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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.

Posted in andrea petkovic, australian open, caroline wozniacki, francesca schiavone, li na, novak djokovic, roger federer, stanislas wawrinka, tomas berdych | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Wimbledon Day 13: No Muss, Some Fuss

Posted by gauloises1 on July 5, 2010

Rafael Nadal d. Tomas Berdych, 63 75 64

[insert superlative]

You know, my sister – irritatingly – had the poor taste to be born on a Wimbledon semifinals day way back when, and compounds her error by insisting on some form of ‘celebration’ of her birthday every year which almost always prevents me from watching the men’s final. I ask you. Anyway, I was explaining to someone at work today that I hadn’t had time to watch it back yet. “Don’t bother,” he advised. “Watch the highlights.” And this is a tennis-mad sports journo talking.

I disregarded that advice, obviously, but having watched the whole thing, I don’t have that much to say about the actual match; clinical rather than exhilarating from Rafa, just too many errors from Berdych (although no doubt Rafa would have raised his level had Berdych raised his). It didn’t need to be that big a performance from Rafa, though, and I’m not casting aspersions on Berdych here; he had already in a sense had his big performances of the tournament, first by overcoming some determined challenges from underdogs Petzchner and Haase (and I do attribute that to the level of play they showed, rather than Rafa being sub-par), and secondly in his dominance of Soderling and Murray. Nothing left to do on the Sunday but get the job done, and that’s what he did, emphatically.

A word, of course, for Tomas Berdych, who I think has caught a bit of undeserved flak for his performance yesterday; he was hardly bad, just a little overpowered by the occasion (and there was that dude at the other end of the court). First finals are hard; people talk about ‘nothing to lose’, but as Francesca Schiavone astutely pointed out before the French Open final, whenever you’re playing for something, there’s always something to lose. Besides, I imagine you’re not thinking about your ‘first’ final in that situation as much as you are thinking ‘this might be my only final’.

He’s had, of course, a fantastic tournament, doing that thing that’s always a thrill when a talented player finds whatever recipe it is that works in order to do what people have always suspected he could. And I was encouraged by the way he talked quite soberly, both in his on-court interview and his press conference, about knuckling down and kicking on and building on what he’s achieved. I really hope he can. I want to see more of the kind of tennis he’s played to light a fire under these championships.

And that smile …

Rafa, though. I think it speaks volumes for how finely-balanced the state of affairs is at the top of the men’s game when it feels this noteworthy for the no. 1 player (albeit not the no. 1 seed) to win Wimbledon. When you consider where and how Rafa was twelve months ago, to have come back stronger and – I don’t think there can be any doubt – looking more dominant than ever before is really remarkable. I mean … what can you say? You know it all, anyway. And honestly, how many people in history have celebrated their eighth Grand Slam with a roly-poly on Centre Court that wouldn’t have looked out of place on the field at lunchtime? That’s Rafa. Can’t wait to see what he does if and when he wins the US Open.

I do want to say how pleased I am for the lovely Rafa fans I know – Jewell and AmyLu in particular, neither of whom I know really believed this would happen this year.


So … who’s taking bets on a career Slam now, then?

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Because I’m Rapidly Becoming a Berdych Fangirl …

Posted by gauloises1 on July 5, 2010

Before I talk about the events of the weekend, I just wanted to post these pictures of 1973 Wimbledon champion, Jan Kodes, wishing Tomas luck. Because they’re sweet.

Although I gather from wikipedia that that’s only because nobody else turned up. Somebody asterix that shit, quickly.

OK … bloggage incoming …

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Wimbledon Day 11: Not Nearly Enough.

Posted by gauloises1 on July 3, 2010

Tomas Berdych d. Novak Djokovic, 63 76(9) 63

I’m sorry, who are you?

No, really. Because this is not the Tomas Berdych that we’ve all come to know and … know. If his victory over Federer in the last round was all expressiveness and joy, this was cool, calm and collected. No less impressive for that, but surprising. Huge respect to him for what he’s done in this tournament. Sometimes, it’s your moment and that’s luck or destiny or whatever. More often, you are called upon to seize your moment. And Tomas was not found wanting in that department today. I badly want to add a comment about how he will be minced in the final against Rafa … but who knows? Plenty of people said that about Delpo against Roger at the US Open, and we all saw how that played out. It would be disrespecting Tomas and the exceptional tennis he’s displayed in this tournament to not give some mental room to the same possibility. Not that I believe it for a second, but stranger things have happened. Radek Stepanek, for one.

