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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:06 pm

Well, all good things come to an end: summer, sunshine and my holiday I marked with not doing anything about last week's tournaments in Metz and St Petersburg. 
Not that anyone noticed....Blush 

Still, worthy winners in both tournaments have to be mentioned: Simon in Mezt, beating Tsonga in two sets, and Gulbis, the champagne boy dispatching GG Lopez in St Petersburg.

As for the Asian swing, I have never been fond it much, tennis and that part of the world just don't go together for me for some reason. 
Good job noone's asking me, hey? Winking 

So, here we "go" again...

ATP 250 MALAYSIAN OPEN, Kuala Lumpur, indoor hard

The ATP World Tour’s Asian swing begins in Southeast Asia at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, welcoming the best men's tennis players. The ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament, officially launched by Malaysian Prime Minister Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak in 2009, is held indoors at the 7,000-seat Putra Stadium.

Players: 
Ferrer, Wawrinka, Almagro, Melzer, Benneteau, Tursunov, Pospisil, Davydenko, Bahgdatis, Mannarino, R.Harrison
Draw:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2013/6003/mds.pdf
Order of Play:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2013/6003/op.pdf


ATP THAILAND OPEN, Bangkok, indoor hard

First held in 2003, the Thailand Open is one of two (Kuala Lumpur) ATP World Tour events in Southeast Asia. It attracts some of the biggest names and rewards attacking players. A number of past and present Top 10 players have won the Bangkok title, including two-time champion Roger Federer, James Blake, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon, Andy Murray and, most recently, Richard Gasquet.

Players:
Berdych, Gasquet, Raonic, Simon, Youzhny, F.Lopez, Nieminen, Rosol,Karlovic, Tomic, Istomin (and I think Paire took WC, allez!)
Draw:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2013/1720/mds.pdf
Order of Play:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2013/1720/op.pdf



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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeMIzUJSpsA


And a bit of "asian" tennis nostalgia....(didn't Lendl have a beast of a BH!!!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajg4tkJtG6k

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Post by noleisthebest on Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:46 am

For those with withdrawal symptoms, some watchable matches today (only just):

Davydenko-Cuevas
Hanescu-Pospisil
Sijsling-Nieminen (for the sake of Sijsling's SBH if nothing else....)

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Post by noleisthebest on Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:35 am

Day two and a few more matches on offer. With the weather all drizzly and foggy, watching a bit of ATP 250 does not look such a grey prospect!

Mannarino-Almagro, match of the day (1.30 AM UK time Sad )
Benneteau-Przysizany (could be interesting to check out the "new" Pole, looks like they are having a generation of players coming out)
Karlovic-Tomic (Go Ivo!)
Rosol-Kubot (would be interesting to see who and especially how they manage to impose their game on each other, both being quite similar in their mindset).

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Post by noleisthebest on Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:09 pm

It's finally dawned on me that Asia is 7 hours ahead not behind like the US which means matches are quite watchable in terms of time.
Maybe...

So, tomorrow:
Wawrinka-Baghdatis
Simon-Tomic
Youzhny-Istomin
Gasquet-Lacko

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Post by noleisthebest on Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:38 pm

Some decent matches tomorrow:

Youzhny - Gasquet
Benneteau-Mannarino
Wawrinka-Tursunov


btw, Simon bt Tomic in straight sets yesterday 

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Post by noleisthebest on Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:44 pm

Some good SF matches tomorrow:

In Bangkok, at 7 AM UK time:
Berdych-Simon
nb 9 AM
Gasquet-Raonic

In Kuala Lumpur 9.15 UK time
Sousa (who beat Ferrere in straight sets)-Melzer
11.30
Benneteau-Wawrinka

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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:05 am

Gasquet just won the first set, Raonic looking more 1D than ever!

Switching over to Benneteau - Wawrinka, where Benneteau is also a set up.

A-LLEEEEEZ!diva 

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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:20 am

And Benneteau knocks out Stan in straights!
Stan subdued and unable to play aggressively as usual, a lot of FH errors.
Julien plays for his first title tomorrow against a surprise finalist Sousa, should be interesting.

In the earlier semi, Berdych beat Simon in 3 tight sets and waiting for probably Gasquet in the final tomorrow.

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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:12 pm

Raonic and Gasquet still going neck and neck in the 3rd set.
After holding his serve with an ace previously saving a BP also witha 2nd serve ace, Robbie Koening coins another one: Doing it big, Canadian large in charge! Laugh 

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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:21 pm

And in the end, Raonic wins.... Sad
So, it will be one of those unwatcable match-ups tomorrow:
Berdych-Raonic...

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:04 am

Benneteau-Sousa started. Sousa sucha basher....
Benneteau in his 8th final, Sousa 1st.

Allez Julien, grab that first title!!!diva

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Sep 29, 2013 12:03 pm

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Wah Wah Wah Wah Wah Wah Wah 

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Sep 29, 2013 2:09 pm

Well, I "enjoyed" that match very much, but so sad for Benneteau.
He had a MP on Sousa's serve in the 2nd set and a few more break chances in the 3rd.
Some of them he couldn't do much about due to Sousa's bashed FH, some he squandered at the net.
In the end, the nerves got to him and he started playing safely, Sousa sensed it and loosened up, turning the match around and winning his 1st title in his 1st final.

Benneteau misses his 9th chance to do so, he fought so hard in the 3rd set...Cry brokenheart 
10th time lucky, Ben diva

And, yes, Raonic beat Berdych in straight sets, don't know how, as he was pathetic against Gasquet and managed to squeeze out of that one somehow.

Should be good for his confidence as that's the key for his tennis (read: serve)

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Post by Tenez on Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:13 pm

Shame for Benetteau....but good news for Raonic.....we desperately need new blood....even if not fan of any.

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