Simon Upends Del Potro, Meets Tsonga In Marseille SF; Spaniards Ferrer, Almagro, Lopez Also Friday Winners
by Staff | February 22nd, 2013, 9:58 pm
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Gilles Simon earned one of his best wins on the young season defeating the red hot Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 6-2 in a mild upset in Marseille. Del Potro had just crushed his way to the Rotterdam title over the week and was the defending champion at the event. But the 28-year-old thrilled his home fans with the victory.

“I tried to make winners all the time but I made a lot of mistakes and he got control of the match,” Del Potro said. “He made fantastic passing shots and very good returns…he was too solid for me.”

Simon now meets countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in one Saturday semifinal. Tsonga saved five matchpoints in a harrowing 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(10) win over Bernard Tomic.

Both Tsonga and Simon have won Marseille before, in 2009 and 2007, respectively.

In the early semi top seed Tomas Berdych battles the rejuvenated Dimitry Tursunov who’s playing in his first ATP semifinal since June of 2011.

“Playing in qualifying for the third tournament this year, I really didn’t expect this,” Tursunov said after a 3-set win over Gilles Muller. “I wasn’t really looking that far ahead and I think that kind of helped me, I was just trying to play one match at a time.

“It’s a long way to go to get back to No. 20, but it’s definitely good for me to get back to winning, especially indoors, which is usually my favorite surface. I need to work to try and improve my game, try to stay healthy and be able to play like this week in, week out.”

The 28-year-old Tursunov is ranked No. 119 this week.

In Buenos Aires, top seed David Ferrer is comfortably into the semifinals where he’ll face countryman Tommy Robredo. Ferrer has won five of seven in this match up of 30-year-olds. Nicolas Almagro is in the other against Stanislas Wawrinka in the one-handed backhand showdown.

Those three aren’t the only Spaniards playing final four tennis on Saturday. At the Memphis Indoors Feliciano Lopez ended the run of American Jack Sock, beating the 20-year-old rising star 6-4, 6-3. Lopez will play tonight’s Michael Russell-Denis Istomin winner. In the first semifinal it will be Kei Nishikori, who ousted top seed Marin Cilic, against Marinko Matsovic.

On the women’s tour, in the Dubai finals it’s Petra Kvitova against Sara Errani. Kvitova knocked out former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki while Errani eased past countrywoman Roberta Vinci.


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70 Comments for Simon Upends Del Potro, Meets Tsonga In Marseille SF; Spaniards Ferrer, Almagro, Lopez Also Friday Winners

Tennis Blog Says:

The match between Tsonga and Simon is gonna be a good one. I haven’t seen Tsonga in a while and I can’t wait to see, how He performs.


Giles Says:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2013/495/mds.pdf
Dubai draw for those interested.
Why is Troicki almost always in Nole’s side of the draw???


courbon. Says:

Thank you Giles.I don’t know about Troicki-I guess, just coincidence.This draw make me laugh because couple of days ago , on this blog, Fed fans been discussing how ‘when Federer defends Dubai’ needs to defend Maimai…I pointed out, that there is also Novak playing in Dubai.Now, I’v seen the draw I want to ad that Federe has also has a Bedrich or Tsonga in side of the draw and then Novak or Del Potro.I don’t think this will be straighfoward for Fed as some fans think…


courbon. Says:

I meant Indiana Wells not Miami…


Brando Says:

Nole will win Dubai IMO. That’s a good draw for him, just DEL POTRO as the main hurdle pre final is a good draw. Then main rival Federer has his recent nemesis Berdych and Tsonga pre final to deal with- lol, life is good for Nole these days!


courbon. Says:

@Brando-Who knows?But, draws been good to Nole recently…Fed-N,ovak final would be good


Giles Says:

^^^ Just too lucky!!


Sidney Says:

Rafa seemed to always get the easiest draws in the past, mostly when he was ranked number 1.

Now, I guess it’s Nole’s turn :) They still have to play, though.

And Berdych and especially Tsonga are very susceptible to upsets. So although it looks to be a tough draw for Roger on paper, he might not have to face either or both.


Brando Says:

@Courbon:

Re Nole and draws:

Personally i am not one of those people who buy into the conspiracy ‘favoritism’ idea- how some draws are under hand and favor certain player’s.

A bizarre theory IMO.

IF nole, rafa, fed or whoever luck out with the draw, then it is ZERO fault of their own.

I usually look at the draw ITSELF: looking at the quality of the player in question, in this case Nole, and the potential challenge to him from the draw they have.

IMHO, Nole being the best HC player by a great distance presently will have no problem with this draw- he’ll gladly settle for it.

