Monday, April 13, 2009

Face Of The Day

Kristof Vliegen of Belgium hits a return to Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia during their first round match in the Monte Carlo Masters tennis tournament in Monaco April 13, 2009.
Reuters

Kristof Vliegen of Belgium hits a return to Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia during their first round match in the Monte Carlo Masters tennis tournament in Monaco April 13, 2009.

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RESULTS

Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters
Singles - First Round
[14] M Cilic (CRO) d [Q] F Cipolla (ITA) 63 62
[Q] N Lapentti (ECU) d [15] R Stepanek (CZE) 63 16 63
[Q] O Hernandez (ESP) d J Benneteau (FRA) 64 64
J Chela (ARG) d I Kunitsyn (RUS) 64 26 75
V Hanescu (ROU) d [Q] A Martin (ESP) 62 63
A Seppi (ITA) d J Melzer (AUT) 62 60
M Granollers (ESP) d J Acasuso (ARG) 76(4) 76(2)
J Monaco (ARG) d J Chardy (FRA) 62 75
M Gicquel (FRA) d E Schwank (ARG) 36 61 76(2)
[Q] A Beck (GER) d N Kiefer (GER) 16 76(1) 64
[WC] I Ljubicic (CRO) d [Q] K Vliegen (BEL) 64 67(5) 64

Doubles - First Round
A Montanes (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) d T Berdych (CZE) / F Cermak (CZE) 64 75
F Lopez (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d I Andreev (RUS) / M Safin (RUS) 76(3) 64
G Monfils (FRA) / S Wawrinka (SUI) d [WC] G Couillard (MON) / J Lisnard (MON) 75 63
N Djokovic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) d M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) 61 64

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Family Circle Cup
Singles - First Round
(10) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (WC) Anastasia Pivovarova (RUS) 60 62
(11) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Anne Kremer (GER) 64 60
(13) Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. (WC) Mallory Cecil (USA) 61 62
Vania King (USA) d. (14) Olga Govortsova (BLR) 67(3) 76(5) 63
Tamira Paszek (AUT) d. Julia Schruff (GER) 75 62
Patricia Mayr (AUT) d. Yan Zi (CHN) 62 62
Melinda Czink (HUN) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 62 64
Rossana de los Rios (PAR) d. Carly Gullickson (USA) 61 64
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 61 63
Julie Ditty (USA) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 61 61
Anastasia Rodionova (RUS) d. (Q) Madison Brengle (USA) 62 76(4)
(Q) Lenka Wienerova (SVK) d. Alexa Glatch (USA) 64 75
(Q) Melanie Oudin (USA) d. Olga Savchuk (UKR) 64 60
(Q) Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) d. Marta Domachowska (POL) 61 16 64

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Barcelona Ladies Open
Singles - First Round
Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) d. (1) Alize Cornet (FRA) 60 63
(2/WC) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 63 63
(7) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Mathilde Johansson (FRA) 26 75 63
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 61 36 60
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 61 76(7)
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 64 76(7)

Doubles - First Round
(1) Llagostera Vives/Martinez Sanchez (ESP/ESP) d. Dominguez Lino/Parra Santonja (ESP/ESP) 61 46 10-7
Cirstea/Klepac (ROU/SLO) d. (2) Groenefeld/Senoglu (GER/TUR) 26 64 10-4

12 comments:

Pamela said...

Kristof slamming his racquet down three times and breaking it in half was the highlight of the little tennis I saw today.

Marissa said...

I was able to catch a little of that match, wasn't Vliegen up a break or two in the third? Or was it the second? Either way, I just know from what I did see, he should've finished the match off.....can't stand Ljube head.

Craig Hickman said...

Vliegen lost the last 5 games of the match.

It was a total meltdown.

Marissa said...

Craig, lack of conditioning or did the moment get to him?

Craig Hickman said...

Marissa, it was a gargantuan choke.

Karen said...

I loved how Vliegen crushed that racquet. Man, that made Federer's racquet smashing look like nothing. That racquet broke. At the end he was left holding the base of the racquet in his hand. It was very Marat-like. It was good to see the other players enjoying the matches as well. They looked so relaxed out there. I like Liubijic (sp?). Think he looks like a really nice guy.

Craig Hickman said...

Karen, Federer smashed is racquet with one hit.

It took Vliegen several hits to crack his. I know it's clay and all that, but a person who can smash their racquet on any surface with one swing is strong with rage.

Marissa said...

Karen, Ljubicic may be a nice guy but I'll never forget what he said about Rafa after losing to him at RG a few years ago.

Pamela said...

Kristof gets two thumbs up for actually breaking the racquet in half. I mean, he had it in two pieces - one in each hand.

Fed, while admirable use of force - only one thumb up.

Karen said...

You guys are hilarious. Which of us here do not have rage pent up inside of us. I know that I have smashed racquets on occassion especially when you are feeling frustrated. Goes with the territory completely

oddman said...

I have no use for Ljubehead. None at all. Dissing Rafa, dissing Andy Roddick years ago - I'm quite happy when he gets beat by anyone. He may seem nice, but I've seen the cranky pissy side of him too, and it ain't pretty.

Graf_sampras said...

Ljubicic is one whom i used to call "Roger's Musketeers"...

or ljubicic is the ever-loyal D'Artagnan....

protective of his "lord and master" ("roger federer...my friend"..."the only reason rafael wins is because he is a leftie"..)

ljubicic is one of those very uninteresting, stolid players who "came into his own" as world number 4 or something years ago -- and declared HIMSELF "i am the second best player in the world behind roger federer"....


due to a DEARTH of real top ten quality players ...and he's on the same company as the likes of Davedenko, youzhny, blake.......


bench warmers as top ten -- i call them.