ATP Indianapolis Semifinal Saturday
by Dan Martin | July 26th, 2009, 1:59 pm
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While my drive to Indianapolis today contained almost all of the oddities of any trip Clark Griswald ever made, it was refreshing to finally arrive at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships. The event has a laid back feel. Like any tournament, vendors give fans chances to get free stuff that is laced with product advertisements. Beanbag toss games, free ice cream and a beer garden greet fans as they enter the facility. While a lot of ink has been spilled about a weaker than usual draw and shaky start for Indianapolis, the crowd was larger today than at the same stage in 2008. Given the weak economy and an injured Andy Roddick, whose image is on all of the 2009 promotional materials, this is a good sign for the tournament.

Singles Semifinals – Can Robby and Frank Survive in the Land of the Giants?

In brief, Robby Ginepri handled his tall opponent and Frank Dancevic did not. The second set of Querrey vs. Dancevic witnessed a run by Sam Querrey, a spirited comeback by Frank Dancevic, nerves on both sides, sun hindered serving and an odd finish. Querrey led 6-4, 4-0 only to see Dancevic break twice and serve at 4-5. Querrey raced to a 0-40 lead and 3 match points. Dancevic saved the first two with service winners, but at 30-40 a double fault ended the match. Each player struggled with bright sunlight serving on the less covered side of the stadium. I can attest that the sun was quite bright especially during the first semifinal. Therefore, Querrey’s quick loss of serve at 5-3 and Dancevic’s 0-40 start at 4-5 was not entirely unexpected. Each player mentioned difficulties serving into the sun in the post match press conferences. Both players emphasized how solid results this week boded well for the rest of the hard court Summer. Querrey’s runner-up finish at Newport coupled with his run to the final in Indianapolis is particularly promising. Querrey is crediting improved movement for these results.

Robby Ginepri’s backhand was superb in his 6-4, 6-3 victory over John Isner. I was particularly looking forward to this match in order to see and hear how hard John Isner serves. What impressed me more than sheer pace was how well Isner mixes up his service pace and placement. In Isner’s first service game, the Georgia Bulldog hit a 126 mph ace followed by 101 mph change up, a 113 mph jamming serve and a 116 mph ace. Isner routinely hits his second serve in the 110 mph range. He spins and places most first serves with 120 mph range speeds. Isner can however blast his serve when the need arises. I was impressed with how fluid and easy his service motion is.

Still, Robby Ginepri’s return game, court coverage and backhand were even more impressive. Ginepri read Isner’s serve well. At several key moments Ginepri’s court coverage and backhand down the line to take advantage of Isner cheating over on his backhand side made differences in the match. In the first set, Isner served at 4-5 and Ginepri stole the first point of the game with great court coverage. That point helped Ginepri win a 5 deuce game and the first set. Ginepri held serve quickly and jumped to a 15-40 lead. Isner did manage to hold, but the match was played on Ginepri’s terms from this time until Robby served for the contest at 5-3 in the second set. The final game of the match saw Isner attack the net several times and nerves also creep into Ginepri’s game. After 4 deuces and 3 break points, Ginepri claimed the match.

John Isner was happy with his result, but also owned the fact that recovering from mono has left his match conditioning in a less than ideal spot. Ginepri was hoping to recapture his 2005 form, Robby explained that he was happy to be in the final round and also felt he had yet to reach his best form. Ginperi’s ability to take the ball early helped in his semifinal victory and will play a key role in his chances to upset Sam Querrey. If Ginepri can work his way into enough return points, he will likely win Indianapolis for the second time in his career. Doing so will not be easy as Querrey has more game to back up his serve at this point than does Isner.

Final Prediction Ginepri d. Querrey 4-6, 7-5, 6-3


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31 Comments for ATP Indianapolis Semifinal Saturday

Von Says:

Dan Martin:

Excellent breakdown of the Indy tournament thus far.

Congrats to Gulbis/Tursunov on their first doubles championship title!

Their performance, albeit not spectacular, was largely aided by the many double-faults from the Kerr/Fisher team throughout the match. I hope this win will give Gulbis some much-needed confidence in his singles match going forth.

Dan, I think one of Gulbis’ main problems, which is more clearly manifested in his doubles game, is his sloppy foot-work whereby he takes large, lunging steps to get up to the ball in an attempt to position himself to hit his return shots — in essence he looks very clumsy. Additionally, he seems to play by rote with very little thought to point construction and/or keeping the ball in play, but just whacking the ball as hard as he can, seemingly hopeful that it will land somewhere on the court at a spot that would cause some difficulty for his opponent to return the shot. Tursunov could do with some help on his net game and he also needs to be more consistent with his first serve. Overall, despite Gulbis/Tursunov’s inadequacies as a doubles team versus the experienced doubles specialist team of Kerr/Fisher, I think they should be happy they were able to win this one, and a win is a win, whichever way we want to look at it, so again, congrats to the team of Gulbis/Tursunov on their first Indy doubles win!


tenisbebe Says:

Von – early break for Robbie!


tenisbebe Says:

Tursunov also won doubles in Dubai, yes? Having more success in doubles than singles this year. Glad that both he and Gulbis found doubles success having stuck around in Indy for the week.


tenisbebe Says:

Dan Martin says: “…the crowd was larger today than at the same stage in 2008.” Really? The stands looked empty for the Dancevic/Querrey semi (didn’t see the other). I was sad to see that….


tenisbebe Says:

Woohoo! Congrats to Robby (think I have been misspelling his first name :) ) Great playing – I don’t remember his backhand down the line being a weapon for him but it definitely worked for him here.


