Clijsters Closes on No. 1; Winners & Losers; ATP/WTA Previews

by Staff | February 6th, 2011, 11:00 pm

SAP Open
San Jose, Calif, USA
Surface: indoor hard

Seeds: Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Gael “Force” Monfils, Sam Querrey, Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, Denis Istomin, Benjamin Becker, Lleyton Hewitt, Kei Nishikori
Floaters: “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic, Juan Martin Del Potro, James Blake, Milos Raonic

Notes: Top-seeded Hot Sauce opens against American wildcard Rajeev Ram, to face the winner of Karlovic vs. Ryan Sweeting…Jamaican-turned-German Dustin Brown starts against “The” Donald Young, and (4) Malisse vs. Raonic…Verdasco is 5-0 career in San Jose, last year beating Andy Roddick in the final…Verdasco (2010) and Hewitt (2002) only returning champions in the field…No player has ever won three straight San Jose titles, but winning two in a row: Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Mark Philippoussis, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe.

ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Surface: indoor hard

Seeds: Robin Soderling, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer, Mikhail Youzhny, Ivan Ljubicic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Floaters: Ernests Gulbis, Jarkko Nieminen, Marin Cilic, Nikolay Davydenko, Michael Llodra, Marcos Baghdatis

Notes: Loaded field with some tough starts: (3) Ferrer vs. Nieminen, Davydenko vs. Llodra (winner to face (8) Tsonga), (2) Murray vs. Baghdatis…weird to see Cilic and Davydenko unseeded…Seeds Berdych and Melzer have losing career records in Rotterdam…Last year Soderling beat Youzhny in the final…Returning champs in the field are Soderling (2010), Murray (2009), Llodra (2008), and Youzhny (2007).

Brasil Open
Costa do Sauipe, Brazil
Surface: clay

Seeds: Nicolas Almagro, Al Montanes, Thomaz Bellucci, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Juan Ignacio Chela, Tommy Robredo, Potito Starace, Victor Hanescu

Floaters: Pablo Cuevas, Fabio Fognini

Notes: Openers of note include (7) Starace vs. Cuevas, (6) Tommy Robredo vs. Fognini…The Brazilian No. 1 Bellucci looks to be crowned the first homegrown champ in Costa do Sauipe since Gustavo Kuerten in 2004…No. 2 seed Montanes is 4-7 career at the event…Last year’s champ Juan Carlos Ferrero pulled, still recovering from knee and wrist surgeries…Returning champs in the field are Robredo (2009) and Almagro (2008).

Open GDF Suez
Paris, France
Surface: indoor hard

Seeds: Kim Clijsters, Maria Sharapova, Kaia Kanepi, Petra Kvitova, Nadia Petrova, Andrea Petkovic, Yanina Wickmayer, Dominika Cibulkova

Floaters: Alize Cornet, Elena Vesnina, Bathanie Mattek-Sands, Lucie Safarova

Notes: Clijsters and Sharapova receive first-round byes…Sharapova will start against the winner of Mattek-Sands and Carlo Suarez Navarro…Elena Dementieva beat Safarova in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Petrova (2007) and Clijsters (2004).

PTT Pattaya Open
Pattaya City, Thailand
Surface: hard

Seeds: Vera Zvonareva, Ana Ivanovic, Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, Roberta Vinci, Peng Shuai, Jie Zheng, Sara Errani

Floaters: Tamira Paszek

Notes: Wildcards went to tongue twisters Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, Nicha Lertpitaksinchai, Nudnida Luangnam…Zvonareva opens against Paszek…Zvonareva (2010-09) is the only returning champ in the field.

Robredo Edges Giraldo for ATP Santiago Title

Spaniard Tommy Robredo outlasted Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(5) in the final of the Movistar Open final for his first title in two years.

“Ten is a very nice number and it feels good to lift the trophy again,” said Robredo on winning his 10th career title. Giraldo served for the match at 5-3 in the third but could not close.

