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ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

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ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:28 am

And now something you've all been waiting for eagerly, the ATP 250 events week!

Forget about Roger and his 300 weeks as a number one, I invite you to join me in the less flashy and media visited room, where the rest of the best usually play and show off their skill without being dwarfed by the top 4 players.

For where else could you see Benoit Paire or Michail Youzhny walk proudly onto the tennis court announced as finalists....

Now that you are all fully persuaded, let me introduce the three tournaments, all indoors, all in beautiful European locations:

ERSTE BANK OPEN (what an unimaginative name for a tournament!) played in Vienna
Indoor , hard.

Once upon a time, Novak Djokovic won one of his first trophies here, erste Bank being one of his very few sponsors. How things have changed.....

The 28 field very strong, still: Del Potro, Tipsarevic, Haas, Melzer, Fognini, Haase, Paire love , Gulbis, GG Lopez, Young

The Draw:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2012/337/mds.pdf
Order Of Play (updated daily):
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2012/337/op.pdf

STOKHOLM OPEN
indoor, hard

Another good bunch of players: Tsonga, Berdych, Almagro, F. Mayer, Lopez, Youzhny,Baghdatis, Monfils, Strakhovski, Anderson, Hewitt, Goffin, Baker, Nieminen

The Draw:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2012/429/mds.pdf
Order Of Play (updated daily)
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2012/429/op.pdf

KREMLIN CUP, Moscow
Indoor, hard (mixed tournament)

Dolgopolov, Troicki, Davydenko, Seppi, Bellucci, Rosol The Great, Istomin, Berlocq, Ito

The Draw:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2012/438/mds.pdf
Order Of Play (updated daily)
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2012/438/op.pdf

Quite a few players from these three draws will be fighting for the remaining few spots in the last 8 (10) at the WTF .

Let the party begin, dance away guys, choose your step and partner carefully musicalnote

Vienna: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlDSFBFtEWc
Stokholm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85yMOPKR94M
Moscow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFucbIpEFoM&feature=related

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:35 pm

I cannot believe it. I CANNOT BELIEVE IT!!!!

Lorenzi, yes LO-REN-ZI, beat Paire in the first round today

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:41 pm

Exciting news from the 250 local little choo-choo:

Davy's out of Kremlin Cup , lost to Bogomolov.....
Melzer's out of Vienna Open, blame it on Muller
Young managed to beat Fognini!
Rosol The Great taught Istomin a lesson!


Tomorrow's matches of mild interest:
Gulbis/Daverman vs Tipsarevic (Vienna)
Strakhovski vs F. Lopez (Stokholm)
Dolgopolov vs Vasselin (Moscow)

Now I've done my update so you are not kept in darkness and am off to sofa to watch High Society video I got from a charity shop for 30p yeasterday

P.S.

for those who are desperate for a tennis fix, Davernman - Gulbis just starting....

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:43 pm

Starkhovski beats Lopez in Stokholm today
Tipsarevic playing Gulbis at the moment, get to see Ernest while you can!

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:40 pm

Update time!

Another unexciting day has passed on the 250 event week, we are all waiting for the less familiar names to disappear from the order of play,
well it's Friday tomorrow, so it's about time they did .

Before we look at the juicy match-ups of tomorrow:

In Moscow: Dolgopolov managed to lose to Vasselin in the third set tie-break. Karlovic (bt Bogomolov who beat Davydenko yesterday) Bellucci, Janowicz and Seppi through.

IN Stokholm: Tsonga, Strakhovski, Baghdatis (bt Falla) and Berdych through.

IN Vienna: Tipsarevic beat Gulbis in straight sets, Hass records his 500th tour win.

Tomorrow:

Rosol plays Jaziri
Vasselin Karlovic
Hewitt-Almagro (who is keen to book his place in WTF)
Tsonga-Strakhovski (pick of the day)
&
Youzhny-Berdych

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:04 pm

Tsonga Strakhovski just started, looking fun already, lovers of SBH game tune in !

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:29 pm

One thing's for sure: Stakh is not doping !

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:03 pm

Strakh would definitely benefit from a bit of work on his forehand....and footwork, he'd be fabulous!

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by Tenez on Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:11 pm

Yes. He is a nice player. Tsonga is all about power and his shots are not very smooth.

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:18 pm

You're right. His soft hands at the net are deceptive, but when you watch him against Strakh, you can see what clean game Strakh plays compared to Tsonga.

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:23 pm

Starkh saves 5 match points on his serve, Tsonga serving for the match.
Very nice match played in good spirit, both players happy and light-hearted on the court, lovely to see.

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:28 pm

And Tsonga wins, does his happy dance, crowd happy, too. Playing Baghdatis in the semis tomorrow.
I hope Strakh's two wins in Stokholm leave him with some change after paying for the flight and hotel and I do hope he moves up the ranking, I don't know how he ended up being 99th right now.

