Really, any chance to post my favourite picture of Kolya. Any chance whatsoever.
 R Nadal (ESP) d F Lopez (ESP) 61 30 ret. (right ankle)
 N Davydenko (RUS) d  N Djokovic (SRB) 46 64 76(1)
Really, any chance to post my favourite picture of Kolya. Any chance whatsoever.
So... that work thing happened. And now I am determined to at least get a results post out. It's not gonna be much, but I submit it humbly for your consumption, dear reader.
Two more retirements in Shanghai. Seriously, this is getting ridiculous.
First, quality guy Ivan Ljubicic beats Nando. Huh? Hardly anyone loses to Ljubicic anymore.
Marat plays Petzschner in Bangkok today. Petz beat him in the first round last year. That's really all you need to know.
Over in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Open kicks off with a solid lineup. And Kolya's short shorts.
There've already been some nice wins by Taylor Dent and Marcos in the first round. Unfortunately the "curiously pretty" factor took a hit as FeLo was upset today by Vassallo Arguello.
More tennis, less birds, honey.
Pic from HCFoo.
Be sure to check out his site this week (if you don't already do so) as he covers the KL tournament. He's got some great exclusive stuff so far.
Man, you become a Davis Cup hero and all of a sudden it's shits and giggles all the time.
Fernando's the man this week, as he's scheduled to play singles and doubles. And with the way his teammates have been playing lately, don't be surprised if he does have to suit up on Sunday. He'll kick things off against Beck tomorrow and possibly play Techno on Sunday.
Not a great day for the warm-up tourney breakouts. S'hitogenbosch winner Tammy went out to a qualifier, Birmingham winner Rybarikova goes out in straights, and Eastbourne semifinalist CanWoz goes out in three, though to be fair to her she had a tough first round draw against Tranny.
Ladies Singles - First Round
(2) Serena Williams (USA) d. (Q) Neuza Silva (POR) 61 75
(4) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 64 61
(8) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Severine Brémond Beltrame (FRA) 62 ret. (left knee injury)
(10) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Anastasiya Yakimova (BLR) 61 61
(12) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) 60 60
(14) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Julie Coin (FRA) 64 36 63
(16) Zheng Jie (CHN) d. Kristina Barrois (GER) 76(2) 76(4)
Ai Sugiyama (JPN) d. (21) Patty Schnyder (SUI) 64 64
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (23) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 46 64 64
(24) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (Q) Viktoriya Kutuzova (UKR) 75 64
(26) Virginie Razzano (FRA) d Tamira Paszek (AUT) 60 31 ret. (low back injury)
(27) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. (Q) Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) 62 75
(28) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. Edina Gallovits (ROU) 75 61
(31) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Petra Cetkovska (CZE) 62 62
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (WC) Laura Robson (GBR) 36 64 62
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 61 61
Gisela Dulko (ARG) d. Stéphanie Foretz (FRA) 63 75
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 62 62
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 63 62
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 62 76(3)
Jarmila Groth (AUS) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 63 36 63
Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. Masa Zec Peskiric (SLO) 63 63
Ioana Raluca Olaru (ROU) d. Nathalie Dechy (FRA) 16 76(0) 62
Sania Mirza (IND) d. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 62 26 62
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) d (WC) Melanie South (GBR) 75 76(5)
Jill Craybas (USA) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 64 75
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. (Q) Vesna Manasieva (RUS) 61 46 86
(Q) Regina Kulikova (RUS) d. Karolina Sprem (CRO) 46 75 63
(Q) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d. Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 64 64
(WC) Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) d. (Q) Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 62 75
Suspended due to darkness
(7) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) is tied with (WC) Georgie Stoop (GBR) 76(0) 46
Vera Dushevina (RUS) leads (22) Alizé Cornet (FRA) 36 60 42
Doubles - First Round
Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) d. (Q) Fedak/Jugic-Salkic (UKR/BIH) 64 63
Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. Bammer/Glatch (AUT/USA)
62 26 75
Sad. FeLo looks great in his Joma kit.
