Saturday, January 10, 2009

Anyone else overwhelmed with all the tennis going on ?

Too much has happened and not enough time to write... It's tough to believe that it's still the first week of the season, and already Federer and Nadal have lost twice, Djokovic crashed out of the Brisbane first round, Indian wildcard, Somdev Devvarman, ranked 202 in the world, has beaten Moya and Karlovic back-to-back in Chennai to reach the semis, Mauresmo has beaten Ana Ivanovic, Gasquet has beaten Tsonga, a feisty Cibulkova topped Safina which meant the Slovaks upset the Russians to win the Hopman Cup...

Like I said... So much has happened, not enough time to write!!

The action in D-town

* Murray does it again and again and again...

Murray recorded his 5th victory over Federer in 7 meetings and you know what?!?! Am sure he's not stopping there. The Scot, who is defending his title this week in Doha, stood his ground in a super tight breakless first set which he lost 8-6 in the tiebreak before he gained momentum and owned Federer 6-2, 6-2 in the following to sets. Federer seemed helpless towards the end as he netted an easy volley giving Murray the victory on the first match point.

* It's Andy vs. Andy in the Doha Final

Andy Roddick ousted Nadal's conqueror, Gael Monfils, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3. Something in the Middle East seems to be suiting Roddick somehow, because he is on quite a good run in ATP events in the region. Last year he won the Dubai title on his first appearance, ousting Djokovic and Nadal along the way, and now he's in the final in Doha, where he is showing up for the very first time in 5 years. Hats off to the American, he did well against the Slider-man!

* Nadal Wins Doha Doubles Title With Marc Lopez

Okay so he lost to Monfils in the quarters, which was pretty disappointing given the fact that Monfils himself lost in the next round (which is something I really hate, when someone pulls off an upset then loses right away... Can you hear me Gulbis?!?!), but Rafa did not leave Qatar without a title. The world number one teamed up with Marc Lopez for the first time to defeat 2008 ATP World Tour Champions Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8, in the final on Friday. A maiden ATP title for Lopez, and a consolation prize for Rafa... that seems fair!

Sweating It Out Down Under

Hopman Cup, Perth

*The Safins Falter as Hrbaty/Cibulkova Triumph

They maybe Safin and Safina, but their counterparts were Dominik and Dominika, who proved that neither rankings nor DNA matter when it comes to tennis. The Slovak duo upset the Russian siblings to win the Hopman Cup, Hrbaty squeezing himself past Safin 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, after Cibulkova had ousted Safina 6-7, 6-1, 6-4. Kudos to Hrbaty, who at the ranking of 250 in the world, managed to win himself a second Hopman Cup title (the first was with Hantuchova in 2005).

Brisbane Headlines

*Verdasco is in the final after demolishing Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 6-1.

* First Gasquet upset his French countryman, Tsonga, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, but then he loses to Stepanek (see hideous shirt on the right) in the semis... So it's Verdasco-Stepanek in the final everyone, not Djokovic-Tsonga like some of us had hoped. Need I discuss the shirt?!?!

* Mauresmo beat Ivanovic, only to unluckily withdraw in her following semifinal match against Marion Bartoli. It's Bartoli vs. Azarenka in the final.

Chennai Surprise

* Finally a home wildcard entry pays off...

The Indians must be proud as Devvarman, one of their very own, ranked 202 in the world, has eliminated Carlos Moya, followed by the ever-tall Ivo Karlovic, to reach the semifinals in Chennai, where he next faces, German veteran, Rainer Schuettler.

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