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Men’s Quarter-Finals Set at Indian Wells.

Posted by gauloises1 on March 17, 2011

Juan Martin del Potro and Tommy Robredo we know about. But who else is in the quarter-finals? Stunningly, these three:

Neither Roger nor Rafa had a particularly easy time of it during last night’s night session – which I didn’t watch because it was in the middle of the bloody night – as Ryan Harrison and Somdev Devvarman respectively put up a good fight, but they still won in straight sets and progress. It doesn’t quite match Djokovic’s frankly terrifying 60 61 victory over Viktor Troicki, but then what does? I’m starting to idly wonder if Nole kept on being unbeatable for the next, say, two years, whether I would eventually find it boring. I don’t think so.

Rafa will face Ivo Karlovic in the quarters after the Croatian with a mission beat Albert Montanes, 76(7) 62. I must admit I haven’t watched Karlovic since he upset Ferrer earlier in the tournament, but he does seem to be doing something right. The winner of that will meet either JMDP or Robredo.

Based on the fun last night, it looks as if Djokovic’s next match might finally be a challenge for him after Richard Gasquet completely outplayed Andy Roddick for a 63 76(5) victory. I can’t really do justice to the way Gasquet played except to say that it was a beautiful, brief shining reminder of exactly why we’ve all talked about this man forever. He backhanded Roddick to death, was cool and clutch in the biggest moments, and had the American so frustrated that he tossed his racquet more than once and attempted to give the umpire a warning for “freaking ineptitude”. I can understand his emotions at being so publicly trampled upon, but he doesn’t win my respect with that attitude – particularly because I don’t think he would have behaved like that if he’d been across the net from, say, Federer. Anyway, Gasquet moves on with a well-deserved victory, and if he brings the same form to the court against Djokovic, we could have a classic.

Completing the final eight is Stan Wawrinka, who has quietly been having a dead impressive tournament, proving too good for Nikolay Davydenko, Marin Cilic and Tomas Berdych in succession. It’s hard to put your finger on what separates top-flight Stan from regular Stan, and harder still to predict if he can bring it to the court against Federer, but if he does this could be another brilliant match. All in all, it’s a sensational quarter-finals lineup with the tantalising possibility of upsets. I’m excited.

Men

Singles – Fourth Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [Q] S Devvarman (IND) 75 64
[2] R Federer (SUI) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) 76(4) 63
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d [16] V Troicki (SRB) 60 61
[12] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [7] T Berdych (CZE) 36 64 64
[18] R Gasquet (FRA) d [8] A Roddick (USA) 63 76(5)
[25] T Robredo (ESP) d [21] S Querrey (USA) 61 63
I Karlovic (CRO) d [23] A Montanes (ESP) 76(7) 62
J Del Potro (ARG) d [32] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 76(3) 76(7)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
A Dolgopolov (UKR) / X Malisse (BEL) d A Murray (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) 67(7) 63 10-8
R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d N Djokovic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) 61 76(5)

OOP

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [8] V Azarenka (BLR) – WTA

Not Before 1:00 PM
J Del Potro (ARG) vs [25] T Robredo (ESP) – ATP

Not Before 3:00 PM
[16] M Sharapova (RUS) vs S Peng (CHN) – WTA
M Knowles (BAH) / M Mertinak (SVK) vs R Federer (SUI) / S Wawrinka (SUI) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs I Karlovic (CRO) – ATP
D Hantuchova (SVK) / A Radwanska (POL) vs S Mirza (IND) / E Vesnina (RUS) – WTA

STADIUM 2 start :
Not Before 1:00 PM
[6] V Azarenka (BLR) / M Kirilenko (RUS) vs [8] B Mattek-Sands (USA) / M Shaughnessy (USA) – WTA – After Suitable Rest

Not Before 3:30 PM
A Dolgopolov (UKR) / X Malisse (BEL) vs R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK)

STADIUM 3 start 12:30 pm
R Turner (USA) vs V Verma (USA) – IWTG CHAMPIONSHIP 4.0
N Dechant (USA) vs R Romero (USA) – IWTG CHAMPIONSHIP 3.5

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Business End of Slams Can Be a Bit Dull.