Gentlemen's Singles - First Round
 R Federer (SUI) d Lu, Yen-Hsun (TPE) 75 63 62
 N Djokovic (SRB) d J Benneteau (FRA) 67(8) 76(1) 62 64
 F Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] J Ward (GBR) 61 63 64
 J Tsonga (FRA) d A Golubev (KAZ) 63 57 76(4) 76(5)
 M Cilic (CRO) d A Martin (ESP) 63 64 64
 R Soderling (SWE) d G Muller (LUX) 67(4) 75 61 62
 T Robredo (ESP) d [Q] L Gregorc (SLO) 76(4) 64 57 76(3)
A Seppi (ITA) d  J Blake (USA) 75 64 76(5)
 R Schuettler (GER) d [Q] X Malisse (BEL) 67(9) 64 76(3) 61
[LL] K Beck (SVK) d  F Lopez (ESP) 16 75 63 46 10-8
 I Karlovic (CRO) d [Q] L Lacko (SVK) 63 76(4) 63
 P Kohlschreiber (GER) d F Serra (FRA) 76(3) 61 64
 M Fish (USA) d S Roitman (ARG) 63 62 41 ret.
 I Andreev (RUS) d E Korolev (RUS) 46 76(2) 64 76(4)
 A Montanes (ESP) d [Q] G Zemlja (SLO) 64 64 64
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d A Calleri (ARG) 62 63 62
I Minar (CZE) d M Gonzalez (ARG) 64 36 75 60
M Gicquel (FRA) d [Q] A Mannarino (FRA) 62 62 64
N Almagro (ESP) d J Monaco (ARG) 67(3) 67(7) 76(5) 64 86
D Sela (ISR) d [Q] S Gonzalez (MEX) 64 46 76(2) 63
V Spadea (USA) d P Capdeville (CHI) 60 64 75
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d J Hernych (CZE) 64 64 76(4)
M Granollers (ESP) d A Beck (GER) 62 64 67(4) 62
S Bolelli (ITA) d D Koellerer (AUT) 67(3) 26 75 64 64
G Canas (ARG) d D Junqueira (ARG) 61 62 62
S Koubek (AUT) d [Q] E Roger-Vasselin 75 63 46 36 63
K Vliegen (BEL) d [WC] N Mahut (FRA) 63 76(6) 57 57 64
S Darcis (BEL) d F Dancevic (CAN) 64 76(4) 63
S Querrey (USA) d *[LL] D Udomchoke (THA) 63 64 64
 T Haas (GER) vs [Q] A Peya (AUT) 67(5) 76 (0) 63 44 - to resume Tuesday
M Llodra (FRA) vs [WC] J Goodall (GBR) 46 76(5) - to resume Tuesday
*[LL] D Udomchoke (THA) replaced I Ljubicic (CRO) - ankle
Doubles - First Round
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d F Fognini (ITA) / P Starace (ITA) 61 64 57 64
 J Coetzee (RSA) / J Kerr (AUS) d D Ferrer (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) 61 62 75
I really kind of meant it in a "lookit all those straight set wins" kind of way, but then I found this...
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FeLo and Fernando on some Tonight Show clone on Monday night. Unintelligible (to me) adorableness ensues!
Loved the awesome teamwork during air hockey. They immediately had a strategy and everything.
Thanks to rafadoc for posting this over at TW.
In a nutshell the video is by a satirical show on Spanish TV that sent a "reporter" to ambush the Armada at the Madrid airport on their way to Argentina. He interviews each of the players by rambling on about Rafa for most of the interview and then give each player three gifts for good luck: (1) a picture of Saint Rafa, (2) a newborn's wrist band so that they don't get lost, and (3) New York Magazine with Rafa on the cover to read on the plane.
And yes, I think I just fell in love with Daveed even more. He was so quick to laugh and go with the joke. And he really is a good looking dude when he's not dripping in sweat and walking like a turtle on the court.
Also, much love for FeLo, who offers to hold the dude's microphone so that he can properly tie the bracelet on.
Well, holy crap. They did it, they actually did it. Against all odds when pretty much everyone was writing them off, they pulled it out. It wasn't pretty and Lady Luck was on their side, but you know what they say, you make your own luck.
Who would have thought that the heroes of the team that would bring home Spain's first Davis Cup won on foreign soil would be FeLo and Nando? The boys better known for the their looks and their black books (and more than occasional HoYay) sealed this one up for Spain. FeLo with his gutsy win over Elf on Friday, both of them for their doubles win yesterday, and Nando, whose win today avoided a deciding tie between FeLo and Nalby. And let's face it, Nalby would have taken that one.