Anyway. In keeping with today’s theme, I have to admit my attention was absorbed more by the loser in this semi-final than the winner.

Once again, it wasn’t the loss so much as the manner of the loss that absorbed my attention. Perhaps I was too ready to be sold a bill of goods, but I was taking some real positives from the way that Nole performed in this tournament. After the first round when he was taken to five by Olivier Rochus, I felt like he not only knuckled down but rediscovered something of his old fire. It felt like he had conviction. Today, not so much. He was unlucky at crucial moments – the perfect lob called out in the second set tiebreaker will live long in infamy – but those moments were met with an ironic eye-roll and shrug to his box. It feels like, somehow, the Nole that we’ve seen for the past year – the one who’s almost embarrassed to be seen to be competing – was in full force and the old/new Nole had disappeared. His shots, once again, had no penetration. His game was toothless; it lacked bite. It hurt to watch. He was graciousness itself in his presser, but I’d rather a little less grace and a little more … win.

Ultimately, what Berdych had to do today was hold his nerve. He did, quite superbly. What Nole had to do … well, that would first have necessitated Nole getting on the court rather than being lost in transit. I still believe, though. I really do. I know he’s better than this.

As for Tomas … well, he’s been a revelation in these championships. And he’s earned a Wimbledon final – a Wimbledon final! Tomas Berdych! – in which I wouldn’t mind a few more revelations from his end of the court. Still, whatever he does or doesn’t do will not diminish his accomplishments. It’s a good position to be in. Poj’d me.

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Wimbledon Day 9: Reactions

Posted by gauloises1 on July 1, 2010

Something truly shocking was said in the press conference room at Wimbledon today, people. I’m not going to judge, I’m just going to present the quote to you so that you can make up your own minds.

Q. Are you a hundred percent fit going into the semifinals?


No, seriously. I did find some of the things said here and there quite interesting today.

There was an understandably difficult presser from Federer:

Q. Difficult moment, but what couldn’t you do that you wanted to do? What let you down?

ROGER FEDERER: Uhm, well, I mean, I don’t think I played poorly. But, uhm, I think he went after it. I mean, I know Berdych. I think I’ve played him 10 times already before. That’s the way he plays, you know.

I think he’s been able to play more consistent last year or so, and I was just not able to defend well enough and I didn’t come up with the good stuff when I had to. So it was disappointing, you know. Yeah.

Q. You beat him almost every time you played him. Was he any different?

ROGER FEDERER: Like I said, I think he was a bit more consistent than in the past. I lost to him in Miami this year, where it was a really tight match as well.

But from my end, obviously, you know, I’m unhappy with the way I’m playing. I couldn’t play the way I wanted to play. You know, I am struggling with a little bit of a back and a leg issue. That just doesn’t quite allow me to play the way I would like to play.

So it’s frustrating, to say the least. Looking forward to some rest anyway.

Q. How do those physical things affect you the most?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, when you’re hurting, it’s just a combination of many things. You know, you just don’t feel as comfortable. You can’t concentrate on each and every point because you do feel the pain sometimes. And, uhm, yeah, then you tend to play differently than the way you want to play.

Under the circumstances I think I played a decent match, you know. But I’ve been feeling bad for the last two, three matches now. It’s just not good and healthy to play under these kind of conditions, you know.

So if there’s anything good about this it’s I’m gonna get some rest, that’s for sure.

Q. Some of these big, flat hitters seem to be having an effect on you. Do you need to alter your game to adjust to that?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, if I’m healthy I can handle those guys, you know. Obviously it’s a pity that Del Potro is not around, because I think he would have a run at world No. 1 or a run at another Grand Slam. It’s unfortunate for him.

But, you know, he’s been playing well, and these guys do play very well. I played these guys 10 times. They’re not going to reinvent themselves in a year, you know.

But I’m definitely struggling at the moment. That’s a bit disappointing.

