Compatriots battle it out, thrice

 

Vamos!

HSM fave JCF defeated his fellow Armada man Ferru, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the 2010 Copa Telmex event. It was Juanqui’s 2nd title victory in two weeks, so good for you, chico. Tough break for Ferru. We love him too.

 

Meanwhile, the Samurai defeated his compatriot Tree in the Memphis final, by 6-7, 7-6, 6-3. Well done, big man.

And last but by no means least, Michael Llodra beat Apricot Bars to claim the Marseille crown, 6-4, 6-4. This was a great result for the older French dude. Kudos!

The ATP World Tour moves on to Dubai (500), Acapulco (500) and Delray Beach (250) this week.  Notable remarks; Fed withdraws from Dubai with a chest infection, Rafa still out with knee issues.

Heineken Open: Hotness Killers Meet In The Final

No, I’m not saying Kohls is hot. No way! That also includes Montanes, the guy is a Spanish fug.

The semifinals at the tournament formerly known as the Hotness Open were played. The final is set; Hagrid (new nick alert) will meet Frenchie Clement and his awesome bandanas in the final. Hagrid beat Montanes, 62 76(5). While Clement beat Kohls, 63 76(2). This means that there won’t be seeded players in the final. Kind of nice and unpredictable.

This set of pics kind of cracked me up.

He was just so freaking happy. So cute.

Complete Results: Friday, January 15, 2010
Singles – Semi-finals
A Clement (FRA) d [5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 76(2)
J Isner (USA) d [8] A Montanes (ESP) 62 76(5)
Doubles – Semi-finals
[WC] M Daniell (NZL) / H Tecau (ROU) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) 36 76(4) 10-8

You Win Some, You Lose Some

Well, at least things went half my way. In the men’s side of the Sydney tournament, perennial underachievers Marcos and Richie had great wins against Lleyton and Potito. Richie been in great form these last few weeks, and thank the tennis gods for that. I was a bit surprised that Marcos topped #4 seed Lleyton in his own backyard, but I’m glad about it. I just wish he could be more consistent thoughout the year. Maybe leaving Adidas gave him some mojo.

These are 1/2 of your semifinalists, people. And they’re in opposite sides of the draw. Underdog final ftw.

Now we come the the “you lose some” part of the results. Vika and Aravane both lost their semifinal matches. Aravane played solidly the whole match. I was really impressed. Serena didn’t have a break point opportunity on Aravane’s serve until Aravane was serving for the match at 6-3 5-4. Of course, this was the moment Serena decided to pick up her game and *really* play. A lot of people (including me) expected Aravane to go away, but she hung in there. Twice in the third set, she broke Serena to get back on serve. Valiant effort from one of my fave players, but in the end Serena won, 6-4 in the third.

Yeah, thats pretty much how I feel too. I still think she’s one to watch in 2010, though.

Then came Vika and Lena D. I actually expected this to be another long 3-setter full of breaks, but Lena was dominant from the beginning. I like Lena, she seems really cool. So I’m not too bummed about this. Vika better get her shit together before the AO. Girl does take great pics though:

Gotta love this chick.

Full Thursday Results ATP:

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Singles – Quarter-finals
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [4] L Hewitt (AUS) 46 62 63
M Fish (USA) d [WC] P Luczak (AUS) 76(5) 62
R Gasquet (FRA) d P Starace (ITA) 63 76(7)
J Benneteau (FRA) d [Q] L Mayer (ARG) 64 67(5) 60

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) 62 46 10-5
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d [WC] C Ball (AUS) / S Huss (AUS) 36 76(5) 10-8
I Andreev (RUS) / E Korolev (KAZ) d [Alt] B Becker (GER) / S Lipsky (USA) 75 10 – ret. (Becker – arm)

Full Thursday Results WTA:

Singles – Semifinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Aravane Rezai (FRA) 36 75 64
(5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. (6) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 63 61

Doubles – Semifinals
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. Granville/Spears (USA/USA) 61 61
Garbin/Petrova (ITA/RUS) d. (4) Groenefeld/King (GER/USA) 63 75

Friday OOP:

Friday, January 15, 2010

Ken Rosewall Arena (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Hutchins/Kerr vs. Aspelin/Hanley
2. ATP: Nestor/Zimonjic vs. Andreev/Korolev
3. ATP: Gasquet vs. Benneteau
4. ATP: Baghdatis vs. Fish
5. Singles Final: Serena Williams vs. Elena Dementieva (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Doubles Final: Black/Huber vs. Garbin/Petrova

Heineken Open: Tree Kills The Last Hotness

This is the moment I stopped caring about the Heineken Open. Well, kind of. Tree beat top seed Tommy in 3 sets, 76(5) 36 64. It kind of pisses me of that Tommy was up a break in that first set. He could have won it in straights. Whatevs. You still got those Gold Diamond balls, Tommy. Good Luck in the AO.

