Thursday, June 11, 2009

Big Fish

So Novak Djokovic is having to save five match points againt Florent Serra these days, eh? He better hope he played himself into form in that saving, because that would have been a bad loss - worse than to Kohlschreiber at Roland Garros, I think. At least Kohlschreiber is a genuine underachiever who coulda bin somebody. Serra is pretty much a journeyman. That would have been a big, big badness for Novak.
Not that I would have minded that much, obviously, but it might impact on the competition for Wimbledon, and I love tennis. So yeah, you better hope, Novak. You better hope.
The other member of the Fantastic Four in action today was Andy Murray, and it looks like he had a whale of a time beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Remember how he was pretty much a standard top ten player until he had that big win over Gasquet at Wimbledon last year and suddenly found himself in the upper echelons? It'll be interesting to see how he does at the Big W this year, mark my words.
Someone it will not be interesting to watch is Gilles Simon. Seriously, how is he still in the top ten? He has done big fat nothing this year, and that big fat nothing is continuing. It was a fluke, yeah? him having that great run last year? I'm sure he's a nice guy and all, but he just seems out of his depth with the fish he's swimming with at the moment...
...but on a gladder note, glasses should be raised to Andreas Beck - great work Andreas, coming through the Halle draw very nicely right now - and Juan Carlos Ferrero. JC seems to be having his best year in ages so far, what with winning that title and now doing pretty well at Queen's - nice one!
Today's Results
Gerry Weber Open (Halle)
Novak Djokovic def. Florent Serra, 5-7 7-5 6-1
Jurgen Melzer def. Nicolas Kiefer, 6-1 retired
Andreas Beck def. Lukas Lacko, 7-5 7-6 (7-5)
Olivier Rochus def. Philipp Petzschner, 5-7 7-5 6-2
AEGON Championships (Queen's Club)
Andy Murray def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 6-4 6-4
Andy Roddick def. Lleyton Hewitt, 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-4)
Mikhail Youzhny def. Gilles Simon, 6-1 2-6 6-2
James Blake def. Sam Querrey, 6-4 4-6 6-3
Mardy Fish def. Feliciano Lopez, 6-1 6-4
Ivo Karlovic def. Nicolas Mahut, 6-3 6-4
Juan Carlos Ferrero def. Xavier Malisse, 6-4 7-6 (7-4)
AEGON Classic (Birmingham)
Maria Sharapova def. Alexa Glatch, 6-3 6-4
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova def. Elena Baltacha, 6-7 (1-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-3)
Francesca Schiavone def. Mariya Koryttseva, 6-1 6-1
Yanina Wickmayer def. Michaella Krajicek, 6-2 6-4
Li Na def. Jarmila Groth, 6-4 2-6 6-1
Roberta Vinci def. Lilia Osterloh, 6-4 6-2
Zheng Jie def. Melanie South, 6-3 6-1
Melinda Czink def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 6-2 6-3
Ursula Radwanska def. Petra Cetkovska, 6-3 7-5
Julia Goerges def. Sara Errani, 6-4 5-7 7-5
Magdalena Rybarikova def. Chanelle Scheepers, 6-7 (8-10) 6-1 6-3
Aravane Rezai def. Alla Kudryavtseva, 7-6 (14-12) 3-6 6-2
Stefanie Voegele def. Naomi Cavaday, 6-4 6-2
Yanina Wickmayer def. Roberta Vinci, 6-1 6-4
Maria Sharapova def. Francesca Schiavone, 6-1 6-3
Sania Mirza def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-2
Urszula Radwanska def. Julia Goerges, 7-6 (7-3) 6-3
Melinda Czink def. Aleksandra Wozniak, 6-7 (7-9) 7-5 7-5
Li Na def. Aravane Rezai, 7-5 6-4
Magdalena Rybarikova def. Zheng Jie, 7-6 (12-10) 6-4

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