Q. When did you first start feeling the problems?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, the leg came in the finals of Halle. That kind of never really quite got away from me. Came back a little bit after the first‑round match, and then went away again and just kept creeping back sometimes during the matches.

The back’s been feeling stiff the last five days, six days really badly. Also in the finals of Halle. It’s just something that’s been lingering on the grass. It’s normal that the back tends to get stiff, you know, in the grass court season because you have to, uhm, go for many more lower shots.

I’ve had that for many years. I think many players have it. But it’s not just not nice when it doesn’t go away and you can’t play freely. That’s what I was missing today.

Q. Did it affect your level of motivation or anxiety about the match before the match or in the early stages of the match?

ROGER FEDERER: No, it wasn’t that bad, like that I was just hoping to get to the finish line. I mean, once I enter the court, I am there to battle and to try to win with what I got. You know, otherwise I’m not going to walk on the court like I did once in my life prior in Bercy against Blake.

But it’s nowhere close to being that bad. It’s just uncomfortable. Yeah, like I said, you can’t play freely. When you can’t play freely, that’s the kind of performance you get.

[…] Q. Will this make you hungrier to make you come back and show you can lift this title again?

ROGER FEDERER: Sure. God, I can’t wait for Paris and Wimbledon to come around next year again, that’s for sure. So, uhm, because they’ve been frustrating tournaments for me, even though it wasn’t too bad.

Quarters is a decent result. Obviously people think quarters is shocking, but people would die to play in quarterfinal stages of Grand Slam play. It’s not something I’m used to doing, losing in quarterfinals, because it’s not something I’ve done in the last six years.

So I am winning my matches. Today was a different story than Paris. I mean, I think in Paris conditions were tough. Robin played fantastic. Today was different. You know, I was struggling with my own game and with my physique.

Yeah, I’m looking forward to a rest, and then attack again in North America.


Then there was Berdych’s reaction:

Q. With your game, we’ve been expecting big results for a while. What’s changed in the last couple of tournaments that you’ve been able to pull off these kind of wins?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I think, you know, it’s many things. First of all, it’s that you win a couple of matches in the beginning of the year, and then you get a confidence. It keeps going and going.

I mean, it’s not only like about last two weeks. It’s already start I would say maybe, I don’t know, in the United States, Indian Wells, Miami. So it’s quite far ago.

You know, it’s many things. You get more and more experience. I get, you know, a little bit older to be, you know, more focused, you know, mentally stronger than before. That’s what you need.

But it’s many things together, so I’m very happy that it works. They are all together like in one pack. It works pretty well.

[…] Q. Roger said he had some physical problems; that his back and leg were bothering him. What did you notice and what is your reaction to him saying that?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean, I don’t know if he just looking for some excuses after the match or something like that. I mean, it happened to all of us. You know, I think he’s been every time when he played, he was I think hundred percent ready.

So maybe right now he’s getting some more troubles with the health. But, you know, I think it just happen today. So I didn’t know that. I just heard it first time like you said it right now. So, yeah, just to him hope that he’s gonna get back soon and that’s it what I can just wish him.

Q. He also said he was unlucky and that he definitely gave the match away. What are your thoughts about that? […] He was saying generally or on big points.

TOMAS BERDYCH: Okay. I mean, yeah, maybe you can take it for both ways. You can say that he was unlucky or you can say that maybe the opponent was a little bit better and he just won the big points against him. In his position, then he lost the match.

You know, I think, yeah, he’s a great player. I mean, but still, I mean, when I just read some newspapers in the morning, I was not surprised, but, you know, to heard something from him to the way that he’s fine, nothing is bothering him. When we played the last match, I lost. But last time in Wimbledon, I won pretty easily. You know, stuff like that.

You know, I saw him quite first time from him the reactions like that. So whatever. I’m in different position. I’m just enjoying the win today, and this is just everything behind me.


Andy Murray displayed his renowned ability to find the bright side in everything:

Q. What did you make of Federer’s shock defeat? Given he’s beaten you in your two Grand Slam finals, do you feel his exit has improved your chances?

ANDY MURRAY: I don’t know if it’s improved my chance or not. You never know what’s going to happen on any given day in this sport.

But, yeah, it was surprising. But, you know, Berdych is a great player. You know, if he plays his best tennis, he can, yeah, beat the best guys. He’s won against Rafa a few times; he’s obviously beaten Roger a couple of times now; and I obviously lost to him at the French Open a few weeks ago.

