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Indian Wells Runs Dry

Posted by gauloises1 on March 17, 2011

Bit of a damp squib, today’s day session as Wozniacki and del Potro both progressed to the semi-finals without playing a whole match.

Azarenka played a hotly-contested first two games with Wozniacki, went down an immediate break after having chances to break in the first game, and then was 30-0 down in the third when she pulled up mid-point as her left leg buckled under her. She hobbled off court, returned after an injury timeout and, limping, finished out the game. Her coach Samuel Sumyck advised her to “be wise” and retire, and she did. Really sad, a great disappointment and a worrying sign for the rest of the season, given that a left thigh problem troubled her for much of 2010 and prevented her getting any rhythm. Apparently the injury is to the left hip flexor. Get better soon, Vika. I’m sadfacing all over the place for you.

It was particularly poignant after Wozniacki brought a Japanese flag on to the court and asked for a minute’s silence to mark the events there, apparently something she and Vika had cooked up together.

I know I disparage Wozniacki a lot, but really, the WTA couldn’t hope for two nicer women than her and Vika.

Hot on the heels of that particular crapfest, Tommy Robredo was forced to pull out due to what I’ve heard reported as a left abductor injury, which was troubling him during his previous match with Querrey and reportedly has been a worry for some time. Robredo said he has a strain in two different places and is risking a tear. Absolutely right for him to pull out, but it’s a shame – for him, for the ticket-holders, the fans, everybody. I hope he recovers quickly.

About the only person it doesn’t entirely suck for is JMDP, who can probably go back to bed now as he is in the semi-finals, which should be happy but really isn’t under these circumstances. He will play the winner of the Nadal-Karlovic match later on tonight.

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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.”

source

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.

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The Week In Winners: First Titles For Anderson & Dodig

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2011

Rather a bizarre week in the ATP, wasn’t it? In Johannesburg, weird-looking giant homeboy Kevin Anderson captured the title; he was the fourth seed, but I don’t think anybody quite expected that. Still, with seeds tumbling earlier in the week, Anderson had a good opportunity and made the most of it, beating Adrian Mannarino in the semis and Somdev Devvarman in the final to take his first ATP title at the age of 24.

In Santiago, veteran Tommy Robredo took his tenth title (and his first since this time back in 2009), staging a comeback against Santiago Giraldo who served for the match up 5-2 in the second set before Robredo prevailed in three.

Robredo’s on to Costa do Saiupe next, where he’ll face Fabio Fognini who he defeated in the Santiago semi-finals, not unacrimoniously:

(via FueBuena)

Once I was a little boy
Then Fognini called me a piece of shit*
Ahahahahaha.

And rounding off the week in bizarre occurrences, pretty much the only Croatian in the draw who no-one expected to win Zagreb won Zagreb – namely, Ivan Dodig, who backed up consecutive upsets of Ivan Ljubicic and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez by defeating eighth seed and last year’s finalist Michael Berrer for the title.

It’s always a great feel-good story when a journeyman has a good week and takes his first title, particularly when it happens in front of his home crowd. Particularly impressive for Dodig, as he had to contend with the Worst Coitus Interruptus Ever:

Dear oh dear.

*not an actual translation

Posted in ivan dodig, johannesburg, kevin anderson, santiago, titlists, tommy robredo, zagreb | Tagged: , , | 4 Comments »

RG Day Two: The Things That Happened

Posted by gauloises1 on May 25, 2010

A brief round-up of the things I found noteworthy today …

JJ won 60 64 against Alicia Molik. She looked pretty.

Remember Project 45, Special Kei Nishikori? He’s back after a protracted injury lay-off, using his protected ranking to enter the main draw after winning consecutive Challengers, and putting it to good use, beating Santiago Giraldo 64 in the fifth. Good stuff.

Gonzo is back. And still Gonzo.

La Monf is also back, winning in four and confirming he is still himself.

As is Nole.

We lost Tommy Robredo to Viktor Troicki. Is that an upset? It doesn’t feel like one.

This is Benoit Paire. He’s 21 and he lost to Olivier Rochus in four. I watched, and I think he’s a thing. Watch this space.

Nose Job won and took his shirt off (not necessarily in that order).

And all was well in the land.

