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Bangkok: Were the Annoying Couple in ‘The Beach’ French?

Posted by gauloises1 on October 2, 2009

Just wondering if it’s something about French people and Thailand. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon are both in the semis but needed three sets to make it. I didn’t see Gilles’ match, but Jo was definitely looking a bit end-of-season-y against Chiudinelli. Unsurprising, really; when was the last time he managed to play a full season like this? Still, they both won and they looked hot.

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Bonjour.

Jo will be facing Viktor Troicki, who upset eighth seed John Isner in a result that made me go ‘oh’, and Gilles will apparently have to beat at least six Jurgen Melzers.

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Basically my worst nightmare.

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) d [Q] M Chiudinelli (SUI) 67(7) 63 64
[2] G Simon (FRA) d E Korolev (RUS) 46 63 64
[6] J Melzer (AUT) d A Beck (GER) 64 62
[4] V Troicki (SRB) d [8] J Isner (USA) 76(3) 62

Doubles – Semi-finals
E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) d [3] J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) 67(2) 63 10-7

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D Cup: Latin America …

Posted by gauloises1 on September 22, 2009

Or South America. Or Central America. I had a long convo with my brother about this the other day and I still don’t get it. Anyway, the two ties that involved players from, well, that bit of the world didn’t finish in time to be included in my results round-up (the rudeness) but nonetheless were playing and mattered. So there you are.

Ecuador 3 Brazil 2

With the tie at 2-1 in Ecuador’s favour, much rested upon the confrontation of Nicolas Lapentti with Marcos Daniel, a match that by all accounts did not disappoint. Nico edged it, 64 64 16 26 86, to seal the tie for Ecuador and (hopefully) postpone his retirement. Good man.

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Chile 3 Austria 2

Have to love a tie which comes down to the final rubber. Chile led 2-1 going into Sunday, and Jurgen Melzer beat Paul Capdeville (de Capdeville?) 64 in the fifth to keep the tie alive.

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In the absence of Fernando Gonzalez, it was all up to Nicolas Massu, a man who has proven himself consistently greater when playing for his country than when representing himself. He didn’t disappoint, beating Stefan Koubek 64 46 64 76(6). It may have not been a five-set thriller, but I gather it kept everyone there on the edge of their seats, and Massu’s reaction says it all.

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I also liked this from the D Cup website:

Massu grabbed a microphone while on court and spoke to the crowd. “I’d like to tell you that without your support I would have never won because I was washed out. The only thing I can say is that people did not have much faith in me, Paul and the rest of the team, they saw our victory as not likely. I believe nothing is impossible in life, man, nothing…” The crowd bursted into a roar, and spontaneously started to sing the national anthem, in a simultaneously tearful and bizarre scene, made more so by the lateness of the night and the freezing cold.

I don’t even care about either team, and I wish I’d been there.

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USO Day Five: Elf Wins

Posted by gauloises1 on September 5, 2009

I can’t think of a funny post title. Sorry.

Anyway, Elf beat Jurgen Melzer for the fifth time (if memory serves, it usually doesn’t) today, 76(6) 63 63. It wasn’t his greatest match. The match before them finished unexpectedly quickly and I don’t know if that’s the reason, but Elf looked out of sorts and a bit sluggish throughout. He ground out the first set (helped by a couple of unfortunate Melzer errors in the tiebreak), and improved in the second and third, mainly through his serve picking up. He never really found his rhythm, but he did enough to get him through fairly solidly. I’ll take it. He’ll face Austrian Daniel Koellerer in the next round (a.k.a. Crazy Dani, a.k.a. Love in the Time of Koellerer).

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JMDP’s definitely flying a bit under the radar in NY – like a good ninja should. He doesn’t seem to even be having press conferences, which means no transcripts (sad face). A few people are paying attention to him though, like Jon Wertheim:

A/C Del-Po: You won’t see him playing a night match and he was conspicuously absent from the pre-tournament sponsor schmooze-o-rama. But don’t fall asleep on Juan Martin del Potro. Been fortunate enough to catch his matches and he is playing well enough to win. If it stays cool and he conserves energy in Week 1, look out.