You know, doesn’t look like such a terrible result anymore.


And let us in to some secrets regarding the requisite tactics against Nadal:

Q. What are your thoughts on the keys to playing well against Nadal?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, you need to serve well and you need to play great tennis. It’s not, you know ‑‑ there’s not one way to play against him. You don’t want to leave the ball in the middle of the court to his forehand, because you’ll do a lot of running.

But you’ve got to serve well and, you know, try and, you know, keep a good length and play well really, really, really well.

Amazing that no-one’s ever thought to play really, really, really well against Rafa.

It was left to Rafa himself along with Nole to be the voices of reason:

Q. When did you find out that Berdych had beaten Roger and what was your reaction?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, for sure was a difficult match before, before the match start. You know when you play against these kind of players, like Soderling, like Berdych, they have a very good serve and very powerful shots from the baseline. It’s very difficult sometimes to stop these player, no?

Roger did amazing the last seven years here, so someday must happen this. Happen today. Well, sorry for him, and wish him the best of luck for the rest of the season.


Q. Are you really surprised that Berdych beat Federer today?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Look, I mean, Federer is the best player that ever played this game. And still to be able to play this way after he has won so many Grand Slams is just great. I mean, you have to give him credit for everything he has done.

So it’s normal for him to lose. I mean, you guys, you know, you think he shouldn’t lose at all? I mean, you have to congratulate to Berdych for playing that well.


Jo, meanwhile, was focussed on charming the pants off everyone:

Q. Everyone in England will get excited about Murray maybe winning Wimbledon. How do you rate his chances?

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Yeah, I hope is gonna be him. I told him, you know, at the net, Make me a pleasure; go all the way, you know.


And Roger had the last word with what is one of the most enjoyable pieces of sarcasm I’ve observed in quite a long time:

Q. I wonder if you think this might be his year, given some of the really threatening players haven’t been doing so well this year.

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, true, Rafa played terribly lately; Soderling is not a threat either. He’s got an easy ride to this victory, that’s for sure. Djokovic can’t play tennis anymore it seems like.

Got to make your own work, please. Respect the players. Obviously Andy is a fantastic player and he’s got all the chances to win here. We all know that.

Well played.

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Wimbledon Day 9: Smile

Posted by gauloises1 on June 30, 2010

Tomas Berdych d. Roger Federer, 64 36 61 64

I seem to recall describing Rafa’s 2009 loss to Soderling at Roland Garros as ‘tectonic’. This isn’t quite that, but it comes pretty damn close. The king of Wimbledon has been handed his earliest loss on Centre Court since 2002, at the hands of someone who played exuberant, fantastic tennis that made him look at times both glum and mediocre. It’s a thing.

There will be plenty of good match analysis elsewhere, but I’ve just rewatched most of it and for me the match could be summed up in two moments. Both came in the last game, when Berdych was serving for the match. With Tomas struggling to land first serves, Roger worked his way back in to break point, only for Tomas to miss his first serve again. The second serve came in, nothing special, to the forehand – and Roger dumped it in the net, stiffly and brokenly, all his fluidity having temporarily deserted him. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred you’d back Federer to make that return, especially given his astonishing abilities to make the big play when it counts. Today, it looked like his arm had simply seized up and stopped working, refusing to hit through the ball. It was a miserable shot that distilled a miserable day.

The second moment, the one that I’m taking away from today, actually came a few points earlier. 15-30 down, Berdych had just been passed at the net by Federer, a shot that was greeted by a huge cheer and a roar from the defending champion. Again he missed his first serve and in the ensuing rally, Federer had him well on the run when he hit a defensive lob that just landed inside the baseline. Berdych worked his way back into the point, up to the net, and hit a backhand volley that everyone, I think, expected to go wide. Instead it struck smartly off the line for 30-30. Berdych turned away from the net, bit his lip, and smiled broadly. It was a great smile; half that of a little boy who knows he’s got lucky, got away with something and is almost embarrassed by it, and half that of a man who knows deep down that he’s earned his luck, because he’s playing the tennis of his life and it’s his day for once on Centre Court. It was the same smile on match point. He’s probably still smiling now.

