Nadal, Djokovic Make Doubles Debut; Querrey, Gulbis in Action Monday in Toronto
by Sean Randall | August 9th, 2010, 10:22 am

The top names – Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick – are not in singles play today, but the Canadian Open Toronto still warrants some interest Monday. ADHEREL

In an American battle, the mercurial No. 16 seed Sam Querrey meets veteran qualifier Michael Russell. Querrey, the LA champ, is starting to get the label of a small tournament players – he wins the small ones, loses early at the big ones. Let’s see if Sam can do some damage this week.

Gilles Simon is up against No. 12 seed Mikhail Youhzny. Simon beat Roddick last week in D.C., if he beats Youhzny here maybe it’s a signal the former Top 10 Frenchman has fully returned from his knee injury.

Late in the day on Grandstand, Ernests Gulbis takes on Tomaz Bellucci in what’s probably the best match of the day. Since incurring a hamstring injury at the French, Gulbis has struggled to find that form we saw of him in the spring. Bellucci has a hard-hitting Brazilian lefty who some peg as a future Top 10 player.

And in the evening Nadal and Djokovic will begin their hardcourt swing in tandem by teaming up for the first time for some doubles. They 1-2 ranked players meet Canadians Pospsil and Raonic.

“Last year I didn’t play because I had problems with the knee,” Nadal said over the weekend. “This year I like the idea. Doubles is an important part of the game and you can improve lots of parts of your game. Playing with Novak will be positive. I am excited. He is one of the most talented players in the world. To have him in my half of the court will be a nice experience. I am feeling confident with my body. I am not thinking of my body, I am thinking about tennis. I am in perfect condition.”

Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be any US TV coverage today. Tennis Channel will begin televising matches tomorrow.

I should also mention that today is in fact the first time in history no American men are ranked in the ATP Top 10 – Roddick has slipped to No. 11. Truly a sad day for American tennis!


CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs R Gasquet (FRA)
Not Before 1:00 PM
G Simon (FRA) vs [12] M Youzhny (RUS)
[Q] M Russell (USA) vs [16] S Querrey (USA)
Not Before 7:30 PM
[13] J Melzer (AUT) vs [WC] P Polansky (CAN)
[WC] V Pospisil (CAN) / M Raonic (CAN) vs N Djokovic (SRB) / R Nadal (ESP)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
V Hanescu (ROU) vs [WC] M Raonic (CAN)
T Robredo (ESP) vs [Q] J Nieminen (FIN)
F Lopez (ESP) vs T de Bakker (NED)
E Gulbis (LAT) vs T Bellucci (BRA)
[14] N Almagro (ESP) vs [Q] I Marchenko (UKR)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
J Chela (ARG) vs A Falla (COL)
[Q] D Istomin (UZB) vs J Benneteau (FRA)
R Hutchins (GBR) / A Murray (GBR) vs P Kohlschreiber (GER) / G Monfils (FRA)
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) vs [WC] F Dancevic (CAN) / A Shamasdin (CAN)

COURT 3 start 12:00 noon
L Mayer (ARG) vs [Q] K Anderson (RSA)
O Dolgopolov (UKR) vs P Petzschner (GER)
J Nieminen (FIN) / R Soderling (SWE) vs J Benneteau (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA)

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32 Comments for Nadal, Djokovic Make Doubles Debut; Querrey, Gulbis in Action Monday in Toronto

jane Says:

OMG they’re so coordinated. Looks like fun for the crowd.

Cindy_Brady Says:

God, what has happened to Andy Roddick? He’s not even in the top 10 any more. Guess his one dimensional “big serve and no volley” game is finally catching up with him.

He should retire before he embarrasses himself more.

Kimberly Says:

i hope rafa and novak have fun playing together and win the tournament and play more often.

Fot Says:

I hope Roger wins the tournament. (of course, he’s my favorite). I’m not a Roddick fan, but I’m sad to see him out of the top 10. He’s not too far out so he still has a chance to get back in the top 10.

sar Says:

I read his wife is retiring from modeling.

sar Says:

Qualifier Bojana Jovanovski rallied to upset 14th-seeded Aravane Rezai 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Cincinnati Open on Monday.

