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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).

novak djokovic2

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!

Posted in andy murray, basel, fernando verdasco, marco chiudinelli, mikhail youzhny, novak djokovic, radek stepanek, roger federer, valencia | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 15 Comments »

Bangkok: Bish Bash Bosh

Posted by gauloises1 on October 2, 2009

So what was the craic in Bangkok today? Well, I only saw the first set of the Tsonga-Gulbis match, and that honestly was enough power tennis to last for about a year.

ernests gulbis thailand open bangkok tsonga

Gulbis actually won the first set 7-3 in the tiebreak, but the margins were so narrow between the two. It’s so odd whenever I get the chance to see Ernie play these days. He really seems to have no concept of playing anything other than flat out and hitting the ball as hard as he can (Tsonga obviously being no slouch in that department either). It was spectacular stuff and the crowd were lapping it up, which was great to see – the Bangkok crowds seem so into their tennis. And yet oddly I had no doubt whatsoever that I would come home to find that Jo had won in three. I just don’t know what to think about Ernie, really. Do you think that he needs to add more dimensions to his game, learn to play more strategically, or is it simply a case of executing his current WHAM! BAM! KABLAMMO! game more consistently? Answers on a postcard. He has such talent.

Anyway, have a picture of Jo looking pretty.

jo-wilfried tsonga bangkok thailand open gulbis

Quarterfinals it is then for the defending champion. Joining him there is second seed Gilles Simon, who’ll face Evgeny Korolev; eighth seed John Isner, who’s taking on Viktor Troicki (bit of a shock for Viktor, who’ll essentially be facing himself but much much taller), and Jurgen Melzer and Andreas Beck. Yawn. As for Jo, he’ll face Marco Chiudinelli after the latter beat Marat Safin (no stranger to WHAM! BAM! KABLAMMO! tennis himself).

marat safin thailand open bangkok chiudinelli

marat safin thailand open bangkok chiudinelli

marat safin bangkok thailand open chiudinelli

Aaaand the Marat Safin Farewell Tour of Failure rolls on. Well done to Chiudinelli though, who I’ve suddenly become aware of.


Singles – Second Round
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) d E Gulbis (LAT) 67(3) 76(4) 76(2)
[2] G Simon (FRA) d K Kim (USA) 62 62
[8] J Isner (USA) d M Zverev (GER) 76(5) 64
A Beck (GER) d [LL] D Young (USA) 61 67(3) 64
[Q] M Chiudinelli (SUI) d M Safin (RUS) 63 76(4)
E Korolev (RUS) d R Ginepri (USA) 61 61

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[3] J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d M Kohlmann (GER) / A Peya (AUT) 62 46 10-3
E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) d R Hutchins (GBR) / H Tecau (ROU) 26 64 10-6
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / M Zverev (GER) d M Safin (RUS) / G Simon (FRA) 62 63
F Santoro (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) d B Becker (GER) / L Mayer (ARG) 57 61 10-6

Posted in bangkok, ernests gulbis, jo-wilfried tsonga, marat safin, marco chiudinelli | Tagged: , , , | 8 Comments »

D Cup Saturday: Everybody Else

Posted by gauloises1 on September 20, 2009

Well, the two semifinals may have been clinched, but pretty much everybody else in the World Group is doing their best to keep it interesting. Apart from Serbia, who have now beaten Uzbekistan 3-0 to stay in the World Group, courtesy of Zimonjic and Tipsarevic, a maiden doubles pairing who beat Istomin and and Dustov 62 63 62

nenad janko

Such soft, shiny hair …

Despite the best efforts of Melo and Sa, the Lapentti bros, Nico and Giovanni, gave Ecuador a 2-1 lead over Brazil with a five-set doubles victory. I’m torn on this one. There’s hotties on both sides of the net, but Nico says he might not retire if Ecuador stay in the World Group, and I do love me some Nico …


Italy pulled off a bit of a shock today after Federer was benched for the doubles, leading Wawrinka and Chiudinelli to fly the flag.

wawrinka chiudinelli

They have consequently learned an important lesson: underestimate Potito Starace at your peril. The weaselly one teamed up with Simone Bolelli to nick the doubles rubber 64 62 76(3).

bolelli starace2

Of course, one of them will have to beat Roger Federer to win the tie, but whatever. Enjoy your moment, guys. Also looking good in blue were Les Bleus, ably represented by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra, who beat Thiemo de Bakker and Igor Sijsling in four sets 63 36 76 64.