I’m not insensitive to how painful this loss must be for Roger Federer and his fans. I promise, I’m not. I just want to take a moment to celebrate what I watched today; a player coming into a Wimbledon semi-final against the defending champion, and playing with such expansiveness and joy that it put the anxiety-ridden fans to shame. It was infectious. Berd flu; I think I’ve caught it.

Normal cynicism will resume shortly.

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Wimbledon Day 7: Auf Wiedersehen, Brands Adonis

Posted by gauloises1 on June 29, 2010

Sadly, today saw the end of Wimbledon virgin and all-round bronzed sex god, Daniel Brands, at the hands of Tomas Berdych in four sets out on court 12. I didn’t see the match, and never got the chance to pay proper tribute to such a fine young mannschaft, so have some pictures.

This is the wonderful thing about tennis, however; even as it takes away with one hand, it gives with the other, because Tomas Berdych is in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Yay.

Berdych takes on Federer next, who he’s never beaten in a Slam. So I’d like to wish him luck in my own special way by commending his excellent iteration of the ‘argh no’ maneouvre, first made moderately famous in my pants by a certain Juan Martin del Potro:

Well played.

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Wimbledon Manic Monday Preview: Gentlemen

Posted by gauloises1 on June 28, 2010

I’ve decided the best way to sum up Friday and Saturday’s action at Wimbledon is to look forward to Manic Monday, a.k.a. the greatest day of tennis in all the year, when the entire R16 – men and women – play on the same day.

Roger Federer v Jurgen Melzer

H2H: 0-0

Roger’s got his Wimbledon back on track with a straight sets victory over Arnaud Clement, a good match-up for him at the best of times. Jurgen Melzer toiled slightly more with a four-set win over Feliciano Lopez. Doubles partners in the juniors, these two have unbelievably never played on the senior tour. Melzer can be a tricky opponent and knocked out Novak Djokovic at the French Open, and Roger has obviously looked wobbly, but I reckon he’s found his feet now. Prediction: Roger in four.

Winner to meet …

Tomas Berdych v Daniel Brands










H2H: 0-0

Daniel Brands has, for me, been one of the surprises of the tournament; after beating Igor Andreev, Nikolay Davydenko, and Victor Hanescu (albeit in circumstances which bear examination, more on that later), he’s now through to the round of sixteen in his very first Wimbledon. And that’s not something that every bronzed sex god can pull out of the bag (I saw him at several points during Wimbledon, and he is.) He’s been excellent in tiebreaks and high-pressure situations, but Berdych certainly should be a bridge too far; he won his first two matches in straights and did get taken to five by Denis Istomin – but Istomin has been having some very good results of late. Definitely the hottest match of the day, anyway … Prediction: Berdych in three.

Novak Djokovic v Lleyton Hewitt

H2H: 3-1

Probably the most eagerly anticipated match-up of the day on the men’s side, what’s surprising to me is that Nole has won both of their previous meetings on grass; once at Queens in 2008, and once at this stage during Wimbledon in 2007. Since that time, however, Nole has been floundering – not least at Wimbledon – and Lleyton is arguably riding a great wave of confidence, coming off a win against Federer in Halle and a very decent Wimbledon last year. Everyone seems to be giving the edge to Hewitt, who’s had a good run including a straight sets defeat of Gael Monfils in the third round; Nole, on the other hand, seemed to make progress in his defeat of Taylor Dent, but laboured to a victory over a dreadful Montanes. I’m going with Nole, however, in the hope that that will Make It True. Prediction: Nole in five.

Winner to meet …

Andy Roddick v Yen-Hsun Lu













H2H: 3-0

Please. Despite many predictions of an early exit, Roddick has withstood inspired tennis from Michael Llodra and Philipp Kohlschreiber to be in the fourth round. When he does go out, it won’t be to Lu – no disrespect to the player from Chinese Taipei, who I saw putting paid to Horacio Zeballos in the very first round. Prediction: If it isn’t Roddick in three, something’s gone seriously wrong somewhere.