Meh. As I’ve said before, just let him get to the quarter-finals and then we’ll see. (Screw you, tennis gods! which I’ve also said many times before.) It can be frustrating lacking in JMDP info, but maybe it’s as well. They’ll never see him coming.

UPDATED: Spoke too soon! ESPN’s Greg Garber gets in on the act.

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Friday Results: The Four People You Meet In Halle

Posted by gauloises1 on June 13, 2009

(thanks to ptenisnet for the title, which I never found a good opportunity to use and totally screwed up)

So we have our semifinalists!

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It’ll be Murray-Ferrero in the top half of the draw, as Murray took on Mardy and emerged victorious. We like that. And how about a great run for Ferrero to the semi-finals? Sadly I think it might end there. It’ll be an all-American semi (heh) on the other side, as Blake took out Youzhny (he of the beautiful eyes and communist aesthetic) and Roddick beat Karlovic in two unsurprising tiebreak sets. As Pat Cash astutely said before the match, “I think it’s all going to come down to the serve.”

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One imagines a lot of the match looked like this.

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] A Murray (GBR) d [8] M Fish (USA) 75 63
[2] A Roddick (USA) d [9] I Karlovic (CRO) 76(4) 76(5)
[6] J Blake (USA) d [14] M Youzhny (RUS) 76(5) 63
J Ferrero (ESP) d S Darcis (BEL) 46 63 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[7] J Coetzee (RSA) / J Kerr (AUS) d [4] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 76(6) 76(4)
[6] M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) 76(2) 46 11-9
[5] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d [WC] C Fleming (GBR) / K Skupski (GBR) 57 76(3) 10-7 – Saved 3 M.P.
W Moodie (RSA) / M Youzhny (RUS) d J Benneteau (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) 75 63

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What a terribly democratic semi-finals line-up. We have a top seed (Nole, who beat Jurgen Melzer); an unseeded homeboy (Kohlschreiber), a Belgian qualifier (Rochus) and a German wildcard (Haas). Great stuff.

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You know when you’ve been Nole’d. 

Singles – Quarter-finals
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [7] J Melzer (AUT) 61 64
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d A Beck (GER) 36 63 63
[Q] O Rochus (BEL) d [WC] B Becker (GER) 67(4) 63 63
[WC] T Haas (GER) d [WC] M Zverev (GER) 76(5) 62

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Oh well, I think two of my semi-final predictions are still standing. Seeds Li Na Na Li and Rybarikova beat Voegele (who?) and Urszula (once again not the Raddest ‘wanska) to advance. Sania Mirza continues her nice run, defeating sixteenth seed Melinda Czink, and Maria Sharapova took three sets to subdue ‘the Belgian Sharapova’, Estoril champ Yanine Wickmayer. Shazza’s run is just scary here, let’s face it. There are going to be a lot of top players praying she doesn’t land in their quarter for Wimbledon.

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Why do all the pictures suck this week? Where are all the good snappers? Resting up for Wimbledon, or over in L.A. taking fuzzy candids of Ronaldo and Paris Hilton?

Singles – Quarterfinals
(4) Li Na (CHN) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 63 76(3)
(13) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 63 63
Sania Mirza (IND) d. (16) Melinda Czink (HUN) 61 76(4)
Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 61 26 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. Czink/Grandin (HUN/RSA) 64 46 105
(3) Chuang/Mirza (TPE/IND) d. Chan/Yan (TPE/CHN) 76(5) 61
(4) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. Shvedova/Tanasugarn (KAZ/THA) 63 76(4)
Schiavone/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Goerges/Parra Santonja (GER/ESP) 57 75 1210

Doubles – First Round
Goerges/Parra Santonja (GER/ESP) d. Morita/Sugiyama (JPN/JPN) 76(4) 64

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Bambi Breaks Serve, Miraculously Not Neck

Posted by gauloises1 on May 31, 2009

OK, I’m going video mad right now. Last one, I promise … But this is the most amazing point from La Monf’s match with Melzer.

