Murray Headlines ATP LA; Gstaad, Umag, Stanford, Istanbul Previews
by Staff | July 25th, 2010, 7:23 pm
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Farmers Classic
Los Angeles, Calif., USA
Surface: hard

Seeds: Andy Murray, Sam Querrey, Marcos Baghdatis, Feliciano Lopez, Ernests Gulbis, Janko Tipsarevic, Horacio Zeballos, Mardy Fish


Floaters: Lukas Lacko, Xavier Malisse

Notes: wildcards went to James Blake and Ryan Sweeting, and Kevin Anderson received a special exempt after reaching the semis at Atlanta; (5) Gulbis could face an opening tester against the hot-handed Lacko; Murray debuts at the event; among the seeds, only Querrey and Fish have winning records in LA; last year Querrey won the title, beating Aussie Carsten Ball in the final; the five-time champion Bryan brothers are the top seeds in doubles; Querrey is the lone former singles champ in the field.

Studena Croatia Open
Umag, Croatia
Surface: clay

Seeds: Nikolay Davydenko, Jurgen Melzer, Ivan Ljubicic, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Philipp Petzschner, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Juan Ignacio Chela

Floaters: Potito Starace, Pablo Cuevas, Olivier “The Roach” Rochus

Notes: Openers of interest include (7) Stakhovsky vs. Starace, and (5) Petzschner vs. The Roach; wildcards went to Croats Antonio Veic, Ivan Dodig, and Franco Skugor; Ljubicic makes his 11th appearance at Umag; Davydenko beat Ferrero in the 2009 final; Davydenko is the lone returning singles champion in the field.

Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad
Gstaad, Switzerland
Surface: clay

Seeds: Mikhail Youzhny, Nicolas Almagro, Thomasz Bellucci, Al Montanes, Tommy Robredo, Victor Hanescu, Richard Gasquet, Paul-Henri Mathieu

Floaters: Hamburg winner Andrey Golubev, Jeremy Chardy, Marcel Granollers, 2009 runner-up Andreas Beck

Notes: Bellucci beat Beck in last year’s final; (8) Mathieu opens against Chardy in an all-French, and (2) Almagro against Granollers in an all-Spanish; returning champs in the field are Bellucci (2009), Hanescu (2008), Mathieu (2007) and Gasquet (2006).

Bank of the West Classic
Stanford, Calif., USA
Surface: hard

Seeds: Sam Stosur, Elena Dementieva, Aggie Radwanska, Marion Bartoli, Maria Sharapova, Shahar Peer, Yanina Wickmayer, Victoria Azarenka

Floaters: (WC) Ana Ivanovic, Melanie Oudin, Aleksandra Wozniak, Daniela Hantuchova, Maria Kirilenko, Jie Zheng, (WC) Dinara Safina, Alisa Kleybanova

Notes: More floater “stars” than seeded; former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport is playing doubles; the oldest women’s-only tournament on the WTA calendar; Bartoli is the defending champ, defeating Venus Williams in last year’s final; openers of interest are (4) Bartoli vs. American Playboy poser Ashley Harkleroad, (WC) Ivanovic vs. the Russian Kleybanova, Oudin vs. Wozniak, (6) Peer vs. Hantuchova, (5) Sharapova vs. Zheng, and second round (2) Dementieva vs. Safina; returning champs in the field are (2009) Bartoli and (2008) Wozniak.

 
Istanbul Cup
Istanbul, Turkey
Surface: hard

Seeds: Francesca Schiavone, Petra Kvitova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Yaroslava Shvedova, Tsvetana Pironkova, Andrea Petkovic, Klara Zakopalova, Patty Schnyder

Floaters: None

Notes: Neither players return from last year’s final, where Vera Dushevina defeated Lucie Hradecka.


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24 Comments for Murray Headlines ATP LA; Gstaad, Umag, Stanford, Istanbul Previews

joe Says:

What happened to Choke-o-vic playing LA?


Rick Says:

Why Soderling is not in the trunk? The so-called number 1 player in the world by the former Swedish greats. And the so-called Number 3 or 4 player in the world by Sean Randall. Soderling can’t even defend his title against Almagro! I would never consider him a good player, but a fortunate guy! He beat Nadal last year at the French. Because Nadal was injuried. And he got into the ATP final last year, because Roddick pulled out. And this year, he beat Federer. When Roger had an off day.


