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Dead Man Winning.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 28, 2011

Juan Martin del Potro d. Janko Tipsarevic, 64 64

I can’t. Stop. Smiling.

JMDP won. He won. I’m just … there is sunshine in my heart right now and kittens gambolling along my veins, drowning in all the wine. It’s how they would have wanted to go.

Ahem. So that was a pretty terrible match. This wasn’t the JMDP we saw crushing Mardy Fish last night. He came out flat and lifeless, barely moving, and dropped his second service game to give Tispsarevic the break for 3-1. Both he and Davin had been talking before the match about how tired he was, making semifinals and then a final three weeks on the trot, which might have been it; equally, he had played all his matches in Delray Beach at night and I thought the different conditions in the heat might have been responsible. Or he could have been nervous. Whatever, this was genuinely-lethargic JMDP as opposed to that’s-just-what-he-looks-like JMDP (the way you can tell is that the former misses, a lot).

It was crushing; Tipsarevic had the lead at 4-1 and there looked like absolutely no reason why he shouldn’t run with it. I was mentally composing an agonised post-mortem which spoke defensively about the difference between winning a final and winning any other match, and publicly appealed to the tennis gods for just a little bit of luck to get him over the hump. Of course, the luck in question was already operating, because he was playing Tipsarevic. He flaked to drop his serve, JMDP dredged up the occasional big serve from the very depths of his being, and Tipsy just couldn’t get himself back into it.

JMDP said in his post-match interview that he was ‘completely tired’ and added that although Tipsarevic was the better player, he was a little bit luckier at key moments. That’s more or less how it felt. If JMDP was flat in the first set, he was frankly two-dimensional in the second. I have never seen him push the ball around like that; he couldn’t get any timing on it, was rolling in his serves and generally looking about to die on the court even when he was a set and a break down. Yet Tipsy couldn’t get his feet under him and Delpo kept – maddeningly – doing just enough to stay ahead. It was just about the most agonising, brain-dead tennis you can imagine.

 

But who cares? It doesn’t have to be pretty. A win is a win is a win, and when JMDP watched Tipsy’s ball out, dropped his racquet and lifted his arms in the air, no-one was thinking about how he got there. We were thinking about where he’s been; missing an entire season of tennis, sitting at home instead of defending his US Open title, dropping out into the hinterlands of the far 400s. Just in case we’d forgotten, he kissed his right wrist multiple times while acknowledging the applause of the crowd. I’d kiss it too. And, you know, carry on from there.

A word for our gallant loser though. Seriously, the fact that a player like Tipsarevic – who, as I tweeted in an attempt to pre-empt my own probable bitterness, has given tennis fans hours of entertainment and some of the most memorable matches of the last few years on the biggest stages – doesn’t have an ATP title, even a 250, just underlines how tough it is to perform in a final. There is no way he won’t get one before he retires. It just wasn’t his day today.

But it was Delpo’s. It should put him back in the top 85, and there will be (and already is) a lot of talk about what a ‘statement’ this is to the rest of the tour. I don’t care about that right now. He won. He won a final. He’s holding a trophy. He’s a champion again.

… Yeah. I’ll be crying.

(You can see video here of JMDP giving a victory speech in Spanish (thanks to everyone who tweeted and translated it for me) – reportedly he’s thanking the spectators for enduring the heat, the little kids in the crowd who supported him, the faithful Franco and Martiniano, and his friends and family back home.)

Posted in delray beach, janko tipsarevic, juan martin del potro, titlists | Tagged: , | 8 Comments »

Softest-Haired, Craziest-Eyed Wedding Ever.

Posted by gauloises1 on July 22, 2010

I can’t remember if I mentioned it at the time, but newly-minted tweeter Janko Tipsarevic married his girlfriend Biljana Sevesic before the Davis Cup tie against Croatia – with Davis Cup teammates in attendance. Have some photos.

She’s gorgeous. He’s gorgeous.

But … is that really what you want on your wedding day? Weird armpit boobs?

I think I have it figured out; Nole was inflicting temporary deafness on himself in order not to hear the crowd in Split.

Case closed.

HCFoo has these and more.

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Image is Everything: D Cup Quarter-finals

Posted by gauloises1 on July 12, 2010

Because nothing generates quite so much fantastic photoage as Davis Cup. You know it to be true.

sorry but ive to say i fcking won davis cup!omg

Pretty sure I could snap him like a twig. A twig.