ATP – Full Results

Singles – First Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d P Luczak (AUS) 64 61 62
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d E Korolev (KAZ) 61 36 61 63
[4] A Murray (GBR) d R Gasquet (FRA) 46 67(5) 64 62 61
[12] F Gonzalez (CHI) d T Alves (BRA) 62 46 64 64
[13] G Monfils (FRA) d *[LL] D Kindlmann (GER) 63 75 67(5) 62
[14] I Ljubicic (CRO) d Y Lu (TPE) 76(5) 75 63
[15] T Berdych (CZE) d J Aguilar (CHI) 76(7) 63 61
[17] J Isner (USA) d A Golubev (KAZ) 64 63 62
[19] N Almagro (ESP) d R Haase (NED) 64 36 46 76(3) 64
[20] S Wawrinka (SUI) d J Hajek (CZE) 61 63 63
V Troicki (SRB) d [21] T Robredo (ESP) 64 64 63
[24] T Bellucci (BRA) d M Llodra (FRA) 64 62 62
[25] M Baghdatis (CYP) d J Witten (USA) 63 64 63
J Reister (GER) d [27] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 61 76(5) 62
[31] V Hanescu (ROU) d O Hernandez (ESP) 61 16 64 63
O Rochus (BEL) d B Paire (FRA) 36 76(4) 64 75
M Granollers (ESP) d P Mathieu (FRA) 36 63 30 ret. (digestive problems)
T Dent (USA) d N Lapentti (ECU) 63 64 76(3)
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d D Tursunov (RUS) 61 61 61
C Ball (AUS) d P Petzschner (GER) 36 67(4) 62 75 97
Y Schukin (KAZ) d R Ram (USA) 36 64 62 64
K Nishikori (JPN) d S Giraldo (COL) 26 46 76(3) 62 64
O Dolgopolov Jr (UKR) d A Clement (FRA) 36 76(5) 36 63 63
P Andujar (ESP) d S Bolelli (ITA) 76(2) 64 62
A Beck (GER) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 46 63 62 62
L Mayer (ARG) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 76(4) 63 62
M Fish (USA) d M Berrer (GER) 57 64 36 61 63
S Darcis (BEL) d K Vliegen (BEL) 61 64 64
L Lacko (SVK) d M Yani (USA) – 46 76(5) 76(4) 67(5) 12-10

*replaced F Mayer (GER) – illness

WTA – Full Results

Singles – First Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 76(2) 62
(3) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 60 63
(4) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Alicia Molik (AUS) 60 64
(5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. Petra Martic (CRO) 61 61
(7) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (Q) Simona Halep (ROU) 75 61
(8) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Elena Baltacha (GBR) 60 75
(11) Li Na (CHN) vs. (WC) Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 75 63
(17) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Regina Kulikova (RUS) 57 63 64
(24) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Jelena Dokic (AUS) 62 62
(27) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 67(3) 63 64
(28) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Mariya Koryttseva (UKR) 62 61
(31) Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 76(1) 46 63
(32) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. Julie Coin (FRA) 61 62
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 61 75
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Tatjana Malek (GER) 62 63
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) 63 63
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 75 62
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Iveta Benesova (CZE) 63 63
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 67(2) 63 62
Polona Hercog (SLO) d. (Q) Misaki Doi (JPN) 63 60
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) d. Kristina Barrois (GER) 16 76(7) 63
Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d. (Q) Kurumi Nara (JPN) 62 62
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Virginie Razzano (FRA) 75 62
Julia Goerges (GER) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 62 63
Rossana de los Ríos (PAR) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 76(2) 63
(Q) Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 63 61
(Q) Sophie Ferguson (AUS) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 16 62 62
(WC) Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) d. Stéphanie Dubois (CAN) 67(3) 61 63

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Musketeers Are Spanish Now?

Posted by gauloises1 on May 5, 2010

Does this make Rafa the Queen of Spain?

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Barcelona: Tuesday’s Results, Wednesday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on April 21, 2010

Further woe for the reduced field as seeds Juan Monaco and Albert Montanes were beaten, while Tommy Robredo trailed a set and a break before being forced to retire.But hey, Jeremy Chardy won a match. It’s not all bad.

Full Results

Singles – Second Round
[2] R Soderling (SWE) d J Chela (ARG) 75 75
[15] N Almagro (ESP) d S Greul (GER) 61 63
[LL] I Navarro (ESP) d [Q] P Cuevas (URU) 62 64

Singles – First Round
[Q] S Bolelli (ITA) d [9] T Robredo (ESP) 67(7) 64 31 ret. (back)
[Q] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d [10] J Monaco (ARG) 62 36 62
[11] J Melzer (AUT) d [LL] N Lapentti (ECU) 63 63
[12] L Hewitt (AUS) d [Q] M Ilhan (TUR) 64 46 62
J Chardy (FRA) d [14] A Montanes (ESP) 63 76(1)
[16] F Lopez (ESP) d O Dolgopolov Jr. (UKR) 63 30 ret. (illness)
[WC] A Martin (ESP) d A Seppi (ITA) 75 64
D Istomin (UZB) d S Robert (FRA) 76(5) 16 61
[Q] A Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d M Russell (USA) 64 63
S Stakhovsky (UKR) d M Zverev (GER) 46 64 62
E Gulbis (LAT) d P Luczak (AUS) 76(4) 63
V Hanescu (ROU) d A Beck (GER) 61 62

Doubles – First Round
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / A Montanes (ESP) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) 76(7) 63
T Bellucci (BRA) / H Zeballos (ARG) d M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) 64 62

Today’s OOP is brought to you by Juan Monaco’s apparently ineffective warm-up routine …

… and the dubious pleasure of sitting on Nicolas Almagro’s lap.

