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D Cup: Serbia 3 – 2 United States

Posted by gauloises1 on March 8, 2010

Congratulations to Serbia, who have made it into the World Group quarterfinals for the first time in their history.

And yes, a lot of this victory does belong to Novak Djokovic, who beat John Isner 64 in the fifth for his second singles point and to clinch the tie.

I didn’t watch most of the match as my eyes were elsewhere (mainly on Team GB and Nalby). But from what I did see, John Isner was playing really impressive tennis – well, he took Nole to five sets on clay, come on – and proving himself as psychologically resilient as his predecessor in the no. 1 singles spot, Andy Roddick. ‘Heart’ is an overused word, never more so than in Davis Cup, but there’s no denying the big man has it. A heartbreaking loss, but he should be really proud of how he comported himself this weekend.

Nole, though. The bendy kitten-haired one once again carried his country and cried the good kind of tears this time. He wasn’t playing his best tennis, that’s for sure – where’s that gone, by the way? Anyone seen it? – but he found enough good tennis when it counted to carry him over the finish line against an opponent who was fighting for his life, and that’s what matters.

Soft-haired, crazy-eyed hugs for all!

Croatia next … that should be interesting.

7-5  3-6  6-3  6-7(6)  6-4
7-5  6-2

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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.


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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One Night in Bangkok

Posted by gauloises1 on October 5, 2009

A good day for my faves of today! Gilles Simon beat Viktor Troicki 75 63 for his first title of the season. Allez late surge!

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Today, the part of Viktor will be played by Ricky Groves.

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The Roaring Gilles, by Middleton and Dekker. Coming soon to a Jacobean theatre near you.

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If he isn’t wearing eye-makeup, I’m jealous.

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This is Gilles’ version of happiness.

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simon troicki trophy bangkok thailand open final

gilles simon thailand open bangkok final

And a bow on top.

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Bangkok: What the Hell, Jo?

Posted by gauloises1 on October 4, 2009

No defense of his title for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, as he lost in the semis to Viktor Troicki, 16 62 63. I didn’t see the match so I can’t say what happened (I hate the Asian swing, I feel so bloody uninformative). But it does mean pictures of Sad Jo, which do things to me.

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tsonga jo-wilfried bangkok thailand open

Great stuff for Troicki though, who’s now 2-0 up on Jo. I never know quite how to feel about Viktor Troicki. He’s yummy, obviously (longest eyelashes on the ATP tour, I’m quite sure of that), and when he’s on he’s got a great game, but I’ve seen too many abrupt retirements and temper tantrums to quite be a fan. Although kudos for the salute to the crowd. That’s Nolesque.

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Incidentally, does anybody know what the deal is with the guy next to him? He seems to have been at virtually every match, dressed in ridiculous get-ups, leading the cheers somewhat indiscriminately. Oh well. I salute him as a fellow manic tennis fan.

So it won’t be an all-French final, but it will be at least demi-French, as Gilles Simon beat Jurgen Melzer 64 76(3). This will be Gilles’ first final of the year, I believe; nominally a happy occasion, not that you’d know it from these photos.

gilles simon bangkok thailand open

gilles simon bangkok thailand open

Oh Gilles. Why so serious?

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Image is Everything: D Cup Sunday

Posted by gauloises1 on September 20, 2009

I can’t believe it’s time for my final Davis Cup picspam. God, I love this event so much. It should be played every weekend.

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“My work here is done,” he seems to say.


Happiness is a champagne-soaked Belgian.


I’m a sucker for behind-the-curtain photos.


I’m also a sucker for Jo.


Back to the dustbin of tennis history with you, Thiemo de Bakker.


Allez Les Bleus.


Murray searches for an escape hatch to another country.


Pole dance.


That’s pretty much how I reacted to the GB-Poland results.

Except without the laughing. And my hair’s not as shiny.


If there was a Crazy Cup, Serbia would win it hands down.


I feel as if I’ve interrupted Robin’s dance routine.


Gratuitous ass shot #1.


Gratuitous ass shot #2.


Bless you, Somdev.


Yuki’s eyebrows really deserve a picspam of their own.

