Monday, July 21, 2008

Double Speed

Well, I guess we all know where I'm going to start, because Federer was in action yesterday. He and Stan Wawrinka look like they're getting their groove on with the doubles - they made pretty light work of Julien Benneteau and Frederic Niemeyer. That said, Benneteau and Niemeyer aren't exactly the Bryans... but this is Roger and Stan's first team win! Obviously it is cause for bigtime celebration!
It will be interesting to see how they go against a 'proper' doubles team - they meet Paes and Dlouhy in the next round. But I have faith in the Rog/Stan combo. They will be AWESOME!
Oh yeah. Roddick and Fish won too. Against Clement and Llodra. I think Clement and Llodra are awesome, so I was sad.
I don't know if you'd call Clement and Llodra a specialist doubles team, as they both have pretty successful singles careers, but they've won a Slam and they're pretty decent. And Roddick and Fish beat them in straight sets. Would the realm of doubles be a lot different if the top guys played more often? I'm not sure if singles success always translates onto the doubles court - I mean, tennis is tennis, but there are different skills involved. Like sharing. And knowing when to let something go for your partner. The really good doubles teams you see develop a sort of psychic connection. That's part of why the Bryans are so good - quite apart from being twins, they have played together so long that they know exactly what the other one is doing.
But I like doubles, even if I don't usually give it the kudos it deserves. I saw the men's doubles final at the Medibank International in Sydney, where Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated the Bryans - henceforth known as BryanBryan, because that is what the umpire called them.It was a great match - went the whole distance in the match tiebreak. I probably have a post about it somewhere back in January - but knowing me, I probably focused on the singles match... not least because Tursunov won. But the doubles was awesome fun. There's something about it that's not quite as serious as singles. I know I'm always like, 'yeah, tennis is great because it's so gladiatorial, ra ra ra, mental struggle, one on one, no one to blame but yourself, etc etc' but doubles isn't like that. It's a little more light hearted. I mean, sure, when it's a Slam final and you have the Bryans against Bhupathi and Knowles or something, it's serious then, but on the whole, you just get the feeling the guys are having a total blast.
Which is why it's so much fun when the top guys play. Seven of the top ten are playing this week - one team which I thought was interesting which I didn't talk about yesterday was David Ferrer and Jarkko Nieminen. I'm not quite sure WHY they're playing together - it can't be for Olympic reasons, why with the one being Spanish and the other Finnish - but I think it will be a really fun team nonetheless. It's always interesting to see who plays together... because you'd want to play with your mates, wouldn't you? And it's interesting to see who's friends with who.
And, oh yeah, there were some singles matches yesterday too. I picked a few... which apparently places me 9439th in the bracket challenge. So looks like I'm not going to be doing too well... again. But it might pick up. Gasquet won - I predicted he would lose, but that's a good sign for Richou. I also picked Benneteau over Gonzalez... yeah, I don't know what I was thinking either. And then Dancevic had to go and beat Ancic... I thought Super Mario would win that easy, but I suppose Dancevic has home town advantage, for what that's worth. And Ginepri beat Mathieu, and Mahut beat Tipsarevic, and Acasuso beat Gulbis... but Kiefer won! And Wawrinka! And Youzhny! I got those ones right!
Yeah, so I suck at the bracket challenge. So sue me.
Today's Results
Rogers Cup (Toronto)
Stanislas Wawrinka def. Simone Bolelli, 6-4 7-6 (7-4)
Richard Gasquet def. Michael Llodra, 6-2 4-6 6-3
Tommy Robredo def. Frederic Niemeyer, 7-6 (7-4) 6-1
Fernando Gonzalez def. Julien Benneteau, 6-2 6-1
Mikhail Youzhny def. Andreas Seppi, 7-6 (7-1) 6-2
Nicolas Kiefer def. Mardy Fish, 7-5 7-6 (7-4)
Robby Ginepri def. Paul-Henri Mathieu, 6-3 4-6 6-4
Nicolas Mahut def. Janko Tipsarevic, 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-2
Frank Dancevic def. Mario Ancic, 6-3 6-4
Jose Acasuso def. Ernests Gulbis, 6-7 (1-7) 6-3 7-5
East West Bank Classic (Los Angeles)
Sybille Bammer def. Ahsha Rolle, 6-0 6-4
Chan Yung-Jan def. Aravane Rezai, 6-1 6-4
Tamira Paszek def. Aiko Nakamura, 6-4 6-2
Olga Savchuk def. Gisela Dulko, 6-4 6-3
Jill Craybas def. Anne Keothavong, 6-3 6-2
Olga Govortsova def. Darya Kustova, 6-3 6-4
Marta Domachowska def. Coco Vandeweghe, 6-3 6-3
Petra Kvitova def. Alisa Kleybanova, 6-4 1-6 7-5
Banka Koper Slovenia Open (Portoroz)
Caroline Wozniacki def. Andreja Klepac, 7-5 6-0
Anabel Medina Garrigues def. Ekaterina Makarova, 6-1 6-3
Katie O'Brien def. Tsvetana Pironkova, 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 6-2
Klara Zakopalova def. Carla Suárez Navarro, 6-4 6-4
Vera Dushevina def. Virginia Ruano Pascual, 6-3 6-3
Julia Vakulenko def. Polona Hercog, 5-7 6-4 6-4
Petra Martic def. Angelique Kerber, 7-5 6-2
Bethanie Mattek def. Abigail Spears (USA) 62 64


gauloises said...

I just found this blog, I've been reading the whole archive and I love it. Please keep writing - I've finally found someone who seems as obsessive about tennis as I am (and I say this as someone who stayed up till god knows when last night watching Dancevic beat Ancic ...)

Jodi said...

Am glad you're enjoying it! And no fear - I'm not stopping any time soon!