Canadian wildcard progressed to the finals of Eastbourne today, beating Emperor Fabulous 64 64.

dancevic

dancevic3

I want to watch him eat a sandwich.

Dancevic will meet Dmitry Tursunov, the only seed now left in the draw, who beat eighth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 62 62 for his place in the finals.

dima

What’s “C’MON TIM!” in Canadian?!

I really want Dancevic to win, if only so I can title tomorrow’s result-blogging post “Rhythm is a Dancevic”.

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Nadia Still Adorable, Dima Still Kind of a Dick

Posted by gauloises1 on June 17, 2009

Nadia Petrova and Dmitry Tursunov appeared together to promote the new combined tournament in Eastbourne.

nads dima

Dima also offered up this cherished insight:

“Nadia’s on a man hunt so you probably know why she likes the combined events,” he teased his compatriot.

Very classy, Dmitry.

I mean, come on. We all know it’s true. But you don’t have to SAY it.

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