Giraldo was looking to become the first Colombian to win an ATP title since 1995 when Mauricio Hadad won in Bermuda. “I think my lack of experience played a part at that time,” said Giraldo on serving for the match. “I maybe got a bit tense and it went against me.”

Anderson Wins 1st Title on Home Turf in South Africa

No. 4 seed Kevin Anderson won his first career title in his home country of South Africa, defeating India’s Somdev Devvarman 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the SA Tennis Open in Johannesburg.

“Winning it here in South Africa is a great experience and memory I’ll have for the rest of my life,” Anderson said. “I’m just really thankful that I was able to come out and play here.”

The 24-year-old Anderson admitted that a lengthy rain delay in the first set helped to settle his nerves. “I think the rain played a little part in helping me re-focus and re-set and I really felt I came out there a different person. Even though I lost the first set, I was able to turn things around and play really good in the second and third sets.”

Dodig Wins Career-first ATP Title in Zagreb, Croatia

Ivan Dodig made for the third straight Croat champion in Zagreb, winning his first career title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Michael Berrer in Sunday’s final in Croatia.

The 26-year-old Dodig also upset No. 2 seed Ivan Ljubicic and No. 3 seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez during the week. “This is the best thing that can happen to a player — to play at home in front of your own crowd and win your first title,” he said. “I’m really happy and enjoying the moment.”

Berrer finished runner-up in the Zagreb final for the second year in a row, last year losing to Marin Cilic. “I don’t think I played that good today — it was probably the worst match I played all week. But he played at a good level. He was serving like his mentor Goran [Ivanisevic].”


Russia d. France 3-2
Russia came back from an 0-2 match deficit for the first time in its Fed Cup history on Sunday when Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Dinara Safina cliched the deciding doubles over France’s Julie Coin and Alize Cornet 7-6(4), 6-0. Cornet beat Svetlana Kuznetsova and Virginie Razzano topped Maria Sharapova to put France up 2-0 after the first day. Russia evened the match in the Sunday singles when Pavlyuchenkova beat Cornet from a set down, and Kuznetsova beat Razzano.

Belgium d. U.S. 4-1
Belgium blanked the U.S. 3-0 en route to a 4-1 win, with Kim Clijsters blasting the opposition, and America’s Melanie Oudin getting blasted in both her singles. On Saturday play opened with Belgian Yanina Wickmayer beating Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-1 7-6(6), before Clijsters beat Oudin 6-0 6-4. On Sunday Clijsters was made to work before topping Mattek-Sands 6-7(10), 6-2 6-1. In the dead-rubber singles Wickmayer beat Oudin 6-2, 6-0, and the U.S. won the dead-rubber doubles.

Italy d. Australia 4-1
Sam Stosur came up short in two heartbreaking three-setters as Italy advanced into the Fed Cup semifinals over Australia. Jarmila Groth put Australia on the board first with a three-set win over Francesca Schiavone, then Flavia Pennetta tied it at 1-1 with a three-set win over Stosur. Schiavone beat Stosur in three to begin Sunday play, then Pennetta clinched it by beating Groth in straight sets.

Czech Republic d. Slovak Republic 3-2
The Czechs rolled the Slovaks 3-0 in live matches en route to a final 3-2 tally to advance into the Fed Cup semifinals. Lucie Safarova beat Daniela Hantuchova, and Petra Kvitova beat Dominika Cibulkova, both in straight sets. On Sunday Kvitova clinched it, beating Hantuchova.


PLAYERS FLOOD OZ WITH MONEY — The ATP World Tour and WTA joined forces to donate more than $50,000 to Queensland flood relief efforts, donating $10 for each ace hit by their respective players in singles and doubles competition at the Brisbane International, Medibank International Sydney and Australian Open. The donation is in addition to individual contributions by Sam Stosur, who donated $100 for each ace she served in Brisbane, Sydney and the Australian Open; Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who gave 5% of her prize money from Hobart and the Australian Open; and Andy Roddick, who donated over $10,000 ($200 for each ace he hit in Brisbane). Players also donated their time to participate in the sport’s biggest fundraising effort in January on the eve of the Australian Open, the Rally For Relief at Melbourne Park, which raised more than $1.5 million for flood relief. Beginning in December 2010, flooding in Queensland killed 35 people, affected 70 towns and more than 200,000 people, caused $1 billion damage and is projected to reduce Australia’s GDP by $30 billion.