Julien Benneteau v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga










H2H: 3-3

Neither of these two have had a very smooth route through, but through they are as part of a stellar showing for France at this year’s Championships. Benneteau has played fourteen sets in beating Vliegen, Beck and Fognini’s eyebrows, while Jo was stretched to the limit by the artist formerly known as Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr. in the second round. I’m surprised their head-to-head is so evenly balanced, but Jo won their only other meeting on grass, and I’d be surprised if it didn’t go the same way – especially since Benny has had to work so hard to get here. I just hope it isn’t a total disappointment, as it is all too often when the French play each other. Prediction: Jo in three.

Winner to meet …

Sam Querrey v Andy Murray

H2H: 0-3

Sam has never taken so much of a set off Andy in their previous meetings. And Andy has yet to drop a set at this year’s championships. I think both these things might be about to change. Murray has yet to be seriously tested – and now has the full weight of our nation’s expectations back on his shoulders after the abysmal performance of England’s footballers at the World Cup today – while Sam has had two tough matches against Malisse and, er, Ivan Dodig. He also has his famously laid-back attitude (when he’s not storming back off to the States in a snit) which serves him well on an occasion like this. Still, I think Andy will win. I have to believe that when Andy loses here, it won’t be to Sam Querrey, Queen’s champion though he might be. Prediction: Murray in five.

Robin Soderling v David Ferrer

H2H: 5-2

Two of my favourite players still in this year’s draw. I’m excited. But not that excited, because Robin has looked in fearsome form and while that sometimes means a player is ripe for an upset, especially when they’re being tipped as a strong contender, it’s not going to come from Ferru (bless him), who narrowly escaped defeat at the hands of Jeremy Chardy last round when the latter enacted what I don’t think it’s unfair to describe as a massive choke. Will Ferru prove me wrong and deny everyone a Nadal-Soderling quarterfinal? No. Prediction: Robin in straights.

Winner to meet …

Rafael Nadal v Paul-Henri Mathieu

H2H: 9-0

You’ll notice Paul-Henri Mathieu is pictured running into a wall. There’s a reason for that. Rafa encountered a spot of bother in his last match, courtesy of an inspired and determined Philipp Petzchner, eventually triumphing in five sets during which he called the trainer more than once and was warned for coaching. However, Rafa says the knee (for which he called the trainer – also, something in the armular region, possibly) is not an issue, and while Mathieu has been on a good run, most impressively beating Mikhail Youzhny, it ends here. Honestly, we all know Mathieu is frantically talented, but does anyone really think he’ll keep it together enough to seriously challenge Rafa? Prediction: Rafa in straights.

What do you think?

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RG Day 10: L’Oiseau Est La Mot

Posted by gauloises1 on June 2, 2010

Continuing today’s theme of somewhat-underachievers coming good … how about Tomas Berdych in his first Slam semi-final?

He defeated Mikhail Youzhny 63 61 62. That’s backing up his straight sets defeat of Andy Murray and was his fifth victory without dropping a set in succession. That’s no lapses in concentration, no chokes, no wavering of the will. In five matches. From Tomas Berdych. Am I making my point?

Tough day for Mikhail Youzhny, obviously. Come to Queens, sad panda. Let me comfort you. All will be well.

But seriously … Berdych! In the semis! It’s such a great result and I’m so pleased, not just because I like Berdych (I don’t know when that happened, but it did) but because of one of my favourite tennis fans/commenters/human beings, Bismarck, who never fails to make my life better with his uniquely despairing and unswervingly faithful devotion to the Berdman. Congrats, Bis. Have a small picspam.

Fly, my pretty! Fly!

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RG Day Five: OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on May 27, 2010

Today’s OOP is brought to you by Tomas Berdych and his general confuzzlement at finding himself winning in straight sets.

Court Philippe Chatrier 11:00 Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[4] v. Kaia Kanepi (EST)
Not Before 12:30pm
2. Men’s Singles – Second Round — To Finish 2-6 4-6 7-5 6-4 5-5
Gael Monfils (FRA) v. Fabio Fognini (ITA)
3. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Klara Zakopalova (CZE) v. Justine Henin (BEL)[22]
4. Men’s Singles – Second Round
Fernando Verdasco (ESP)[7] v. Florent Serra (FRA)
5. Men’s Singles – Second Round
Horacio Zeballos (ARG) v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]

