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Dubai: Carry On Culling

Posted by gauloises1 on February 25, 2010

Not that there were many top seeds left to cull, but sixth seed Marin Cilic was the latest victim of whatever is going on in Dubai, falling to Jurgen Melzer 76(8) 75.

For a while there it looked like Novak Djokovic might join him, but fortunately he fought back against Ivan Ljubicic and ended in fine style, by bagelling him.

Next up for Nole, sole survivor of a field that looked so promising? Marcos Baghdatis, who beat Michael Berrer in straights, while Melzer faces seventh seed and perennial question mark Mikhail Youzhny.

And that is what happened today.

Full results

Singles – Quarter-finals
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d I Ljubicic (CRO) 26 64 60
J Melzer (AUT) d [6] M Cilic (CRO) 76(8) 75
[7] M Youzhny (RUS) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 63 64
M Baghdatis (CYP) d M Berrer (GER) 76(5) 61

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[2] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) d A Clement (FRA) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 76(3) 61
C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) d [4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 64 62
F Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) 63 64

Order of Play

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
J Melzer (AUT) vs [7] M Youzhny (RUS)
F Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) vs S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS)
Not Before 7:00 PM
M Baghdatis (CYP) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) vs [2] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND)

Posted in dubai, jurgen melzer, marcos baghdatis, marin cilic, mikhail youzhny, novak djokovic | Tagged: , , , , | 4 Comments »

You Crack Me Up, ATP

Posted by gauloises1 on February 25, 2010

Seriously. The stuff they come up with for promotional activities just cracks me up. I can’t help it.

Exhibit A: Shopping with the Davydenkos

Exhibit B: Random ‘celebrities’ from other sports, such as England cricketer Ian Bell, for no adequately explained reason.

Exhibit C: If all else fails, have an unenthusiastic player hold a random animal.

Congratulations! You have now Promoted Your Tournament. With synergy and stuff.

Posted in andy murray, dubai, marin cilic, nikolay davydenko | Tagged: , , | 6 Comments »

And Kolya, and Jo …

Posted by gauloises1 on February 25, 2010

More pain for the top seeds in Dubai today. Literally, after Kolya was forced to retire with a wrist injury, trailing indistinguishable German Michael Berrer 6-3.

And Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost to Ivan Ljubicic in straight sets in a match that I’m bloody glad I didn’t watch.

Not all bad news, though. Marin may look like he was constructed out of pipecleaners and wet spaghetti with no particular care taken during the process (and I love it, before the hatemail starts), but he’s holding up surprisingly well despite it, managing to beat Stefan Koubeck in straights; Baggy took care of Somdev Devvarman, and Nole meandered to a victory over compatriot Troicki, 62 in the third.

Serious business.

Not.

Nice nips though.

Full results

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d V Troicki (SRB) 36 64 62
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d [3] A Murray (GBR) 76(3) 46 64
M Berrer (GER) d [4] N Davydenko (RUS) 63 ret. (left wrist)
I Ljubicic (CRO) d [5] [WC] J Tsonga (FRA) 75 63
[6] M Cilic (CRO) d [Q] S Koubek (AUT) 62 76(6)
[7] M Youzhny (RUS) d [Q] B Phau (GER) 76(2) 64
J Melzer (AUT) d T Robredo (ESP) 63 75
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [Q] S Devvarman (IND) 63 36 61

Men’s Doubles – Quarter-finals
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d [3] M Bhupathi (IND) / M Mirnyi (BLR) 64 64

Men’s Doubles – First Round
F Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) d [1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 63 36 10-7
A Clement (FRA) / R Lindstedt (SWE) d [WC] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) 57 76(5) 10-8
[4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d [4] N Davydenko (RUS) / I Kunitsyn (RUS) W/O (Davydenko – left wrist)

Order of Play

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
J Melzer (AUT) vs [6] M Cilic (CRO)
J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs [7] M Youzhny (RUS)
Not Before 7:00 PM
I Ljubicic (CRO) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
M Baghdatis (CYP) vs M Berrer (GER)

COURT 3 start 2:00 pm
C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) vs [4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK)
A Clement (FRA) / R Lindstedt (SWE) vs [2] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND)
Not Before 5:00 PM
F Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) vs J Tipsarevic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) – After Suitable Rest

Posted in dubai, jo-wilfried tsonga, marin cilic, nikolay davydenko, novak djokovic | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

Dubai, Dubai!

