Del Potro Manhandled in Tokyo; Berdych, Verdasco Upset in Beijing; Nadal, Roddick Today
by Sean Randall | October 4th, 2010, 1:17 pm

Juan Martin Del Potro continued his return to tennis earlier today in Tokyo. And to put it nicely, it didn’t go well. The former US Open champion managed just three games in a disappointing 6-3, 6-0 loss to Feliciano Lopez in the first round at Tokyo. ADHEREL

“It is difficult to come back and play against these players, especially Feliciano on such a fast court,” said Delpo. “I need time, I need to work on a few things to get back to my best level. If I work in a good way, I will be in good shape in a month or so.”

And for the most part he’s right. It’s going to take time and matches. But he shouldn’t be getting routed the way he did even against a player like Lopez.

Delpo who falls to 0-2 in his comeback (0-4 in sets) travels to Shanghai next week.

Also in Tokyo, Ernests Gulbis was knocked out by Dmitry Tursunov 6-3, 6-4.

Today, top seed Rafael Nadal is in action against Colombian Santiago Giraldo. Andy Roddick is also on the schedule against local wildcard and JW Tsonga makes his long-awaited return from a knee injury.

In Beijing, Tomas Berdych and Fernando Verdasco both flamed out early. Berdych was upset by qualifier Michael Berrer in three sets. Verdasco, who hasn’t been to an ATP semifinal since May, lost to Benjamin Becker 6-4, 6-4.

I think it’s safe to say both guys may be gassed at this point in the season. But both still have some work to do to qualify for the year-end Masters in London.

“I am still No. 8, here I don’t lose any points,” said Verdasco. “I think that it is more important next week in Shanghai, firstly because it is a Masters 1000, and secondly, because for the entry I lost last year in first round. So I just hope to have a good week now to practice, and I will try my best to be in my best shape in Shanghai and get all the points I can there to try to stay inside the eight best players to be in London.”

Other winners were John Isner and Mardy Fish, while Sam Querrey lost to Gilles Simon.

Looking ahead to Tuesday, the schedule features Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Robin Soderling.

And when you include Tokyo, five of the top six players are competing today, so it’s going to be a busy week of tennis.

At the women’s Beijing event today, Ana Ivanovic beat Marion Bartoli while her rival Jelena Jankovic continued to slide losing to fellow-Serb 18-year-old Bojana Jovanaski.

Vera Zvonareva also beat Dinara Safina and Angelique Kerber upset Agnieska Radwanska whose season could be finished after suffering a foot injury.

Today, Maria Sharapova and Elena Dementieva are in second round play. Top seed Caroline Wozniacki plays Wednesday. The Dane is just four sets from a World No. 1 ranking!


CENTER COURT start 10:00 am
[4] A Morita (JPN) vs C Vandeweghe (USA) – WTA

Not Before 12:00 PM
[WC] T Ito (JPN) vs [2] A Roddick (USA) – ATP

Not Before 2:00 PM
[WC] K Nishikori (JPN) vs V Troicki (SRB) – ATP
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs S Giraldo (COL) – ATP
J Nieminen (FIN) vs [3] J Tsonga (FRA) – ATP

COURT 1 start 10:00 am
[WC] A Nakamura (JPN) vs [8] A Brianti (ITA) – WTA

Not Before 12:00 Noon
[8] M Llodra (FRA) vs M Chiudinelli (SUI) – ATP
R Gasquet (FRA) vs T de Bakker (NED) – ATP
[5] G Monfils (FRA) vs [WC] G Soeda (JPN) – ATP
[4] J Melzer (AUT) vs J Monaco (ARG) – ATP


LOTUS COURT start 12:30 pm
[Q] P Mathieu (FRA) vs [2] A Murray (GBR) – ATP
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [WC] M Gong (CHN) – ATP
[12] M Sharapova (RUS) vs E Vesnina (RUS) – WTA

Not Before 7:30 PM
A Kleybanova (RUS) vs [9] N Li (CHN) – WTA
[4] N Davydenko (RUS) vs F Mayer (GER) – ATP

MOON COURT start 12:00 noon
A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs M Baghdatis (CYP) – ATP

Not Before 3:00 PM
K Date Krumm (JPN) vs [7] E Dementieva (RUS) – WTA
A Petkovic (GER) vs [2] V Zvonareva (RUS) – WTA

Not Before 7:30 PM
T Robredo (ESP) vs [3] R Soderling (SWE) – ATP

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42 Comments for Del Potro Manhandled in Tokyo; Berdych, Verdasco Upset in Beijing; Nadal, Roddick Today

montedelasánimas Says:

Well, let’s hope Delpo can come back soon.