For the first time since the inception of the WTA rankings in 1975, the Top 10 players last week hailed from 10 different countries. They are Caroline Wozniacki (DEN), Kim Clijsters (BEL), Vera Zvonareva (RUS), Francesca Schiavone (ITA), Sam Stosur (AUS), Venus Williams (USA), Na Li (CHN), Jelena Jankovic (SRB), Victoria Azarenka (BLR), Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), and Shahar Peer (ISR)…World No. 1 Rafael Nadal reportedly sustained a muscle tear in his leg during the Aussie Open and is out of action at least 10 days…Olympus will remain a reluctant official sponsor of the US Open for 2011 and the US Open Series of events as part of a settlement of a USTA lawsuit after the camera company tried to bail early from their contract. The USTA had sued Olympus for $11.65 million after the company tried to bail on their 2011 contract…Serena Williams hasn’t played competitive tennis since July 2010 after cutting her foot, but she is scheduled to make her 2011 debut on March 8 — in an exhibition match. The exhibition in Eugene, Ore., includes Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, called the “Nike Clash of Champions.” Williams is scheduled to play a set against Sharapova and a mixed-doubles set…Kim Clijsters will regain No. 1 this week if she reaches the semifinals in Paris.

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89 Comments for Clijsters Closes on No. 1; Winners & Losers; ATP/WTA Previews

El Flaco Says:

Rajeev Ram es el Sampras clon, no? jajajajaja

Dory Says:

Ivan Dodig is certainly one to keep a watch on. Impressed me against Djokovic at the Aussie Open.

dAri Says:

Who picked davydenko over llodra?

jane Says:

Congrats to the first time winners. Dodig was the only one to take a set off Nole at the AO but misssed that match.

I wonder why Roddick isnt playing the SAP, thought he usually does?

Surprised to see Hotsauce in. Maybe his ankle isnt so bad. Wonder how JMDP will make out. Looks like a deep field at Rotterdamn, hope Andy M wins. :)

jane Says:

Interesting, Dolgo playing on clay. Have to keep our eyes on that, how he does on that surface.

Also see short-ish shorts won title number 10 – good for him.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Raonic and Dolgo back this week, great for we huddled masses starving for new blood. Raonic jumped another 10 spots (over Dude and Dmitrov) this week. A win over Malisse and he’ll be in the 70’s or better by next week.
Murray has a hell of a welcome back against Baghdatis.
And… is Davydenko done? Or is going to do another seasonal surge, roll a few tournaments, then disappear never to be seen again, like the A Team of tennis?

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Oh, plus more Del Potro, starting against Gabashvilli. Lots of storylines to follow during the usually boring stretch of calendar.

margot Says:

Tennis Vagabond re “huddled masses” @ 12.05: :)
BTW Andy didn’t play last year so can pick up some points but I don’t think he’ll go very far, bound to be a let down. at least he’s not doing a vanishing act this year.
conty: never seen Schoorel play but generally don’t like these very tall guys who have a huge serve and basically that’s it!
What’s up with Davy anyone?
Has Golubev peaked?
Deliciano, Cilic, Bolletti (is that his name??) all crashing down rankings, new just out.
Is Dimitrov youngest player in top 100 now?
Girls, girls eye candy alert- pic of Alex Kuznetsov on ATP website. My new favourite, not that I’m in any way shallow of course ;)

margot Says:

uh oh, new fave doesn’t look as he plays very well…:(

Kimmi Says:

better for Kim to take No:1. maybe this will take away the pressure from wozniacki..she could play better this way..