GDSNAB Says:

Rick , you can’t judge Soderling like that, he is improving every tournament. He beat Nadal last year because he played better than him and the same for Federer. The only problem with Soderling that he is not a constant player. So that why he have many up and down


rg.nadal Says:

Hope NOle sorts out his personal issues.


Huh Says:

It was great to see Berdych losing his mind against Soderling in this year’s FO and sent packing.
And oh, Berdych beat a clearly out-of-form and injured Federer at WIM; I’ve not seen players getting lucky like this in a while now! But thank God, Berd boy didn’t get a 2nd time lucky in the final where Nadal thrashed him in straight sets and put him in his rightful place! :D


Huh Says:

GDSNAB:

Soderling is at least more consistent than Berd boy. BTW, good to know that you also like Sod(like me). :)


GDSNAB Says:

@Huh, welcome to the club :), Soderling is an unpredictable player , he is the only player to beat two defending champion in Roland Garros , Federer and Nadal. I hope he will keep improving , but I think he have to add more gears into his game in order to advance in the ranking and who know he may win a GS title.


contador Says:

don’t forget me. i usually cheer for mr dimples ever since he got to the FO final 09 and made his “yust yokrin” speech. i thought he was all class. didn’t he start the “towel over the head” thing too?

but i think robin has another injury? anyone know?


Jake Willens Says:

I think Murray wins LA and the entire US Open series.


contador Says:

that’a bold Jake Wilkins. i like it. actually would be great if murray did that, i think.

with federer in a different stage of his career, not knowing what to think about nole, delpo out, somebody good on hc has to challenge rafa. murray would seem the most likely. he has done very well at the US open and tourny’s.

i’m reserving predictions until i see how he plays this week.


contador Says:

not that i means anything but gulbi got the first set!!!!!!!


contador Says:

commentator said gulbis twisted his bad leg again. now his game has gone off in the 2nd set when he was up


jane Says:

Come on Ernie …


jane Says:

He’s through! : )


contador Says:

so phew!

i didn’t see much of the last set but just came back to check score and YAY!!!!!!!

GO ERNIE!

though i did hear a commentator say he twisted a leg. i hope it wasn’t the hamstring one and he’s tough and fit, not fragile.

can he beat falla or beck? : O


Thomas Says:

so gulbis is throug?


contador Says:

one match in the bag for erno, Thomas.


contador Says:

looking at match results today

chewbacca beat bellucci : (

speaking of swiss, where is wawrinka?

last week’s hamburg winner beaten by fellow kazakstani: schukin? who?

not much going on in LA today. tomorrow will be more interesting. murray, querrey, maybe gulbis again playing.


Kimmi Says:

“chewbacca beat bellucci : (”

hahaha contador – chewbacca is funny. i am surprised with those results. enough of clay now, bring on the HC.

Wawa must be taking care of his daughter..didn’t his wife just gave birth to a baby girl few months ago?

Congrats Gulbis, great win on return


jane Says:

“not much going on in LA today. tomorrow will be more interesting. murray, querrey, maybe gulbis again playing.’

contador I don’t think Murray is on tap for tomorrow, nor Gulbis. Here’s the Order of Play:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/423/op.pdf


Kimmi Says:

i watched a little bit of blake vs mayer. I thought mayer would give blake problems as mayer has been doing pretty well recently.

Blake played well today, I am glad he won. needs to keep it up


contador Says:

i call him chewy, Kimmi, you know. chewbacca is big handsome, to me : ) love the early star war movies. marcos is a chewy chewbacca, what can i say! hehehe

yep jane. gulbis is playing doubles and what? murray not playing yet.

i imagine it has something to do with the guy he’s playing just finished his match? smyczk? who?

i saw a little stream of the blake v mayer match too. wow. i think leo made blake look great. mayer couldn’t serve or keep a ball in the court.

no mayer in the hc bracket challenge any time soon, eh?

falla will be tough for EG. * wringing hands*


contador Says:

yep i suspect it.

wawa another swiss doting father. : )


contador Says:

okay. i have my picks for LA. not advertising it

i so flunked last week. the clay court tourny’s going on are anybody’s guess.

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