Roddick, Murray, Nadal, Djokovic Winners Tuesday; Sharapova a Loser
by Sean Randall | October 5th, 2010, 7:38 pm
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A quick update. The big men’s names all had an easy day in their opening round matches at Beijing and Tokyo on Tuesday. Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray won comfortably in China along with Robin Soderling and Nikolay Davydenko.

The ageless Ivan Ljubicic pulled the lone upset knocking out Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets.

Today’s schedule is highlighted by Djokovic v. Mardy Fish and Davydenko v. Marin Cilic. Remember Djokovic owns Fish having just beaten him last month at the US Open. John Isner is also on in a good one against Phil Kohlschreiber.

For the women, Maria Sharapova was bounced out of Beijing yesterday by countrywoman Elena Vesnina 7-6, 6-2 in the second round. The 23-year-old former No. 1 has now lost three of her last four matches.

“I’m definitely not as good as I wanted to be,” Sharapova said. “After the US Open I wasn’t able to train as much as I would’ve wanted to, and I feel like the last couple of weeks I’ve just been trying to play catch-up. My rhythm hasn’t been where it should be. Obviously it’s disappointing, but I’ve lost and won many matches in my career. I’ll just have to regroup and move forward.”

Tonight, top seed Caroline Wozniacki begins her quest for the No. 1 ranking – she’s just four sets away – against Sara Errani.

In Tokyo, Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick were easy straight set winners. But defending champion JW Tsonga was upset in his return by Jarkko Nieminen in three sets.

“I did all I could but it was not enough today,” said Tsonga who was sidelined because of a bad knee since Wimbledon. “It was tough, my first match in three months, and Jarkko played well. But I have no pain in my knee, so that is positive.”

Wednesday’s highlight is a clash between Richard Gasquet and Dmitry Tursunov. Andy Roddick is also in doubles with Thiemo De Bakker.


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9 Comments for Roddick, Murray, Nadal, Djokovic Winners Tuesday; Sharapova a Loser

wheeler Says:

I so wanted to see today’s matches. Unfortunately, TV coverage seems to start from tomorrow so they are not on TV or internet either.


Andrew Broad Says:

“Loser” is such a harsh word; can’t we just say “the girl who didn’t win”?


Kimmi Says:

Contador – not many matches last night. few surprises!

OK lets see.

BEIJING
simon vs berrer (winner simon) = 1 pt
davydenko vs cilic (winner davy) = 0 pt
isner vs kohl (winner isner) = 1 pt
Djoko vs fish (WO djoko) = 1 pt

3/4 = 75% best score so far i think.

TOKYO
Tursunov vs gasquet (winner tursunov) = 0 pt
G-lo vs F-lo (winner G-lo) = 0 pt
Stepanek vs chiudinelli (winner Step) = 0 pt
Nieminen vs gimeno_traver (winner nieminen) = 1 pt

1/4 = 25% oh noo, we have the worst score in t0kyo so far.

needs improvement tomorrow or is it tonight?

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Contador says “only three matches i feel comfortable picking….gasquet”
well, well well..tursunov suprised me with that win too. never would have picked him, i am with you there.

nieminen and g-lo still kicking butt in tokyo. very impressive, especially with g-lo. can he do the unthinkable and beat rafa again? even as i type this, i know it will never happen.

Djoko gets a walkover. what happened to fish? he had a chance to avenge his USO loss..

Chiudinelli retired vs stepanek. almost winning this match, lost a hard fought tie breaker..must hurt.

lets see what we have tomorrow. more matches i gather..


contador Says:

fish has an ankle problem. must be a new injury? he injured it kicking butt the first match!

let’s see how the rest of my 2nd round picks do, mm-k? my early round picking is not going well.

simon is money these days and what a fighter! go gilou!

gas-ko’d again. : (

tokyo:
roddick
melzer
monfils
nadal

and the only one i am sure of is nadal. would love to be wrong and raonic win over nadal. go milos! g-lo and niemenen seem to have no end. if g-lo makes it past melzer or troiki, he gets to see rafa again.

beijing:
murray
ferrer
soda

and i said dolgo and…staying with dolgo. not a smart pick -llubicic is due to start winning.

i feel pretty sure about murray and ferrer but not soda.

this will give us a better idea for shanghai. then the new ones show up like federer and i’ll be confused all over again.

jane- one of your 3 names has to be “lopez” to be a ” _ -lo “


Kimmi Says:

jane – nole has not played muzza for a while. i agree. the last match was cincy 08..OMG, did not realise it now 2 years, feels like yesterday.

I see djoko is challenging murray to reach the final. i want to see them play too, hoping muzza will be up to it.

tough matches coming up. I read on BBC site that murray was ill just few days before start of the tournament, he was complaining after his first round match with mathieu that he felt “tired”

contador – thanks for Fish update. i dont like it when players retire without hitting the bal. he had a good win against tipsy too…hope he will be ok for shanghai.

I know what you mean about players coming up in shanghai without match play. not easy to tell how he will do!


Kimmi Says:

“not easy to tell how he will do!” he I meant federer btw..


jane Says:

Just read now that Fish withdrew due to an ankle injury – too bad. But at least Nole caught a break and is through to the QFs to face feisty Simon, who could be tough. He’s been on a bit of a roll lately, really finding some form.


jane Says:

Kimmi, didn’t they play in Miami 2009? Finals? I think that was the last match. Long time, either way!


Kimmi Says:

yeah, you are right jane. i forgot about that. Only over a year…thats better.

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