Marin’s left arm makes a desperate bid for freedom.

Get the man a Big Mac, a big drink and a big vuvuzela.

“Did I leave the gas on …?”

This is not the face I’ve missed.

This is the face I’ve missed.

Put it away, Nole. Or I will come to Serbia and show you where to … never mind.

“Mr. President. What the hell.”

Nothing beats a good old-fashioned Serbian love huddle.

Eduardo Schwank looking in no way ridiculous.

Eduardo Schwank being no way ridiculous.

Kind of impossible to dislike Gael when he finds himself on this planet long enough to win a big match.

Tipsy wants a cuddle. No-one on this earth can blame him.

They shoot horses, don’t they?

Premature celebrating.

Yeah, Youzh better run.

Having beaten Spain at tennis, France take them on at the art of the manly hug. And win.

Have him caramelised and sent to my room.

Nole Major and Nole Minor.

Look who showed up to ‘help’.

“I’m a little lamb who’s lost in the woods …”

Kolya contemplates the many tragedies of life.

Shamil contemplates finding another job.

You’re not helping.

Homoerotic celebrations: must try harder.

Posted in david ferrer, david nalbandian, davis cup, eduardo schwank, gael monfils, gilles simon, horacio zeballos, igor andreev, ivan ljubicic, janko tipsarevic, julien benneteau, marin cilic, markko djokovic, michael llodra, mikhail youzhny, nenad zimonjic, novak djokovic | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

D Cup: Croatia 1 – 4 Serbia

Posted by gauloises1 on July 12, 2010

I have to say, this one got a bit short-changed for me this weekend; I was focused on Argentina and France. Much has been said and written about the political background to this one, and the sad behaviour of some fans in Split. But at the end of the day, the players all showed up, did their jobs, played some fantastic tennis and treated each other and the spectators with respect. So that’s what I’m going to hastily honour.

Nenad Zimonjic and Janko Tipsarevic, or as I mentally refer to them ‘Errol Flynn and Crazy Eyes’ won their doubles rubber.

Marin once again veered wildly between thrilling …

… and enormously disappointing.

Markko Djokovic was there as a reserve for no adequately explained reason.

And Nole did the absolute business, winning both his matches to put Serbia into their first ever Davis Cup semi-finals.

A fine effort, but less clothing and much more wetness required for full marks, Serbia.

R1 – N.DJOKOVIC (SRB) def. I.LJUBICIC (CRO)
7-6(3)  6-4  6-1
R2 – M.CILIC (CRO) def. V.TROICKI (SRB)
6-4  7-5  6-2
R3 – J.TIPSAREVIC / N.ZIMONJIC (SRB) def. M.CILIC / I.DODIG (CRO)
6-3  6-2  6-4
R4 – N.DJOKOVIC (SRB) def. M.CILIC (CRO)
6-3  6-3  6-2
R5 – J.TIPSAREVIC (SRB) def. A.VEIC (CRO)
6-2  7-6(5)

Posted in davis cup, janko tipsarevic, marin cilic, markko djokovic, nenad zimonjic, novak djokovic | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Random D Cup News & Resemblances

Posted by gauloises1 on March 3, 2010

First up: further to my previous post about this tie, the Israeli team are due to arrive in Coquimbo on Wednesday. They’ve been stuck in Buenos Aires up till now which only gives them two days to train – and consequently allows them to ask for the tie to be postponed, as they are theoretically guaranteed four days. I’m not clear whether the ITF are obliged to grant the request, and in any case the tie would only be postponed until Saturday or Sunday. Still, that could be an important day or two.

Secondly, further to the tweeting of a couple of the Indian players, Nikolay Davydenko is in serious doubt for the Russia-India tie due to a wrist injury sustained in Rotterdam (either I already blogged this or I’m having major deja vu). According to Tarpischev, “his chances are very, very small“. If Kolya can’t play, he’ll be replaced by Igor Andreev.

Thirdly, the U.S. team have arrived in Serbia.

Welcome to Belgrade, boys.

Go with me here: Patrick McEnroe = Joss Whedon.

Are you coming with me?

Anyway, let’s be honest. This whole post was basically an excuse for me to indulge in one of my favourite things: photos of Novak Djokovic wearing his glasses.

