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The Week In Winners Of Tournaments I Sort Of Ignored.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 21, 2011

Congratulations to Nicolas Almagro and Lourdes Dominguez Lino, who picked up South American clay titles this week.

This was Dominguez-Lino’s second WTA title, her first also coming in Bogota in 2006. That’s a long time to keep plugging away, so well done to her. She caught a break in the semis when Petra Martic withdrew due to gastroenteritis, but she did well to beat Mathilde Johansson in three sets after Johansson beat Suarez Navarro. Big congratulations to her.

As for Almagro, thanks to the rain falling in BA this week, he had to defeat Acasuso (who still plays tennis, apparently) and Robredo back to back yesterday before taking on Juan Ignacio Chela and beating him 63 36 64 tonight. So well done there. He joins Soderling in the circle of those winning back-to-back titles this week.

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The Week In ATP Winners: Soderling Repeats Rotterdam, Almagro Is Awkward

Posted by gauloises1 on February 13, 2011

Rotterdam

After last week’s first-time titlists, it’s a bit repeato on the ATP tour this week. Robin Soderling successfully defended a title for the first time in his career, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 63 36 63 in the final. Oddly, it was Philipp Kohlschreiber who pushed him the hardest all week. But with Djokovic withdrawing and Murray losing in the first round to Baghdatis, it always looked like being Soderling’s week.

Costa do Saiupe

Nicolas Almagro won his second Brasil Open title at a tournament which I … didn’t watch. So I will merely post these mildly amusing photos from the trophy ceremony.

 

It was another solid week for Alexandr Dolgopolov – FYI, I absolutely refuse to call him either the ATP-sanctioned “The Dog” or the popular “Dolly”, sue me – getting to a final. I’m not quite sold on his long-term potential (future top 10, really?) but keeping up the momentum of Australia is a really good sign. I like watching him a lot and I hope he stays healthy.

And so the ‘Golden Swing’ (that just reminds me of a particularly upsetting sex-based episode of geriatric comedy Waiting For God) creaks on to Buenos Aires …

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Mammoth Titlist … list

Posted by gauloises1 on July 19, 2010

I have to apologise for my protracted absence. Life stuff in the first half of the week followed by sustaining a silly and very painful eye injury on Wednesday which required me to lie in the dark being very bored … Well, that’s my excuse.

So who’s been winning while I’ve been away?

Bastad – ATP

Almagro continued his quest for universal popularity by beating Robin Soderling 75 36 62 for his sixth career title and first since Acapulco in 2009.

Bastad – WTA

Aravane Rezai beat Gisela Dulko 63 46 64 for her fourth career title and second this year. She’s now 4-0 in finals.

Budapest

Agnes Szavay defended her title, beating last year’s whipping woman Patty Schnyder 62 64.

Newport

While everyone else was playing Davis Cup last weekend, Mardy Fish won the soup thing.

Palermo

Quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and now defeater of Flavia Pennetta on home clay, Kaia Kanepi, ladies and gentlemen.

Prague

Second title in one post two weeks for Agnes Szavay, this time over Stepanova wedding guest Zahlalova Strycova, and she seems to have just about found her feet on clay for 2010. Never accused of good timing, our Agnes.

Stuttgart

A fifth career title for Montanes, conqueror of Federer earlier this year in Estoril, didn’t quite come the way he would have wanted after Gael Monfils turned his ankle at the end of the first set and was forced to retire 1-2 down in the second. Get better soon, Gael. Incidentally, five career titles and he doesn’t even get a look in on Davis Cup? Sometimes I wish I was Spanish.

Posted in agnes szavay, albert montanes, aravane rezai, bstaad, budapest, kaia kanepi, mardy fish, newport, nicolas almagro, palermo, patty schnyder, prague, stuttgart, titlists | Tagged: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Barcelona: Tuesday’s Results, Wednesday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on April 21, 2010

Further woe for the reduced field as seeds Juan Monaco and Albert Montanes were beaten, while Tommy Robredo trailed a set and a break before being forced to retire.But hey, Jeremy Chardy won a match. It’s not all bad.

Full Results

Singles – Second Round
[2] R Soderling (SWE) d J Chela (ARG) 75 75
[15] N Almagro (ESP) d S Greul (GER) 61 63
[LL] I Navarro (ESP) d [Q] P Cuevas (URU) 62 64

Singles – First Round
[Q] S Bolelli (ITA) d [9] T Robredo (ESP) 67(7) 64 31 ret. (back)
[Q] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d [10] J Monaco (ARG) 62 36 62
[11] J Melzer (AUT) d [LL] N Lapentti (ECU) 63 63
[12] L Hewitt (AUS) d [Q] M Ilhan (TUR) 64 46 62
J Chardy (FRA) d [14] A Montanes (ESP) 63 76(1)
[16] F Lopez (ESP) d O Dolgopolov Jr. (UKR) 63 30 ret. (illness)
[WC] A Martin (ESP) d A Seppi (ITA) 75 64
D Istomin (UZB) d S Robert (FRA) 76(5) 16 61
[Q] A Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d M Russell (USA) 64 63
S Stakhovsky (UKR) d M Zverev (GER) 46 64 62
E Gulbis (LAT) d P Luczak (AUS) 76(4) 63
V Hanescu (ROU) d A Beck (GER) 61 62