He kind of reminds me of  a young Hagrid in this pic. You’re lucky that I like you, Tree. You better win the whole damn thing now. With Tommy lost, it means all top 4 seeds are out. Who says the ATP can’t be unpredictable.

Full Scores: Thursday, January 14, 2010

Singles – Quarter-finals
J Isner (USA) d [1] T Robredo (ESP) 76(5) 36 64
[5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d M Gicquel (FRA) 63 61
A Clement (FRA) d [6] J Melzer (AUT) 62 75
[8] A Montanes (ESP) d [Q] M Lammer (SUI) 63 63
Doubles – Semi-finals
M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) d T Bellucci (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) 75 63
Doubles – Quarter-finals
M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) d R Wassen (NED) / H Zeballos (ARG) 61 75

 

If The AO Is Half This Crazy, Buckle Up

Thursday’s play (or in some cases, lack of play) in Sydney was full of more drama and upsets. Stan had to withdraw from his match against Julien because of a neck strain. Feli wasn’t able to play dubs because his partner, Jonathan Erlich had a “right rib” problem. Poor Feli, he’s not going to be very prepared for the AO compared to the other boys.

In “people who actually played” news, my boys T-Berd and Viktor were both upset by Peter Luczak and Marcos, respectively. Bummer. But there was a bit if good news, as Richie continued his comeback by defeating #8 seed Benjamin Becker in straight sets. With injured seeds Monf and Stan out of the tourney, Richie has an easy path straight to the final. Woot!

I hope he wins the whole thing!

On the (always crazy) WTA side, it was quarterfinal day. Vika yet again tried to kill her fans by struggling against Domi in an unnecessarily long 3-set match. But at least she made the semis, right? And this picture might be the best pic I’ve ever seen:

Work it, girl.

In the other QFs, Dina was knocked out by Lena D in pretty convincing fashion, 6-2, 6-3. Oh, and there was the little part about my girl Aravane bageling Flavs. She pretty well destroyed Flavs, 6-3, 6-0. Of course no one saw what happened because it wasn’t televised, but I’m wondering what the hell happened. Hopefully Aravane was just playing insanely good, because she’s going to need to play even better against Serena tonight.

Full Wednesday Results ATP:
[WC] P Luczak (AUS) d [2] T Berdych (CZE) 16 64 62
J Benneteau (FRA) d *[LL] T Dent (USA) 63 57 76(2)
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [6] V Troicki (SRB) 75 63
[4] L Hewitt (AUS) d A Seppi (ITA) 60 62
R Gasquet (FRA) d [8] B Becker (GER) 62 76(4)
M Fish (USA) d E Korolev (KAZ) 61 62
P Starace (ITA) d [LL] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 63 32 ret. (leg)
[Q] L Mayer (ARG) d P Cuevas (URU) 64 62

Singles – Second Round

Doubles – Quarter-finals
R Hutchins (GBR) / J Kerr (AUS) d [3] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) 76(3) 61
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) vs [WC] C Ball (AUS) / S Huss (AUS) 00 – postponed until Thursday

Doubles – First Round
**[Alt] B Becker (GER) / S Lipsky (USA) d [4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 63 76(4)

* [LL] T Dent (USA) replaced [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) – neck muscle strain
** [Alt] B Becker (GER) / S Lipsky (USA) replaced J Erlich (ISR) / F Lopez (ESP) – (Erlich – right rib)

Full Wednesday Results WTA: (1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 62 62
(5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. (2) Dinara Safina (RUS) 62 63
(6) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 26 62 75
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 63 60

Singles – Quarterfinals

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. Dushevina/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) 63 46 108
Garbin/Petrova (ITA/RUS) d. (WC) Dellacqua/Rezai (AUS/FRA) 61 64

OOP: Thursday, January 14, 20101. ATP: Nestor/Zimonjic vs. Kas/Norman
2. Serena Williams vs. Aravane Rezai (NB 12.30hrs)
3. Victoria Azarenka vs. Elena Dementieva
4. ATP: Baghdatis vs. Hewitt (NB 15.00hrs)
5. ATP: Fish vs. Luczak (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Black/Huber vs. Granville/Spears

Ken Rosewall Arena (from 11.00hrs)

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Starace vs. Gasquet
2. ATP: Benneteau vs. Mayer
3. ATP: Aspelin/Hanley vs. Ball/Huss
4. ATP: Becker/Lipsky vs. Andreev/Korolev
5. Groenefeld/King vs. Garbin/Petrova

Heineken Open: The Day The Hotness Died

Today at the Heineken Open there was a hotness massacre. I’m really close to not caring about this tournament anymore. Let’s start.