Posted in andy murray, christophe rochus, davis cup, janko tipsarevic, jerzy janowicz, jo-wilfried tsonga, julien benneteau, michael llodra, michel przysieny, nenad zimonjic, novak djokovic, olivier rochus, robin soderling, roger federer, somdev devvarman, steve darcis, thiemo de bakker, tomas berdych, viktor troicki, yuki bhambri | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Let’s Get Our D Cup On

Posted by gauloises1 on September 18, 2009

So I wrote a whole Davis Cup preview earlier and then the internet was all, “no no no”. So it disappeared. Have some pictures instead.

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Put it away, Spain.

Spain Tennis Davis Cup

tommy feli

Feli never uses his hands when his mouth will do.

levy sela

Cheerful for condemned men, aren’t they?


Ivo is serious business.


Team BirdWorm are not.

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Is it me, or does Tipsy just get freakier?


Sweden are hot. I’m just saying.

chardy forget llodra

So are France.

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Barbie’s Dream Davis Cup Team!

roger del piero

I recognise one of these guys.

Consider the weekend’s Davis Cup action previewed.

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ATP Player Photos = Enough Fun to Last a Lifetime

Posted by irefusetotellyou on July 27, 2009

So I have a feeling that the ATP decided that they could increase their macho level by having players take tough, manly-man photos for their bio pics. Needless to say, they’ve failed miserably, although it has provided me much entertainment. Oh, the hilarity of it all!

Some players only succeeded in looking mildly pissed off:Gilles Simon, Robin Soderling

Some managed to look smolderingly hot.



And some just took it way, way too seriously.
Tyra Banks called. She wants her "fierce" look back.

Tyra Banks called. She wants her "fierce" look back.

Others scared the bajesus out of me.

David Nalbandian, Radek Stepanek

Sorry, Nalby and/or Sex lovers, but these pictures make them look like convicted criminals who are 1 second away from beating the shit out of you.

And some need a re-take. Like NOW. Stanislas Wawrinka, Lleyton Hewitt

These photos make them look about 50 pounds heavier than they really are.

Some looked so unbelievably goofy that I scared by cat by laughing so uproariously.

Well, with a nickname like "Chucho," I guess I shouldn't expect much.

Well, with a nickname like "Chucho", I guess I shouldn't expect much.

And some are just the cutest wittle things I’ve ever seen.

Victor Troicki

All in all, though, a scary rapist-esque picture (I’m looking at you, Nalby) is better than no picture at all.

Leonardo Mayer

Leonardo Mayer, supposedly

Leonardo “Horseface” Mayer– perennial no-show, professional buzz-killer, and my archnemesis — STRIKES AGAIN!

Posted in andy roddick, ATP, david nalbandian, dmitry tursunov, fernando verdasco, gilles simon, jose acasuso, leonardo mayer, lleyton hewitt, mardy fish, radek stepanek, robin soderling, stanislas wawrinka, viktor troicki | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments »

People's Saturday: EverYone Else

Posted by gauloises1 on June 28, 2009

So what else happened today? Well, we know which photos we’re going to be seeing a lot of in tomorrow’s papers.



Solid enough stuff from Murray, 62 63 64, but Viktor really didn’t put up that much of a fight. It’s going to be tougher from here, that’s for sure. A-Rod continued in “drop a set but basically be OK” form, beating Jurgen Melzer 76(2) 76(4) 46 63, and Rusty – helped on by a vocal and one must say impressively well co-ordinated bunch of Aussie supporters – gave it some “c’maaaawn” in a straight sets win over Philipp Petzchner, whose name I cannot spell.


Yesterday’s interrupted matches were concluded in disappointing fashion, with Igor Andreev and Tommy Haas winning the final sets over Andreas Seppi and Marin Cilic respectively.


He sunk my battleship.

Stanislas Wawrinka beat Jesse Levine, Radek Stepanek had a good five-set win over Ferru and then broke out the Worm despite having a terribly injured knee, and Gilles Simon had a revenge in over Victor Hanescu. He hit 45 winners and made just 15 UFEs on his way to a straight sets win.


He also hit possibly the shot of the tournament so far. Is Gilles back?!

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RG Day Five: Don't Worry, Viktor …

Posted by gauloises1 on May 29, 2009


My man JMDP makes all the boys feel like that.

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