Federer Pulls from Dubai with Lung Infection; ATP Previews
by Staff | February 21st, 2010, 11:59 am

Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships
Dubai, UAE
Surface: hard (Decoturf II)

Seeds: Roger Federer (WD), Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Nikolay Davydenko, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Marin Cilic, Mikhail Youzhny, Gilles Simon

Floaters: Julien “United Colors of” Benneteau, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, Marcos Baghdatis, Michael Llodra, Ivan Ljubicic

Notes: Roger Federer withdraws at the last minute with a lung infection; the appearance-money-laden Dubai event feature five of the Top 10; openers of interest include (8) Simon vs. Baghdatis, (5) Tsonga vs. the hot-handed Llodra; Andy Roddick pulled out of the event with no reason given; that’s around a mil saved by the Dubai organizers with Federer’s withdrawal; Djokovic beat David Ferrer in last year’s final; Federer said, “I’m hoping to be back for Indian Wells. But of course there are no promises. This is something that with proper treatment will be finished. I’ve been taking it easy, relaxing as much as possible. My breathing is a bit difficult and everything feels a bit slow. I can’t take any chances until I’m fit again. It could be better, it could be worse.”

Delray Beach International Tennis Championships
Delray Beach, Florida, USA
Surface: hard (Plexipave)

Seeds: Tommy Haas, Ivo Karlovic, Benjamin Becker, Jeremy Chardy, Evgeny Korolev, Florian Mayer, James Blake, “Iron” Mike Russell

Floaters: Ernests Gulbis, Kei Nishikori, Jarkko Nieminen, Mardy Fish, Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, Taylor Dent, Philipp Petzschner

Notes: wildcards went to the top-seeded Haas, rhymin’ Vince Spadea and Florida resident Sebastien Grosjean; openers of interest are (3) Becker vs. the former champ Nishikori who is returning from injury, (4) Chardy vs. X-Man, (7) Blake vs. Dent in an all-American, and (2) Karlovic vs. Petzschner who reached the semis last week in Memphis; last year Fish became the first top seed to win the title in the 17-year history of the tournament when he defeated Evgeny Korolev in the final; seeds Karlovic and Russell have losing career record in Delray Beach; former champs in the field are Fish (2009), Nishikori (2008), Malisse (2007,’05), and Haas (2006).

Abierto Mexicano Telcel
Acapulco, Mexico
Surface: clay

Draw not available as of Sunday at noon.

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41 Comments for Federer Pulls from Dubai with Lung Infection; ATP Previews

jane Says:

Congrats to Llodra for the Marseille title. Cute picture of his little son coming to hug him on court at the ATP site. Also a nice picture of Cilic, Djoko and Murray at Dubai.

jane Says:

Llorda won doubles too. With Benneteau. Nice day for these guys.

Kimmi Says:

Yeah jane, maybe Sam and Isner will do the same.

Eliza Says:

I thought when he went that Roger going to Ethiopia and mingling with crowds was a recipe for catching something. That’s where doing good works gets you.

I’m wondering if Davidenko can get his act together again and win Dubai or if he’s been too shaken by his meltdown at the AO.

madmax Says:

I think all players, Eliza, will feel that any one of them can lift the trophy. Novak is going to have to prove his worth (love him), but he is going to have to work hard!

Kimmi Says:

So, Murray is not thinking about winning this tournament, he says. Duro, maybe we will not see you in the final afterall


“I’m not thinking about winning the tournament. If I get to the semi-finals it might be a bit different. I’ve not trained or practised much since Australia.

“I don’t know how I’m gonna shape up, how well I’m gonna play. I just want to try and play well.

“I took ten days off and didn’t train, didn’t go to the gym,” said the 22-year-old. “The body and mind were both a bit sore and tired after a long five weeks in Australia. I just relaxed.

“I still feel a little bit tired. I need to try and stay fresh,” he said before his first test against Russian qualifier Igor Kunitsyn.

jane Says:

Kimmi, let’s not assume Novak will be in the final either; he can’t even seem to serve out the first set of this first match – lordy, lordy. And, a huge sigh too…. : )

jane Says:

Okay: much better in the second set. Novak still looks a little iffy at the net, but at least he’s trying things now that he has a good lead, which is a good time to try them. I would still like to see more penetration on his groundstrokes though.

G-Lo has a nice one-handed backhand.

Ben Pronin Says:

G-Lo is such a bad tennis player.