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by Tenez on Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:30 pm

noleisthebest wrote:You're right. His soft hands at the net are deceptive, but when you watch him against Strakh, you can see what clean game Strakh plays compared to Tsonga.

Soft hands are actually about very strong arms. Certainly helps.

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:31 pm

Berd Youzhny playing at 7 PM. Another DBH SBH duel, should be interesting how Dr Misha handles the in-form Berd.

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:36 pm

Tenez wrote:
noleisthebest wrote:You're right. His soft hands at the net are deceptive, but when you watch him against Strakh, you can see what clean game Strakh plays compared to Tsonga.

Soft hands are actually about very strong arms. Certainly helps.

He also moves well for his size. He is an interesting player with some clear, though simple strengths, yet a very fragile game. With his booming serve and forehand, he looks perfectly poised to play S&V game, but chooses to stay back on the base line.

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:52 pm

Will Youzhny's heroic efforts and excellent battling from the base-line be enough for getting him to the third set? 5 all.


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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by Larry Ellison on Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:54 pm

Yes good fight that Thumbs Up

NITB, check my recent article on the 'All Sports Forum' of OTF.

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:56 pm

will do after the match.

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:05 pm

Tie-break it is!

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:14 pm

And that's the end....Dr Misha's out

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:25 pm

So, the semi-final pairs for tomorrow are:

In Stokholm:
Berdych - Almagro
&
Tsonga - Baghdatis

In Vienna:

Del Potro - Muller
&
Tipsarevic - Zemlja

In Moscow:
Yaziri - Seppi
&
Karlovic - Bellucci

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:57 pm

Hungry for some tennis drama, I've just watched Shanghai final highlights....oooooh yess you cannot beat Djokovic matches for that!!!!!! What a sweet, sweet victory that was!
I cannot wait for Bercy

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Sat Oct 20, 2012 3:06 pm

Tsonga through to Stokholm final after Baghdatis retires being 2:5 down in the 3rd set
On course to play Berd who seems to be in a hurry to dispatch Almagro and his WTF dreams.

In Vienna, Delpo who squeezed past Muller in two tight tie-breaks, awaits winner of Tipsarevic-Zemlja who are just starting for those who are interested in watching them.

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:35 pm

Well, well, well!

Gerga Zemlja from Slovenia anyone?
those of you who wondered why he was given wild-card to Wimbledon and some more "worthy" others were not, well, the good old boys in Wimbers must have spotted the potential, for Grega beat Tipsarevic in three sets today (who was VERY motivated as he is fighting for a spot in WTF) and will be playing Delpo in his first final tomorrow.

I don't know why, but I always get extremely happy and excited when a player comes out of nowhere and makes a final like that. Just look at the field of players he left behind who all wanted to be where he is now.
Well done Grega, and be of good courage tomorrow

P.S.
IN Moscow final:
Bellucci - Seppi
(Bellucci beat Karlovic, and Seppi Jaziri)

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by Tenez on Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:09 am

noleisthebest wrote:
I don't know why, but I always get extremely happy and excited when a player comes out of nowhere and makes a final like that. Just look at the field of players he left behind who all wanted to be where he is now.
Well done Grega, and be of good courage tomorrow

Same here. I am then very curious to see his game. I kind of imagine him play something never seen before.

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by luvsports! on Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:10 am

revenge for his loss to tipsy at the US open!

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by raiders_of_the_lost_ark on Sun Oct 21, 2012 4:46 am

Tsonga-Berdy is my pick for the day. Its going to be a good match as both are playing well ( Berdych a bit better though) . Berdych absolutely nailed Almagro. Tsonga had his struggles against Baggy.

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:51 pm

Grega Delpo 5 all in the first set. Stiff DBH, nice service motion and a much better forehand.

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:55 pm

Delpo's moving between the points as if he had just finished a double marathon.

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by luvsports! on Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:15 pm

come on dp just 3 games away and come on bellucci serving for the title hold ya nerve!

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by luvsports! on Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:35 pm

bellucci you mong!

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:59 pm

Tenez wrote:
noleisthebest wrote:
I don't know why, but I always get extremely happy and excited when a player comes out of nowhere and makes a final like that. Just look at the field of players he left behind who all wanted to be where he is now.
Well done Grega, and be of good courage tomorrow

Same here. I am then very curious to see his game. I kind of imagine him play something never seen before.

Sadly, seeing Grega play Delpo I can safely conclude: we've seen it all before

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:49 pm

Berd trying to break Tsonga back and stay in the match, being a set down. Not a lot of time left.

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:52 pm

And Berd breaks back! Third set would be nice

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by noleisthebest on Sun Oct 21, 2012 4:02 pm

And Berd not only breaks back, wins his serve, he breaks again and takes the 2nd set!

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Re: ATP 250: Vienna, Stokholm, Kremlin Cup

Post by raiders_of_the_lost_ark on Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:07 pm

Berdy wins Applause . He is a good player. He knows his limits, and tries to do well with what he can.

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