Doubles – First Round
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / A Montanes (ESP) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) 76(7) 63
T Bellucci (BRA) / H Zeballos (ARG) d M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) 64 62

Today’s OOP is brought to you by Juan Monaco’s apparently ineffective warm-up routine …

… and the dubious pleasure of sitting on Nicolas Almagro’s lap.

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D Cup: All To Play For

Posted by gauloises1 on March 7, 2010

And now for a quick (who am I kidding, mammoth) round-up of the ties still left to be settled on Sunday.

Spain 2 – Switzerland 1

Not the start that Spain wanted, as Nicolas Almagro lost a tough five-set match to Switzerland’s (in Davis Cup parlance) no. 1, new daddy Stanislas Wawrinka. Luckily Davis Cup warrior David Ferrer was on hand to steady the ship, dismissing Marco Chiudinelli in straight sets to even things up heading into the doubles.

I thought that if Switzerland could win the doubles, they would have a nice chance of nicking the tie come Sunday. But there’s that damned depth again. Perennial Davis Cup bridesmaid Marcel Granollers teamed up with Tommy Robredo to defeat Yves Allegro and Stanislas Wawrinka in four sets, leaving Switzerland 1-2 and with a fatigued top singles player heading in to Sunday. Nicely done, Spain.

Russia 2 – India 1

With Nikolay Davydenko out with an injured wrist and Igor Andreev suddenly sidelined with a knee injury, Igor Kunitsyn (who looks like he’s in the last stages of Shelleyesque consumption, but apparently isn’t) was hurriedly pitchforked into the team and did a nice job, grabbing a four-set win from India’s Somdev Devvarman before Mikhail Youzhny put Russia 2-0 up over Rohan Bopanna.

It’s not quite over yet, though, as Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi once again put aside their history of falling out and teamed up to flatten Russia in the doubles, 63 62 62.

Shamil despairs. Like a fox.

Sweden 1 – Argentina 2

Things didn’t start off well for Our Heroes, as Eduardo Schwank was dismissed in straight sets by Robin Soderling.

Taxi!

But an unlikely hero stepped up in the form of Leonardo ‘horseface’ Mayer, who came back from a set down to give Argentina their first point against Joachim Johansson.

Actually the best photo of him I could find.

And then who should hove into view (can you ‘hove’? did I make up that word?) but El Rey himself, David Nalbandian, who teamed up with Horacio Zeballos to take the doubles from Soderling and Lindstedt in straight sets.

Understandably, Nalbandian will get a lot of the credit for this win, but I really have to highlight the brilliant performance of Horazio Zeballos. The Zebutante really impressed on his first Davis Cup outing, staying cool and frequently producing fantastic shots under pressure. I’ve never really watched him play before, but he must have produced close to if not his best tennis on this occasion, a hard thing to do in Davis Cup especially with a legend-in-his-own-lunchtime next to you on the court. Great stuff. If Argentina lose this tie (they will), it won’t be his fault.

I’m told his nickname in Argentina translates to ‘onion’. Do with that information what you will.

Serbia 2 – United States 1

Well, well. Serbia looked well in control after Friday’s singles play against the next generation US team, with Troicki edging John Isner in four tight sets and Djokovic taking care of Querrey, also in four sets.

Things looked pretty rosy for the Serbian team when the news broke that Mike Bryan was suffering from food poisoning and would be replaced by John Isner for Saturday’s doubles. But it didn’t quite work out that way, and a lot of the credit has to go to John Isner. Despite enthusiastic (and sexy) support from the bench …

… the US won in four sets, 76(8) 57 76(8) 63, helped slightly by a controversial call in the third-set tiebreak but mainly by the level head of Bob Bryan and some really impressive work from John Isner. It takes serious, er, mental toughness to bounce back from a disappointing singles debut and put in the kind of performance he did in an unfamiliar milieu on his least favourite surface, against hostile crowd no less. Impressive.

Chile 2 Israel 0

After a day’s delay (and a minute’s silence for the victims of the Chilean earthquake), the postponed tie got under way today with singles action and both Nicolas Massu and Fernando Gonzalez performed for their country, winning in four sets and (in Gonzo’s case) with the due amount of theatrics.

Fuerza Chile!

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ATP Week Ahead: Dubai, Acapulco, Delray Beach

Posted by gauloises1 on February 22, 2010

A 250 and two 500s this week …

Dubai

Draw here.

With Federer out, Tommy Robredo now takes his place in the draw, opening against Marseilles finalist Julien Benneteau. Third seed Andy Murray’s half looks, consequently, a little bit easier, although much will depend on how Marin Cilic makes his return to the courts after his dazzling start to the year as he could well be Murray’s semi-final opponent. Mikhail Youzhny is a possible quarter-final opponent; he’s been playing really well, but also suffering some serious injury difficulties. All in all, this half looks like a great opportunity for Murray to bounce back from his heartbreaking loss in Melbourne … I’ve just jinxed him, haven’t I?

The bottom half looks a little more loaded, although unless Gilles Simon can find some fitness and form, it’s hard not to see Kolya in the semi-finals. Djokovic has drawn wildcard Tsonga in his quarter, but Tsonga in turn has drawn Marseilles champion Michael Llodra in the first round. If both play as they’ve done in the past week, I wouldn’t count on Tsonga getting through that one. Kolya-Nole semi-final and a big cheer for Nole …

Acapulco

Draw here.

Top Seeds: Verdasco, Gonzo, Ferru, Boss, Isner, Almagro, Pico, Montanes … a veritable who’s who of clay courters. Apart from Isner. WTF?

Delray Beach

Draw here.

Definitely the least interesting of the three. Top Seeds: Tommy Haas, Ivo Karlovic, Benjamin Becker, Jeremy Chardy

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AO Day Eight: Everybody’s a Winner

Posted by gauloises1 on January 25, 2010

Apart from half the people in this post who did, in fact, lose.

Your winners:

Your not-winners:

In conclusion: Victoria Azarenka really impressed me in toughing out a three-set win (including a bagel) over Vera Zvonareva; Jo lost his five-set virginity and didn’t seem to mind too much; Serena was on terrifying form; and Kolya goes into his showdown with Federer with his aura of invincibility more than a little battered.

Men’s Results:

Singles – Fourth Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d [22] L Hewitt (AUS) 62 63 64
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d L Kubot (POL) 61 62 75
[6] N Davydenko (RUS) d [9] F Verdasco (ESP) 62 75 46 67(5) 63
[10] J Tsonga (FRA) d [26] N Almagro (ESP) 63 64 46 67(6) 97

Doubles – Third Round
[3] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) d J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) 63 75
F Gonzalez (CHI) / I Ljubicic (CRO) d [11] S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) 64 63
M Kohlmann (GER) / J Nieminen (FIN) d S Bolelli (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) 46 76(3) 76(6)

Women’s Results:

Singles – Fourth Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (13) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 64 62
(16) Li Na (CHN) d. (4) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 64 63
(6) Venus Williams (USA) d. (17) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 36 62 61
(7) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (9) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 46 64 60

Doubles – Third Round
(15) Kirilenko/A.Radwanska (RUS/POL) d. (3) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) 61 62
(6) Raymond/Stubbs (USA/AUS) d. Chan/Niculescu (TPE/ROU) 75 63
(8) Mattek-Sands/Yan (USA/CHN) d. (9) Vesnina/Zheng (RUS/CHN) 64 64

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Bilbao Baggins

Posted by gauloises1 on December 14, 2009

Juan Carlos Ferrero had a good week, defeating Guillermo Olaso (replacing Albert Montanes), Tommy Robredo and Nicolas Almagro to win the Masters exhibition tournament in Bilbao. Which is apparently Spanish for ‘bad hat’.

No, I don’t know.

He was also on hand to present bromancer-in-arms and Davis Cup hero David Ferrer with a golden medal for sporting merit in recognition, presumably, of his general awesomeness.

Men in love suits.

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Save Three More, Get a Blue Peter Badge

Posted by gauloises1 on November 12, 2009

Nadal is saving them up for something. He saved five match points (!) against Nicolas Almagro (!) to win 36 76(2) 75 (!) on a day when he was, to put it mildly, not playing his best.

rafael nadal

I thought Almagro was solid but unspectacular. Rafa, however, was not good. There seemed to be nothing – no length, no bite  – on his groundstrokes and time and time again the ball dropped short and soft for Almagro to tee off on. Still, it’s Rafa and suddenly in the game when Almagro was serving for the match, his forehand made an appearance. He did brilliantly to make it into a third and then Almagro cramped mid-way through and barely staggered to the end.

nicolas almagronicolas almagro2

Still an impressive display of tenacity from Nadal. He’ll get both a wake-up call and a boost from this match, and his next opponent (Robredo) should be a nice match for him.

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More Random Photos From Valencia

Posted by gauloises1 on November 4, 2009

Just a smattering of photoage I liked coming out of Valencia today …

juan carlos ferrero dejected

Boss shows us his sad face.

ferrer almagro

Ferru and Almagro give us some guy love.

andy murray alex corretja

Mandy is not impressed.

gael monfils

Sweaty Bambi gets his game face on.

verdasco davydenko

verdasco davydenko2

Not sure what’s going on here, but Kolya in his civvies? Always worth posting.

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