A couple of bizarro results at Shanghai overnight - one, Andy Roddick going out to Stan Wawrinka. I mean, sure, it was Andy Roddick going out on a retirement, but I seriously can't remember the last time Andy retired in a match. He's no Djokovic type, that's for sure, so there must be something pretty wrong with him.
He's been bitching a lot about the schedule lately (which is, in my opinion, fair enough, even though as a fan I want to see as much tennis as possible) and maybe this is part of the reason why. Nevertheless, get well soon, Andy. I want to see you at the Masters' Cup. After what you did at Wimbledon, you deserve it. And Stan, may your progression through the draw now be speedy and swift, like a knife through hot butter. With Papa Bear out looking after the kids, you're my main Swiss man. Don't let me down.
The other result which I thought was more disappointing than actually bizarre was Cilic going out to Berdych. Here, we have yet another example of what a streaky, streaky player Mighty Marin is, and it makes me sad. He should be winning these matches because, let's face it, Berdych is a headcase too. In fact, I'd venture to say that Berdych is a HUGE headcase, and Mighty Marin, despite his streakiness, has not yet reached those epic levels. So to see him go out was disappointing.
I think it was more disappointing because it was tight - three sets, 6-4 in the third - and pretty hotly contested throughout. Marin is ranked higher than Tomas for a reason, and it should be because he has the ability to tough out matches like that.
Maybe I'm being too hard on him. He had a big week last week, after all. But gosh darn it, I love that kid. And I want to see him do well.
Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 (Shanghai)
Robin Soderling def. Victor Hanescu, 6-3 6-4
Gael Monfils def. Paul-Henri Mathieu, 6-2 6-2
Tomas Berdych def. Marin Cilic, 7-6 (10-8) 3-6 6-4
Tommy Haas def. Benjamin Becker, 7-6 (7-5) 6-4
Jurgen Melzer def. Jeremy Chardy, 6-4 6-4
Lleyton Hewitt def. John Isner, 6-2 6-4
Ivan Ljubicic def. Julien Benneteau, 6-3 3-6 6-1
Nicolas Almagro def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-7 (2-7) 6-1 7-6 (8-6)
Viktor Troicki def. Juan Monaco, 6-1 6-2
Stanislas Wawrinka def. Andy Roddick, 3-4 retired
Nikolay Davydenko def. Igor Kunitsyn, 6-4 6-2
Fernando Gonzalez def. Thomaz Bellucci, 6-3 6-4
Radek Stepanek def. Andreas Beck, 7-5 6-4
Generali Ladies Linz (Linz)
Flavia Pennetta def. Meghann Shaughnessy, 6-1 6-1
Iveta Benesova def. Stephanie Gehrlein, 7-5 6-0
Julia Goerges def. Sorana Cirstea, 6-3 6-3
Lucie Safarova def. Patricia Mayr, 6-2 6-1
Sara Errani def. Arantxa Parra Santonja, 6-2 6-3
Anna-Lena Groenefeld def. Roberta Vinci, 7-5 6-1
Olga Govortsova def. Petra Martin, 6-2 6-7 (7-9) 6-2
Tatjana Malek def. Aravane Rezai, 7-5 7-5
HP Open (Osaka)
Caroline Wozniacki def. Ayumi Moritam 6-4 6-1
Marion Bartoli def. Galina Voskoboeva, 6-3 7-5
Samantha Stosur def. Alexandra Panova, 602 604
Aleksandra Wozniak def. Sophie Ferguson, 6-1 7-5
Vania King def. Julie Coin, 2-6 6-3 6-4
Jill Craybas def. Kimiko Date Krumm, 6-2 2-6 6-4
Chang Yung-Jan def. Carly Gullickson, 6-1 6-1
Akiko Morigami def. Anastasia Rodionova, 6-4 4-6 6-2
Chang Kai-Chen def. Tamarine Tanasugarn, 7-5 6-1
Kurumi Nara def. Chanelle Scheepers, 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-2
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