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Wednesday Men's Tennis Summary
Singles - Second Round: (1) J Isner def. X Malisse 7-6(7-3) 7-6(7-5)
John Isner needs a title here to do him any good, but at least he's getting in his clay practice....
Singles - Second Round: (2) G Simon def. (Q) G Dimitrov 6-3 6-3
Nothing that matters yet for Simon, naturally -- but if he can hold seed and make the final, he just might hit the Top Ten.
Singles - Second Round: (3) N Almagro def. E Roger-Vasselin 7-6(7-5) 6-4
You know the story by now: Not enough points to count for Nicolas Almagro. He needs a final to add points, a title to rise in the rankings.
Singles - Second Round: (Q) B Baker def. (4) G Monfils (WC) 6-3 7-6(7-9)
What an event for Brian Baker! Just winning one match was amazing for him, and now he has two wins here. That will increase his point total by about 20%. But Gael Monfils finds his #13 ranking in some danger.
Singles - Second Round: M Kukushkin def. (5) B Tomic 3-6 6-2 7-5
This means that all the seeds from #4 on down are out of the draw here -- plus it means that Bernard Tomic won't rise above #28.
Singles - Second Round: N Davydenko def. (7) D Istomin 6-4 1-6 6-3
Nikolay Davydenko has been slumping. Denis Istomin really doesn't like clay. No surprise that it was close to a draw.... The loss leaves Istomin still below #40, but moves Nikolay Davydenko close to a return to the Top Fifty.
Singles - Second Round: S Darcis def. F Volandri 3-6 6-2 6-4
Steve Darcis came here ranked #61 despite having very few memorable results in the last year. It looks as if he'll be going a little higher.
Singles - Second Round: (Q) T Bellucci def. (WC) J Ferrero 6-4 6-3
Juan Carlos Ferrero had a very long, late match the night before. He was surely out of gas.... He remains below the Top Forty.
Doubles - First Round: (WC) Isner/Querrey def. (2) Bopanna/Marrero 6-3 6-3
No, we haven't heard what happened to Mahesh Bhupathi. Bhupathi/Bopanna haven't had great results, but they aren't going to break up this close to the Olympics!
Doubles - First Round: Hanley/Knowle def. Butorac/Soares 3-6 6-3 11-9 (Match TB)
Doubles - Quarterfinal: (1) Bryan/Bryan def. Bracciali/J Murray 4-6 6-2 10-7 (Match TB)
Doubles - Quarterfinal: (3) Qureshi/Rojer def. Lipsky/R Ram 6-3 6-2
Day four, and still no Ivo Karlovic for Croatia. That meant that, once again, Lovro Zovko had to play singles. And that meant, once again, a loss -- although Zovko was a little more competitive this time. Philipp Kohlschreiber beat him 6-2 7-6(7-2). And that clinched the tie for Germany, since that was their second win. But they won the doubles anyway, with Kas and Petzschner beating Dodig and Zovko in a match tiebreak. Bet the Croats will be glad to get out of there....
At least we'd heard of Zovko. Serbia -- which, to be sure, had already won its tie against Russia -- dug so deep that they teamed Nenad Zimonjic with Miki Jankovic, #887 in singles. Surprise, surprise, they lost 7-5 7-6 to Dmitry Tursunov and Igor Kunitsyn.
Japan won the first match of their first tie. But they've done nothing since, and it's now over for them. Carlos Berlocq beat Go Soeda 6-3 6-4, after which Argentines Brzezicki and Jhela beat Ito and Sato in a match tiebreak.
The Czechs, meanwhile, were finishing up their demolition of the Americans as Cermak/Stepanek beat Roddick/Harrison in a match tiebreak. So the Red Group will feature the Czechs versus the Argentines in what amounts to a semifinal, while the Germans will face the Serbs. Japan and the Americans will face off for third place in their group, while the Croats will face Russia.
No new withdrawals....