Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Endangered Species

Aiyaiyai, Monte Carlo. We had some ker-RAZY results there overnight. Sure, the big boys got through all right - Djokovic and Murray came through in pretty convincing straights - but the rung below that? Yeesh. Berdych? Gone. Monfils? Gone. Simon? Gone.
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What is up with that?
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But there were even more shocking results than that - yes, even more shocking than Gilles Simon being beaten by Andreas Beck, who I recall having seen play and liked before - but still, qualifier. There were two that I would NOT have picked - whoever wins the bracket challenge this tournament is clearly psychic. Tommy Robredo, who has been playing so well and whom I have tipped to go deep at the French, lost to Juan Monaco, with whom I have not been impressed in the past. Sure, he's a claycourter, but Robredo is a pocket dynamo! This is not a good result at all.
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But even more shocking, the player who has regularly been #3 in the claycourt season over the past couple of years behind Rafa and Roger, the Prince of Clay himself, Nicolas Almagro, lost to Albert Montanes. It was a third set breaker, but THAT IS NO EXCUSE! I have high expectations of Almagro and this was just not cool. Montanes is a wily veteran, but Almagro is genuinely up there with the best in the world on the red stuff. This wasn't good enough.
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Maybe I'm expecting too much. The season has only just started and maybe the players need some time to get their eye in or whatever. But... ugh, please. Seeded players are becoming an endangered species in Monte Carlo. It's starting to look like a WTA tournament.
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Though it will be interesting to see what some of these lower-ranked guys can do... (Kudos to Marat Safin, incidentally. Always keen to see him through!)
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Today's Results
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Monte Carlo Rolex Masters (Monte Carlo)
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Novak Djokovic def. Oscar Hernandez, 6-1 6-2
Andy Murray def. Victor Hanescu, 6-3 6-2
Andreas Beck def. Gilles Simon, 7-5 6-1
Juan Monaco def. Tommy Robredo, 6-2 6-4
Janko Tipsarevic def. Gael Monfils, 6-3 6-1
David Nalbandian def. Paul-Henri Mathieu, 6-4 3-6 6-3
Albert Montanes def. Nicolas Almagro, 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 7-6 (7-5)
Fabio Fognini def. Tomas Berdych 1-6 6-3 6-3
Jean-Rene Lisnard def. Christophe Rochus, 6-2 6-2
Martin Vassallo Arguello def. Igor Andreev, 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2
David Ferrer def. Feliciano Lopez, 6-2 6-3
Ivo Karlovic def. Florent Serra, 6-4 6-4
Marat Safin def. Lleyton Hewitt, 6-4 7-5
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Family Circle Cup (Charleston)
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Vera Zvonareva def. Rossana de los Ríos, 6-3 6-2
Marion Bartoli def. Anastasija Sevastova, 6-1 6-3
Dominika Cibulkova def. Tamira Paszek, 6-4 6-0
Aleksandra Wozniak def. Abigail Spears, 6-3 4-6 6-0
Bethanie Mattek-Sands def. Mariana Duque Marino, 7-6 (7-3) 7-5
Shenay Perry def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 7-5 6-1
Sabine Lisicki def. Marie-Ève Pelletier, 7-5 6-4
Elena Vesnina def. Evgeniya Rodina, 6-0 6-2
Alla Kudryavtseva def. Angela Haynes, 6-4 5-7 6-0
Akgul Amanmuradova def. Alexandra Stevenson, 6-2 6-4
Sania Mirza def. Sesil Karatantcheva, 6-4 6-4
Viktoriya Kutuzova def. Mariya Koryttseva, 6-1 6-1
Stéphanie Dubois def. Katie O'Brien, 4-6 6-2 6-1
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Barcelona Ladies' Open (Barcelona)
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Masa Zec Peskiric def. Kaia Kanepi, 3-6 6-2 6-4
Carla Suárez Navarro def. Estrella Cabeza Candela, 6-2 6-0
Maria Kirilenko def. Camille Pin, 6-2 6-0
Anastasiya Yakimova def. Sorana Cirstea, 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-5)
Francesca Schiavone def. Lourdes Domínguez Lino, 7-6 (7-4) 6-4
María José Martínez Sánchez def. Kirsten Flipkens, 6-2 6-2
Nicole Vaidisova def. Yevgenia Savranska, 6-2 6-4
Severine Brémond def. Anna-Lena Groenefeld, 7-6 (7-4) 6-2
Tatjana Malek def. Nuria Llagostera Vives, 6-3 3-6 6-1
Emilie Loit def. Mervana Jugic-Salkic, 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-2

1 comment:

TopSpin said...

Gilles Simon had quite a serious case of the sniffles - so credit to him for playing really.

Monfils was a disappointment I heard (didn't get to see the match), some people went as far as to suggest he tanked the match - not quite sure what happened there..,