Wow! Can’t wait to be there for the women’s final.

Fot Says:

Has Rezai done anything since the French?

Kimmi Says:

hmmm, at last some big tennis is here.

Contador – I am doing bad bad bad too.

Good for u you got anderson..I picked mayer on that match.

rain rain go away!

Kimmi Says:

wow, youzhny is killing simon right now. and I pick simon to beat youz..hahaha

Kimmi Says:

de bakker beat lopez. congrats de bakker..great win

jane Says:

Yes am happy for de loverly de Bakker. : )

Now Ernie and Bellucci – go Ernie!!

margot – too bad about Murray and doubles match but now he can concentrate on the singles and defending his title the best he can.

Andrew Miller Says:

Polansky-Melzer – Polansky way better than I thought. Kid could be good.

Andrew Miller Says:

Belluci-Gulbis – kind of like seeing mirror images. The lefty who goes for it vs. the right-hander who goes for it, with the viewer wondering: what is going on?

Andrew Miller Says:

Polansky = Petr Korda’s long lost righthanded cousin?

Andrew Miller Says:

So who’s ultimately better? Polansky – who has a big game but some margin for error, or Gulbis-Belluci tandem, both of who go for too much but can pulverize someone if they are on?

dari Says:

looks like he made it! (gulbis!) where is the live stream for nole/nadal doubles?!

dari Says:

gulbis had some good feet this match :)

Andrew Miller Says:

Polansky – top 50 some day? Maybe better than Dancevic?

Fot Says:

I am going to turn in now. Hope the weather holds off for tomorrow’s matches. Looks like the Nadal/Djokovic doubles match started off shaky but they are in gear now. So probably no problems for them in this match.

Night all (I will be trying to dream Roger through to his match tomorrow night) lol!

sar Says:

No live stream for Rafole?

dari Says:

geeze, what is it, break city in the 1/2 doubles match?!!

sar Says:

Just like that, Novak and Rafa are out

dari Says:

its almost as if it never happened, the novak/rafa bit. no tv coverage, no live stream! if a tree falls in the woods…
sometimes its hard to get the big boys to play well together on the same side of the net, i guess!

jane Says:

dari – it was a very good match. As far as Nole and Rafa, Nole started slowly, missing some shots he should’ve got, and some volleys, but warmed up well towards the end. And Rafa had a few flat return games and a few double faults. But as usual he hit some amazing forehands. The Canadian team truly played well; they were just more in synch as doubles teams need to be. Too bad you didn’t get to see it. I hope Rafa and Nole try it again some time.

laddie Says:

I was watching the doubles match with Nadel, Djocovich on TSN and it quit showing at 8/4 of the super tiebreak, can anyone explain this.

dari Says:

Thanks for the insight, Jane. There is bound to be a replay or you tube? It certainly takes some time to mesh as a team, I also hope they try it again.
The Canadians are really pulling off some home upsets!

jane Says:

laddie, oh that’s awful! I was watching on TSNHD and they played the whole match, including the handshake etc. What a shame you missed the end. Rafa and Nole came back all the way to 8-9, but then the Canadians cliched it on their serve.

dari, yes, I think another round or so and Nole and Rafa would’ve been grooved. Hope they try it again…

Gordo Says:

Polansky needed the win last night or he would have lost the points from last year, when he reached the second round of the Rogers’ Cup. He looked awfully fine, but consistency has always been one of his Achilles heels.

That being said, with Canadian singles tennis players (male) you never should look beyond the next match, but IF Polansky can defeat Henescu (sp) and he is beatable, having dropped 3 first round matches recently – the rematch of last year’s Rogers’ Cup game against Djokovic could be very interesting.

In ’09 Djokovic beat Polansky 6-4, 7-6, but the Canadian did well and the 2 had some great points. If they meet up again it might be a great match.

sar Says:

Jane did you tape it for posterity?

jane Says:

No I didn’t sar. Wasn’t thinking to do so. It was fun to watch doubles for a change though.

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