The first victim was Juanqui. I think this was the worse of all. He didn’t even get to play a whole set.  At 3-1, he fell and sprained his right ankle and was forced to retire. Now he seems questionable for the AO. FU, Tennis Gods. There are no pics of this match, so I posted a pic of him with puppies, because it’s cute and it makes me happy. Let’s continue.

Another victim of the massacre, Ferru. Sigh. He lost  75 64 to frenchie Clement.  Again, there are no pics of this match. So I posted an old one. I imagine that Ferru totally looked like this during the match. Next.

Pico lost to Tree in 3 sets, 57 64 63. I’m amazed that none were TB sets. I like Tree but I wanted Pico to win. Whatevs. Again, there were no pics of this match, so I posted a pic of Pico and his eternally hard nipples.

There was also Thomaz. He lost to Kohls,  64 61. At least he won a match on hard-courts and he’s still in doubles.  There were also no pics of this match. So I posted a pic of  Thomaz celebrating  his first ATP title. Good times.

The only one that survived the hotness massacre was Tommy. He beat Greul in 2 TB sets, 76(1) 76(2). Also, this was the only match that had pictures. Well, out of the matches that I care for. There were a grand total of 2 pics and they where horrible. This was the best of the two.  All of the good photographers seem to be in Australia. Pffffff.

Complete Scores: Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Singles – Second Round
[1] T Robredo (ESP) d S Greul (GER) 76(1) 76(2)
A Clement (FRA) d [2] D Ferrer (ESP) 75 64
[Q] M Lammer (SUI) d [3] J Ferrero (ESP) 31 ret. (right ankle sprain)
M Gicquel (FRA) d [4] N Almagro (ESP) 60 63
[5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d T Bellucci (BRA) 64 61
[6] J Melzer (AUT) d [WC] S Grosjean (FRA) 62 67(5) 76(1)
J Isner (USA) d [7] J Monaco (ARG) 57 64 63
[8] A Montanes (ESP) d [WC] J Statham (NZL) 76(6) 62
Doubles – Quarter-finals
J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) d [2] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) 62 63
[WC] M Daniell (NZL) / H Tecau (ROU) d [3] M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) 36 76(5) 10-8
R Wassen (NED) / H Zeballos (ARG) vs M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA)
T Bellucci (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d L Arnold Ker (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG) 75 64

Dina actually beats a Top Tenner; Sydney results

Well, would ya look at that.

Dinara won a match against A-Rad earlier today, in what can best be described as a typical WTA shitfest. Dina’s serve was woeful, Aga served for the first set three times and failed everytime, and Radwanska’s attempts volleys were increasingly embarrassing.  On a positive note, Dinara hit a few clean winners, and didn’t look at Zeljko like he was her God. So ya know, that’s an improvement on ’09 for a start. I love Dina, and would love to see her do well.

Tuesday Results:

Women’s Singles – Second round
[1] Serena Williams (USA) d   Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (SPA) 6-1 6-2
[2] Dinara Safina (RUS) d   Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 7-5 6-4
[Q] Vera Dushevina (RUS) d   Elena Vesnina (RUS) 6-3 6-4
  Aravane Rezai (FRA) d [Q] Agnes Szavay (HUN) 6-3 7-6(5)
  Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d [3] Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5 6-2
[6] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d   Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) 6-1 5-7 7-5
 Men’s Singles – First round
[8] Benjamin Becker (GER) d [Q] Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) 6-3 6-3
  Julien Benneteau (FRA) d   Dudi Sela (ISR) 6-3 6-1
[6] Viktor Troicki (SRB) d   Florent Serra (ITA) 7-6(5) 6-4
  Evgeny Korolev (RUS) d [5] Sam Querrey (USA) 6-2 5-7 7-4
  Mardy Fish (USA) d   Carsten Ball (AUS) 6-4 7-6(4)

Wednesday’s OOP looks awesome, with HSM faves Richard Gasquet, Flavia Pennetta and Aravane Rezai all in action. Also? Vika vs Domi should be epic win;

Sydney, Wednesday 13th 2010 Order Of Play