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Indian Wells: Quarter-finals. QUARTER-FINALS.

Posted by gauloises1 on March 17, 2011

It’s official, Juan Martin del Potro has killed what remains of my brain. I am now unable to express myself in any fashion more eloquent than short and inane statements repeated in capitals. Sorry.

Juan Martin del Potro d. (32) Philipp Kohlschreiber 76(3) 76(7)

Eye of the tiger.

It was not a classic match. I shall resist the temptation to say ‘who cares?!’ and elaborate the point; in both sets JMDP was unable to hold on to his initial, early break and the points he played to surrender said break in the second set were among the worst you will ever see. He called the trainer midway through the first set, complaining (I gathered) of dehydration and fatigue, and he certainly looked to be in a bit of a fugue. Even having his banana confiscated by the trainer (clearly using the Mrs Landingham method of motivation) didn’t get him going.

In fact, he was doing that thing he used to do when he’s tired and not really feeling it, when he more or less wanders through the set playing a good point here and there, then suddenly conjures some magic out of nowhere to take the tiebreak. That’s certainly what happened tonight; he took the minibreak in the first-set tiebreak courtesy of a ridiculous cross-court sprinting get reminiscent of a certain USO-final-crowd-high-fiving moment. He had his chance to shut out Kohlschreiber in the second set and didn’t take it – and nearly got burned when the magic didn’t turn up (or turned up on the wrong side of the net) in the tiebreak. Kohlschreiber raced out to a 6-1 lead. Reports differ as to what happened after that. Some say Kohlschreiber choked. I say JMDP started hitting out.

Probably a bit of both. Sorry Phil.

However you see it, five match points came and went before JMDP took the tiebreak and the match 9-7 with a big roar. And I may be mad, but for me the most encouraging thing was – paradoxically – the somewhat lackadaisical quality JMDP brought to the court today. He was sufficiently relaxed not just to save his best for the key moments, but to exhibit his deadpan humour for the crowd – at one point, after he had chased down a drop shot and just failed to pop it back over the net, he smacked at the ball with his hand as if admonishing it until it finally obeyed him; at another (having been warned by Mo before the match not to take too long challenging between serves) he wandered up to the net, taking an inordinately long time to decide to challenge, lifted his finger – and then wagged it to say no, he wouldn’t challenge. OK, it’s not Oscar Wilde, but it was funny. It was meant to be.

I know that as a semi-official Delpo swooner I may not be the most objective person. But today he really looked to me for the first time like he was back to being comfortable out there. I don’t think the title at Delray Beach has meant as much to him as being able to hold his own for four rounds at a Masters series tournament, and against opponents who have been no slouch. Of course, he’s cruising for a bruising as soon as he meets a top-flight player (or possibly sooner), and that’s going to suck. But it’s a necessary part of the process and I feel for the first time like I can face that prospect with equanimity. Because he’s back.

(At this point I am contractually obliged to add the qualifier, “as long as his body holds together”.) 

Come on, body, hold together.

Anyway. According to the man himself, it was mainly fatigue and heat that was bothering him today, which is either good or bad, depending on how you look at it:

“It was really hot and I play many, many matches, so I getting tired,” he said, “but the people tell me to fight all the match, and that’s what I did.”


He will face Tommy Robredo next, who has been having rather a nice 2011 and beat Sam Querrey 61 63 tonight. He did have something of a hamstring issue, which he’s hoping is recovered by the time he plays JMDP. I hope so too. No, I really do. What? I mean it. No players should be injured.

Injuries = bad.

Posted in indian wells, juan martin del potro, philipp kohlschreiber, tommy robredo | Tagged: , , | 6 Comments »

Wimbledon Daze: Tested

Posted by gauloises1 on June 24, 2010

And now a little shoutout to those who have struggled, some unexpectedly, but are still standing. And, possibly, better than they ever did.

Did you know Roger Federer came *this* close to losing to Ale-Alejandro Falla? He didn’t, though, because he’s a big tease.

Just to underline the point, he then dropped a set to Ilija Bozoljac, best known for dating a housemate from Serbian Big Brother. Which is very much like the Queue. See? It all comes back to the Queue.

After narrowly avoiding a third set against Laura Robson, JJ dropped the first set to Aleksandra Wozniak tonight before coming through in three. Her dress was and is amazing, though.

After cruising through his first match against Rajeev Ram, Wimbledon’s favourite son the Other Andy struggled initially with an inspired Michael Llodra before knuckling down and winning in four.

Sveta went three with Akgul Amanmuradova in her opening match, because that’s how she rolls.

Nole struggled mightily against Olivier Rochus on Monday night, finishing two minutes shy of curfew (yes, there is one). Better news? He looked much improved against Taylor Dent today.