His ONLY real challenge pre final would be DEL POTRO IMO- that could be a tough one depending on how Delpo plays on the day.

On the other side of the draw, FEDERER also has a easy route to the SF but there either one of TSONGA or BERDYCH can cause him real problems based on recent history!

MY PICK for the final:

NOLE (he has to be THE fav on ANY HC tourny by now) v …….BERDYCH.

I think Berdych will beat Tsonga and Fed, then lose in his customary fashion to nole!

However, IF Fed gets to the final i may favor him more than Nole since i personally believe that fed is best when he has a tough draw- one that battle hardens him.

IF he were to beat Tsonga or Berdych that might just give him that confidence boost going into the final.


courbon. Says:

@Brando:
I agree about conspiracy draws-don’t belive.Also, there is a two questions that none of the supporters would ask (or answer ):If the draws in some 13 tournaments a year are fixed that would mean at least 26 people involved +IMG ‘people in Black who runb the world’.Chance of not haveing a whistleblower are very little and just organizing some many people in the scam…And the most obvioius questions:If the IMG do that for there clients-why Rafa (or Roger ) would leave the agency?Oh, yes they would like to have a tough draw in the future…Silly, isn’it?
Regarding the final-I really would not know.Last year Novak won AO and then played average.I think Dubai will show how theirs form are shaping for this year.
And Rafa?I think we will have great clash in MonteCarlo-Rafa vs Novak.Winner?Who knows…


alison Says:

I doubt even Delpo will be much of a threat to Nole in Dubai,he can play brilliantly in short spurts like last week,but cannot seem to be able to sustain it week upon week,he doesnt seem to have any concistency,when hes on hes fantastic too watch,but they seem few and far between,he seems to have alot of hot and cold performances IMO,i like the guy but hes a very frustrating player to be a fan of,sorry JMO.


courbon. Says:

Hi Alison, you are right there. JMO very inconsistent…I like the guy also.


alison Says:

Hi Courbon,yeah hes a player that when i watch him,im wondering which one will show up,or which side of the bed he got out of today(sigh).


Kimmi Says:

congrats to kvitova. great tournament for her. If she continues like this, she will be very hard to beat…


courbon. Says:

@Alison: Djokovic use to be like that…It was very frustrating to be his fan.


alison Says:

Courbon Not anymore hes a completely different player now,thats a thing of the past your looking at a new Nole now.


courbon. Says:

I know, but It used to be like that…anyway, just to remind you MU won another game…


alison Says:

YAWN 15 points clear,it will take a miracle now for some other team to win that league,and aside from RVP,this is the worst MU side ive seen in years,still whats the best type of competition you can have?no competition at all,the British Premier League is so boring now,too predictable.


courbon. Says:

They are consistent.Always consistent…as Fergies chewing of chewing gum-very consistent )I bet he is big smoker-thats why he chews ).This year is slightly boring, but I thought last year was quite exciting (with Man City trown in the mix ).The only problem is that Liverpool and Arsenal are bad last two years, Chelsea not great, Totenham holding OK.So not much competition for two Manchester teams (stll to watch Totenham and Chelsea but little chance of winning league…).Next year will be better.
Speak to you soon, off to bed now.


alison Says:

Yeah exactly,im now off to bed too,work in the morning 7am,pleasant dreams Courbon lol.


Humble Rafa Says:

I am following the advice of some people on this forum. Resting my knee, preparing for the next battle.

It’s true that the knee gets better as I talk less.


Brando Says:

@Alison: We are a top team with character, fight, flexibility in tactics and style, world class players, with a mental strength that few possess. Led by our captain: Serbia’s TRUE best and no.1 sports icon ….NEMANDJA ‘KING VIDA’ VIDIC! Sorry nole fans, but this Man U has to differ with you on that one!:-)


courbon. Says:

@Brando;Hey, If you want to call Vidic Number One Serb-I’m OK with that.He is great!My brother seen very funny scene, couple years ago in street of Belgrade.He was sitting in a cafe (in a garden ) and next table was Nemanja Vidic.At that moment, Shaun Ryder with rest of Happy Mondays are passing (they had a gig that night )by the cafe-sudenly, they saw Vidic and went on the pavement and start doing ‘Hail the King’ gesture….Memanja was laughing and embarass in the same time.


Wog boy Says:

No way Vidic is Number One Serb, there is and it can be only one Number One Serb and that one is Novak Djokovic fullstop!