Posted in barcelona, jeremy chardy, juan monaco, nicolas almagro, tommy robredo | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

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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ATP Week Ahead: Buonos Aires, Marseilles, Memphis

Posted by gauloises1 on February 15, 2010

Buonos Aires

Draw here.

Top Seeds: David Ferrer, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Nicolas Almagro, Juan Monaco

Marseilles

Draw here.

Top Seeds: Robin Soderling, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Tommy Robredo

Memphis

Draw here.

Top Seeds: Andy Roddick, Fernando Verdasco, Radek Stepanek, Tommy Haas

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ATP Week Ahead: Rotterdam, Costa do Saiupe, San Jose

Posted by gauloises1 on February 8, 2010

One 500 in Europe and two 250s in the Americas this week …

Rotterdam

Draw here.

Even with Murray not returning and the withdrawals of Nadal and Tsonga, this is a really fun draw. Top seed Nole has a quota of dangerous floaters (Stakhovsky, Chiudinelli, Tipsy) but no-one that should cause him any real problems, including probable quarterfinal opponent Robredo. In the second quarter, Monfils should be OK despite having reinjured his knee in Johannesburg, unless of course Youzhny’s healthy and on good form. I’d anticipate maybe a Nole-Youzhny semifinal.

In the bottom half, the third quarter is the real question mark: seventh seed Ivan Ljubicic has a tricky encounter with Julien Benneteau in the first round, while Robin Soderling has had an abysmal start to the year and there are real questions over the state of his recurring elbow injury. Someone totally random could easily come out there. And the fourth quarter is loaded, with Troicki-Melzer, Baggy-Blake, and Kolya-Lopez all meeting in the first round. Still hard to bet against Mr. Consistency, Kolya, though.

Predicted champion: Novak Djokovic. He really should.

Costa do Saiupe

Draw here.

With defending champion Robredo not returning, the top four seeds are Juan Carlos Ferrero (Boss! looking to get off the mark in 2010), Albert Montanes, Igor Andreev and last year’s finalist, Thomaz Bellucci. Richard Gasquet is hanging about in Boss’ quarter, looking to cause trouble no doubt, and Victor Hanescu could do well if he can get past last week’s revelation Joao Souza.

Predicted champion: Montanes. He’s got a really nice draw.

San Jose

Draw here.

Actually a brilliant draw for a 250; the top eight seeds are Roddick, Verdasco, Steps, Haas, Berdych, Kohlschreiber, Querrey and Chardy. Last year’s finalists Steps and Mardy Fish should meet in the second round, with the winner potentially having to contend with Taylor Dent or Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals. Top seed Roddick should handle the winner of Mayer-Gulbis in the second round without too much trouble and I wouldn’t count on Berdych upsetting him in the quarters, so should be a safe bet for the semifinals at least. In the bottom half of the draw, Verdasco has a smooth path, while the third quarter is packed with players who could do anything but probably won’t …

Predicted champion: Verdasco. His draw is very nice. 

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AO Day Two: Let the Carnage Begin

Posted by gauloises1 on January 19, 2010

Seeds on both sides fell today. I’m reckoning the most surprising was Robin Soderling, who lost to Armada coracle Marcel Granollers 57 26 64 64 62.

Sunstroke? The elbow? Inspired play by Granollers? We shall never know, or at least I shan’t, because I was extremely not watching.

Huge win for Granollers, though. I shall now remember him for something other than having the second-longest eyelashes on the ATP tour.

We also lost twenty-fifth seed Sam Querrey to Rainer ‘in my day, this was played on grass’ Schuettler, although it might have been a good thing based on this outfit.

Boss lost to Ivan Dodig (or Dingo Diva, if you will) after leading two sets to love, and Jeremy Chardy continued his recent dismal run of form, but perhaps the most baffling was Tommy Robredo’s straight sets defeat by Santiago Giraldo, 4, 2 and 2. I mean, you can normally count on Tommy not to lose in the first round of a Slam, right? If nothing else.

On the women’s side, Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginie Razzano were both shown the door, but the biggest upset came courtesy of Vania King, who took out Dominika Cibulkova 75 in the third.

Well … OK.

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