Aravane Rezai survived 75 in the third against the occasionally-good on grass Magdalena Rybarikova.

Benny came back from two sets to love down against an utterly obnoxious Kristof Vliegen. I take full credit for this (along with @crystaleyesd, of course). We “allez Julien!” and “c’mon Benny!”‘d him through this match, and don’t let anyone tell you differently.

Yanina Wickmayer went three with surprise Edgbaston semi-finalist Alison Riske on Monday, before narrowly beating her doubles partner Kristen Flipkens in two today. ‘mon Wicky.

And Philipp Kohlschreiber was forced to bagel Potito Starace in the fourth set of his opening match before outlasting Teimuraz Gabashvili in the battle of players who scare Roddick fans. His reward? A third-round meeting with Andy Roddick …

Posted in andy roddick, aravane rezai, jelena jankovic, julien benneteau, novak djokovic, philipp kohlschreiber, roger federer, svetlana kuznetsova, wimbledon, yanina wickmayer | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Driving in Cars With Boys

Posted by gauloises1 on May 5, 2010

So, the BMW Open in Munich is happening and still has most of its seedy goodness intact, with the exceptions of Julien Benneteau and Benjamin Becker. More importantly, it has had its players’ party, and hence its player party photos.

Hasn’t lost yet. Also … hello.

What is it that’s turning me around on Tomas Berdych? The jeans? The hair? The cardigan? The implicit promise of being gently ravished in the backseat? Whatever it is, it’s working.

I am mentally cropping out the right two-thirds of this photo and then saving it to my F drive, if you know what I mean.

We also got bonus Berdych-at-the-BMW-factory:

And I’ve made the acquaintance of one Danijel Pranjic, a Croatian player for Bayern Munich, who popped in to check on the progress of his compatriots:

I am now officially disappointed that Croatia aren’t in the World Cup. Because this? I would watch.

Posted in marin cilic, mikhail youzhny, munich | Tagged: , , , , | 4 Comments »

Rome: Monday’s Results, Tuesday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on April 26, 2010

Say hello to Santiago Giraldo, the reason you won’t be seeing Boss this week.

Apparently he played a really impressive match, but Boss seemed rather out of sorts. I hope he’s not injured.

Anyway, after that disappointing result, most of the rest was business as usual. Ljubicic, Isner, Kohlschreiber and Llodra all flirted with defeat before coming through in three, earning in Kohlschreiber’s case the dubious reward of a meeting with Rafa in the next round.


Tomas Berdych, also in Rafa’s quarter, won in straights and Ernests Gulbis fairly demolished Marcos Baghdatis to set up a meeting with … Roger Federer. Sigh.


Singles – First Round
[10] T Berdych (CZE) d [Q] M Granollers (ESP) 63 63
[11] I Ljubicic (CRO) d P Mathieu (FRA) 75 67(1) 60
[Q] S Giraldo (COL) d [12] J Ferrero (ESP) 60 63
[14] J Isner (USA) d H Zeballos (ARG) 46 76(5) 75
J Benneteau (FRA) d [15] S Querrey (USA) 76(6) 36 76(2)
[16] J Monaco (ARG) d I Andreev (RUS) 76(4) 75
E Gulbis (LAT) d M Baghdatis (CYP) 62 62
[WC] P Starace (ITA) d [Q] J Hajek (CZE) 62 62
[WC] F Volandri (ITA) d [Q] P Luczak (AUS) 64 63
[WC] P Lorenzi (ITA) d A Montanes (ESP) 26 64 63
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d P Cuevas (URU) 67(1) 61 64
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [Q] J Chela (ARG) 62 62
[Q] M Llodra (FRA) d A Beck (GER) 62 36 64

Doubles – First Round
J Kerr (AUS) / F Polasek (SVK) vs F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK)
[WC] Y Allegro (SUI) / R Federer (SUI) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) 64 76(4)

Tomorrow’s OOP is brought to you by Potito Starace’s victory face. As you can see, he hasn’t had much opportunity to use it lately. It’s been metaphorically crumpled up at the bottom of his wardrobe.

