Almost 7 minutes of “highlights” and I’m sure I’ve seen everything that I need to know about this match. Props to everyone who endured all 4:43. Gold star for y’all.
“This is Spartaaaa!”
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I’m sure there’s a purpose for this… drill? But Mono being tied to the fence by her father in practice is a mildly disturbing sight.
Pico hitting with his doubles partner Kei. After practice, Kei was hounded for autographs. He looked shocked but tried to sign for every single fan.
How do you feel about drawing Vika once again?
Put a shirt on, Feli. This is not a very good look for you.
You know, two good lookin’ guys just chillin’.
I know, Benny, me too. Me too.
Andy made a rare appearance at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden practice courts.
Boo? You mean, booyah! Andy Murray won another match in Monte Carlo earlier. Yeap, another, as in he also won one yesterday.
All tennis fans should be thrilled that he’s kinda not sucking anymore. But… not. Andy was booed by the Monte Carlo crowd for playing drop shots to the injured Gilles Simon during their match. Good thing Andy was like whatevs because his brain is totally capable of snapping.
“I wasn’t bothered at all. I was doing what I had to,” Murray, who a day ago was saying how the Monte Carlo Country Club was one of the best venues in the world, told reporters. (via)
Gilles also thought Andy did the right thing.
Simon backed his opponent saying : “You play to win.”
Boo to you, MC crowd. I still want to go to there though.
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I try not to get too (drunkenly) attached to matches because they usually end up in heartbreaks and me cursing the sport for life. But I couldn’t help it last night, can we ever help it? Thankfully, it didn’t end up in heartbreaks (unless your name is Janko Tipsarevic) but I still cursed the sport for a little bit.
It all started with Fernando Verdasco and Janko Tipsarevic‘s match. Janko was rolling through the first two sets and Fer couldn’t be bothered to be competitive. Ugh. But he then somehow stole that third set which led to this. The fourth set came along and it looked like Janko was going to win it. After all that hard work and vamos-ing, this? Vamos-ing from Fer, me and other friends in their couches. Boo. Janko served for the match twice and held match points but somehow couldn’t convert. That one forehand passing shot winner from Fer- it’s somehow etched in my brain that he hit it from way up in the air- which saved a match point was the death of Janko’s tennis brain. They played a breaker to decide the fourth and Janko won no points. Neither did he win a single game in the fifth set. A total collapse from him but way to stay in the match for Fer.
ESPN2 forced me to watch Venus Williams and Sandra Zahlavova. I’d comment on the shrieking but I have no right. I’d comment on the outfit but I feel bad now. Vee pulled a muscle (psoas?) mid way through the first set tiebreak and lost that breaker. She had to limp off the court afterwards to get it treated and taped. It was kind of a long delay which gave Zahlavovaaaaah a lot to think about. Will her opponent retire? Can she even move? I’m sure Zahlavovaaaaah didn’t get the memo that Vee has never retired in a Grand Slam match before. Vee came back to play on, of course, and it looked like Zahlavovaaaaah didn’t know what hit her in that second set. A bagel is what I saw. The third set was competitive again with Vee just edging it out on one champion’s leg late in the set.
Despite winning in straight sets, my girl was in a lot of trouble in her match against Virginie Razzano. I was a lot of beers in while watching this so I think that made it seem a little bit more dramatic than it actually was. Top that with nerves and anxiety and suddenly the earth is shaking. I checked the news this morning and no earthquake hit Los Angeles around midnight. Anyway! As Maria Sharapova does, she somehow dug herself out of a 0-3, 0-40 hole early in the first set. She had two chances to serve out the first, one with a 40-15 lead but failed. Thankfully, she won the breaker and eventually the match.
Notable Day 3 results:
Roger Federer  def Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3
Fernando Verdasco  def Janko Tipsarevic 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(0), 6-0
Novak Djokovic  def Ivan Dodig 7-5, 6-7(8), 6-0, 6-2
Tommy Robredo def Mardy Fish  1-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
Robin Haase def Juan Monaco  6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Viktor Troicki  def Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
Venus Williams  def Sandra Zahlavova 6-7(6), 6-0, 6-4
Maria Sharapova  def Virginie Razzano 7-6(3), 6-3
Francesca Schiavone  def Rebecca Marino 6-3, 5-7, 9-7
Vesna Manasieva def Marion Bartoli  3-6, 6-3, 6-0
Anastasija Sevastova def Yanina Wickmayer  6-4, 6-2
Complete Day 3 results here.
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A lot of exciting matches on tap for Day 3. And by exciting I mean there will be a lot of pretty people, sweaty pretty people. There are also your usual suspects; Roger Federer, Justine Henin, Andy Roddick, Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic are all scheduled to play.
So, anyway, about the pretty. In these two matches, they’ll come from both sides of the net.
- Janko Tipsarevic vs Fernando Verdasco 
- Robin Haase vs Juan Monaco 
And then the rest of them. Some are pretty hot others are just pretty hot messes *cough*BZS & Stan*cough*.
- Jelena Dokic vs Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
BZS is so painfully entertaining to watch. Let’s see how she’ll handle the Aussie crowd who’ll be behind Jelena.
- Gilles Simon vs Roger Federer 
Roger has never beaten Gilles in two tries. That will most likely change today. Come on, Gilles, channel your inner 2008.
- Caroline Wozniacki  vs Vania King
Get it, Long Beach.
- Virginie Razzano vs Maria Sharapova 
Get it, Manhattan Beach.
- Rebecca Marino vs Francesca Schiavone 
Very interested to see how Rebecca will handle an injured Franny. She can pull the upset if plays like how she did in that US Open first set against Vee.
- Stanislas Wawrinka  vs Grigor Dimitrov
Show him the door, Kid. Can you also somehow take your shirt off in the process?
- Anne Keothavong vs Andrea Petkovic 
I just wanted to say, AKO vs Petko.
- Viktor Troicki  vs Nicolas Mahut
One of the few times where I’ll root for the other guy. But I wish you both a good match. Butreallygovik.
Complete Day 3 schedule here.
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Juan Ignacio Chela defeated Pablo Andujar, 7-5,6-1, in the finals of the BCR Open Romania in Bucharest. This is JI’s second title this year and the 6th of his career. All of his titles are on clay.
Alla Kudryavtseva defeated Elena Vesnina, 6-4, 6-4, in the finals of the Tashkent Open in Uzbekistan. It’s been a great two weeks for Alla- she was runner-up in Guangzhou the week prior to this tournament. Good to see since she hasn’t done anything after that Wimbledon incident. This is Alla’s first WTA Tour title.
Alisa Kleybanova defeated Klara Zakapalova, 6-1, 6-3, in the finals of the Hansol Korea Open in Seoul. This is her second career title, both coming this year.
New dad, Gilles Simon, defeated Mischa Zverev, 6-3, 6-2, in the finals of Open de Moselle in Metz, France. This is his first title of the year and 7th of his career.