Llodra is a very tough first round opponent, plus i dont think davy likes serve and volley guys. Good thing is, davy has zero points to defend till halle. this is the time to climb up kolya!

margot – i think golubev could have peaked already. everybody and his dog is beating him. has not won a match yet this year.

at least cilic wins a match in rotterdam..ok, maybe he was lucky to get zverev. llodra would have beaten him too me think.

Go grigor, good luck vs tsonga. if he can beat will be big news for the young guy.

go get him..

Kimmi Says:

margot – doesnt matter for his tennis. looks can pay too…remember kornikova?

contador Says:

geeeez – practice picking on the day FAIL! let me just say it before you do, Kimmi. and you know where the rest of my 1st round practice picking is. you’ll keep me honest : )

dari – u know i picked davy….just keep hoping he’ll get his form back. but he doesn’t.

have no idea what’s up with davy, margot. is he done?davydenko….man, i thought he’d be good to go by now. agian i say, “never pick him!” but i can’t quit him.

tsurnov over golubev….only thought tsurnov cos i think golubev has something wrong.

agree TV. really entertaining and interesting matches in all three tournys this week.

especially hoping to catch that fognini v robredo rematch at brazil open!!! the semi in santiago – no shortage of drama and tension. can’t believe they have the ironic bad luck of playing again…i think tomorrow!

in case you missed it:

clic came thru today, i see

margot right. so i now know that schoorel possibly has no other game but a serve for a weapon? troiki won easily. 221cm is too tall. NBA center maybe? but the guy weighs less than simon, i think. i have looked up kuznetsov, i think….but isn’t he a little old? yes, grigor is the youngest.

jane – if i recall, dolgo says hc is his favorite surface. but he is really good on clay too. he was sick for awhile after clay season and wimbledon last year

Kimmi Says:

if schoorel is that tall, he should get a lesson from dr ivo on how to serve. dr. ivo never lose sets 6-2..never!

contador Says:

needs lessons from dr ivo and isner. schoorel at 7’3″ with an isner – karlovic serve and every set should be a tie break, right? margot’s favorite tennis ; )

the only teen younger on the rise is tomic and he’s still in the 200’s.

forgot to check berankis…

back to work tho.

contador Says:

oh, forgot ryan harrison …younger than dimitrov and same age as tomic…ryan is 18 and #140.

berankis is 20.

vamos delpo…


There is an exhibition match tonight at 10PM EST between Sampras and Monfils

Kimmi Says:

Contador – just checking your rotterdam picks.

OK let see how you did.

troicki vs schoorel. this looks like a “gulbis bracket” during the AO. schoorel has not won an ATP match this year. I think he doesnt know how to use his height yet..we should give him time maybe. (0)

davy vs llodra was a tough one. i would have gotten this one wrong too. what is happening with davy? i will still pick him for the early rounds though. (0)

Tursunov vs golubev..did you pick anybody here? i see you werent sure but i cant see any pick on this one (0)

cilic and tuna picked correct (2)

2/5 = 40% bad start :-) but not to worry. tomorrow picks could bring you right up. goodluck!

Kimmi Says:

just wondering what ranking is james blake. he is playing jesse levine now.

ranking 170 and 31 years of age. does james have another push to the top?

wont be easy to get a direct acceptance to a lot of major tornaments. unless they give him a WC ofcourse.

did he get a WC in san jose? on the draw his name does not show a WC, he didnt qualify either, so how did he get in?

i think other players like delpotro and milos raonic got WC too bat doesnt show on their names either.

maybe delpo got protected ranking?

Eric Says:

Dunno about Blake’s chances to push his ranking inside 50 again, but I’ve gotta say, Jesse Levine has just about the worst return of serve I think I’ve ever seen in my life. Is he always this bad? It seems like he returns the ball a foot long at least 60% of the time, and Blake’s serve isn’t that outstanding. I dunno what major blip there was that got him the first break of serve. The rest of tthis set has been all Blake, it seemed like it was just a question of when he would finally convert a BP…

Eric Says:

Well I guess that was it finally. Anyway, Blake – yeah, he’s old, but he still seems to be moving quite well. I’m sure he wouldn’t be playing if he didn’t think he were still capable of much more than his ranking suggests.