Djokovic showing some good stuff but he seems inconsistent. One point he plays the most amazing forehand and the next point he can barely muster up a mediocre one. Odd.

jane Says:

Yes, very much agree on the inconsistency Ben.

jane Says:

I’ve noticed a trend with Novak lately: when serving out sets and matches he gets tight. I think he knows his serve needs work, so that could be a mental thing. Dunno. But hope he fixes it as it makes for way too much nail-biting. Get. It. Done.

Ben Pronin Says:

Unbelievable. Tank job.

jane Says:

Totally. How do you go from 5-0 to 6-4. Ugh. Ly.

Novak, get it together will ya?!!

Colin Says:

Listening to Murray’s typically understated pre-tournament comments, I wondered afresh how anyone in their right mind can call him mouthy and arrogant.
I didn’t see the match, but his first win, against a qualifier, seems to have gone fairly well. At least he managed a decent first serve percentage!

margot Says:

Colin: I saw the match and as I posted on another thread, he looked really unfit and unwell. That lack of practise really showed but as you said at least his serve was working well. Djko looked incredibly hot too, I wonder what the humidity was like there.

madmax Says:

margot, hi.

i saw the murray match too. he did not look himself at all. bending down after one of his opponent’s shots. presenter said he had his hand on his abs, and then talked about that “cycling shorts” issue, you would have heard that too? he was sweating profusely (i know very hot), but he didnt seem to be running around an awful lot, just happy to play from the baseline, and well back at that.

No, I agree. Murray was not 100%.

jane Says:

I missed the Murray match as I had a dentist appointment, but from the scoreline it looks like he managed well. I hope he is okay. I guess if it’s super hot that’s explains some of it.

Meanwhile, I love, love, love the Canadian dance pair, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (their flamenco number sent shivers down my spine – I skated for 10 yrs so have a soft spot for it!), but what about the sad story of Joannie Rochette? How incredibly difficult for her to try to continue to compete after the loss of her mum. :’ (

All the best to her!

sar Says:

Jane,looks like the Russians may come in two/three or four. Shabalin had three knee surgeries 2007, 2008 and 2009 and they haven’t got their practice in. They say he was limping at the Europeans just the other week. I’m a Russophile like Johnny Weir.

jane Says:

sar, I think the Americans or Canadians will win gold. I like the Canadian pair best expressively and technically, but the Americans dance last night was fabulous too! The Russians may not make the podium; it’s tough to say. But they’ve dominated in the the past, so I am ready to see something different in skating. Also, like a lot of people, I wasn’t particularly keen on their outfits or their routine in the original dance. No doubt, though, that there have been many wonderful Russian skaters.

Kimmi Says:

jane, agree about the canadian figure skating pair. I enjoyed them too. There in a very good position for Gold, It will be great if they get it..fingers crossed. (kudos to you, you did figure skating for 10 years *thumbs up*)

Hmm, from comments here, sounds like both Djoko and Murray have not been sharp. Murray comments are not very positive at all..what is going on? He had a months off and still coming back without practice…at least Novak is more positive about this week, but that second set must have been nail biting for his fans..phew!

Lets hope with few more matches Murray will build his confidence little by little.

Kimmi Says:

There in a very good position for Gold…

s/b They are in a very good….

sar Says:

There is some good news for me. Plushenko annouced he would go to World’s and face Lysacek there, if Lysacek decides to show up and he’s planning to skate at Sochi. The best skater of for me was Artur Dmitriev but I think Zhenya is going to end up being the GOAT. OK back to tennis.

As for Nole, I hope he can get to the quarters. Sheesh.

jane Says:

sar – I like Plushenko’s confidence, and his quads, but I do think there is something to be said for paying closer attention to artistic expression. If he can just add more of that to his jump repertoire then he’ll be even better. Plus I didn’t think he landed his jumps super well, so silver seemed fair to me.

I liked the Russian pair who just skated to the music from “Requiem for a Dream”.

And ditto on Nole – sheesh!

sar Says:

Yeah, he has four years to work on more artistic stuff and since quads are not needed anymore maybe he should just say forget it but he probably won’t. I mean, he sat on his butt for 3 1/2 years and came back, took the silver and missed by just over one point. Not bad. IF he can squeak out a bronze at Sochi he will be the only skater to win four medals in a row.

