Well, Arnaud Clement, who somehow accidentally became my pick for the final due to Stan withdrawing and me not realising, has lost. Surprise, surprise. So looks like I won't be winning the bracket challenge this time. I'm still doing pretty well, though - 139th out of 11,000 odd. Go me.
Of course, the boy Arnaud lost to is one of my favourite Stars of the Future, Ernests Gulbis. I was flying my Cilic flag all last week, but Ernests is getting raised up the Stars flagpole this week, I think. It was a tight match - third set tiebreaker - but Clement is a wily old fox and I'm very proud of Ernests for winning. Even if my bracket is now dead in the water.
Ernests will meet the winner of the Blake/Simon match... which has been played, and is Blake. So the Simon Streak (tm) has faded away a bit. That should be an interesting match... actually, didn't Gulbis beat Blake at the French Open? That's over five sets, which makes it a bit different, but if the kid can do it once...
Another player who has been impressive lately is Mr Maria Kirilenko, Igor Andreev. He beat John Isner today - and with the Isner serve, that's not exactly a cakewalk. Andreev has made, what, two finals in the recent future? My bracket has him reaching the semis, and though I got the other half of the draw wrong - Wawrinka/Cilic, which somehow became Clement/Cilic without me noticing - I could get this one right, because I picked Federer/Andreev, and that's a real possibility. Igor will play the winner of Davydenko/Moya, which you'd probably guess would be Davydenko... but Kolya hasn't been that great lately. If Carlos can't take him, I bet Igor will.
Meanwhile, Dmitry Tursunov just put a major beatdown on Richard Gasquet. The first set was tight - a breaker, in fact - but the second set was a bagel blowout. I guess Richou will have to go back to whimpering under the bed... for the duration of the whole Olympics, because he's too cool to go.
And what is with Gael Monfils retiring? Does he ever play even half of the tournaments he enters? Blink and you miss him, but not because he loses - because he freaking retires. I hate that. Do you know how many times Roger Federer has retired in his career on the ATP circuit? Zero. Not once. That is because he is an EXCELLENT SPORT.
Speaking of people that retire all the time, Djokovic won his match in two breakers. Ugh.
Western and Southern Financial Group Masters (Cincinatti)
Igor Andreev def. Radek Stepanek, 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-3)
Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Woong-Sun Jun, 6-2 6-2
Novak Djokovic def. Simone Bolelli, 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-2)
Nicolas Lapentti def. David Ferrer, 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3
James Blake def. Gilles Simon, 6-4 6-3
Andy Murray def. Sam Querrey, 7-6 (7-3) 6-1
Ernests Gulbis def. Arnaud Clement, 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-5)
Tommy Haas def. Gael Monfils, 5-1 retired
Andreas Seppi def. Tomas Berdych, 5-7 7-5 7-5
Igor Andreev def. John Isner, 3-6 7-6 (10-8) 7-5
Dmitry Tursunov def. Richard Gasquet, 7-6 (10-8) 6-0
Fernando Verdasco def. Chris Guccione, 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4)
Rogers Cup (Montreal)
Ana Ivanovic def. Petra Kvitova, 6-3 4-6 6-3
Anna Chakvetadze def. Jill Craybas, 6-2 7-5
Dinara Safina def. Anastasia Rodionova, 6-2 6-4
Patty Schnyder def. Monica Niculescu, 6-1 7-5
Marion Bartoli def. Alisa Kleybanova, walkover
Victoria Azarenka def. Sybille Bammer, 6-2 6-2
Nadia Petrova def. Tamarine Tanasugarn, 6-3 6-2
Stéphanie Dubois def. Maria Kirilenko, 6-2 2-6 7-6 (7-4)
Michelle Larcher de Brito def. Flavia Pennetta, 6-3 0-6 6-3
Ai Sugiyama def. Shahar Peer, 6-2 6-2
Tamira Paszek def. Melinda Czink, 6-4 7-5
Nordea Nordic Light Open (Stockholm)
Agnieszka Radwanska def. Mariya Koryttseva, 6-1 6-1
Vera Dushevina def. Agnes Szavay, 6-4 7-6 (8-6)
Katarina Srebotnik def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-3 6-4
Sania Mirza def. Emilie Loit, 6-3 6-2