Posted by gauloises1 on February 24, 2010

… never seemed so strange. Anyway, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga got a bit of a let-off today when compatriot Michael Llodra (who picked up his Marseilles title a matter of days ago, lest we forget) abruptly retired after a tight first set which Tsonga took 11-9 in the tiebreaker.

A speedy recovery to Llodra, and a whispered “WHOO!” to Jo.

And speaking of people who I’d rather watch than other people, Marin Cilic played his first match since Belgrade today, beating Arnaud Clement 62 64.

In JMDP’s absence, I’ll take all the lanky, awkward adorableness I can get. In the spirit of which, check out this video. There are a few moments of my-limbs-are-too-long-for-this-world Marin magic. And frankly, it’s worth it for Jason Goodall’s overblown commentary and rampant redefinition of words like ‘eager’ and ‘delighted’. (Thanks to rachael for the link.)

Results

Men’s Singles – First Round
[4] N Davydenko (RUS) d F Serra (FRA) 67(5) 64 61
[5] [WC] J Tsonga (FRA) d M Llodra (FRA) 76(9) ret. (left hamstring)
[6] M Cilic (CRO) d A Clement (FRA) 62 64
[7] M Youzhny (RUS) d L Lacko (SVK) 67(3) 76(5) 61
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d A Seppi (ITA) 76(4) 75
M Berrer (GER) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 64 76(3)
T Robredo (ESP) d J Benneteau (FRA) 62 61
[Q] S Devvarman (IND) d M Chiudinelli (SUI) 64 75
[Q] B Phau (GER) d [WC] M Ghareeb (KUW) 30 ret. (back)

Men’s Doubles – First Round
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d N Djokovic (SRB) / D Vemic (SRB) 64 63
J Tipsarevic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) d F Serra (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) 76(4) 60
C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) d I Ljubicic (CRO) / J Melzer (AUT) 64 76(4)

Order of Play

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
M Berrer (GER) vs [4] N Davydenko (RUS)
V Troicki (SRB) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[3] A Murray (GBR) vs J Tipsarevic (SRB)
[5] [WC] J Tsonga (FRA) vs I Ljubicic (CRO)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
[Q] S Koubek (AUT) vs [6] M Cilic (CRO)
Not Before 4:00 PM
[Q] B Phau (GER) vs [7] M Youzhny (RUS)
N Davydenko (RUS) / I Kunitsyn (RUS) vs [4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK)
[WC] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) vs A Clement (FRA) / R Lindstedt (SWE)

COURT 3 start 2:00 pm
T Robredo (ESP) vs J Melzer (AUT)
M Baghdatis (CYP) vs [Q] S Devvarman (IND)
[1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs F Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP)
[3] M Bhupathi (IND) / M Mirnyi (BLR) vs S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS)

Posted in dubai, jo-wilfried tsonga, marin cilic, michael llodra | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

My Hotel is Bigger Than Yours

Posted by gauloises1 on February 22, 2010

Some of the boys doing promotional shots in front of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai:

Novak pwns you, Dubai.

Look at him, having his photo taken like a real top player. Bless.

Did Andy oversleep for this shoot, or what?

Seriously, I swear to god, he is wearing his pyjamas.

Either that or he’s having a prolonged reaction to Melbourne and has been in bed with the curtains closed, eating ice-cream out of the tub, with ‘Mad World’ on repeat for the last month or whatever.

BOUNCE BACK, ANDY. WE NEED YOU.

Posted in andy murray, dubai, marin cilic, novak djokovic | Tagged: , , | 9 Comments »

Zagreb: Marin On Top Again

Posted by gauloises1 on February 8, 2010

Marin Cilic is now 15-1 in 2010, having defended in Zagreb to pick up his second title of 2010 by defeating Michael Berrer 64 67(5) 63.

Giant clown feet! Love it.

A somewhat ragged performance by Marin, who failed to capitalise on repeatedly putting himself in good positions on Berrer’s serve throughout the second set, and made it through the third set on more or less pure adrenaline. More than understandable, though, and he did fantastically to bring home the win in front of his home crowd. I’m stupidly pleased for him.