Ridiculous diving get, typical nuts celebration, and a high five from Melzer (which in slo-mo looks somewhat sarcastic, although I’m sure it wasn’t intended to be) …

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RG Day Seven: Dulce et Decorum Est

Posted by gauloises1 on May 30, 2009

You have to say, it was the homeboys/girls who really tore it up on the terre battue today. (Am I spelling that right? Does it even mean what I think it means?)

Paul-Henri Mathieu actually took a set off Federer for the first time before losing, 64 16 46 46. I thought he actually played well – it was Federer winning it rather than him losing it. I’m not a great fan, but it was nice to see.

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It was Virginie Razzano, however, who really kicked off the day in style on Chatrier, defeating Tathiana Garbin in a pulsating encounter 7-5, 7-5. Garbin came down from multiple breaks down in both sets and Razzano really had to dig deep. Match point was a ridiculous rally and Razzano was so delighted when she won, she forgot to shake hands at first.

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It didn’t matter, though; Garbin gave her a big hug and a kiss on both cheeks. It was lovely to see.

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This is the first time Razzano’s ever made it this far in Paris. In fact, it’s the first time she’s made it beyond the first round. Well done to her.

Then it was the turn of Gael Monfils on Lenglen, who thrilled the crowds in a four-set win over Jurgen Melzer. The quality of tennis was ridiculously high at times, especially in the second and third sets, and the match was played in a great spirit.

You have to admit, Bambi gives great action shots – the kind you never see from any other player.

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Great stuff.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had a much more straightforward victory, beating the diminutive Belgian Christophe Rochus 62 62 62.

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It’s really lovely to see so many home players doing well. (We should be so lucky at Wimbledon.) Allez Bleus!

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Dusseldorf, Kitzbuhel Results: Confused and Apathetic

Posted by gauloises1 on May 20, 2009

Dusseldorf

Yeah, I’m confused.

So … the US and France are out because they lost to Sweden and Germany, right? Which makes it a Sweden-Germany Red Group semi.

But in the Blue Group, Serbia are in the semis after winning both their ties … and Italy-Argentina both have one win. So if Argentina beat Russia tomorrow, they’ll be in the semis … right?

Oh god, I just don’t know what’s happening. Anyway, all I know is that Maximo Gonzalez stepped in for Pico to give Argentina a good win over Italy today (with some help from Elf in the doubs), and Philipp Kohlschreiber claimed a very good three-set win over Tsonga.

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Fine German engineering.

Singles Round Robin Matches
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d J Tsonga (FRA) 67(2) 63 63
*M Gonzalez (ARG) d S Bolelli (ITA) 63 57 64

*M Gonzalez (ARG) replaced J Monaco (ARG) (left wrist)

Doubles Round Robin Matches
M Fish (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d R Lindstedt (SWE) / R Soderling (SWE) 26 62 10-3
N Zimonjic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) d E Korolev (RUS) / S Vovk (RUS) 61 61
N Kiefer (GER) / M Zverev (GER) d J Chardy (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) 60 64
M Gonzalez (ARG) / J del Potro (ARG) d F Piccari (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) 62 63

Kitzbuhel

Don’t expect me to care. I only have so much to give.

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Singles – Second Round
[2] J Melzer (AUT) d A Calleri (ARG) 64 75
[3] V Hanescu (ROU) d M Granollers (ESP) 61 76(2)
[7] M Youzhny (RUS) d [WC] S Koubek (AUT) 62 64
O Hernandez (ESP) d [WC] A Beck (GER) 75 64
[WC] D Koellerer (AUT) d D Junqueira (ARG) 61 62
[Q] J Chela (ARG) d [LL] R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) 63 62
[LL] J Benneteau (FRA) d N Massu (CHI) 61 67(4) 76(7)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
A Pavel (ROU) / H Tecau (ROU) d [1] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 46 75 10-7
J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d [4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 62 64
C Kas (GER) / A Peya (AUT) d L Arnold Ker (ARG) / O Marach (AUT) 63 64

Doubles – First Round
L Arnold Ker (ARG) / O Marach (AUT) d [WC] M Kohlmann (GER) / P Oswald (AUT) 64 67(5) 10-8
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d M Ancic (CRO) / M Youzhny (RUS) 62 64

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