Von Says:

tenisbebe:

Robbie won!! I’m so happy for him. He came to play, but Sam didn’t show up as he seemed tired and lack-luster. Robbie was cracking his BH down the line which is not the norm for him, but it worked so well today. The ranking of both guys will improve. Sam will move up to No. 31.

On another note: Michael Phelps and his team won the Gold in the 400 meter relay race. Lance Armstrong finished 3rd in Tour de France. Thus a good day for the US in several sports categories!


Von Says:

tenisbebe: It seemed I was writing about Robbie’s BH at the same time you did. Our posts are just one minute apart. What’s that saying about great minds? ha ha


jane Says:

Big congrats to Ginepri – that’s wonderful, to see him get a title at home. First in a while right?


Kimmi Says:

Dan, your prediction was correct but unfortunetly not that close, easy straight set for Ginepri.

I thought Sam was very poor, too many errors…I saw the second set where he got broken by throwing a double fault. ouch! Not very good for Sam, I am sure he could play better than that.

Great win by Robby though. It feels like ages since I last saw him play….after coming back from injury/illness and having a series of 1st and 2nd round loses it must be a satifying win again.


Veno Says:

Hey Von, Jane, Kimmi and Tenisbebe(great postername lol) good to see your posts. A shout out to you regulars. I’ve enjoyed reading the threads of late.
Gives me some idea how Indy was as a tourney. Great win for Eobby, but I must admit I am surprised. Hope they both can build on this result confidence wise because we need more US players getting into the mix at the tennis echelon.
Great effort and result for Lance(am a Tour de France fan too)
How about the news Rafa might be playing in Washington prior to the Rogers Cup? I know it’s only a rumour because I can’t find any proof of it, but it would be something!
I hope Andy and Rafa will be top fit soon…Exciting times ahead…looking forward to it!!!


Veno Says:

Loool, sorry for calling himEobby…of course I mean Robby


Von Says:

Veno:

I answered you on the other Fed baby thread.

Good news for Ginepri and Querrey as their rankings will go up and help US tennis tremendously.

I heard the ESPN commentators talking about the possibility of Nadal playing in DC and look forward to seeing Andy there as well. Nadal’s and Roddick’s presence can only benefit the tournament big-time money-wise, so all’s good.

Yes, am glad for Lance, and am happy to know you’re a Tour de France fan as well. I’m also happy for Michael Phelps Gold at Worlds considering he had taken a six-month sabbatical. All in all, a good day for the US.


Veno Says:

yeah! And the Dutch women got the gold in the 400 m free style medley!!!
They completed the triple: European Champs ’08, Olympic Champs ’08 and now World Champs ’09

I have seen the tour de france live 5 times already. My cousin lives at the foot of the Mont Ventoux and they passed by his house last Saturday.


Veno Says:

change medley into relay…pffffffff my head is still in Spain I guess


Veno Says:

saw the nice words on the other thread and lol back at cha!!!

And read Dan’s article…but it’s only about the semi finals(though it is good)
I hope the American players will be a force this series. And I hope Murray, Djokovic, Delpo and the others will put up a good challenge!!

I am very interested how Soderling will perform. Watch out for him I tell ya.
And it will also be interesting to see what the Hamburg win will do for Davydenko’s confidence come USO.
Great times ahead, hope we won’t be disappointed!!!


Von Says:

Soderling lost to Almagro, which tells me he’s tired and needs some rest.

I’d like to see the Americans rise up this USO series, but who knows how it will all play out. And, yes, I’d like to see the other top 5 make an impression as the USO as well.


Von Says:

Veno: “yeah! And the Dutch women got the gold in the 400 m free style medley!!!
They completed the triple: European Champs ‘08, Olympic Champs ‘08 and now World Champs ‘09″

Congrats to you also on the Dutch women winning the Gold the 400 m free style medley!!!1 Way to go!!


tenisbebe Says:

Veno – Hola – hope your holiday was fun & relaxing (although it doesn’t sound like you got much “relaxing” in…). Congrats to all: Niko, Robby, Lance, Michael, & the Dutch women champs. Thanks for the kudos re: my postername not many people get it :).