Kimmi Says:

didnt even watch the match. i was following the score board. glad james won. this is his first atp match this year. didnt play at the AO…if he cant play then maybe he will retire soon.

contador Says:

kimmi…totally was picking someone i wanted to win but had no chance = schoorel. yep, did the same with ao bracket


tsurnov is the one i would have picked on a bracket…thought golubev was weak at ao. but too wishy washy… so doesn’t count.

nope, looking at the order of play for tomorrow will be another day of picking ones i want to win but it’s unlikely dimitrov will win over tsonga.

kohls could have trouble with lu.
ferrer is the energizer bunny….very consistent.
picked stakhovsky over llub…but that’s another maybe

tuesday’s order of play also has gulbis….both debakker and EG could use a win. go gulbis go!

Eric Says:

Monfils is trying to out-Sampras Sampras here, it’s not working too well for him. Hilarious, though. I wonder if he’s under instructions to lose or something – no disrespect to Pete, but he has no business winning…

Eric Says:

Well, he ended up holding with an outrageously good volley. But anyway, this is a quality exhibition match – weird pairing, Monfils and Sampras, but amusing. Gael is having a good time.

dAri Says:

Which stream you watching Eric? I just got home about to get on drsktop and find where it is!
It was an odd- sounding pair for sure, bit I am certainly looking forward to seeing it!

Eric Says:

You can find it here:

Just open a stream from the Levine-Blake match, since for some reason it seems that they haven’t updated the listings yet.

dAri Says:

Thanks Eric! I have only seen a few games, but Gael is having a ton of fun! Always great to see Pete!

dari Says:

that was a nice exho between pete and gael. it turned out to be a great matchup entertainment-wise because pete had the chance to show off some great volleys (man, can he slice and DEEP and on the lines!) just a couple big serves/forehands, and it was well matched with gael’s ability to run everything down, hit a few scorching forehands. pete had more fun than i remember in exho’s against andre, roger, etc, with good reason. gael is young and free there is no history there, so it was pete swinging free and gael enjoying playing with a legend!
pete said he is gonnna kick andre’s ass at msg!
now, a nice warm up, time for the real matches!

contador Says:

okay, where’s “waldo” now?? he was suppoesed to be playing debakker right now,

i fear the worst. i’s too much fun in rotterdam, i fear. ;/

bad day for my picks.

margot Says:

conty, I think he withdrew sick.
Ferrer out, surprising, Tsonga took care of Dimitrov not surprising. Don’t expect Andy to last long.

contador Says:

sick? hm, margot. i wonder. he is disappointing. i thought a nice climate controlled indoor court would suit ernests. all i can ask is that he shows up and plays. really to be in the top 30’s without even trying is something. imagine if he loved tennis and really made a serious effort.

tsonga 6-4, 6-4….actually not terrible for grigor. tsonga is one of the best when healthy.

yeah, andy isn’t defending points, right? you’d think he would have skipped rotterdam. maybe he actually wants the win for confidence? we’ll see tomorrow.

battle of the robins coming up next in rotterdam i see. have to miss it.
but later is fognini -robreado part 2. hope i can stream that!

margot Says:

conty: u miss nothing! Soderling crushing Haase, man on a mission? boring match. Sod is really bandy legged, can’t help noticing, sorry. Bandicoot?

M Says:

Gulbis is out, replaced, IINM, by Petzschner.
Does anyone know what happened? Is he injured, or did he just not feel like playing?

Thank you, contador – I missed everything last weekend doing Super Bowl hostessing duties.

Vamos, Polito!

Kimmi Says:

ah grigor still learning. maybe i should not have high hopes for him. it did not look like he could break tsonga. no snif of break points on tsonga serve, only one game went to duece i think. I guess tsonga was serving big too. too many aces.

only followed the score. the serving was not good from grigor..especially the second set. there was a time it was 33% first serve..that wont cut it.

All in all, It was a good learning curve. hope he has learnt something. the only way he can go right now is up. hope he gets easier draw next time. looking forward to see him play.