The Masters will be quite interesting; Nadal on top, Djokovic in full control of himself, Federer bouncing back and the rest of the top ten trying to spoil the party…

Kimmi Says:

ah delpo! i had my fingers crossed he would win a match, instead he gets bageled. i look at the stats he has 12 break point total..8 in the second set. what happened?

despite these results, the match stats does not looks too bad. he had a lot of opportunities, he just needs the confidence to take them. Good luck delpo.

jane – I read about verdasco. i knew this will be a tough match. verdasco is struggling, to get kohls in the first round is just brutal. berdych out, querrey out..ok simon is difficult..he is a top 10 calibre player and Gulbis, i am afraid its not looking good for ernie.

OK..let me give credit to fish, I thought he would lose to tipsarevic. he didn’t..congrats to him.

My prediction is another early loss for soda pop and davydenko…

Murray better watch out, top guys are going down in the asian swing so far. P.H Mathieu is a tough one. Good luck

JJ out in the first round..ouch! Safina continues to lose…

happy for ivanovic though, she beats bartoli 2 and 3. Surprising results! how did she lose to bartoli in tokyo 1 and 2 last week???? I dont know. I am cheering for ivanovic to get back to her best. Go Ana.

killerc Says:

I would have rather seen Delpo start his comeback next year instead of now. It takes a killa will not to get down on yourself from losing, I hope mentally his confidence isn’t rocked from losing so much coming back right now. Not to knock lopez, he’s a aggressive player, s/v’s attacks the net. Not a easy match for a base-liner not on his game.

I think this is Nadal’s year to take the yr end championships. just got that feeling!

Kimmi Says:

OK lets have fun contador, lets see how your picks did. Five first round matches in beijing.

tipsy vs Fish (winner Fish) = 0 point
Verdasco vs kohls (winner Kohls) = 0 point
Querrey vs Simon (winner simon) = 1 point
Berrer vs berdych (winner Berrer)= 0 point
Isner vs Yang (WC) (winner isner) = 1 point

Not good contador. 2/5 = 40%

4 1st round matches played in tokyo

F-lo vs delpo (winner F-lo) = 1 point
Stepanek vs falla (winner stepanek) = 1 point
tursunov vs gulbis (winner tursunov) = 0 point
gimeno_traver vs Schwank (winner gimeno_traver) = 1 point

great job in tokyo conty = 3/4 = 75%

hmmm, you need to do better tonight ofcourse. more first round matches coming up.

contador Says:

Kimmi- hot sauce will be motivated to go deeper next week, i think.

as for gulbis. it’s obviously not a good time to pick him, even for one win. i didn’t see the match last night but i had my doubts he’d beat tsurnov or anyone, the way he was moving against G-lo in bangkok. sad. one year ago gulbis started his move back up the ranks from an awful year in 2009. he finally got through qualifiers and put a couple wins in, in the main draw tokyo. of course he went on to have some trouble in sweden. right about now, i am guessing he has reinjured his hamstring – cluck, cluck…

delpo – i guessed it. not going to get down about it. his comeback will take time.

you could be right about soda and davy too. at least we know fish is back.

frenchie night in tokyo. tsonga could be rusty and get beat by niemenen. and with monfils one never knows, really.

go gilles! he was looking so strong in metz and that was good win over querrey.

will be interesting to see how roddick, nole, murray and cilic do. good luck to all – murray and cilic have potential tough 1st round matches.

contador Says:

ahhh so. there you are, Kimmi! keeping me honest. that’s good.

yeah a couple of my faves let me down. but…

tokyo: i am on fire!
beijing: yeah. not too confident after my results.

i have to stand by my picks:

beijing tonight-

bellucci ( i think i said NEVER picking cilic again )
soda pop – he really is a dicey pick
davydenko ditto to soda pick


roger-vaselin or chardy….i couldn’t pick

very bad practice picking, i have a feeling.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Simon is quietly turning himself into a contender again. DelPo will take time. Only Mario Lemieux can come back from this kind of time off and score two points a game.