CENTER COURT start 1:00 pm
[WC] S Bolelli (ITA) vs [LL] S Greul (GER)
J Chardy (FRA) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
[1] R Federer (SUI) vs E Gulbis (LAT)

Not Before 8:30 PM
A Seppi (ITA) vs [4] A Murray (GBR)
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / A Montanes (ESP) vs M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)

PIETRANGELI start 1:00 pm
L Hewitt (AUS) vs [9] M Youzhny (RUS)
N Almagro (ESP) vs L Kubot (POL)
T Bellucci (BRA) vs [Q] L Mayer (ARG)
[13] D Ferrer (ESP) vs E Korolev (KAZ)

COURT 4 start 4:00 pm
I Ljubicic (CRO) / M Llodra (FRA) vs J Knowle (AUT) / A Ram (ISR)
P Cuevas (URU) / J Monaco (ARG) vs J Benneteau (FRA) / J Chardy (FRA) – After suitable rest

COURT 5 start 1:00 pm
J Melzer (AUT) vs S Wawrinka (SUI)
V Hanescu (ROU) vs I Andreev (RUS) or [16] J Monaco (ARG)
J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs J Tsonga (FRA) / S Wawrinka (SUI)
I Andreev (RUS) / M Youzhny (RUS) vs [WC] S Bolelli (ITA) / P Starace (ITA)

COURT 6 start 1:00 pm
B Becker (GER) vs F Lopez (ESP)
V Troicki (SRB) vs T de Bakker (NED)
F Lopez (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs N Almagro (ESP) / M Granollers (ESP) – After Suitable Rest

Posted in juan carlos ferrero, philipp petzchner, potito starace, rome, santiago giraldo | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »

This Is Really Starting To Suck

Posted by gauloises1 on April 14, 2010

And the ‘what’s wrong with Andy Murray?’ kicks into overdrive as he gets schooled by Philipp Kohlschreiber, 62 61.

It’s not like there’s any particular shame in losing to Kohlschreiber on clay (right, Nole?), but there kind of is when you get just three games, serve at 37% and reportedly really, really suck. Coupled with early losses in Miami and Dubai and a less than impressive performance against an admittedly inspired Soderling in Indian Wells, it’s definitely starting to look like we have a slump – or, possibly, a crater.

I haven’t seen him play since Dubai (bad fan) so I don’t really have an opinion on What’s Wrong. Not that that really matters when everybody else does.

Of course the only opinion that counts is that of the man himself, not that it makes cheery reading:

“The last few tournaments have been bad,” he admitted. “It’s been a long time since I lost a couple of matches like this. I have to make sure that I don’t panic. […]

“It was the first time in a few years that the court felt so small. I just could not find the court. When it’s like that, it’s difficult to play.”

Murray, who lost his serve five times, added, “I tried different things. I tried serve and volleying a couple of times. I tried hitting some high balls. It did not really make a whole lot of difference.

You know, I was all ready to attempt some kind of analytic post-mortem, but after reading 17,3986 variations on the theme of ‘Murray’s a loser and now everyone knows it’, I’ve lost my taste for it. He’ll get over it. He’ll be fine.

I hope.

Anyway, one outgrowth of Murray’s failure to defend his semifinal points from last year is that Delpo is once again back up to #4 in the rankings – despite not having played since January. Er, yay? Have a photo to prove he’s alive …

… albeit not in any meaningful tennistical way.

Posted in andy murray, juan martin del potro, monte carlo, philipp kohlschreiber | Tagged: , , | 8 Comments »


Posted by gauloises1 on January 16, 2010

In a matter of … soon, John Isner will be facing Arnaud Clement for the Auckland title after he defeated Albert Montanes and Clement took out Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Possibly because he’s now playing entire matches with his eyes closed. Who knows?

Big Johnny I is bidding for his first ever ATP title, and that’s all I have to say about that.

Really, I’ve got nothing.

Singles – Semi-finals
A Clement (FRA) d [5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 76(2)
J Isner (USA) d [8] A Montanes (ESP) 62 76(5)

Doubles – Semi-finals
[WC] M Daniell (NZL) / H Tecau (ROU) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) 36 76(4) 10-8

Posted in auckland, john isner, philipp kohlschreiber | Tagged: , | 3 Comments »

Paris Day One: Marat’s Career. Still Not Over.

Posted by gauloises1 on November 10, 2009

Marat Safin survives for at least one more match at his last tournament. He was up against French qualifier Thierry Ascione, but it obviously wasn’t devoid of drama; a brain cramp in the second set took them into a decider and Marat had to save three match points with aces before taking the final tiebreak 7-3.

marat safin paris masters 2009

That means Marat will face Delpo in the second round in what is known as a ‘no-win scenario’. Either Delpo gets to be the guy who ends Marat’s career, or (in the more likely scenario, given that Delpo hasn’t won a match since the US Open), Marat wins and it’s no more Delpo till London. Sigh.

philipp kohlschreiber paris masters 2009victor hanescu paris masters 2009

PEHK’s erratic form continues as he fell to Andreas Seppi in straight sets, and Victor Hanescu went out after a great match against Albert Montanes; Hanescu had break point after break point in the third set but couldn’t convert, and Montanes stepped it up significantly in the tiebreak. Hanescu even attempted serving underarm after going about a zillion match points down (and won the point), but he couldn’t forestall the inevitable. And John Isner overcame a tough challenge from Alejandro Falla, saving three match points to advance.