I don’t know what Ferguson is doing to his players but Vidic never plays for national team nowhere near as good as he plays for ManU, I will never forget his pathetic games in SAR World Cup, that was disaster, but what you can expect from former gipsy (Red Star) player, you can have him Brando;)


alison Says:

Brando im not saying your not a good team,im just saying that this MU team aint a patch on some of the MU sides of old,but due to the lack of concistency from their rivals MC,Chelsea,Arsenal,LVC they are all but guaranteed the title all barring a miracle anyway,no harm or foul just saying,i think the British Premier League is becoming rather dull,still thats JMO.


Wog boy Says:

Alison,

You know those ManU fans;) you will see next year, Liverpool is great team in making , just be patient. YNWA


courbon. Says:

@Wog Boy:Only because he is ‘Cigan’ you don’t like him!You ‘Grobars’ are incredible…(he does not play good for national team-you are right there.We have Ivanovic and Vidic as world class defencers and they are crap together…)

What you think about Dubai draw for Novak?


Wog boy Says:

courbon,

Sorry don’t have time now, I have to go to pick up my doughter and her girlfriends from “Big Day Out Sydney 2013″ I am designated driver to bring them back home safely. You are in to music, check the line up quite a few good rock bands plus Metallica as the last band, they started 10am until 10pm. It is really Big Day Out.

Oh yes, I cannot help it, gipsy is gipsy;)


Wog boy Says:

courbon,

It is Soundwave 2013 Sydney, not Big day out, I mixed it up it is all the same to me:(


mat4 Says:

@Courbon:

It is a good draw. Not too difficult, but with some serious players who will test him a bit. Then, it could be Del Potro in the semi, and Federer in the final.

It will be interesting to see how his serve is functioning. And it seemed to me, the previous years, that the rebound is lower in Dubai, so I would also like to check his improved FH and his BH.


courbon. Says:

@Wog Boy:No worries, go and be good daddy (mine are still too small-not going out yet ).I know that festival-its quite metal oriented which is not my sound -(I’m more in to soul-funk and when comes to rock more in to Pixies, Arctic Monkeys,Led Zeppelin and similar ).
Yes, Liverpool is a decent team.They are like Bedrych in tennis, MU is Novak Djokovic.

@Mat4:I agree.Good and balanced draw.I thought his FH is improved since 2011 but his BH is worst then in 2011 (just not precise enough sometimes ).


mat4 Says:

@WB:

I am not quite certain, about the BH. He has the same problem he has with the FH: his new racquet is 8 ounces lighter, and has 8% more swingweight. So, Novak has to really hit the ball, or to play with a lot of spin to control it adequately. Have you ever seen him miss the court by three feet the way he did in the final?

We should also notice that Andy, in the final, was aware of his BH and avoided to give Novak high rebounding balls on the BH.

That’s why I expect more improvements: Novak still has to learn to play with that racquet, and still has to achieve the consistency he had with the old one. But he will gain some juice on his shots, and some spin too. The spin was noticeable on his sliced backhand and on his serve (especially the wide one on the backand — ad court).


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Are you talking to me or courbon?


mat4 Says:

@WB:

Sorry, I mess it up a bit..


courbon. Says:

He’s talking to me.You are right, there.He is constantly improving game (as all other bigs do also ).He is getting better on the net.Lets see how all this works in Dubai.


skeezer Says:

Ok, u guys crack me up. How can u have multiple conversations going on in a single post? To learn this talent I must.


courbon. Says:

Sorry Skeezer-This is the first and the only blog I do, so hence my inexperience and breaking of ‘blog’ rules.I will try to stick to tennis and posts topics .Problems is a Wog Boy-he is a provocator….


alison Says:

Courbon actually it was all your fault,you were the one who mentioned football 1st to me,so your the provocator :-)


skeezer Says:

courban

It was a compliment ;)
And yes it’s always wog boys fault ;)


courbon. Says:

Ah, you are so sly…I better watch you from now on…


courbon. Says:

@skeezer-Get it now…I’m bit slow, you know.So, tomorrow your man and me man start tournament.Let the best man win!


alison Says:

Wogboy@2.21am yeah hope your right,too late this season,but they are going through a period of transition,so they can build for the next one,and the played great against Zenit the other night,only losing on aggregate unfortunatly,my husband always told me that patience was never my strong point though,still nothing worth while ever did come easy.


mat4 Says:

First post from my new pc..

Tsonga beat Berdych in Marseille, saving a match point in the process.


courbon. Says:

They played great against Zenith?
Waauuuu….you see, they use to play great against Milan, Bayern and clubs like that.
Now,joking aside-do you realy think that current manager is good enough?I have a mixed fellings about him.What you think?


