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Singles - Final: (WC) T Haas def. (2) R Federer 7-6(7-5) 6-4
There really must be something odd about the grass here. It was Germans everywhere. Tommy Haas had been surprised by his result the day before. He must have been really surprised this time (afterward, he called it "an amazing feeling"). But he really did play well.
It is his first title since -- Halle 2009. The one before that was all the way back at Memphis 2007. Guess we know what his new favorite tournament is! Or, maybe, what every German's favorite tournament is, since Germans have won it in three of the last four years (Haas in 2009 and 2012, Kohlschreiber in 2011). Haas increases his point total by more than a third, and should rise from #87 to right around #50. Pretty good for a guy who was #112 going into Roland Garros.
Roger Federer now has seven Halle finals, and he had the chance here to set the record for titles. But he hasn't actually won the event since 2008. Maybe he's getting frustrated.... He remains #3, of course, but this may make it a little harder to move up later this year. And he still has "only" four titles this year.
Doubles - Final: (1) Qureshi/Rojer def. Huey/Lipsky 6-3 6-4
Qureshi/Rojer were one of those teams that took a long time to get all the bugs out. Despite being together all year, and being seeded fairly high at most of their events, they came here ranked a mere #9 in the Race, and with no finals in the first four months of the year. But now, suddenly, they seem to have gotten on track. They have two titles, on two different surfaces, in less than two months: Estoril on clay plus now Halle on grass. They're still only #8 in the Race, but suddenly it looks as if they have a fairly decent future ahead of them.
Singles - Final: (6) M Cilic def. (10) D Nalbandian 6-7(3-7) 4-3, defaulted
This takes the cake. David Nalbandian was leading. He had a chance to earn a Wimbledon seed if he won this. And he managed to get himself defaulted? (After being broken, he kicked one of the advertisements, and it hit a linesman. Give Nalbandian this much credit: He called it the "worst moment of [his] career.")
It appears Nalbandian will stay stuck at #37, so the last Wimbledon seeds will go to Mikhail Youzhny and Julien Benneteau. Andy Roddick is the #1 alternate, with Viktor Troicki #2. Marin Cilic we show at #21 -- plus he picks up his first title since St. Petersburg 2011, before his physical problems began.
And he gets a nice seeding boost. The strange effects of calendar shift may affect the way the seeding formula is implemented, but our rough cut puts Cilic at #17. Of course, the difference between #17 and #21 is nothing -- but it means he needs only one withdrawal to earn a significant boost. Our best guess as to the seeds is as follows:
9. Del Potro
Doubles - Final: (1) Mirnyi/Nestor def. (2) Bryan/Bryan 6-3 6-4
Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor seem to be sending the Bryans a bit of a message. That's two weeks in a row Mirnyi/Nestor have beaten the Bryans in a final. It's true that the Bryans won the meeting before that, in Monte Carlo, but Mirnyi/Nestor are cementing their lead in the Race. Of course, the Bryans get to play as a team in the Olympics and Mirnyi and Nestor will be stuck with much weaker partners....
Singles - First Round: G Muller def. (5) S Giraldo 7-6(7-5) 6-7(4-7) 6-3
Gilles Muller is close to the top fifty, and of course he has That Serve, so this isn't really a big surprise. Muller never so much as faced a break point.
Singles - First Round: (WC) I Sijsling def. (6) J Nieminen 6-2 6-4
After clawing his way back into the Top Fifty earlier this year, Jarkko Nieminen really seems to have run out of gas or something.
Doubles - First Round: (WC) Brunstrom/Marx def. Dodig/Melo 6-6(7-9) 6-3 10-8 (Match TB)