Hopefully now he can get some good rest, recover and get ready to build on this fantastic start throughout the rest of 2010. And carry on working with Goran, because I need more of this sort of thing:

Much more.

Posted in goran ivanisevic, marin cilic, titlists, zagreb | Tagged: , | 6 Comments »

Zagreb: I Like These Numbers

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2010

Marin Cilic is now 14-1 in 2010, after defeating Jurgen Melzer 76(5) 64 to reach the finals of the PBZ Zagreb.

Knobbly knees.

Does anyone like Jurgen Melzer?

Marin lost to Melzer in the finals of Vienna last year, so it’s good to see him get some revenge. He’ll face Michael Berrer, who beat Philipp Petzschner 76(5) 75. He fears no plosives. Also, there are no pictures of him and I don’t care enough to look really hard. Come on Marin!

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] M Cilic (CRO) d [3] J Melzer (AUT) 76(5) 64
M Berrer (GER) d P Petzschner (GER) 76(6) 75

Doubles – Semi-finals
J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) d [3] M Damm (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) 76(4) 64

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Thursday’s Results: Marin, Monfils, Ferru Through

Posted by gauloises1 on February 4, 2010

So one thing that is really making me miss the Australian Open right now? Quality and availability of photos. If the rest of the snappers are anything like the ones I know, they’re still huddled on their sofas getting over jet lag. Fair enough, but come on. The people need photos.

This is about three days old.

Anyway, the week’s action continues to chug along in quite pleasing fashion. In Johannesburg, top seeds Monfils, Ferru and Lopez (your heavy breathing can’t stop him!) are all into the quarterfinals with fairly straightforward wins, as are Newport champion Rajeev Ram and last year’s Chennai finalist, Somdev Devvarman.

In Zagreb, Marin Cilic is yet to show any signs of the post-AO blues, rolling against Jan Hajek and crazy Daniel Koellerer. Unfortunately, he faces Ivo Karlovic next, which is likely to be a bit more tricky. They’re the last Croats standing after Ivan Ljubicic relatively inexplicably lost to Lukas Lacko, meaning the only seed left in the bottom half of the draw is Viktor Troicki after a marathon three-set win for Philipp Petzchner over Benjamin Becker.

Play is still going on in Santiago,  with Gonzo, Granollers, Souza, Martin, Luczak and Schwank into the quarterfinals so far, to be joined by the winners of Pico-Chela (underway as we speak) and Bellucci-Capdeville.

Johannesburg

Singles – Second Round
[1] G Monfils (FRA) d J Ouanna (FRA) 64 75
[2] D Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] F Prpic (SWE) 63 64
[7] Y Lu (TPE) d [WC] R Klaasen (RSA) 64 75
S Devvarman (IND) d T Alves (BRA) 64 61

Doubles – Quarter-finals
R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d [2] J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) 36 63 9-9 default
[3] E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) d P Amritraj (IND) / J Cerretani (USA) 64 76(6)
[WC] R Klaasen (RSA) / I Van Der Merwe (RSA) vs K Beck (SVK) / H Levy (ISR)
S Darcis (BEL) / X Malisse (BEL) d S Ratiwatana (THA) / S Ratiwatana (THA) 36 64 10-8

Doubles – First Round
[WC] R Klaasen (RSA) / I Van Der Merwe (RSA) d [4] J Coetzee (RSA) / R Wassen (NED) 46 62 10-8

Santiago

Singles – Second Round
[1] F Gonzalez (CHI) d [Q] R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) 64 63
A Martin (ESP) d R Mello (BRA) 63 64
M Granollers (ESP) d L Kubot (POL) 64 62
[Q] J Souza (BRA) d P Riba (ESP) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
[2] M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) d [WC] J Aguilar (CHI) / H Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) 61 76(4)
P Starace (ITA) / H Zeballos (ARG) d [3] P Cuevas (URU) / M Granollers (ESP) 62 62
[WC] S Gonzalez (MEX) / N Massu (CHI) d B Dabul (ARG) / P Lorenzi (ITA) 61 64
L Arnold Ker (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG) d O Hernandez (ESP) / N Lapentti (ECU) 63 62
L Friedl (CZE) / D Skoch (CZE) d T Bellucci (BRA) / M Daniel (BRA) 64 76(4)