Kimmi Says:

now, ferrer losing in straight sets to nieminen is a surprise. could it be AO hangover?

in the past few years players who won the AO have not perfomed well in the remaining of the season.

2008 djoko
2009 rafa
2010 roger

OK, can djoko reverse the jinx this year?

dAri Says:

contador, other cheer leaders of the baby crew- meelosh beats malisse, baby berankis over b. becker. not huge surprises, but every win counts for these guys!

Kimmi Says:

dari – great wins for the young guns. i see mallise was # 4 seed and becker # 6 seed. upsets in the air!!

jane Says:

Kimmi “in the past few years players who won the AO have not perfomed well in the remaining of the season.”

Do you think so? I mean, it’s not like Fed played badly last year: he got that lung infection, so he was sidelined / played badly at the HC masters, but then he was in QFs, QFs, and SFs at the remaining slams, and he also won a bunch of tournaments at the end of the year, including WTF.

After Djoko won in 2008, he then went on to win IW, reach the semis of FO, semis of USO (lost earlier that expected at Wimbledon, but to Safin), and he then went on to win the WTF (then known as YEC).

Personally, I see those results as still pretty darn good! :)

Rafa is the exception since he was k/o’d early at the FO and pulled right out of Wimbledon; he also did not too great at the end of the year. But even he reached the semis of the USO and I believe he was in the finals or semis of Shanghai. Maybe semis at Cincy too.

I just don’t see those results as being jinx-worthy. ;)

dAri is “meelosh” Milos? If so, whooo-hooo! :)

Conty, yeah, you’d think Tigger’s serve and bouncing would work better on hard, but then he has a lot of stamina and variety which could bode well on clay.

And yeah, (indignant now) where IS Waldo!?! Grrrr.

margot, why so bleak re: Murray’s chances? Do you think he isn’t motivated, tough draw (it is that!) or what? just curious.

Kimmi Says:

wtaching nishikori vs hajek, second set is turning out to be great to watch..

Go nishikori!

jane – i see what you mean. although i still think last year after the AO it was the worst year for federer, especially in GS. though we could argue that fed is not as good as he used to be.

regarding rafa..did anyone expect him to dissapear later in 2009, especially after a great 2008. winning RG/wimbledon double and the 2009 AO? injury is part of the game..maybe the AO jinx causes injuries too..afterall federer got sick suddenly..hmmmm! *scratch head*

You are right about djoko 2008 though. he wasnt the one to get to too many GS final ie roger/ rafa. so his 2008 year must have been OK.

ah, this is only me thinking..i could be totally wrong ofcourse :)

jinx! who believes in jinx anyways? only sean jinx is valid!

Kimmi Says:

aaah, contador, foggy vs boredo on court at the moment. gotta see this match.

Kimmi Says:

fognini is awful in this match. just like the last match. grrrr, he just makes me mad..too many errors. he deserve to lose again :(

i just want to see the handshake at the end..

Kimmi Says:

ah, now drama in this match. foggy saved a matchpoint then went on to break robredo when he was serving for the match. back on serve now..foggy showing he can fight.

c’mon hold!

M Says:

margot, Ferru has also withdrawn from BA Telmex.

Latest official statement is “personal reasons”.
Coupled with the early Rotterdam exit, we (along with some of the Argentine officials, apparently) are speculating he just hasn’t recovered from the AO yet.

(Which makes sense. I mean, Nole decided not to even compete in Rotterdam, which I think was sensible.)

jane Says:

Kimmi, just trying to put a different spin on it, as I don’t want Nole to be jinxed, ha ha.

Hope Murray does well in Rotterdamn. It would be nice to see him take back number 4. But of course that doesn’t have to happen right away anyhow. He has lots of time to keep moving. It’s good he’s playing doubles with his bro, as he really seems to shine and enjoy himself when he does that.