Posted by gauloises1 on January 25, 2011

Too good.

Too focussed on tennis.

Too …. fond of sleeping?

Too outclassed.

Too fucking epic for this Slam.

That concludes your pictorial round-up of a slightly boring day nine at the Australian Open.

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Stan’s the Man, Sam Not So Much

Posted by gauloises1 on April 12, 2010

Stanislas Wawrinka d. Victor Hanescu, 62 63

If you like that sort of thing.

Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet teamed up last week to make a fool of me, with Gasquet losing a three-set quarterfinal to Victor Hanescu when I picked him for the title and Stan crushing Hanescu in the final when I specifically didn’t. Ah well. Can’t win any of them them all. Well done to Stan.

Speaking of Hanescu, I found his unrelentingly serious ATP Uncovered adorable:

Juan Ignacio Chela d. Sam Querrey, 57 64 63

Hmmm. I know I had a pretty busy weekend, what with inventing sci-fi themed cocktails and trying to keep my unco-operative cat alive and everything, but … Chela? Winning? Is that still a thing? Was that ever a thing? I rather thought Sam Querrey had this one sewn up after he finally defeated everybody’s least favourite player, Wayne Odesnik, in the semis:

Querrey reportedly said “I refuse to lose to that guy”, and refuse to lose he did. So … what happened in the final? Anyone?

All joking aside, that’s a startlingly good run from Chela. A cursory glance at his playing record suggests that the last time he won consecutive main draw matches was in Kitzbuhel last year. So something major must have been working for him this week.

Meanwhile, props to another Argy, Horacio Zeballos, for reaching the semi-finals and defeating Gonzo along the way:

Love it.

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D Cup: Spain 4 – 1 Switzerland

Posted by gauloises1 on March 8, 2010

If only Switzerland had a second world class player, eh? Or Spain didn’t have about a hundred. The defending champions are through to a quarterfinal against France after pretty comprehensively demolishing the challengers in Logrono. Switzerland’s single point came from Wawrinka’s win against Almagro on the opening day, but that combined with the doubles yesterday and the fact that this is his first tournament back since his daughter was born seemed to leave him with nothing left. He went down pretty tamely to David Ferrer, 62 64 60.

What’s particularly mad is that David Ferrer – who kept the Armada afloat by beating Chiudinelli on Friday and clinched the tie against Wawrinka today – might not even get a singles spot for that quarterfinal. Which I think would be a shame, because I love Davis Cup warrior!Ferru, as the following small picspam will demonstrate:

France next … did I mention that? Should be a good one.

R4 – D.FERRER (ESP) def. S.WAWRINKA (SUI)
6-2  6-4  6-0
R5 – N.ALMAGRO (ESP) def. M.CHIUDINELLI (SUI)
6-1  6-3

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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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The Other Swiss Daddy

Posted by gauloises1 on February 19, 2010

Stan and his brand new daughter Alexia:

Cute.

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2030 Swiss Fed Cup Team Shaping Up Nicely

Posted by gauloises1 on February 13, 2010

Congratulations to Stanislas Wawrinka and his wife Ilham Vuilloud, who welcomed a baby daughter, Alexia, yesterday.

source

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Belated Cheers for Cilic in Chennai

Posted by gauloises1 on January 13, 2010

As my longstanding fellow Mariner Bismarck just reminded me, I never blogged about Marin beating Stanislas Wawrinka 76(2) 76(3) in the finals of Chennai. I have no explanation for this omission.

Sorry, Marin.

Anyway, I did watch the match, but all I can say at this point is that if you’re going to defend a title, doing it with a straight sets victory over an arch-nemesis is a nice way to do it.

He seriously needs to work on his trophy-kissing technique, though:

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Rod vs. Rad, Stan vs. Ma(ri)n

Posted by gauloises1 on January 10, 2010

So tonight / tomorrow’s finals are set in Brisbane and Chennai.

Defending champion Radek Stepanek takes on Andy Roddick in the Brisbane finals after Steps demolished a shoulder-taped Bambi and Roddick survived a tough three-set clash with Tomas Berdych.

