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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.


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


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)


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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Paris Day Two: Jo, Gilles, Julien Survive; Guez Upsets Wawrinka

Posted by gauloises1 on November 11, 2009

Pretty good day for the home players in Bercy today. Well, unless you’re Jeremy Chardy. He put in a classic WTF?! (not the tournament) performance against Pico, who didn’t have to be any more than solid. Although, being Pico, he managed to sneak in some agony and drama-queen behaviour as well.

juan monaco paris masters 20092

Toys. Pram. Out of.

Anyway, it was a disappointing end to the season for Chardy. Also out and not happy about it? Philipp Petzchner, who was ousted by Julien Benneteau in an odd match of wildly varying quality which also included more than a bit of handbags. I was trying to watch two matches at once (and work at the same time), so I’m not sure exactly what’s going on here:

philipp petzchner julien benneteau paris masters 2009

But I did see Petzchner behaving badly in the last game, making ridiculous challenges on balls that were quite clearly three feet wide, and as he shook Lars Graf’s hand at the end, I could have sworn he said something like ‘Thanks for taking the money’. Apparently he also told Benneteau he was going to be aim for his face. In which case, don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out of 2009.

More good news for France came in the unlikely form of French qualifier David Guez, 179 in the world, who upset Stanislas Wawrinka in not-even-hugely-close straight sets. Seriously, what has Wawrinka done for anyone lately? OK, I’m not a fan, but thinking back on 2009, I remember him for (a) beating Federer in Monte Carlo and (b) stretching Murray to five under the Wimbledon roof. Am I missing something? Because from where I’m sitting, two good matches in a year (one of which he still lost) isn’t really cutting it.

Anyway, Verdasco narrowly avoided being upset by Seppi himself, so there’s that good news to consider, and Kolya was in suitably crushing form, rolling over Becker with the loss of just three games. But back to the French. Qualifier Arnaud Clement dismissed Feliciano Lopez 63 61, and then defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga delighted the home crowd with inspired play in the first night match. Montanes was actually playing great tennis, I thought, even in the first set, but Jo was just that damn good. Loved it. Hope he hasn’t peaked too soon.

jo-wilfried tsonga paris masters 2009

Also loving his hair at the mo.

I didn’t even mean to watch Simon-Ljubicic, as Gilles was 0-3 down against Ljubicic in the H2H and I thought it would be depressing, but I got sucked in and I’m glad I did. Gilles was playing very not like himself in the first set, being really aggressive, going for his shots and hitting big winners, and he took it 63. An inevitable lull came in the second set, but by the time the match was into the decider, it was really good stuff. Gilles finally earned a break point with Ljubicic serving at 2-3 down (I think), only to hurt his knee lunging for a return (which he missed). He immediately limped to the net and asked for the trainer; Carlos Bernades told him he would have to wait until the end of the game, only for Ljubicic to sportingly say that it was fine by him. After medical treatment, he somehow held serve for 4-3 despite double-faulting twice and received more treatment, saying to the trainer that came on that he was in pain but that stopping play wasn’t an option. And that point, you would be forgiven for thinking that Ljubicic really had the match on a plate, but oddly, it didn’t work out that way. Despite barely running for anything and clearly being in pain, Gilles chipped, sliced, drop-shotted and volleyed his way through two more service games to take the match to a tiebreak. Which he won. And I still don’t quite know how. Yes, he hit some ridiculously good shots, but all Ljubicic had to do was go for his shots or even just make Gilles run. Instead, Gilles seemed to hypnotise him into just chipping the ball right back. It was bizarre and not a good way to end the season for Ljubicic, but I’m a Gilles fan. So I don’t really care. Allez!

gilles simon paris masters 2009

Singles – Second Round
[6] N Davydenko (RUS) d B Becker (GER) 62 61
[7] F Verdasco (ESP) d A Seppi (ITA) 67(3) 64 64
[8] J Tsonga (FRA) d A Montanes (ESP) 61 75
[11] G Simon (FRA) d I Ljubicic (CRO) 63 36 76(4)

Singles – First Round
N Almagro (ESP) d M Chiudinelli (SUI) 62 64
[Q] D Guez (FRA) d S Wawrinka (SUI) 63 64
J Monaco (ARG) d J Chardy (FRA) 76(6) 75
J Benneteau (FRA) d P Petzschner (GER) 46 75 63
[Q] A Clement (FRA) d F Lopez (ESP) 63 61

Doubles – First Round
B Soares (BRA) / K Ullyett (ZIM) d P Cuevas (URU) / O Marach (AUT) 61 76(6)
M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) d J Del Potro (ARG) / F Gonzalez (CHI) 76(2) 62
C Kas (GER) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) d J Monaco (ARG) / R Nadal (ESP) 46 75 15-13 – saved 2 M.P.
J Kerr (AUS) / T Parrott (USA) d M Damm (CZE) / J Erlich (ISR) 63 64
J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) d [WC] S Grosjean (FRA) / F Santoro (FRA) 63 36 10-5

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ATP Week Ahead: Lyon, St Petersburg, Vienna

Posted by gauloises1 on October 25, 2009


robin soderling lyon trophy

Draw here.

As you might expect, it’s heavy on the French, with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon anchoring a draw that includes Paul-Henri Mathieu (where’s he been lately?), Julien Benneteau, Michel Llodra, Josselin Ouanna, Marc Gicquel, Fabrice Santoro, Florent Serra, Sebastian Grosjean, and Arnaud Clement. Oh, and throw Pico and Ljubicic in there too. It must be said, however, that if either Jo or Gilles doesn’t win this title, there’s something seriously wrong with one or both.

St Petersburg

andy murray st petersburg trophy

Draw here.

With defending champion Andy Murray not returning, the draw looks considerably less high-powered; Youzhny, Hanescu, Troicki and Jeremy Chardy are the top four seeds. Hanescu is already through to the second round, as is Ernests Gulbis, who’ll be set to lose to the winner of Chardy/’qualifier’ next. Marat Safin and Richard Gasquet are set to play each other in a battle of ‘who cares less?’ / did less drugs last night, and Wimbledon boys champion Andrey Kuznetsov is making his second wildcard main draw appearance in two weeks.


philipp petzchner vienna trophy

Draw here.

With JMDP’s withdrawal, Vienna have done the smart thing and opted for the no. 2 six-foot-six recently-21 big-name-beater of 2009, Marin Cilic, who’s been wildcarded in as the top seed. Radek Stepanek, Gael Monfils and Philipp Kohlschreiber are the other top seeds, with somewhat-resurgent-of-late Feliciano Lopez, John Isner, Nicolas Almagro, and home performer Jurgen Melzer. I have literally no idea who’s going to win. But it should be fun.   

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