Looks like Fognini is giving shortish-shorts some trouble. I wonder if contador is enjoying this. :)

Kimmi Says:

jane- yap, no one wants their faves to be jinxed. so lets hope there is not jinx.

re foggy vs boredo…i think contador is enjoying this. she was rooting for fognini in santiago but not to be. tough one..hope he pull thru here…

Kimmi Says:

fognini living dangerously. saving a lot of break points.

aaagh, another break point. error, and boredo breaks!

big mountain to climb now fognini

jane Says:

Yes, that’s experience for you. Fognini doesn’t have the sort of experience that Tommy shortish-shorts does. Oh well.

Kimmi Says:

you r right about experience jane. u cant buy that :)

Kimmi Says:

OK, proper handshake this time. foggy was just delaying the inevitable. boredo is a better player

contador Says:

hi ppl… : )

LOOOOOOOOL!!!! boredo’s clingy red shorts!!!

watched and chatted live with the “chatters” the foggy and boredo fans.

thought i would fall asleep during 1st set but…the fog cleared and the drama was great 2nd set…fognini constantly talking robredo off (according to italian fans ) tommy struggling with the clingy shorts. but on the changeover before decider, fognini had some nasty looking blisters on his hands/fingers…who knows what tommy had…ew. tommy’s shorts were wetter than a roddick hat. but foggy gave up. it was a non handshake , Kimmi…very bad of boredo, imo.

very excited for “rycka” berankis and got to stream some of that match. a lithuanian fan gave me a video…likely the only one of berankis and of course i cant understand a word but you get the idea that berankis is a “clean cut” ….not into heart shaped suckers…maybe some deeper meaning? symbolism?

trying to stay up to watch delpo

dAri Says:

Sorry, yes Jane “meeeelosh” is milos raonic. I just like to write it that way as a seinfeld reference!

contador Says:

dari – missed the raonic match …..but go miloosh! very happy abt “baby crew” respectable loss from dimitrov.

jane- tigger still jumps and has the pogo serve of course on clay but i’m not sure why his results were not so good…were the reasons inexperience? illness? his game? for some reason he didn’t do well on clay or grass…i know he was sick after wimbledon is all.

your welcome “M” . not sure what i did tho…lol… si si potito won, forza starace! at least one italian got thru.

contador Says:

meant “telling robredo off” apparently…constantly . i suppose the semi snub at the net had was something fabio deserved. cleary they don’t like each other.

wow, lukas up a set and a break over querry.

contador Says:

berankis was really impressive saving bp’s and taking his chances. becker was not playing badly…i didn’t think. but rycka found angles and changes direction a bit like nalby. certainly not a choker on important points.

lacko has sam on the ropes.

contador Says:

oh no. my practice picks….terrible. : ( maybe i give up.

great shots by lacko tho.

contador Says:

nobody watching delpo match?

dAri Says:

It’s not on yet is it, conty?!

contador Says:

they are warming up, dari. i love delpo. ;/ hope he will be okay…

gaba can be tough

dAri Says:

I really like delpo, too. He is not just the average serving giant. He was the only one who I wasn’t horribly kissed when he beat federer. I hope he can recuperate to great form and get to the level of before, if not better! Ok game on. Go delpo!

contador Says:

do u have tennischannel or espn3? atdhe is back on as:

serve and forehand good so far ( he really does have a neanderthal grunt. not super loud )

contador Says:

delpo has 2 bp’s ….oh 1 bp

contador Says:

wow!! delpo got it! 2-0

will he give it back? whoa huge ace JMDP and he holds 3-0

dAri Says:

Yeahhhh! Great point and great game from delpo!
I don’t know what feed you’re on, but wasn’t that some camera angle?

contador Says:

i’m on the new link above. and i saw it, it was ridiculous . but then a great service game from gaba. did delpo say “this is work?” just now?

now the stream froze

dAri Says:

I know its “just” gabashvili, but delpo looks particularly Sharp tonight. He doesn’t seem as timid as the last few matches. I guess the last few matches were a major…

contador Says:

my computer crashed so i missed the last 10 minutes or something. now i can see the match but not hear it. lousy fromsport stream. what is the score?