Llodra nearly comes a cropper.

llodra tsonga2


Not sure if they’re playing or celebrating, to be honest. Either works.

Sweden also notched up a 2-1 lead, with Soderling and Lindstedt beating Hanescu and Horia Tecau (apparently a thing) in straight sets to give them the edge after Hanescu’s victory over Vinciguerra yesterday.

soderling lindstedt

The Ukraine managed to pull a point back, beating Belgium in the doubles for 2-1, and Austria are currently a break up in the first set of the doubles match with Chile, which they need to win to stay in the World Group.

In “I dream of the World Group but could never get there”, Great Britain are facing an uphill struggle against Poland. Yeah … Poland. Murray, who continues to struggle with his wrist injury, stepped up for the doubles with Ross Hutchins, but they lost to Frystenberg and Matkowski 75 36 63 62. This basically means Poland are going to win, unless Dan Evans – ranked 302 in the world – can somehow win a match tomorrow. Which will not happen. Bugger it.

muzz hutch

Says it all.

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D Cup: Fed In The House

Posted by gauloises1 on September 17, 2009

Switzerland can relax! Roger Federer has arrived to join the Davis Cup squad ahead of their forthcoming tie with Italy in Genova at the weekend.




Is it me, or do these photos tell a tragic emotional tale as regards Federinka?

Posted in davis cup, marco chiudinelli, michael lammer, roger federer, stanislas wawrinka | Tagged: , , , | 17 Comments »

Image is Everything: Ciao, Chiudinelli

Posted by gauloises1 on September 4, 2009

OK, so, here’s the thing: I don’t really know who Marco Chiudinelli is. I know he came through qualifying, I know he beat Mikhail Youzhny today, I know he’s Swiss, and I *think* he’s a bit old. Other than that, I just know I know the name.

But these pictures were just too cute, so I thought I’d post them and let you guys tell me what I should know about him. Informed people that you are.




And oh yeah … I know he’s kind of cute.

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USO Day Four: Men? Kind of Dull

Posted by gauloises1 on September 4, 2009

I have to confess, I am finding it much easier to talk about the WTA so far. Rightly or wrongly, all of the best matches I’ve watched so far – the close, compelling, dramatic ones – have come from the women, and the men’s matches? Kind of a yawn. And the ones that do look good – Lapentti’s five-set comeback over Wawrinka, for example – have happened on unstreamed courts. OK, some of the entertainment the women have provided has been in top seeds losing winnable matches, but it’s keeping things bloody interesting. The situation will probably reverse itself as we get into the second week, but with all the WTA-bashing, which tour would you rather watch in the first week of a Slam?

Anyway. The men are playing, forgettable though it might be so far. Nikolay Davydenko (on an unstreamed court) beat Jan Hernych 64 61 62, and fourteenth seed Tommy Robredo dropped a set but overcame Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in four.


Tommy Haas and Sam Querrey, the twentieth and twenty-second seed, both came through. Haas put out Robert Kendrick in straights, while Sam exhibited some loose play to drop a set to fellow American Kevin Kim, but came through 75 67(6) 64 64. He will play Robin Soderling next, who progressed when Marcel Granollers retired after two and a bit games. Oooh-kay.


Verdasco dropped just six games in beating Florent Serra, but the only real upset of the day came from Mikhail Youzhny, who lost to Marco Chiudinelli (that other Swiss guy who isn’t that one or the other one), 62 67(4) 46 36.


Oh, and it was a bad day for the Argies. Maximo Gonzalez lost to the frankly inxplicable Jesse Witten (although he did rock some truly excellent hair), and Leonardo Mayer went down to Radek Stepanek in straight sets. He didn’t play particularly well, but he did exhibit some first-class dramatics.



Sad face for Horseface.

Posted in leonardo mayer, marcel granollers, marco chiudinelli, robin soderling, tommy robredo, us open | Tagged: , , , , | 5 Comments »