Tennis News Wire -
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Singles - Semifinal: B Paire def. (1) P Andujar 6-3 1-6 6-3
Pablo Andujar has been playing non-stop for weeks. We have to think this result is more a comment on how tired he is than on how well Benoit Paire is playing. But it is a real blow to Andujar's Roland Garros seeding hopes; he will stay stuck around #36. For Paire, the result represents his first ATP final.
Singles - Semifinal: (2) A Seppi def. (4) D Nalbandian 2-6 6-2 7-5
David Nalbandian really does seem to be losing something. He will remain below #45. And below Andreas Seppi. We show Seppi up to probably #37. Winning the title would take him high enough that a Roland Garros seed becomes fairly likely.
Doubles - Semifinal: Emmrich/Siljestrom def. (2) Lipsky/R Ram 6-2 6-4
Doubles - Semifinal: (3) Erlich/A Ram def. Andujar/Garcia-Lopez 6-3 3-6 10-8 (Match TB)
Singles - Semifinal: (1) J del Potro def. (3) S Wawrinka 7-6(7-2) 6-4
This definitely gets the award for the week's most predictable event -- top four seeds in the semifinals, now the top two in the final. Juan Martin del Potro, if we did everything right, is back to #11; Stanislas Wawrinka falls just short of the Top Twenty.
Singles - Semifinal: (2) R Gasquet def. (4) A Ramos 2-6 7-6(7-1) 7-5
Albert Ramos will have to settle for being just above #40. Still, he's hitting career highs almost weekly....
Doubles - Semifinal: (4) Knowle/Marrero def. Elgin/Istomin 7-6(7-4) 5-7 10-6 (Match TB)
Singles - Semifinal: (4) P Kohlschreiber def. (2) F Lopez 6-2 6-7(4-7) 6-4
In one sense, Munich is fine preparation for Madrid: It is the "other" clay event played at a high elevation, so players have a chance to adjust to the lower air pressure. But who wants to get too tired there? Obviously, Germans have the most motivation.... Philipp Kohlschreiber is up to around #26; his Roland Garros seed now looks just about sure. He leaves Feliciano Lopez at #16.
Singles - Semifinal: (3) M Cilic def. (WC) T Haas 6-3 6-4
Not even German-ness could help Tommy Haas against a resurgent Marin Cilic. It's just possible that a title would put Cilic back in the Top Twenty.
Doubles - Semifinal: Malisse/Norman def. Brown/Waske 6-4 3-6 10-7 (Match TB)