contador Says:

ppl were saying he had a “paunch” during AO but i think he looks very fit : serving pretty good and hitting the forehand…not timid at all.

now i have to find some sound….

dari Says:

Im on from sport and have sound. its low though, you will have to turn it up. can’t see score in the corner and not as clear picture as the other. it will do.
i think he looks heavier. i never said paunch, but yes heavier. he does look great shape.
man, i wish he could get this break, a couple errors on the last two bp’s.

dari Says:

sneaky serve from gabash

contador Says:

my computer needs some kind of new download for sound….have no idea whay it worked up until after the querry match but now no sound on fromsport and no sound or picture on bydeco….says i need “veetle” but down loads are not straightforward on my old mac book laptop. : ( need to take it in agian.

at least i have a picture. some errors creeping in this second set, yes. maybe gaba is playing better too. he’s really trying to move delpo around and test him. he’s passing the test : ) or NO advantage gaba!

contador Says:

tough service game hold by delpo.

dAri Says:

Yes, conty, he is passing tests. After a rough good, he gets the break, delpo.
Ventaja delpo!

contador Says:

he broke gaba and i thought he did that with real fight, determination and i can see the confidence coming back….the champ, delpo! or maybe i’m seeing things and should go to bed…..zzzzzz

contador Says:

good! u r seeing it too. what is ventaja ?

dAri Says:

Rough HOLD that should say.
And there is a spark or confidence or something tonight, it is getting me excited! I am sleepy, too, so that contributes!
“Ventaja delpo” is Nike’s delpo tshirt slogan. Like “vamos Rafa!” And “roger that!”
Just means advantage delpo :)

contador Says:

oh ventaja delpo!

he’s shinning tonight, dari…showing that star quality, that level he can reach….!!

dAri Says:

Rolling on now, delpo! 5-2! I can go to bed! Night, contador. Cheers to JMdP looking good tonight!

contador Says:

serve it out champ! ventaja delpo!

contador Says:

he made it!! straight set win. loved his confidence and the way he’s hitting the groundies!

contador Says:

g’nite for me too. thanks dari! : ) delpo….

dAri Says:

Lacko up next for JMdP! That’s a good test, but if he plays like tonight he can do it!

margot Says:

jane: if u saw M’s comment about Ferrer, I think he’s had a let down after AO and I think Andy will as well. Don’t see it as “bleak” at all, just inevitable. Although this, to these people is after all a “job,” nonetheless less the emotional investment in slams must be enormous.

margot Says:

PS jane, don’t think Andy and Jamie are playing doubles, they applied for a wild card, but didn’t get it.


Querrey is in a major tailspin. In his last 6 tournaments he has only 1 win.

contador Says:

margot – poor haase. yes soda appears bandy-legged but his thighs! he works hard.

i’m not good at keeping who’s defending pts and i don’t usually think much abt rankings at the top….the usuals are all there. but i notice how close andy and soda are. soda has all the points to defend here and andy none, right?

wouldn’t it be possible andy passes soda if soda goes out earlier or andy beats him in the final? maybe andy wants #4 back?

contador Says:

where’s grendel these days? i miss him.

jane Says:

Oh margot, am out of loop as super busy, but had read they were planning to play doubles. Maybe it is good Murray can just focus on himself. And yes. I get the letdown thing. Hard to say though. He has, after all, not gone into hiding, so maybe he is motivated and will surprise. Hope so though Baggy is ot an east first round. Was hoping i would get to see Simon and Andy play at some point.

jane Says:

Not an easy … Not “ot an east” – time for java!

jane Says:

Simon is out anyhow, so would not have seen that match. But after re-looking at Murray’s draw it’s not that bad. Tsonga or Berdych will eliminate each other/one of, and Simon and Mayer are both out. Murray can certainly beat F-Lo. He just needs to get past Baggy, and then I think he’s got a good shot of getting to the finals. He generally plays well against power hitters. Anyhow, good luck to him. No matter what, it’s just good to see that he is getting right back out there.

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