Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Monaco Upsets Haas in Madrid



A week after losing to Tommy Haas in straight sets in Stockholm, Juan Monaco exacted revenge and ousted the No. 11 seed 6-4, 7-5 at the Mutua Madrileña Masters Madrid. Haas had break advantages in both sets before the Argentine fought back to secure the victory. He'll play the winner of Nicolás Almagro and Fernando González , on the schedule for tomorrow.

Top seed Roger Federer showed little rust in his defeat of American Robby Ginepri 7-6(2), 6-4. It was the world No. 1's first tour match since winning the US Open. He played in the Davis Cup World Group qualifying tie against the Czech Republic last month.

Kremlin Cup champion Nikolay Davydenko pulled out of the event today before his first scheduled match tomorrow with an elbow injury. His title in Moscow secured his place at the Masters Cup in Shanghai, so he will likely rest up for his title defense at Bercy in a few weeks. He was replaced in the draw by lucky loser Oscar Hernandez of Spain.

13 comments:

oddman said...

Go, go, Monaco! Like this kid. He's got some great shots. Talented, hope he can get a little more consistent.
Speaking of Argentines, what has happened to Coria? Does anyone know? I miss him.

Craig Hickman said...

Dropped off the planet, oddman.
Last I heard, someone stole broke into his house and stole lots of cash.

Savannah said...

Coria is playing a Challenger in Brazil next week. Well he is right now anyway.

Craig Hickman said...

I hope he found his serve, Savannah. Any serve will do, actually.

oddman said...

Well, thanks, that's nice to hear that he is trying to play again. A talented young man as well. I always marvelled at him, such a small player, but didn't let his size be a hindrance.

Craig Hickman said...

Can't say I ever warmed to Coria, oddman. Yes, he was a great claycourt player. But besides being prone to choking away big matches (see Roland Garros final 2004; Rome final 2005), his personality always rubbed me the wrong way.

oddman said...

Ooh, yeah, he sure blew that RG final to Gaudio. Very sad, that one. But I kinda like that difficult personality of his. Each to their own. If we all thought exactly the same, wouldn't this blog be some dull reading.
So, finally get to see Rafa playing today, or at least hear about it. Yippee! Been a long long wait. Vamos!

Craig Hickman said...

oddman, we tend to have lots of fun you know where? (wink)

oddman said...

Yep. (nudge nudge wink wink grin)

Stop it now, or Karen will descend on us both, lol!

rabbit said...

That was some fine hitting from Federer yesterday against Ginepri. Good to see him back in his fluent mood (I think, for the first time after his US Open match against Roddick)!

Karen said...

Hey guys. Good to see the gang back here again together. You can tell when everyone drops in to sit back, have a cold one, and start chatting that the boys are back in town and playing away. I am home on vacation so getting my fill of all the matches on TTC. There is one fellow who does commentary who is of the view that every player should come in to the net. To listen to him there should be no base line rallies and after you serve you should just run to net to put away volleys. Obviously he never heard the words, opportunity, approach shots and the most important, hey there is another guy at the other side of the net who is preventing you from coming into the net. But hey to each his own. Good to see the Yummy Prince Fed back on the court. I was actually having withdrawal symptoms. As far as I saw he did not play very well against Robbie, but played well when he had to, i.e. tie-break and crucial break in the second set. Someone wrote that Roger never seems to exert himself and most of his matches are won either in tie breaks or one set breaks. I started thinking that they may very well be true. Robbie played very well, Roger just played the big points better. Not sure I want to see Yummy and Canas tomorrow, but I will watch through my fingers and if he wins then I will ensure that I see the repeat match in the night. Craig, I will find out what you and Oddman have been up to. Savannah will tell me for sure. As to Coria, I have always liked him. Thought he was quite fiery and was quite disappointed when he lost to Gaston. I think after that loss it just affected his confidence and that was it for him. As a matter of fact he was the first male player that I really liked to watch play before Yummy. If he comes back on the scene, I will probably start cheering for him instead of Yummy (yes I am that fickle). As to the Ana comment, she is the next Golden Girl - she can do no wrong.

rabbit said...

Actually, I just watched the youtube highlights of Federer's match and I think that gave me the wrong impression. Now, I watched a recording of the whole match, and I agree Roger didn't really play that well. Hope he can exact his revenge tomorrow.

Craig Hickman said...

rabbit,

gotta be careful with those youtube highlights. I left your comment alone because I didn't see the fine hitting you referred to. That said, I don't think he was all that rusty either. Ginepri has a game much like Canas and enjoys playing Raja. At the top of his game, he's taken a set from him, so, it was actually a tougher match for the top seed than it might have appeared. Robby's biggest problem, and why Raja knew he didn't have to break a sweat, is that Robby has no will. so when the score gets tight, he folds.

I think it was the perfect match for Raja in preparation for Canas and I think he'll be in full Ninja mode (as Savannah would say) and take this one.

(But, no, Karen, I'll be rooting for Canas.)