Kimmi Says:

“roger-vaselin or chardy….i couldn’t pick”

ah who is this roger-vaselin? and why you can’t pick? never heard of him..

Well, since i suck..i will be your marker. lets go, i think you will do well tomorrow or is it tonight!

kimberly Says:

Sat am draws r out for shang hai. I have a feeling these will be low scoring across the board like indian wells and miami. I think a lot of the good players kind of mentally check out after the open. And then there r certain players like nalby and davuydenko who always do well this time of year. The clay ones were really high scoring because everyone was picking rafa and in madrid most people got both finalists. But iw was very low-i mean come on who picked lbjucic roddick final. I feel shaing hai may be similar. However remember there are five or six guys vying for a wtf spot so motivated—ferrer youz verdasco berdy soda davy. However berdy davy and hotsauce seem to have checked out. Ferrer and youz both have a great shot at playing wtf.

Is sharapova playing tonight? Who?

Fot Says:

It would seems to me for Del Potro to have taken the rest of the year off, rehab the wrist, get in better condition and be ready to go for the 2011 year…but he decided to come back this month – so far with no success.

It has been an ‘interesting’ swing after the US Open. Hardly none of the ‘#1 seeds (or even top players) are winning the tournaments.

And we’re talking about Del Potro not winning (but he has an excuse)…so what’s Berdych’s problem? Or Soderling for that matter. These guys were suppose to take the next ‘step up’ yet they have been under-achieving(to me anyway).

And don’t get me started on the women’s game. Caroline seem to dominate in everything (non-slam) yet can’t win a slam. The William Sisters (my favorite) seem to be on a permanent vacation and the Serbs are up and down like water! Safina is – well – Safina – lol! No one seem to ‘want’ the women’s crown as the best or the top players right now. It’s really hard to watch and it’s even hard to even predict who the top 8 women players are right now!

contador Says:

kimberly – yes, i was checking out top ten rankings to see if there was motivation for some and it’s tight. but that was a reason i was picking ferrer to win a 250 in kuala lumpur- he had no points to defend and a quick 250 would have sent him up 1 or 2 places from 11th.

* shaking my head * who knows what motivates some of these guys.

sharapova is playing vesnina in beijing.

Kimmi roger-vaselin is an older french player- usually find him in a qualifer this time of year, i guess. he took out delpo last year in tokyo ( or did he take out roddick – i forget kubot got a top seed and so did roger-vaselin, is what i remember ) kubot could catch out a rusty almagro tonight. hm, forgot kubot beat roddick in tokyo last year. roger-vaselin and kubot = not too shy to knock out a napping top seed.

roger-vaselin made it through qualifying into a main draw last week and won a match – i was on the chat streaming. so he’s maybe one to take out chardy….or not.

and i forgot a pick.

milos raonic over florent serra in tokyo. go milos!

Kimmi Says:

Fot – u forgot about clijsters. kim is doing well, she won cincy and the US open, she is ready to be at the top imo but she is another one who wont be playing too many tournaments. She pulled out of beijing due to a foot injury.

we were all excited when henin came back..where is she now? injuries are big problem in women tennis. Williams sisters are injured…sharapova is tring to get back..still trying. safina was injured for months, its tough to get back to your best after coming back from a serious injury. she had a serious back injury i heard. look what is happening to delpo now.