Go with me here: Novak Djokovic in glasses = grown up Harry Potter.

Are you coming with me now?

Posted in davis cup, janko tipsarevic, john isner, nikolay davydenko, novak djokovic, sam querrey | Tagged: , , , , | 19 Comments »

Oh, Mandy …

Posted by gauloises1 on February 25, 2010

You came and you left without winning.

And no, I will not feel sorry for you.

So … Andy Murray lost today to Janko Tipsarevic, 76(3) 46 64. Good times. It was during work hours and while we did have it on the TVs, I couldn’t pay it that much attention. Looked like lots of fun points in the third set though.

Anyway, it’s not that much of a surprise given his utterly shambolic form against Kunitsyn and Tipsy’s love of the big stage / the upset victory. What interests me is how Andy discussed the loss afterwards:

“It was obviously disappointing to lose, but I tried some things out and I think it was a good learning experience for me,” Murray said. “I would like to have won, but it’s not the end of the world. If it was a Slam or something my tactics and my game style would have been a bit different.”

He added: “When I’m getting ready for the Slams and the big events, you need to try some things. If you ask someone like Roger Federer how he gets ready, it’s not necessarily about winning the week before or playing your best the week before. It’s playing your best at the right times of the year.”

source

Apparently the things he tried involved serving and volleying a lot more, slicing his backhand less frequently and going for … wait for it … winners. And that’s all well and good (or alternatively things I virtually pray for on a daily basis). But it’s not like he doesn’t know how to play that sort of game and play it in big matches, too; we’ve all seen it. The problem is that, in the biggest matches, he doesn’t play like that. And I’m not convincd that dicking around until you lose in the second round to the world no. 39 is the way to go about fixing that particular problem.

Can be a dick.

But whatever. More rest before Indian Wells or … whatever. I’m done.

And it’s not like Tipsy’s some hack, either. In fact it was nice, in an agonising sort of way, to be reminded how well Tipsy can play when he has the opportunity and inclination. No question he played a great match and seriously earned the win. And I love a player who hardcore emotes.

On you go.

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AO Day Four: The Bagman’s Gambit

Posted by gauloises1 on January 21, 2010

Once again, time has made me its bitch. But I did want to give special mention to a particularly entertaining match; Marcos Baghdatis against David Ferrer. Baggy eventually prevailed, 46 36 76(4) 63 61, but not without a full measure of drama including fifth set cramping, despite Baggy’s claim that he’s the fittest he’s ever been.

I was lucky enough to catch a replay of most of this on the TVs in my office, and while the tennis might not have been of the highest quality, it was scintillating entertainment. Great stuff.

Sad Ferru makes me sad.

On the other hand, happy Baggy makes me happy.

What is it with the guys publicly celebrating their genitalia?

We do know you’ve got them, boys.

This is more like it.

Better.

A few of the other guys went the distance today, with Spaniards Nicolas Almagro and Albert Montanes both progressing in five, while it took Pico till 63 in the fifth to subdue Michael Llodra.

Janko Tipsarevic came close to an upset, but fell to Tommy Haas 63 in the fifth.

Better luck next time. Or, you know, never.

Posted in australian open, david ferrer, janko tipsarevic, juan monaco, marcos baghdatis | Tagged: , , , | 4 Comments »

Player ‘Fashion’ Shows. Always Good for a Laugh.

Posted by gauloises1 on January 4, 2010

I know these photos are tiny, but I enjoyed them too much not to share. The players strut their stuff in Chennai …

Gangliest, awkwardest model ever.

Psst, Marin. There’s a girl next to you? Oh, never mind.

Robin gets his Daddy Cool on.

Somdev working some epic hair.

Yuki working some epic eyebrows.

Why does this look work on Tipsy?!

