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No Nastia, No Cry

29 May

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova took out the highest remaining seed in the 4th Round with #3 Vera Zvonarena going down shakily. Luckily neither woman cried on the court, but the headline refers to some singing Anastasia did earlier in the week:

Going in to the Women’s Round of 16 today, it may surprise you to know that 12 of the top 16 seeds were still alive. It certainly has felt like there have been far more upsets on the women’s side because of who, how, and when they went down. #1 Caroline Wozniacki succumbed quite meekly to #28 Daniela Hantuchova 6-1 6-3 in the 3rd round. #2 Kim Clijsters gave up a 6-3 5-2 lead and match points to lose to a lowly ranked young Dutch girl named Arantxa Rus in the 2nd Round. #8 Sam Stosur, who perhaps was gisela dulko french open win over stosurthe biggest first-week upset considering her results at Roland Garros the last two years, looked just a bit flat against an inspired Gisela Dulko who after her victory waved a towel with a message for her newborn niece and nephew. So with all the talk of upsets, the only other unseeded player in the 4th Round besides Dulko is the 33rd-ranked Ekaterina Makarova who just barely missed being seeded.

My point, and I am pretty sure that I have one, is that despite the draw being turned upside down by the big upsets and even more so by the big no-shows, the women’s draw is still chock full of legitimate contenders. There are a mix of veterans like Daniela, Frankie, Sveta, and Jelena as well as rising stars like Anastasia, Andrea, Petra, and Vika. Many expected Kim or Caroline to cruise through an easy draw to win their first French title, but if we learned anything from last year’s final it is to Expect the Unexpected. 

Oh yeah, and Nothing Is Impossible.

Nothing is Impossible

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Novak Djokovic is Everywhere

25 Mar

Novak Djokovic is in the midst of a 20-game winning streak, but some of his finest work in recent days have been with his losing efforts. After beating Rafa in the Indian Wells final, the two friendly rivals hopped on a plane to Bogota to put on a fun show for the Colombian fans who got the chance to witness a 76 63 Nadal victory. The crowd really enjoyed their playful antics including the dance performances that we showed you earlier in the week.

On Wednesday night, Novak helped organize a charity soccer match between the ATP stars and NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers to raise funds and awareness of the relief efforts in Japan. The exhibition soccer match ended in a 5-2 Striker victory with Novak blaming their loss on bad defense. The goals for the tennis stars were scored by Marcos Baghdatis and Andy Murray. The large crowd helped raise money for the Red Cross relief efforts in Japan, and there are plans for future soccer exhibitions with the ATP players. If interested in donating to the Red Cross, you can go to the Facebook page of Kei Nishikori who happened to beat Jeremy Chardy in his 1st round match in Miami. You can also see highlights from the exhibition including game analysis by Captain Djokovic toward the end of the following video:

Where else is Novak Djokovic? Playing tennis on the wings of a plane! We gave you a sneak peek of the new Head commercial showing Nole having a hit in midair. Here is the final cut which premiered this week:

From all reports I hear, that was 100% real with no trick photography. See what Nole had to say right after getting his feet back on firm soil:

Novak has been a busy man, and he is looking to continue his undefeated season in an attempt to win his second Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. And as rumored, Novak will be playing doubles with another rival and buddy Andy Murray. The hottest player on tour will take on Denis Istomin in singles tonight, while he and Andy will take on Stakhovsky and Youzhny in their first doubles match tomorrow.

It’s good to see Novak Djokovic everywhere you look these days. Well, as long as Papa Djokovic stops wearing those hideous shirts.

Roddick Match Point Video: Now With Bald Spot and Slo-Mo

21 Feb

Maybe a bald Andy Roddick will be able to win another Grand Slam, it sure did work for Andre Agassi after all. I also posted this update so you could watch Roddick’s reaction to the win. I love how he interacted with the crowd after the match, and you can see him say ‘best match point ever’ over and over. Then he asks the crowd if Milos was close to getting the ball since he was too busy tumbling to see if he won the point. It really was a kick to see the old vet savor this hard-fought victory, which was made all that much sweeter by the way he finished things off.

The Wacky Week That Was: Robredo Got Bitchy, Must-See Trick Shot, & Hometown Heroes

8 Feb

Tommy Winning Again!

Despite a dip in the rankings in 2010, Tommy Robredo is already back on familiar ground in 2011 with yet another Grand Slam 4th Round result and an under-the-radar tournament win. Steady Tommy claimed his 10th title in Santiago after a clearly nervous Santiago Giraldo failed to hold serve to win his first ATP Tour title. Ivan Dodig and Kevin Anderson were able to hold their (s/n)erve to win their first titles last week, but one big difference was that they were both pitted against players who happened to be going for their first titles as well. Robredo used his experience and patience to let Giraldo crumble under the pressure. The WTA players often get too much flack for choking, but plenty of men fall victim to nerves as well.

Um, his name is Fabio

Similarly, there was more cattiness going on during Tommy Robredo’s semifinal match against Fabio Fognini than any WTA match I have seen since the Justine hand incident of 2003. Fabio seemed to be rattled by Tommy Robredo who was fist-pumping and screaming a bit more than usual, often after errors from his opponent. Fabio had some choice words for Tommy during the changeover and started to let his emotions show during the match more and more. Despite the win, Tommy refused to shake Fognini’s hand and both the Italian player and the Chilean crowd were not so pleased with his behavior. Take a look below, but what you will not see in the video is the crowd heckling Tommy so much that he walked off before finishing his post-match interview.

Guess who Tommy Robredo will be playing in the first round in Brazil tomorrow?  Yup, Fabio Fognini!  And the match is getting the night session treatment despite the many Brazilian players in the draw. South American fans love their drama, and I would recommend you find a live feed of this telenovela!

In other must-see video news, take a look at Filip Polasek in Zagreb last week as he takes on the Croatian team of Marin Cilic and Goran Ivanisevic.  And yes Goran played some doubles last week, but Filip Polasek is the man who stole the show.

I usually get tennis withdrawal the week after a Grand Slam, but this week was chock full of excitement.  Kim Clijsters brought her Australian Open trophy to show off to the Belgian crowd during Fed Cup action.  The Russian team came from 2 rubbers down to beat the French with Sharapova being pulled to put in Pavlyuchenkova. Nicolas Mahut won another Challenger and moved himself back inside the Top 100, so you probably won’t hear us whine about him deserving a Wild Card to the Grand Slams anymore.

Lots of great stories last week, and it was especially gratifying to see Ivan Dodig and Kevin Anderson win their first titles at home in Zagreb and Johannesburg.  Congrats to Ivan and Kevin!

Ivan Dodig

Kevin Anderson