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

I read, methinks, that Tsonga saved something like four match points agains Tomic on his way to final.
BTW,your post looks as good … well … as the old one on your new PC ..


alison Says:

Courbon i dont know,but you have to give a manager a chance,admitidly they are not the side that they used to be but when they played Zenit at least they played with desire and passion,which has been lacking in LVC lately,having said that Jose wants to return to a British club hmmm?


mat4 Says:

@WB:

What time is it in Australia now?

Tsonga saved 5 match points again Tomik.

I’ll try to find the highlights on youtube tomorrow. I have a lot of hope for JWT.


courbon. Says:

@Alison-Agree with you.Actually, I don’y mind LVC at all-just like teasing you and Wog Boy.I’m not sure about this manager how long will take him to get them right….Jose-maybe talks too much but a great manager.As you hubby says:Patience …Well for me and others , tomorrow starts Dubai-I guess you will have to wait until Monaco, when Rafa gets in a proper tournament (no disrespect to Sout American tour, but its not 1st division is’it?)


alison Says:

Courbon no probs i knew you were teasing,Jose does talk too much your right,but personally i love that cock sure bit of arrogance and ego that brought Chelsea the title could be just what LVC need,and when you look after 27 old dears ive learned a thing or two about patience,anyway good luck to Nole in Dubai this week and Fed should see them be both in the final with any luck,and looking forward to Rafa playing some bigger tourneys too,missing Andy Murray seems like ages since i last saw him play.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

9.30am


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

And it is 25. Feb


alison Says:

^ 10.30pm UK time almost time for me to go to bed Zzzzzzz night,night.^


alison Says:

Wogboy would love to see Jose at Anfield,how about you?


Wog boy Says:

alison,

They need a long term solution, if he is ready to commit himself to Liverpool long term I would like to see him, otherwise I don’t think it is going to work. There is one thing that I am not sure was right thing to do with English clubs and that is foreign ownership, can they really feel the game and love the game and have interest in the game the way locals do? Do they have passion for the game like local people do or it is just prestige and snob thing to own an English club? I am not an Englishman but I don’t think that was/is good for English football in long term, but I will leave that to you, English people.


Humble Rafa Says:

I am not an Englishman but I don’t think that was/is good for English football in long term, but I will leave that to you, English people.

That’s a lot of English in one sentence.


Wog boy Says:

HR,

I will keep that in my mind for the future posts about … well you know … no need to mention it again.


Margot Says:

@Skeeze
“To learn this talent I must” welcome to tennisx, Yoda…;)


Giles Says:

Is fed not playing IW?


Wog boy Says:

Giles,

Where fid you get that ftom? He doesn’t play Miami but should play IW.


Wog boy Says:

“did”


Giles Says:

Wog boy. Just read a tweet that his next tourney would be Madrid. Don’t know if it is true or not.


Wog boy Says:

I don’t think it is right, doesn’t make any sense.


Giles Says:

Wog boy. Ignore it. The tweeter misunderstood. He will be playing IW and his next tourney after that will be Madrid


Sidney Says:

Tsonga loses!

Too predictable….

Roger’s half of the draw doesn’t look any tougher than Nole’s now.


jane Says:

Margot, what are your thoughts on that article? Are they with regards to the charity, or to Roddick, who offered to play for charity but apparently was getting paid big bucks to do so and is now sueing the charity company? Just wondering about your perspective; would love to hear it! :)


mat4 Says:

@jane:

Did you watch Novak today, against Troicki? What’s your take on his game?


jane Says:

mat4, yes I did watch; the timing of it worked out well for me today. I thought pretty much the same as you. I posted a couple of comments on the “Loaded Men’s Dubai’ thread during the match.


mat4 Says:

@jane:

I am not sure — I am probably so eager to see improvements in his game that I see them everywhere — but recently he plays a lot more of those devastating, flat “IO backhands”. When the rebound is high enough, he can attack effectively from the middle of the baseline, both with IO backhands or forehands.

His net game is clearly better, and he senses much more clearly when he should attack the net. Finally, I think that he has improved his FH too, although it wasn’t that obvious tonight.

He felt asleep in the second set, today.


jane Says:

^ Yeah, he definitely didn’t play as sharply in the second set; seemed to lose some concentration near the end, but he still righted the ship immediately and got through with no problems. Victor could use some help in terms of accuracy and strategy and maybe fitness too. Motivation? He has some good weapons and is quite talented. But he loses focus and speed at times. But he has more power than say Tipsy, I think, if only he’d learn to capitalize on it, and maybe put in the hard yards, dig deeper?

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