I agree with you that wta is in shambles right now, actually it has been for a long time. i am still watching it though and hoping for the best.

kimberly Says:

I was saying to grendel I think sharapova just needs a big win to get her confidence back. I would love to see her as a major contender again. She’s still young. I thought azarenka was going to be the next big thing in 09 but then she kind of tanked. Then even though she lost to serena at ao I thought it would happen again and no. The williams clearly r not interested, I’m sorry but has serena played more than 5 tourneys all year. With that said the longer it goes for sharpova I think the lower her confidence gets and she will begin to accept her status as a second tier player instead of being the fighting champion she was.

jane Says:

Kimmi, “to get kohls in the first round is just brutal.” – Yes, this is a very tough first rounder for most guys.

Anyone know the time difference to Bejiing? Was kind of hoping I could catch some tennis here and there.

Kimmi Says:

I agree kimberly. that win in cincy just run away from her, could have been one of those big wins.

she is having a tough time coming back. her draw so far has not been helpful. RG she got henin in R16 or was it 3rd round? at wimbleson she gets serena R16. USO she gets wozniacki R16.

with her ranking now she has no choice. the draw will not get easier. She was a defending champ in tokyo last week, that loss to kimiko sure did not help…she lost ranking again this she is ranked 21, last week she was 15 by the way.

Lets see how she does in beijing this week.

contador Says:

i don’t follow wta too closely. i think i would if henin was in it. she was one i liked watching. i like kuzy and vera.

it definitely is easier picking the atp winner during clay season. i can’t believe you didn’t pick nadal, kimberly.

i’ll get a better idea of who to pick win shanghai from the beijing and tokyo tourny’s. except, i don’t trust nadal. if he loses tokyo, i don’t think it means he won’t step on the gas and win shanghai, paris and WTF!

can’t tell about federer …

i think dimitrov is playing in a challenger soon. maybe i just go stream that. there’s an idea.

Kimmi Says:

jane – i normaly visit this site.

at the top blue bar they always have the local time of each tournament that week. its very helpful imo..especially during the asian swing.

beijing is 12 hrs ahead of toronto (ET)

Kimmi Says:

I dont think there will be any streaming until thursday. tennistv monopoly again..could be wrong, but i dont see any matches streamed today.

Kimmi Says:

sorry, i am wrong. I see mathieu vs murray will be streamed.

skeezerweezer Says:

Delpo couldn’t have picked a better time to slide into playing coming back from his serious wrist injury IMO. This is NOT the GS season, nor spring/summer, the prime time of Tennis. No pressure really, and no expectations, Sept – Dec is an ideal time to get the groove back on the ATP tour. Ok, so you have the Masters finale? What else and who cares?

This is a good time for him to test his game and get use to match play, give him some rope and let him play a few more tourneys…….

kimberly Says:

Contador–as what grendel calls one of the kings men I would be content with endless rafa coronations. However I have a gut feeling his next trophy will be AO11. then indian wells, montecarlo, rome madrid RG. After that I don’t know. However, it is hard for me to pick against my favorite in the two upcoming masters when all reason says he is a good pick. So I fear on monday when you see my draw rafa will magically appear in the winner column.

However when I was saying “our fathers” on sept 13 for him to win uso I told myself I wouldn’t be greedy if he won and would be satisfied with 2010.

On to my other fav, the one who is not making my year—-sharapova. She is the anti-rafa. Choking choking choking. Now 21 kimmi? Ugggggh! That cincy win would have given her confidence. Then maybe she wouldn’t have double faulted three times in a row v woz. At least it was better than her oudin match in 09 with 21 double faults. Essentially, she double faulted an entire set. I almost smashed a raquet watching her.

Not sure who is really on form other than woz in the womens.

jane Says:

Oh great, thanks Kimmi! I should be able to catch some Murray and get a much needed tennis fix. : )

kimberly Says:

Btw—scott, on of the pros at my tennis club told me wozniaki and john isner r an item. But he’s often wrong.

grendel Says:


Skeezerweezer took the words out of my mouth with his post. He seems to me to be spot on. You see, even by Jan 2011, it’s beginning to look as if Delpo still won’t have completely arrived. But hopefully by then, he can give a reasonable account of himself, gather some confidence, and prepare for a realistic assault on RG.