Posted in chennai, janko tipsarevic, marin cilic, robin soderling, somdev devvarman, yuki bhambri | Tagged: , , , , | 5 Comments »

Marin, My Avenging Angel

Posted by gauloises1 on October 31, 2009

I have so been short-changing the men this week. I know this. But the women are right there, on my TV, being by turns awesome and woeful. And it’s the last time we’ll see the top girls for like a month or something, so, you know. Sue me. Or go to a different blog. (Do not go to a different blog.)

marin cilic viennajurgen melzer vienna

Anyway. Marin made me the happiest woman alive for about five seconds today by beating my second least-favourite player, Feliciano Lopez, into a bloody pulp like a red-headed stepchild in straight sets to make the semis of Lyon today. He’ll face Philipp Kohlschreiber, who’s beaten him once this year, so that should go well. The other semi-final will be contested between homeboy Jurgen Melzer, who took out second seed Radek Stepanek, and Janko Tipsarevic, who somewhat bizarrely beat Gael Monfils 63 in the third. Could this be Tipsy’s second ATP final – in as many weeks, no less? Stay tuned.

janko tipsarevic vienna

Lyon probably gets the ‘WTF?’ award for the day, as Arnaud Clement (who had lost about fifteen matches in a row until recently) beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, saving a match point or two along the way. He’ll face sole non-painting-slasher Ivan Ljubicic in the semis. The other one will be contested between Gilles Simon and wildcard Michael Llodra, who seems to do bizarrely well at this small(er) tournaments on home soil. So we’ll see.

And in St Petersburg, Marat Safin is into the semifinals after a typically lopsided victory over Uzbekistan’s finest, Denis Istomin. He’ll be joined by Argentine Horacio Zeballos, Igor Kunitsyn and Sergiy Stakhovsky. But hey … Marat!

marat safin st petersburg

 

Lyon

Singles – Quarter-finals
[WC] A Clement (FRA) d [1] J Tsonga (FRA) 57 64 76(8) – saved 1 M.P.
[2] G Simon (FRA) d [5] J Benneteau (FRA) 76(5) 63
[3] I Ljubicic (CRO) d F Serra (FRA) 76(6) 62
[WC] M Llodra (FRA) d M Gicquel (FRA) 76(5) 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
[WC] J Benneteau (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) d M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) 62 67(4) 10-4

St Petersburg

Singles – Quarter-finals
I Kunitsyn (RUS) d [2] V Hanescu (ROU) 63 36 76(6)
[8] H Zeballos (ARG) d E Gulbis (LAT) 76(8) 64
M Safin (RUS) d D Istomin (UZB) 60 76(4)
[Q] S Stakhovsky (UKR) d B Phau (GER) 62 75

Doubles – Semi-finals
J Chardy (FRA) / R Gasquet (FRA) d [WC] M Elgin / T Gabashvili (RUS) 76(3) 61

Vienna

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] [WC] M Cilic (CRO) d [6] F Lopez (ESP) 61 64
[7] J Melzer (AUT) d [2] R Stepanek (CZE) 62 62
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d [3] G Monfils (FRA) 64 67(8) 63
[4] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [5] N Almagro (ESP) 75 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
[3] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d J Isner (USA) / J Kerr (AUS) 64 36 10-6

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[4] J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d M Cilic (CRO) / L Zovko (CRO) 76(1) 75

Posted in janko tipsarevic, jurgen melzer, lyon, marat safin, marin cilic, st petersburg, vienna | Tagged: , , , | 8 Comments »

Sunday Titlists 2: 2008/Never Again For Youzhny and Bacsinszky

Posted by gauloises1 on October 25, 2009

Mikhail Youzhny’s last ATP singles title was in 2008 in Chennai. I don’t even remember that. But he’s back to winning ways, beating maiden ATP finalist Janko Tipsarevic 67(5) 60 64 for the Kremlin Cup. It’s the sixth straight year that it’s been won by a Russian. At this point I will try not to say anything about British tennis.

mikhail youzhny salute kremlin cup moscow

mikhail youhzny janko tipsarevic kremlin cup moscow trophies

mikhail youzhny kremlin cup moscow trophy

And the fourth final ended with a first-time winner, Timea Bacsinszky, who defeated Sabine Lisicki 62 75 for the Luxembourg title.

timea bacsinszky luxembourg open celebrates

Obviously I was rooting for Licky, but I thought Bacsinszky played a very solid match. She backed up her great performance against Wickmayer in convincing style and completely outplayed an out-of-sorts Lisicki. Well done.

sabine lisicki timea bacsinszky luxembourg open trophy

timea bacsinszky luxembourg open trophy

Sadly, Lisicki’s loss means she won’t qualify for Bali (that other year-ending championships), with Aravane Rezai taking the final spot. Hopefully she’ll knock up a fetching number for the occasion.

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