Another defending champion in the finals at Chennai, as Marin breezed through over Janko Tipsarevic, 61 63. He’ll face Stan Wawrinka, who battled through against little Dudi Sela in three. Wawrinka is 4-0 in the H2H against my skinny love Marin. Worried face.

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Swiss Guys Do It With Their Concubines Watching

Posted by gauloises1 on November 5, 2009

Well, at least one of them does. Stanislas “that other Swiss dude” Wawrinka beat Ivan Ljubicic 67(5) 63 64 today with his pregnant girlfriend Ilham Valoud (I’m too depressed to check the spelling) in attendance.

stanislas wawrinka

Wawrinka will be joined in the second round by Marin Cilic, who beat Philipp Petzchner in straights, and Richard Gasquet, who took care of surprise St Petersburg finalist Horacio Zeballos. In more surprising news, John Isner suddenly sparked to life, defeating Gonzo in three sets and dealing a possibly fatal blow to Gonzo’s London chances; and in news that made me happy, Jeremy Chardy beat James Blake 64 in the third after two tiebreak sets. I watched the decider and thought Jezza was simply too good. And smiled.

jeremy chardy

Unfortunately for Our Jezza, he’s in the same section of the draw as that not-other Swiss dude, who spanked Seppi 63 63. Radek Stepanek is also into the quarter-finals with what looks like a tough win over lucky loser Florent Serra. Whatever will be, will be.

The other half of the Czech Republic D Cup team didn’t fare so well in Valencia, falling to Gilles Simon in three sets. I will now post a shirtless photo of him for his many, many fans.

berdych

Good solid win for Gilles though, who sadly won’t be joined in the quarter-finals by compatriots Monfils and Tsonga. La Monf was defeated by Armada tugboat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in straight sets, which is just classic La Monf, and Jo was forced to retire 03 down in the decider against Mikhail Youzhny with a left wrist injury.

jo-wilfried tsonga

mikhail youzhny salute

Congratulations to Youzhny and so forth, but it’s a bit of a bugger for Jo and puts his chances of defending his title at the Paris masters very much in doubt. But in news that’s bound to make everyone smile, Fernando Verdasco took another step forward by defeating Oscar Hernandez. So there’s that.

Basel

Singles – Second Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d A Seppi (ITA) 63 63
[5] R Stepanek (CZE) d [LL] F Serra (FRA) 36 76(1) 76(1)

Singles – First Round
J Isner (USA) d [3] F Gonzalez (CHI) 76(3) 46 64
[4] [WC] M Cilic (CRO) d P Petzschner (GER) 64 64
[6] S Wawrinka (SUI) d I Ljubicic (CRO) 67(5) 63 64
J Chardy (FRA) d [7] J Blake (USA) 76(4) 67(6) 64
R Gasquet (FRA) d H Zeballos (ARG) 76(3) 64

Doubles – First Round
C Kas (GER) / V Troicki (SRB) d [3] B Soares (BRA) / K Ullyett (ZIM) 76(4) 46 10-6
J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) d A Beck (GER) / B Becker (GER) 46 76(4) 10-6
L Dlouhy (CZE) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) d J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) 62 36 11-9

Valencia

Singles – Second Round
[5] G Simon (FRA) d T Berdych (CZE) 64 46 63
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [6] G Monfils (FRA) 62 75

Singles – First Round
M Youzhny (RUS) d [3] J Tsonga (FRA) 67(3) 60 30 ret. (left wrist)
[4] F Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] O Hernandez (ESP) 61 01 ret. (lower back pain)
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d V Hanescu (ROU) 64 63
F Lopez (ESP) d [Q] A Martin (ESP) 75 63

Doubles – First Round
M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) d [2] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) 67(6) 63 10-5
[Alt] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / A Montanes (ESP) d [4] M Damm (CZE) / J Knowle (AUT) 63 46 13-11
E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) d N Almagro (ESP) / S Ventura (ESP) 76(3) 62
M Knowles (BAH) / M Llodra (FRA) d [WC] R Bautista-Agut (ESP) / J Marti (ESP) 63 61

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