Zagreb

Singles – Second Round
[1] M Cilic (CRO) d D Koellerer (AUT) 62 61
L Lacko (SVK) d [2] I Ljubicic (CRO) 76(3) 57 76(5)
P Petzschner (GER) d [6] B Becker (GER) 16 76(4) 76(6)
[7] I Karlovic (CRO) d [Q] A Sidorenko (FRA) 76(4) 76(8)
M Berrer (GER) d [WC] P Jelenic (CRO) 64 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) d [1] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 64 64
[3] M Damm (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) d M Kohlmann (GER) / A Peya (AUT) 64 62
B Becker (GER) / R Schuettler (GER) d C Kas (GER) / E Korolev (KAZ) 64 60
A Clement (FRA) / O Rochus (BEL) d [4] R Hutchins (GBR) / J Kerr (AUS) 63 61

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Marin. Goran. This I Have To See.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 1, 2010

Fresh from his Australian Open semifinal appearance, brand new into the top ten and back home in Zagreb, Marin Cilic has announced he is working with Goran Ivanisevic on a trial basis.

It was Goran of course who gave Marin his first big break, recommending him to current coach Bob Brett when he was a teenager. Now according to this article they’re working together on a trial basis during the Zagreb tournament. If the arrangement does become more permanent, it doesn’t say whether Ivanisevic will replace Brett or not, but I highly doubt it and Brett doesn’t travel with him all the time anyway. 

I can’t imagine two more different personalities; cool-as-a-cucumber Marin and the mad, bad daddy of Croatian tennis. I have a strong feeling this could be amazing.

They’ve already been training together:

So. Excited.

In sadder Marin news, apparently his maternal grandmother died last Wednesday before the semifinal. This after his paternal grandmother died two years ago during the Australian Open. Poor Marin.

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ATP Week Ahead: Johannesburg, Santiago, Zagreb

Posted by gauloises1 on February 1, 2010

No rest for the wicked. Or alternatively … on the road again …

Johannesburg

Draw here.

With defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga not returning, the top four seeds are Gael Monfils, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez and Marco Chiudinelli. Lopez and Monfils both have nice draws so we could be looking at a fun semifinal given their different styles of play. Ferru has what seems like some potential pitfalls in the shape of Ivan Navarro and the winner of Somdev Devvarman / Xavier Malisse, and I have no idea who’s coming out of Chiudinelli’s quarter. I’m confused by Chiudinelli even having a quarter.

Predicted champion: David Ferrer, if he’s healthy and I really hope he is.

Santiago

Draw here.

A pretty good draw with no less than six Argies in it. Top seeds are defending champion Gonzo, Pico, Nose Job and Pablo Cuevas. At first glance Pico has the toughest draw, meeting Nicholas Massu in the first round before possibly having to contest with Juan Ignacio Chela, but if he can get through those matches, he shouldn’t have too much trouble getting to the semifinals – unless of course the potentially unstoppable force that is Potito Starace can be, well, unstoppable.  Gonzo shouldn’t realistically have any trouble either unless zombie Kubot can pull off another death-defying run, but Nose Job has to contend with Nico Lapentti in the first round and quite possibly last year’s finalist Chucho in the quarters. If he makes it that far.

Predicted champion: Gonzo. He kind of owns this tournament. Possibly literally.

Zagreb

Draw here.

I can’t believe it was only a year ago that Mario and Marin played in the final. Anyway, as one might expect it’s appropriately Croatian, with the host nation supplying three of the eight seeds (Marin Cilic, Ivo Karlovic and Ivan Ljubicic). It remains to be seen what the defending champion’s form is like after his feats at the Australian Open, and he doesn’t have the easiest draw, seeded to meet Ivo Karlovic in the quarters (they’ve never played before). Ljubicic, on the other hand, has quite a nice draw if he can overcome fellow oldie Arnaud Clement in the first round. The Melzer-Korolev quarter is just packed, and there’s a strong possibility of an all-Serbian quarterfinal between Troicki and Tipsy which could be … interesting, under the circumstances.

Predicted champion: Ljubicic. I think Marin may well go out early and Ljubicic will be looking for some home-ground redemption after losing in the R16 last year.

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