“Caroline seem to dominate in everything (non-slam) yet can’t win a slam.” I think that’s a bit unfair. She’s very young. I doubt if she has the game to truly dominate, but I’d be surprised if in time she doesn’t pick up one or two slams.

kimberly Says:

Grrrrr sharapova

Looks like ivanovic is finding her form. Next up dementieva.

Comngrats to dolgo on baggy win.

jane Says:

grendel, what’s the name of that series, so I can keep my eye out for the DVD set? Is it just Wallander? Also, I think (?) Fot is female?

jane Says:

Oops, forget the above grendel; I see your “he” refers to Skeeze. Still a little cross-eyed after only 1 coffee.

jane Says:

I see Tsonga’s out first round. Mind you he faced last weekend’s finalist in round 1, but it still must be difficult, like with Delpo, to come back after a long layoff.

zola Says:

I hope Delpo is not discouraged by these losses. He is back from a long injury break.

No Tokyo streaming!? There is a “watch live ” button and then you press to see ” maintenance!” Tennis TV was supposed to show lots of matches (masters and non masters) this year. What has happened is that they don’t show the matches and don’t let anybody else stream them either!

Fot Says:

Yes – I’m female.

And my take on Caroline is still open because she is still so young. I just saw today that Victoria had to retire (AGAIN). She has talent but her body doesn’t cooperate. She is one that, I think, needs to just take off the tour to get fully fit and healthy because it seems like she’s always retiring, falling out, getting hurt, something.

Maria lost again today too. Her confidence is zero right now. I am just waiting for either Serena, Venus, or Kimmy to get back.

Kimmi Says:

just going thru some results today.

Contador – as promise, i am also going thru at your picks. looks to be a better picking day today.

there was 11 first round matches played in beijing

djoko vs gong (winner djoko) = 1 pt
davydenko vs mayer (winner davy) = 1 pt
cilic vs bellucci (winner cilic) = 0 pt
ferrer vs istomin (winner ferrer) = 1 pt
lu vs marchenko (winner lu) = 1 pt
almagro vs kubot (winner almagro) = 1 pt
soda vs robredo (winner soda) = 1 pt
lubjcic vs youzhny (winner lubj) = 0 pt
dolgo vs baggy (winner dolgo) = 0 pt
montanez vs golubev (winner montanes) = 0 pt
muzza vs matheiu (winner muzza) = 1 pt

7/11 correct = 63% not bad for 1st round matches. You rock today me think.

nadal vs giraldo (winner nadal) = 1 pt
raonic vs serre (winner raonic) = 1 pt (YAY! for the young canadian (great pick contador)
gasquet vs de bakker (winner gasquet) = 1 pt
melzer vs monaco (winner melzer) = 1 pt
troicki vs nishikori (winner troicki) = 1 pt
G-lo vs ram (winner G-lo) = 1 pt
Chiudinelli vs Llodra (winner Chuidinelli) = 0 pt
Nieminen vs tsonga (winner nieminen) = 0 pt
Monfils vs soeda (winner monfils) = 1 pt
seppi vs dodig (who?) (winner seppi) = 0 pt
chardy vs roger_vasselin (winner chardy) = 0 pt
roddick vs ito (winner roddick) = 1 pt

8/12 correct = 66%

Great job contador. some of your picks are crazy though…who is dodig? why pick him against seppi?

great win by chuidinelli, i would have got that one wrong too.

Too bad you did not pick any between chardy and roger_vaselin…you lost a point there.

lastly, you better start picking cilic again…that was some score against bellucci.

Go dolgo!

Kimmi Says:

OMG sharapova is really going down. now she is losing to everyone and his dog. she should beat vesnina me thinks.

kimberly, your fave is definetly slumping big time. i though she improved a bit after her comeback but now….

happy for ivanovic. next up demantieva oh boy!

Kimmi Says:

i saw a quote from djoko after his first round match in beijing

“It feels good to be back at a court where I’ve had a lot success in the last couple years,” said Djokovic. “Why not a final with Andy Murray? We’ve not played each other for a long time.”

sounds like dkojo is challenging murray here. :)

Duro, where are you. did you read this. lets the game begin…

kimberly Says:

Sharapova is not giving me joy, just when she looks like she’s on the cusp she crashes and burns. And she used to be so mentally strong. Now she beats herself. Hope for better things in 2011. I think 2010 can officially be called a disaster.