Court Suzanne Lenglen 11:00 Start Time
1. Men’s Singles – Second Round
Andy Roddick (USA)[6] v. Blaz Kavcic (SLO)
2. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Olivia Sanchez (FRA) v. Marion Bartoli (FRA)[13]
3. Men’s Singles – Second Round
Kei Nishikori (JPN) v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[3]
4. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Serena Williams (USA)[1] v. Julia Goerges (GER)

Court 1 11:00 Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS)[28] v. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
2. Men’s Singles – Second Round – To Finish 6-2 3-3
Andy Murray (GBR)[4] v. Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG)
3. Men’s Singles – Second Round
Jurgen Melzer (AUT)[22] v. Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
4. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Maria Sharapova (RUS)[12] v. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)
5. Men’s Singles – Second Round
Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr (UKR) v. Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)[12]

Court 2 11:00 Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Elena Dementieva (RUS)[5] v. A. Medina Garrigues (ESP)
2. Men’s Singles – Second Round
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)[16] v. Pere Riba (ESP)
3. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Rossana De Los Rios (PAR) v. Samantha Stosur (AUS)[7]
4. Men’s Singles – Second Round
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[28] v. Denis Istomin (UZB)

Court 3 11:00 Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[17] v. Sophie Ferguson (AUS)
2. Men’s Singles – Second Round, to finish 4-6 6-1 7-5
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)[25] v. Marcel Granollers (ESP)
3. Men’s Singles – Second Round
Pablo Andujar (ESP) v. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)[24]
4. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)[23] v. Olga Govortsova (BLR)
5. Men’s Singles – Second Round
Nicolas Almagro (ESP)[19] v. Steve Darcis (BEL)

Court 4 11:00 Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) v. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[8]

2. Women’s Doubles – Second Round
Alize Cornet (FRA) v. Lisa Raymond (USA)[7]
Aravane Rezai (FRA) Rennae Stubbs (AUS)[7]
3. Women’s Doubles – First Round
Sara Errani (ITA) v. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
Roberta Vinci (ITA) Selima Sfar (TUN)
4. Women’s Doubles – Second Round
Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[11] v. Petra Kvitova (CZE)
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[11] Stefanie Voegele (SUI)
5. Mixed Doubles – First Round
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v. Aurelie Vedy (FRA)
Alexandre Sidorenko (FRA) Michael Llodra (FRA)

Court 5 11:00 Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) v. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR)[32]
2. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) v. Alona Bondarenko (UKR)[27]
3. Women’s Doubles – Second Round
Lucie Safarova (CZE) v. Iveta Benesova (CZE)[13]
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)[13]
4. Women’s Doubles – Second Round
Vera Dushevina (RUS)[14] v. Alona Bondarenko (UKR)
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)[14] Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR)

Court 6 11:00 Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) v. Jarmila Groth (AUS)
2. Men’s Singles – Second Round, to finish 7-6(5) 3-3
Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) v. John Isner (USA)[17]
3. Men’s Singles – Second Round
Potito Starace (ITA) v. Robby Ginepri (USA)
4. Men’s Doubles – First Round
Richard Gasquet (FRA) v. Gael Monfils (FRA)
Sebastien Grosjean (FRA) Josselin Ouanna (FRA)
5. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Jie Zheng (CHN)[25] v. Anastasia Pivovarova (RUS)

Court 7 11:00 Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) v. Na Li (CHN)[11]
2. Men’s Singles – Second Round
Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)[14] v. Mardy Fish (USA)
3. Men’s Singles – Second Round
Xavier Malisse (BEL) v. David Ferrer (ESP)[9]
4. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Sybille Bammer (AUT) v. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)[16]

Court 8 11:00 Start Time
1. Men’s Doubles – First Round
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v. David Marrero (ESP)
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) Stephane Robert (FRA)
2. Men’s Doubles – First Round
Marc Gicquel (FRA) v. Simon Aspelin (SWE)[7]
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) Paul Hanley (AUS)[7]
3. Men’s Doubles – First Round
Ross Hutchins (GBR) v. Daniel Nestor (CAN)[2]
Jordan Kerr (AUS) Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)[2]
4. Mixed Doubles – First Round
Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) v. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS)
Paul Hanley (AUS) Simon Aspelin (SWE)
5. Mixed Doubles – First Round
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) v. Patty Schnyder (SUI)
Frantisek Cermak (CZE) Daniel Nestor (CAN)