But boy, it wasn't easy. Because of Elf's leg injury, Mancini subbed in Acasuso and Emilio responded by tapping Nando over Farquaad. I was streaming the match from my hotel room and at the airport and I was one tense mothercrapper. Fer came out of the gate firing on all cylinders and clearly overmatched a very nervous Chucho, taking the first set 64. But then the serving yips (one of the few things he has in common with his girlfriend) hit him and the second and third sets were just ugly. Fer and Chucho broke each other back and forth, and just when one seemed to have the momentum they would go on stretches of gutless play. It really was infuriating.
But Nando righted the ship in the fourth, and as I predicted, Chucho just didn't have anything left in the tank. They guy hadn't played a match in weeks and he was clearly not match fit. By the time the fourth set was over, Chucho was on the Argentine bench begging his abs rubbed down for something, and he was barely there in the deciding fifth set. Nando would eventually win 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Get ready, Ana. You better start stretching now. Daddy's coming home and he had a pretty big day.
Not enough can be said about the fantastic job Emilio did with this team, especially in contrast with Argentina's Mancini. People will always second guess Argentina's choice of surface (indoor over clay). The supposed infighting within the team, with reports of Fatty being pissed at Elf for going to Shanghai instead of focusing on Davis Cup, allegedly coming to blows with Calleri after their doubles loss, and blowing off the post match presser and getting fined. All this should have been nipped in the bud early. I feel bad for Mancini. He got dealt a shitty hand with the injuries and what not. But a huge part of being a good captain is managing your personnel. I get that Fat Dave wanted this more than anyone, but dude, it's a team competition and you have to be a good teammate. So immature. I hope you enjoy your Twinkies. Just remember, they're food, not feelings.
In contrast, Emilio, much like Patrick McEnroe last year, built a team that put country first. They were true teammates. They liked each other (some might say they *more* than like each other). It was a smart move from him to tell Rafa to stay home. Genius to tap FeLo over Fer in the second rubber against Elf. Nando and Fer clearly took their doubles roles seriously, as they had been entering tournaments all year to hone their teamwork. And then, tapping Nando to face Chucho instead of the slumping Ferrer. So smart.
Unfortunately Emilio announced that he'll be stepping down as Captain after this. So no more hottie McHottie pics of Emilio. Sad face.
This is a hard one for Argentina and their fans to swallow. They came in as such presumptive favorites. But really, their chances pretty much went out the window the minute Elf pulled up lame on Friday. I think the assumption has always been that Spain would taket he doubles tie but Argentina would dominate in singles. So without Elf, it was an uphill battle. I really really really thought they were going to pull it out though. I didn't think Nando had the balls to gut it out against Chooch.
How can you not love Davis Cup? Wheel that big ass trophy out and men transform right before your eyes. Rankings and reputation go out the window. The boys just whip em out and measure.
And today was all about FeLo and Tabasco. Sure, they got a little headcasey in the third set, blowing a 5-1 lead and having to gut out a tiebreaker to take the set. But in the end they got it done, beating Nalby and the useless Calleri 5-7 7-5 7-6 (7-5) 6-3. They're now one win away from clinching the DC. You have to believe this is huge for the Rafa-less Armada. FeLo and Tabasco in particular, given that no one really takes them seriously for their tennis during the year and they are obviously always in Rafa's shadow. A win here would clearly make them national heroes
And how about FeLo? The Pretty One has clearly emerged as the leader of the Armada in Rafa's absence. If he can beat Nalby tomorrow they're going to be erecting beautiful statues of him all over Spain. Then again, knowing his luck, Farquaad will win his rubber first, rending FeLo's rubber meaningless. I don't think FeLo would mind though.
The draw took place this morning. Nalby and Daveed will kick things off in the first match on Friday.
So no Granola and Spains hopes rest on the beautiful shoulders of FeLo. Yeah, if I were Ana, I'd stay home too.
But they sure are pretty.
Videos of the Spanish Armada prepping for the DC Final:
I'm such a sucker for men who wear scarves. I don't know what it is.