Glad for ana though.

What r contadors next round picks? I’m enjoying them along with kimmis evening tally.

contador Says:

no! being in the 60th percentile sucks!! LOL….

let’s be honest. i want to quit my day job. i can’t do that and expect to survive ( i’m joking )

i dunno why i picked dodig. kick me. gave him too much credit for winning qualifers and making it into a main draw the past 2 weeks. it happenz. it was a case of bigging him up in my mind and not giving seppi enough credit. sorry seppi, darlin’

same thing happened with roger-vasselin. my mind bigging up his chances just cuz he beat a top seed this time o year last year.

but yeah. how hot was that of me to pick raonic! : )) go milos!

chuidinelli over llorda. well, i’ll think twice about llorda next time. actually i did think that one over.

and about dolgo – sheesh. it’s like cilic. you know, i pick them and they LOSE! happy for dolgo and cilic. wondering what’s up with baghdatis. bellucci – indoor hc might not suit him, hm, or maybe marin is getting over his slump. we’ll soon see.

tonight order of play picks.

beijing: not many atp singles matches. tough picks too.

isner or kohls. i am stumped but i go with…isner
cilic or davy. no clue. both bracket killers. okay cilic.
djoko over fish

tokyo: same thing. not many singles matches. doubles night

chewy or steps- can’t pick. steps should win but picking the swiss. easy win over llodra. step had a slugfest with falla.

gasquet over tsurnov
niemenen over gimeno-traver
f-lo over g-lo

only 3 matches i feel comfortable picking: simon, djoko, and gasquet.

that’s an optimistic quote from nole!

contador Says:

the rest of the 2nd round picks





leaning toward djoko defending his title and too blinded by the glow around nadal to pick against him in tokyo.

kimberly Says:

I think cilic davy must be one of the hardest picks ever at this point in time. Good to see it now to give guidance in case face with this nearly impossible picking scenario next week. The battle of the bracket killers. At least somebody has to win this time.

I actually have a dew players bent on driving me nuts. I pick them to lose, they win, pick them to win, they lose. Verdasco.

Kimmi Says:

contador – great. lets see how you do tomorrow. tricky picks i agree..especially isner/kolhs, davy/cilic and f-lo/g-lo

i cant see g-lo continue winning. he has a tough match with ram yesterday but you never know…

looks like these middle ranked players once they win a tourny or get to the final they lose early on the next one. see, golubev and youzhny.

hmmm maybe not. nieminen and g-lo are still kicking in tokyo…

jane Says:

F-Lo and G-Lo; wouldn’t it be fun if there was H-Lo and K-Lo too? I’d love to commentate. Or when Federer plays Ferrer or Ferrero it’s always fun to come up with tongue twisters.

Kimmi, it’s true Nole and Murray haven’t met in ages – over a year?

grendel Says:

Lilly caught Willey bowled Dilley. We all hoped that would happen – these men were test cricketers of the same generation – but not sure it ever did. Something like this did, I believe: “Dilley’s holding his Willey in triumph..” from an excited commentator. The situation being that Willey, the wicketkeeper, caught someone off the bowling of Dilley, who proceeded to demonstrate his pleasure by etc. The commentator slipped in the possessive pronoun – er – inadvertantly, one would have to say. Does the word “willy” have the same connotations in Canada as in England?

Skeezerweezer Says:

Why don’t we all just say “rules were made to be broken” ?

This is not silly, nor magic, rules are made to make a fair playing ground and the players fully understand what they are .

The rules are rules and it is a fair system overall. Until they change the rule for coaching I don’t care how many ways posters spin the opinion of cheating, to the ATP it ain’t gonna fly. They enforced it, and in my IMO need to enforce more or lose there credibilty as a professional governing body of a sport.

Write to them.

Skeezerweezer Says:

Oops sorry wrong thread, dang phone!

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