What is wrong with Nole? I didn’t see the match but it must not have been too good. I read he almost blew the second set but for a choke by Garcia Lopez.

jane Says:

sar I didn’t think Khokhlova & Novitski were so great; some unique lifts, but overall didn’t love their costumes etc. I liked the Kerrs and the Frenchies, and also really enjoyed that earlier Russian couple I mentioned above – liked her fire red hair and I can see them being a force in 2014. I guess they’ve just broken into the top ten this year.

Re: Pleshenko – yes, all things considered, I’d say a silver is pretty darn good.

Very excited to watch the last few pairs!!! Go Canada!! : )

As for Nole – what can I say? He was up 5-0 in the 2nd set and seemed back on track after fighting to find form in the first set. And then G-Lo held and Nole was set to serve it out for 6-1, when he went utterly off the rails and began making error after error. I don’t know! I mentioned during the match that I have noticed lately when he is trying to serve out sets and matches he sometimes chokes. I can’t say why, but on purely a guess it might be because he doesn’t trust in his serve the way he used to and so he kind of panics and falls apart. I hope he can turn this pattern around. I have faith. This is early-goings so maybe he is just getting back on track.

Kimmi Says:

Jaaaaneee! WOOOT!!!

jane Says:

Kiiiimmmmiiiii!! They are SO GOOD so incredibly graceful. I die watching them. Seriously. LOL. They are like the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of ice. The two top American teams are also excellent. I love the dance.

Kimmi Says:

Beautiful!!love them.. Love the costumes. Beautiful lines. Incredible. I think it is GOLD. It has to be..WOW!!

jane Says:

sar – do you know why every Russian team is using the music from “Requiem for a Dream”? LOL.

jane Says:

Well we’ve got another magic moment Kimmi. 5 golds at home is better than no golds ever at home, even if we aren’t owning the podium, lol. I think are neighbors, and the Germans, are doing that this time around.

jane Says:

*are s/b our. Doh.

Kimmi Says:

definetly a magic moment. I got to follow this from the beginning, all the rounds. They were incredible. I know..I don’t think we will catch our neighbours…the germans are catching up though, i think it will be race for number 1 position between those two.

sar Says:

Congrats to Canada for gold and people who like the US team. At least Max got the bronze for all his Rafa injuries, surgeries and appendectomy. The first Olypmics for all three.

Nathalie PECHALAT / Fabian BOURZAT of France did Requiem but they did the whole thing. Max and Domnina used only half of that, the other half was Story of Veronique.

jane Says:

Ah, thanks for clarifying re: the music, sar – congrats to your favorite Russians. I like Max’s long hair a lot. He looks so cool. I wish they had their flag for the victory lap as it felt like something was missing. But anyhow THRILLED for Tessa and Scott.

Now, back to tennis – GO NOLE!

sar Says:

I wish they had their flag for the victory lap as it felt like something was missing.

I missed it. Wonder why they didn’t?

jane Says:

I dunno sar. The Canadians and I think the Americans got theirs it looked like from their coaches, but the Russians didn’t go over there to get theirs. But they still looked great in the victory lap. Especially Max’s hair. LOL.

jane Says:

Kimmi, if you can manage to see Tessa and Scott’s “Flamenco” inspired Original Dance, you’ll get an even stronger sense of why they won gold (I take it from your earlier message that you haven’t seen all the rounds). Also I am posting an article about them here for you. Tessa has had some serious problems, and had to have surgery, so they’ve overcome a lot. But it’s that “chemistry” thing they have (like Duro and I were talking about) that makes them so special, imo. BTW, it’s great having a fellow Canadian who is also a little obsessed with the Olympics. : P

Here’s the link to the article:


p.s. (sorry Tennis-X staffers for continually going off-topic).

margot Says:

jane, kimmi: The Beeb has shown the skating and your Tessa and Scott’s Flamenco was just wonderful! Congrats to them. I’ve loved a lot of the skating, is it the young American woman who looks so astonishing, like a Japanese flower? It’s been lovely.
kimmi: no second set with Andy was fine! It was the first where he looked as if he wanted to go back to bed! Igor wasn’t that bad either.

tennis trener Says:

But Roger is going to visit players party, so perhaps will be more players with lung infection this week.

cha cha Says:

is it the young American woman who looks so astonishing, like a Japanese flower?

Her WIDE SET eyes look like a hammerhead shark or that creature from Avatar.

Kimmi Says:

jane, just saw your post. Thanks for link, it is a wonderful story. The sky is the limit for them.
I saw a bits of the “flamenco” dance, will look for it on youtube..just to watch it again.

Canada v Germany today..we need the win Big time. Fingers and toes crossed!

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