Anderson Books Kyrgios Meeting in Comeback; ATP Shenzhen, Chendu Tues. Updates

by Staff | September 27th, 2016, 12:28 pm

The seeds in action cruised in Tuesday play at the Shenzhen Open in China as No. 6 Benoit Paire ground out a 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-3 win over Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, and No. 8 Jiri Vesely topped Spain’s Pablo Andujar 6-2, 7-6(8).
In other results Mikhail Kukushkin beat Lukas Rosol 7-6 in the fifth, American qualifier Ryan Harrison surprised Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in straights, and Thomaz Bellucci and injury-comeback player Janko Tipsarevic were straight-set winners into the second round.

On Wednesday Paire will meet Tipsarevic, and No. 2 seed David Goffin, No. 3 seed Richard Gasquet, No. 5 seed and St. Petersburg winner Alexander Zverev, and No. 7 Fabio Fognini will be in action.

At the Chengdu Open in China, unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov logged the lone upset of the day, taking out No. 7 Joao Sousa of Portugal 7-6(3), 63.

The 20-year-old landed seven aces.

“It’s a very good match for me,” said Khachanov. “I’m very happy with my performance. I like the court, I like the crowd, so I was enjoying playing the match.”

In other seeded play No. 8 Paolo Lorenzi worked past Aussie John Millman 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

Unseeded Kevin Anderson, making a comeback from injury, booked a meeting with No. 2 seed Nick Kyrgios after beating Australian Jordan Thompson 6-2, 6-4.

Three matches were suspended due to rain.

Khachanov on Wednesday will meet unseeded Adrian Mannarino, with other highlights including No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov vs. Dusan Lajovic, and No. 4 Feliciano Lopez vs. Juan Monaco.

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23 Comments for Anderson Books Kyrgios Meeting in Comeback; ATP Shenzhen, Chendu Tues. Updates

Wog Boy Says:

I guess this thread is about Asian swing and Nole is getting ready for Bejing in Belgrade in the “Sports Center Novak” under the watchful eyes of Gebhard Gritsch and Pier, I have to admit, Nole can do with few extra kilos, have a look at this pictures:

Giles Says:

What elbow injury? Thought it was his wrist or was it his right shoulder or indeed was it his left shoulder? Geez!!

Wog Boy Says:

Thanks VP,

Good decision, I have a feeling that Nole won’t be leaving Europe at all this year, he’ll play Paris next and finish with WTF, that’ll do him for 2016.

elina Says:

Agree with WB.

Winning the first grand slam on three different surfaces including his cherished first French was massive and took its toll.

Nole is smart to see the fall as an opportunity to spend extended quality time with his family, a rare opportunity for elite players at the peak of their career.

Felipe Says:

Even Pete Sampras back in the day would have dreamed having a year like Novaks (2 slams, 1 ru, 4 master 1000, 1 ru), somehow, this kind of feeling like a “down year” for Djokovic.

Django Says:

Elina, I agree!

Willow Says:

Life and tennis as they say goes on, my money would be on Murray or Stan now if niether are too knackered ….

J-Kath Says:

My unrealistic hope is that all tennis players combine to use their clout by not appearing in China where cruelty to animals are accepted as the norm.

Well done Nole for withdrawing for whatever reason.
PS: You are dangerously thin

elina Says:

Great anecdote about a fan encounter with Rafa…

For Rafans and tennis fans…

“Saturday, August 20 morning. I walk in the Delta gate ready to leave for my two-week vacation in Europe. Am I seeing it right? Rafael Nadal is sitting alone at the Delta counter reading a magazine. Loss at Cincinnati headed to NYC was my conclusion. Looked around and found no entourage. With lots of courage approached him and sheepishly said hi. He looked up with a nice big smile and said hello. Asked if I could take a picture and he asked me to sit down with him and put his hands on my shoulder like a buddy and let my friend take couple of pictures. Couldn’t believe I am rubbing with shoulders with 14-time Grand Slam winner, two-time gold medalist in Olympics and if I am not wrong, five-time Davis cup winning team member. So humble and gracious. He also had such a gentle demeanor compared to when he is playing on court like a Spanish bull.

Two of his team members arrived a bit later and coincidentally we ended up in the TSA security line at the same time and all of them asked me to go ahead. As were waiting for security we even chit-chatted: confirmed he is headed to NYC for U.S. Open, talked a bit about Olympics doubles gold and his match with DelPo. Of course, a picture is worth a thousand words.”

Van Persie Says:

Agree with WB and all the others, a longer break is needed and it would be wise, if he would skip also Shanghai, so that his body can heal.

Willow Says:

Thats a lovely story Elina, really made me smile ;-)) ….

Django Says:

J kath
Why pick on China only? The U.S. euthanizes 2.7 dogs and cats every year and has the death penalty for humans. Who is more cruel?

J-Kath Says:


If only China euthanized animals. In China they skin dogs alive so that the meat is tender to eat to serve on their menus. As for humans, at least they can speak for themselves or have a defence lawyer. The animals don’t.

Django Says:

Ok J Kath it’s the preparation before eating part not the killing part. An Indian friend of mine thinks eating cow is barbaric and asked me once why I thought it was ok in my mind to eat cow but not dog.
I don’t like the idea of eating companion animals but it’s a cultural thing. I certainly would not visit China, Thailand or places they have dog markets. Many countries feel the US is barbaric for the death penalty and I agree.

AndyMira Says:

I just want to congratulate Andy for winning Scottish Sportsperson Of The Year for the 3rd time..Hope you continue to achieve more great success in the future Andy..


AndyMira Says:

Awww Giles!C’mon!..Chill a little bit okay?Nole is just a normal human being..Of course he’s got injured here and there..

J-Kath Says:


Thank you for your response. Yes, the cow is sacred in India…. but cows are at least treated humanely.

There are also people who will eat meat e.g. Mutton, but will not eat lamb because they feel every animal ought to have a joy of life period, however short. But for me, China heads my list of cruelty. They have “dog-stealers” which hunt dogs – pets, strays alike and put them in tiny cages until their horrible deaths.

Agree with you re. USA and death penalty and I definitely don’t agree with it. But, in terms of physical cruelty there is no comparison….and they can speak for themselves and/or via their lawyers.

We ought to get back to tennis – but this discussion arose because “big” tennis players play in China and could use their status to improve animal conditions by speaking out against it e.g. Nole and Andy who both love their dogs.

Willow Says:

If i thought long and hard about everything i ate, and how it was killed i think id become a vegetarian ….

J-Kath Says:


And dogs in China?….I’ve a feeling you might think twice.

Willow Says:

J-Kath im very particular about what i eat, and especially the way its reared, and no way would i ever condone cruelty to animals especially dogs, and i definetly would be a vegetarian in China if i ever went there, i used to have a dog, and she was the cutest dog, it broke my heart to the very core when she died, my lovely Goldie :(( ….

J-Kath Says:

Sounds more like you, Willow….it’s the cruelty that appals me, rather than what people decide to eat. Anything that could stop it is what I want e.g. Nole, Andy and of course Rafa speaking out against it would be a start.

AndyMira Says:

I once saw a documentary that was shown a monkey was put under the table..a special table that has a hole in the middle and it fit monkey’s head perfectly..and then they cut/smash monkey’s head,just so they could slurp monkey’s brain with a straw/spoon..and they eat monkey’s brain while the monkey was still screaming!And i of coz didn’t saw this docu with my eyes open entirely..just between a peek a boo under the blanket..

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