Singles – First Round
A Seppi (ITA) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 63
I Karlovic (CRO) d P Cuevas (URU) 76(3) 64
T Berdych (CZE) d [Q] V Millot (FRA) 63 76(4)
[Q] L Kubot (POL) d A Beck (GER) 64 36 64
V Troicki (SRB) d P Mathieu (FRA) 76(4) 30 ret. (right calf)
A Montanes (ESP) d V Hanescu (ROU) 36 63 76(3)
J Isner (USA) d [Q] A Falla (COL) 46 76(10) 75 – saved 3 M.P.
[WC] M Safin (RUS) d [Q] T Ascione (FRA) 64 46 76(3) – saved 3 M.P.

Doubles – First Round
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d J Chardy (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) 64 36 10-7
[WC] A Clement (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) d J Levinsky (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) 36 61 10-4
J Benneteau (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) d J Coetzee (RSA) / M Melo (BRA) 63 64

Posted in marat safin, paris masters, philipp kohlschreiber, victor hanescu | Tagged: , , | 4 Comments »

Hands Up Who’s Thrilled To Be In Vienna

Posted by gauloises1 on October 26, 2009

Marin and some other people at the Vienna draw ceremony …

marin cilic kohlschreiber koubek koellerer vienna

… or possibly a funeral.

jurgen melzer marin cilic vienna

Observe, Marin: he has *two* eyebrows. Count them. Two.

You’re still cuter, though.

jurgen melzer marin cilic vienna

Why is Marin nursing a phantom pregnancy?

koellerer cilic melzer koubek kohlschreiber vienna

Check out the grey sweatpants on Koellerer.

That’s how you know he’s a rebel.

Posted in daniel koellerer, jurgen melzer, marin cilic, philipp kohlschreiber, stefan koubek, vienna | Tagged: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Hopman Cup Lineup Increasingly Marvy

Posted by gauloises1 on October 4, 2009

If they would just hold the damn thing in a part of the world that’s in a civilised timezone, it would be the best tournament ever. Because get this: in addition to Hewitt and Stosur for Australia and Andreev and Dementieva for Russia, Romania will be represented in the 2010 Hopman Cup by Sorana Cirstea and Victor Hanescu, while Sabine Lisicki will be returning and this time accompanied by Philipp Kohlschreiber. I also seem to have missed the news that Melanie Oudin and John Isner will be representing for the U.S.A.

hopman cup germany sabine lisicki philipp kohlschreiber

usa hopman cup melanie oudin john isner

romania hopman cup sorana cirstea victor hanescu

I am completely stoked about this. In case you’ve missed the memo, my love for Licky is rapidly reaching Momo proportions (and when will she play Hopman Cup with Kuznetsova and win the whole damn thing for Eurasia, eh?). And I’m anything but unfond of Sorana and Melanie Oudin as well. There’s a little less wattage for me on the male side, but they’re all fun players capable of great tennis. And there are three more teams to be confirmed. Can’t wait!

Posted in hopman cup, john isner, melanie oudin, philipp kohlschreiber, sabine lisicki, sorana cirstea, victor hanescu | Tagged: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Montanes, Monfils Win at Tennis, Pico Wins at Drama

Posted by gauloises1 on September 27, 2009

Sorry about the lack of blogging, I was doing stuff and then recovering from it. It happens.

Anyway, congratulations to Albert Montanes, who won the title in Bucharest today for his second clay-court title of the year, beating Pico 76(2) 76(6).


I saw the second set, and it seemed like Pico was actually setting up a lot of the points really well, only to lose control when it came to executing at the end. He was a minibreak up more than once in the second-set tiebreak and gave it away with unforced errors. And there was a lot of wailing at the sky and flopping about like a fabulous thespian, which fairly made it all worth it.




Credit to Montanes though, who I find quite heart-warmingly sweet. I thought he played really well and some of his drop-shots were things of beauty. It isn’t easy to successfully drop-shot someone as quick as Pico. And he’s so happy when he wins. So I’m OK with this. I’m sure it’ll be a relief to him to know that.

montanes trophymontanes trophy2

And in Metz, Gael Monfils won his first title for four years (!), defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber 76(1) 36 62. I have nothing to say about this match apart from that having watched the first set, I can’t really understand how it went three, but hey, that’s Bambi for you.

la monf

la monf3

France Tennis

Best worst trophy ever.

Posted in albert montanes, bucharest, gael monfils, juan monaco, metz, philipp kohlschreiber, titlists | Tagged: , , , | 11 Comments »