I can’t imagine Rafa playing in Washington DC but suppose if he wants to keep his #2 position & possibly make a run for #1 again, 500 pts would help. I’m concerned as that would be 3 tourney’s back-to-back: DC, Montreal & Cincy, with only a week off for those knees before the USO. Regardless, looks as if DC has a compelling lineup so far: Del Potro, Roddick, Tsonga, Gonzalez, Soderling, Cilic, Monfils, Robredo.


vared Says:

Congrats to Gulbis and Dima. I really like them and so happy they got one. Kolya I am very happy for you too.


tenisbebe Says:

Von Says: “tenisbebe: It seemed I was writing about Robbie’s BH at the same time you did. Our posts are just one minute apart. What’s that saying about great minds? ha ha”

Yeah, heaven help Tennis-X when we think alike…. :-)


Dan Martin Says:

I am going to write up my impressions of the finals tonight they should be up tomorrow. The number of fans on the grounds seemed higher on 2009 semifinal Saturday than 2008 on Saturday. Some of that could be that 2008 was rainy off and on all day during the second semifinal. Yesterday things were rainy in the morning but once play started it was a warm sunny day. That might have led to a slow early crowd, but the grounds were pretty packed between the second singles semifinal and the doubles semifinal.


Kimmi Says:

Safina wins today, congrats to her. But why oh why does she play in Portoroz where the 2nd seed was ranked 21 ? why not entered to play in Stanford, here other seeds are closer to her ranking and it is a big tourney too….Oh well, so many questions !


Veno Says:

Agree Kimmi, she wins Portoroz, Slovenia whoopieeee.
It’s just becoming silly, you can’t take away from the fact she plays a lot of tourneys, but come on!!! As a number 1 playing a tourney like that??????? Makes me wonder she only cares to scrap ranking points and win matches and tourneys to be able to say I won so many tourneys and matches…If so, her choice, but she shouldn’t be surprised to get heckled in the press if she continues choking in the slams like she did and saying I reached semi finals and finals of slams! Those don’t mean nothing until you win 1(look at Lendl in the early 80′s losing his first 4 and Agassi in the early 90′s losing his first 3)

I had to laugh so hard seeing Serena’s post championship interview in which she answered the question if Safina was a deserved number 1…
Getting a little irritated by the fact everyone defends Safina and feels sorry for her…pfff. It’s professional tennis, they make millions!!! Where does she think she is? Playing in the ball pen of Mc Donalds?


Mike Says:

tenisbebe says: Tursunov also won doubles in Dubai, yes?

I saw Tursunov in Dubai and he consistently looked like the best DOUBLES player on the court. A pleasant surprise, as he’s not known for being one who’s that comfortable at the net in singles. Guess it just goes to show that quite a few of the ATP Top 50 could probably take out all but the very best doubles specialists if they set their mind to it.


Veno Says:

Mike, from what I saw from the doubles this year I agree with you. The Wimby final was great between the Bryan bros and Nestor-Zimonjic.
And more players in the top 25 should team up to play doubles more as it will improve movement(especially forward-movement) and hands….Sounds like Johnny Mac I know, but I do agree with him on that subject.
Look at a guy like Simon, he plays what? 28-30 tourneys a year? He should cut back and focus more on combining singles with doubles!!!


Von Says:

Veno: “And more players in the top 25 should team up to play doubles more as it will improve movement(especially forward-movement) and hands….Sounds like Johnny Mac I know, but I do agree with him on that subject.”

Keeping in line with what you state, Roddick and Fish make a good doubles team; also Blake and Fish. I had mentioned when Roddick/Fish won the doubles title in Miami that they should team up as doubles when they retire from singles. Both guys have very good serves and Fish has an angled 2 handed BH which is great for net play especially in doubles.

I have never been impressed with Simon, whose main weapon is that of ‘peskiness’ whereby he hangs around and wears down his opponent by keeping the ball in play and eventually drawing the error. I agree he’d also make a good doubles player due to that same ‘peskiness’.


Veno Says:

Hey Von, amen to your account on both teams. I was really impressed with Blake in the Wimby doubles(but alas disappointed with his singles)

How about Fed and Andy teaming up to play doubles when approaching 30….that would be something!!!
I would fly across the Atlantic to see that :-D

I can’t stand watching Simon(look at his facial expressions!!!! could he bé more annoyingly French!!!!! Thought I would throw in a “Chandler” quote)
I think Fish is an excellent doubles player. I like watching him play


Von Says:

Veno:

Yes, Fed/Andy would do well on the doubles arena, and if they did play together, I’d expect you to keep your word. Just remember to stick a sign around your neck which says “VENO’ so that I can pick you out in the crowd. LOL.

“I can’t stand watching Simon(look at his facial expressions!!!! could he bé more annoyingly French!!!!! Thought I would throw in a “Chandler” quote)”

Never liked him, borrriiinggg!!!! Give me a sign of life, puhlease.


Veno Says:

I am a man of my word and if they decide to team up I will fly to see them hammer to the title at Flushing Meadows!!!!!


Skorocel Says:

Kimmi: „Safina wins today, congrats to her. But why oh why does she play in Portoroz where the 2nd seed was ranked 21 ? why not entered to play in Stanford, here other seeds are closer to her ranking and it is a big tourney too….Oh well, so many questions !“

So many questions, yet only one answer ;-) It’s called the “under the table money“…


Kimmi Says:

Skorocel: That could be the answer. A lot of these small tournament are gunning to get top players… We heard last week Roddick was going to be paid 200K ?? to play Indy…safina probably got paid quite a bit there, she could be a very big name in Slovenia.

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