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D Cup: Croatia 3, Ecuador 0

Posted by gauloises1 on March 7, 2010

Team Gangle.

Never in doubt.

You have to feel a little sorry for Ecuador’s sibling team of Nicolas and Giovanni Lapentti, who were properly up against it this weekend. I was interested to see (or rather scoreboard) the match between Nico Lapentti and Ivo Karlovic, because it seems like every round these guys are going five sets for heroic wins/painful losses. They didn’t disappoint, with Karlovic coming back from two sets to one down to win 64 in the fifth. After which Marin Cilic dismissed Giovanni in three sets and got on with his main occupation of being too cute for words.

High fives are a serious thing, you know. Not to be taken lightly.

Ecuador/the Lapenttis were left with the task of winning the doubles to keep the tie alive against the lanky Croats.

They didn’t manage it, falling in three tight sets and leaving the Croatians with nothing to do except demonstrate that they’re not nearly as good at hugging as they have been in the past.

Not natural huggers, are they?

Still, huge congratulations to Team Gangle on a drama-free win and progressing into the quarterfinals for the zillionth time. They’ll be up against either the United States or Serbia next. Which could be … interesting. Quick, have some more pictures.

R1 – I.KARLOVIC (CRO) def. N.LAPENTTI (ECU)
6-2  5-7  6-7(2)  6-3  6-4
R2 – M.CILIC (CRO) def. G.LAPENTTI (ECU)
6-4  6-3  6-3
R3 – M.CILIC / I.KARLOVIC (CRO) def. G.LAPENTTI / N.LAPENTTI (ECU)
7-6(3)  6-3  7-5

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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.

nico

marcos daniel

nico raul viver

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.

melzer beats capdeville

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.

massu2

massu

massu3

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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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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 …

lapenttis

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

Llodra nearly comes a cropper.

llodra tsonga2

TENNIS-DAVIS-NED-FRA

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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USO Day Two: Upsetastic

Posted by gauloises1 on September 2, 2009

A bit of seed spillage and general surprises going on today. Possibly the biggest, for sheer obscurity of the upsetter and perceived reliability of the upsettee? Probably Jesse Witten, a 26 year-old ranked 276, beating twenty-ninth seed Igor Andreev – who took Federer to five sets here last year, let us not forget – in straight sets, 64 60 62.

witten

This is seriously Jesse Witten. WTF.

Also representing for the home nation was Kevin Kim, who took out Dudi Sela in four, and Taylor Dent, who beat Feliciano Lopez in four dramatic sets that were frankly great fun to watch.

dent

Scary, scary man.

Seed-wise, we also lost Ivo Karlovic, the twenty-seventh seed, who fell to Ivan Navarro in straight sets, and Stanislas Wawrinka was NOT the man. The nineteenth seed dropped to Nico Lapentti, who came back from two sets to love down to take the match 63 in the fifth. But I’m rather fond of Nico, so that’s OK.

nico

Both Karlovic and Wawrinka were in Murray’s quarter, so allow me a quiet ‘yay’, please.

On the WTA side, twenty-seventh seed Kleybanova fell to Petra Kvitova in three, and sixteenth seed Virginie Razzano was shown the door by NB fave Yanina Wickmayer, who is finally beginning to deliver on some of her promise.

kvitovawicky

And in a pulsating three-set encounter, Kateryna Bondarenko put out Ana Ivanovic. I have never seen Ana fight so desperately to win a match. Kudos to K-Bond, though, who started off dreadfully and battled fatigue and injury to take the third-set tiebreaker and with it the match.

kbond

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RG Day Three: ATP Round-Up

Posted by gauloises1 on May 27, 2009

And on the penile side …

Novak Djokovic was denied a tough test by veteran clay-courter (and freaking sex god) Nico Lapentti, who rolled an ankle in the second set and was forced to retire.

nico nole

Bad luck for Nico and kitten. Still, maybe it’s good that Nole doesn’t expend too much energy too early. He’s going to need it.

Twenty-seventh seed Schuettler was double-bagelled by Marc Gicquel, but took it well, apparently, milking the cheers of the crowd when he finally managed to get a game. Nadal-beater (yes, in an exo, I KNOW) Brian Dabul was a slight blemish on Argentina’s record of the day, falling to Sergiy Stakhovsky in four. Tommys Robredo and Haas advanced, as did Gimeno-Traver after Evgeny Korolev, the Kournikova Kousin, was forced to retire after a set.

And it was not a good day for wunderkind Bernard Tomic, who needed medical attention just to lose to Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets.

tomic

Someone get the Atomic B a sandwich, please.

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Image is Everything: Get Your Brazilians Here

Posted by gauloises1 on May 10, 2009

So this weekend there was some almost entirely ignored Group I Davis Cup action going on. And because I’m a fundamentally good person, I thought I would bring you some pictorial goodness from these neglected ties.

Only the ones featuring hot South Americans, obviously. What am I, Mother Teresa?

Ecuador 3 Peru 0

This one was all about the Lapenttis, who won singles, then doubles …

lapenttis

… then hugged …

nico2

… jumped over things …

nico

… and had champagne. Good show, Nico.

Colombia 0 Brazil 3

nose job

My favourite Nose Job faced Colombia’s Alejandro Falla.

nose job2

He kicked ass.

Then some other dude won a match, who’s not interesting. And then …

sa melo

Sa and Melo laid the smackdown in the doubles.

melo sa

Caption fail.

sa melo2

They won. And hugged.

melo

And hugged some other people.

brazilians

Who then hugged some other people.

brazilians2

Don’t you just love Davis Cup?

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