Court 9 11:00 Start Time
1. Men’s Doubles – First Round
Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)[3] v. Johan Brunstrom (SWE)
Leander Paes (IND)[3] Jean-Julien Rojer (AHO)
2. Men’s Doubles – First Round
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) v. Wesley Moodie (RSA)[4]
Albert Montanes (ESP) Dick Norman (BEL)[4]
3. Men’s Doubles – First Round
Stephen Huss (AUS) v. Marcel Granollers (ESP)[11]
Andre Sa (BRA) Tommy Robredo (ESP)[11]
4. Men’s Doubles – First Round
Mardy Fish (USA)[13] v. Carsten Ball (AUS)
Mark Knowles (BAH)[13] Chris Guccione (AUS)

Court 10 11:00 Start Time
1. Men’s Doubles – First Round
Andrey Golubev (KAZ) v. Alejandro Falla (COL)
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) Santiago Giraldo (COL)
2. Men’s Doubles – First Round
Lukasz Kubot (POL)[6] v. Thiemo De Bakker (NED)
Oliver Marach (AUT)[6] Rogier Wassen (NED)
3. Men’s Doubles – First Round
Marcelo Melo (BRA) v. Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG)
Bruno Soares (BRA) Eduardo Schwank (ARG)
4. Mixed Doubles – First Round
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) v. Monica Niculescu (ROU)
Michal Mertinak (SVK) Michael Kohlmann (GER)
5. Mixed Doubles – First Round
Rennae Stubbs (AUS) v. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)
Robert Lindstedt (SWE) Bruno Soares (BRA)

Court 11 11:00 Start Time
1. Men’s Doubles – First Round
Tomasz Bednarek (POL) v. Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL)[8]
Mateusz Kowalczyk (POL) Marcin Matkowski (POL)[8]
2. Women’s Doubles – First Round, to finish 6-7(6) 6-2
Darija Jurak(CRO) /  Claire Feuerstein(FRA)
Petra Martic(CRO) Stephanie Foretz(FRA)
3. Men’s Doubles – First Round
Karol Beck (SVK) v. Guillaume Rufin (FRA)
Jaroslav Levinsky (CZE) Alexandre Sidorenko (FRA)
4. Men’s Doubles – First Round
Rohan Bopanna (IND) v. Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) Michael Russell (USA)
5. Mixed Doubles – First Round
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) v. Cara Black (ZIM)[2]
Marc Gicquel (FRA) Leander Paes (IND)[2]

Court 14 11:00 Start Time
1. Men’s Doubles – First Round
Jamie Delgado (GBR) v. Thierry Ascione (FRA)
Evgeny Korolev (KAZ) Laurent Recouderc (FRA)
2. Men’s Doubles – First Round
Julien Benneteau (FRA)[15] v. Leos Friedl (CZE)
Michael Llodra (FRA)[15] David Skoch (CZE)
3. Men’s Doubles – First Round
Colin Fleming (GBR) v. Marco Chiudinelli (SUI)
Ken Skupski (GBR) Christopher Kas (GER)
4. Women’s Doubles – First Round
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) v. Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP)[2]
Camille Pin (FRA) Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP)[2]
5. Women’s Doubles – Second Round
Edina Gallovits (ROU) v. Kveta Peschke (CZE)[12]
Melanie Oudin (USA) Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)[12]

Court 16 11:00 Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) v. Vera Zvonareva (RUS)[21]
2. Men’s Doubles – First Round
Bob Bryan (USA)[1] v. Jan Hajek (CZE)
Mike Bryan (USA)[1] Lukas Lacko (SVK)
3. Men’s Singles – Second Round
Victor Hanescu (ROU)[31] v. Yuri Schukin (KAZ)
4. Men’s Doubles – First Round
Philipp Marx (GER) v. Nicolas Devilder (FRA)
Igor Zelenay (SVK) Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)

Court 17 11:00 Start Time
1. Men’s Singles – Second Round
Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS) v. Grega Zemlja (SLO)
2. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Shahar Peer (ISR)[18] v. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)
3. Men’s Singles – Second Round
Andreas Seppi (ITA) v. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)[30]
4. Women’s Singles – Second Round
Jill Craybas (USA) v. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)[29]

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