Buzz Kill

LOL!

The semi-finals are set up in Doha. Ernie pushed  Fed to 3 sets of weird tennis. Fed played like crap and still won, enough said. Fed will play Kolya  for a spot in the final.

Thanks for giving me hope,dude. Pfffff.

Rafa beat Lady Darcis (props to Neil) via retirement. Rafa won the first set 6-1 playing great tennis. In the second set he went up 2-0 and Darcis retired with a back injury. Get well Lady Darcis, but you totally killed my buzz. Rafa makes his first Doha semi-final and will play Vik for a spot in the final.

Sigh, that smile.

Complete Results Thursday, 7 January 2010

Singles – Quarter-finals

[1] R Federer (SUI) d E Gulbis (LAT) 62 46 64

[2] R Nadal (ESP) d [Q] S Darcis (BEL) 61 20 ret. (back)

[5] V Troicki (SRB) d L Kubot (POL) 46 64 76(1)

[3] N Davydenko (RUS) vs [7] I Karlovic (CRO) 76(4) 76(7)

Doubles – Semi-finals

[2] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d E Korolev (KAZ) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) 36 61 10-5

G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / A Montanes (ESP) d [4] C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) 67(5) 63 14-12

OOP: Friday, January 8, 2010

Wednesday Results: ATP

Brisbane: Fun stuff happening in Brisbane. Nice, competitive matches, with a few surprising beatdowns thrown in. I was shocked by how well Ball played against Dick; he even had a set point in the first set. Blake had a hard time against Frenchie Gicquel, saving 3 MPs to eventually come out with a win (unfortunately). Monf vs Serra was another close one. Monf’s seemingly injured, but still hanging in there. Good for me, since he’s one of my tennis-pool picks. Also, RICHIE WON EASILY, woot.

I really can’t take him and Jo being injured all year again. This better be minor. Also, I love his hair at the moment.

I woke up at 5:30 to see Berd and Marcos, because they’re 2 of my faves, and I’m so glad I did. Berd pretty well destroyed Marcos, beating him 6-0 6-1 in a little over an hour.

Though I usually hate lopsided matches, I enjoyed this one because I was so happy about Tomas’ form. I really hope he keeps it up going into the AO.

Full Brisbane Men’s Results:

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Singles – Second Round
[1] A Roddick (USA) d [WC] C Ball (AUS) 76(0) 63
[2] R Stepanek (CZE) d [Q] O Dolgopolov Jr. (UKR) 57 76(4) 62
[3] G Monfils (FRA) d F Serra (FRA) 67(5) 76(5) 61
[4] T Berdych (CZE) d M Baghdatis (CYP) 60 61
J Blake (USA) d M Gicquel (FRA) 63 36 76(8) – Saved 3 M.P.
R Gasquet (FRA) d [Q] M Ebden (AUS) 63 64
W Odesnik (USA) d A Falla (COL) 67(8) 62 61
[8] T Bellucci (BRA) d H Levy (ISR) 64 46 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
J Blake (USA) / A Roddick (USA) d [4] M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) 76(3) 64

Doubles – First Round
[3] M Llodra (FRA) / A Ram (ISR) d [WC] P Luczak (AUS) / J Sirianni (AUS) 36 64 10-7

Chennai: No one’s really talking about Chennai, and so Janko, Marin and Stan are quietly making their ways towards the semifinals/final. Marin had a close call today, losing the first set to Granollers but eventually winning 6-4 in the third. Janko had a great match against Devvarman, winning in easy straight sets. I noticed that Janko has a new tattoo, on the back of his left upper arm. It looks rad.

All he needs to do to get to the semis is beat Thiemo de Bakker. And he’s simply too badass not to win that match. Ajde!

Full Chennai Results:

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Singles – Second Round
[2] M Cilic (CRO) d M Granollers (ESP) 67(3) 63 64
[4] J Tipsarevic (SRB) d [WC] S Devvarman (IND) 62 61
T de Bakker (NED) d R Haase (NED) 63 64
S Giraldo (COL) d J Hajek (CZE) 64 62

Doubles – First Round
Y Allegro (SUI) / S Wawrinka (SUI) d [1] E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) 36 64 10-5
C Fleming (GBR) / K Skupski (GBR) d J Hajek (CZE) / L Lacko (SVK) 64 64
[WC] Y Bhambri (IND) / C Moya (ESP) d R Ginepri (USA) / D Sela (ISR) 62 46 10-5
J Cerretani (USA) / T Rettenmaier (USA) vs [3] M Bhupathi (IND) / R Bopanna (IND) 36 55 – postponed due to rain
Y Lu (TPE) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs M Berrer (GER) / S Greul (GER) 52 – postponed due to rain

Doha: There’s really not much to say about Doha. Without the cat and Rafa’s new kit to brighten things up, this place would be dead. Fed, Rafa, and Kolya breezed through in straights. Fed and Kolya killed some hotness in the form of Evgeny and Marco. I wish Jo hadn’t had to withdraw. He’d have added some much-needed life to the tourney.

Younes lost the final match of his career to Darcis and there was a ceremony for him:

Ernie had a nice win over Seppi. His reward is the chance to play Fed in the QFs. Divine intervention would be nice right about now.

Full Doha Results:

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Singles – Second Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d E Korolev (KAZ) 62 64
[2] R Nadal (ESP) d P Starace (ITA) 62 62
[3] N Davydenko (RUS) d M Chiudinelli (SUI) 63 64
[5] V Troicki (SRB) d O Rochus (BEL) 62 62
[7] I Karlovic (CRO) d [Q] B Becker (GER) 46 63 62
[Q] S Darcis (BEL) d [WC] Y El Aynaoui (MAR) 63 61
L Kubot (POL) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 62 76(5)
E Gulbis (LAT) d A Seppi (ITA) 64 75

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[2] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d S Darcis (BEL) / L Kubot (POL) 46 76(6) 11-9
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / A Montanes (ESP) d W Moodie (RSA) / M Youzhny (RUS) 62 26 10-6
E Korolev (KAZ) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [3] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)
[4] C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) vs M Chiudinelli (SUI) / V Troicki (SRB)

Youzhny downed in Doha

Monday saw the First Round matches get underway in Doha, Qatar. Neither Rafa nor TMD were playing, and as a result there was approximately 19 people in the crowd. Bad show, y’all.

The only real shocking exit of the day was Russian headcase and uber hottie Mikhail Youzhny being ousted by Sergei Stakhovsky 7-6, 6-2. The first set was a hard fought affair, with the Ukrainian evetntually taking it on the tiebreak, 13-11. The next set, however, would prove to be the last, with Youzhny handing it over 6-2.

In good news for certain uber craxy fangirls, Ernie won a match. Yay!

First Round Singles Results:

[5] V Troicki (SRB) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 61 75
E Gulbis (LAT) d [6] A Montanes (ESP) 62 75
[7] I Karlovic (CRO) d F Fognini (ITA) 64 64
O Rochus (BEL) d [WC] A Hajji (QAT) 61 60
M Chiudinelli (SUI) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 75 63 
P Starace (ITA) d F Gil (POR) 62 60
E Korolev (RUS) d M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 62 63

Tomorrow, the big boys come out to play, with TMD, Rafa and Kolya all in action.

(Fangirl note, Rafa and Marc! will also be playing doubles!)

Tuesday OOP: