Moselle Open (Metz, France) – Monfils Edges Mahut To Reach QFs

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER, 2012

Singles – Second Round
[2] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d B Paire (FRA) 62 16 61
I Karlovic (CRO) d [3] M Granollers (ESP) 76(3) 22 ret. (intercostal muscle)
[5] A Seppi (ITA) d [Q] V Millot (FRA) 62 61
[7] G Monfils (FRA) d N Mahut (FRA) 76(4) 75
[8] [WC] N Davydenko (RUS) d G Muller (LUX) 75 64
J Levine (USA) d [LL] M Berrer (GER) 64 36 60

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[2] N Mahut (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d D Brands (GER) / J Levine (USA) 36 63 10-7
X Malisse (BEL) / A Waske (GER) d N Monroe (USA) / S Stadler (GER) 60 63

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SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER, 2012

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[5] A Seppi (ITA) vs [4] F Mayer (GER)
Not Before 4:00 PM
[7] G Monfils (FRA) vs [2] P Kohlschreiber (GER)
Not Before 6:00 PM
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) vs J Levine (USA)
I Karlovic (CRO) vs [8] [WC] N Davydenko (RUS)
X Malisse (BEL) / A Waske (GER) vs [4] J Brunstrom (SWE) / F Nielsen (DEN)

Tournament Information
ATP World Tour 250 €398,250 (€450,000 Total Financial Commitment)
Metz, France (+2 hours GMT)
17-23 September, 2012 Surface: Hard

ON-SITE CONTACT NUMBERS
+33 (0)9 75 12 24 36 Media Desk
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Moselle Open (Metz, France) – Tsonga Opens Title Defence

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER, 2012

Singles – Second Round
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) d [Q] C Reix (FRA) 63 63
[4] F Mayer (GER) d J Blake (USA) 67(4) 63 64

Singles – First Round
[5] A Seppi (ITA) d I Dodig (CRO) 67(7) 63 64
J Levine (USA) d C Stebe (GER) 63 62
[LL] M Berrer (GER) d J Hajek (CZE) 64 20 ret. (right wrist)
G Muller (LUX) d [WC] P Mathieu (FRA) 76(5) 64
N Mahut (FRA) d [LL] D Brands (GER) 76(8) 76(4)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[3] D Brown (GER) / C Kas (GER) d E Butorac (USA) / J Peers (AUS) 76(5) 64

Doubles – First Round
N Monroe (USA) / S Stadler (GER) d [1] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) 64 64
[4] J Brunstrom (SWE) / F Nielsen (DEN) d M Berrer (GER) / J Erlich (ISR) 64 36 10-3
[WC] V Millot (FRA) / G Monfils (FRA) d R Klaasen (RSA) / D Norman (BEL) 64 76(4)

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SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER, 2012

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[3] M Granollers (ESP) vs I Karlovic (CRO)
J Levine (USA) vs [LL] M Berrer (GER)
[5] A Seppi (ITA) vs [Q] V Millot (FRA) – Possible Court Change
Not Before 4:00 PM
G Muller (LUX) vs [8] [WC] N Davydenko (RUS)
Not Before 6:00 PM
B Paire (FRA) vs [2] P Kohlschreiber (GER)

COURT 1 not before 6:00 PM
N Monroe (USA) / S Stadler (GER) vs X Malisse (BEL) / A Waske (GER)
D Brands (GER) / J Levine (USA) vs [2] N Mahut (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) – TBA – After Suitable rest
Tournament Information
ATP World Tour 250 €398,250 (€450,000 Total Financial Commitment)
Metz, France  (+2 hours GMT)
17-23 September, 2012     Surface: Hard


ON-SITE CONTACT NUMBERS

+33 (0)9 75 12 24 36    Media Desk
+33 (0)9 75 12 24 37    ATP PR & Marketing – Nanette Duxin

Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2010 Results and Schedule

Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2010

ATP WORLD TOUR 250 $850,000 ($947,750 Total Financial Commitment)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (+7 hours GMT)
27 September – 3 October, 2010 Surface: Indoor Hard www.ATPWorldTour.com

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER, 2010

Singles – Second Round
[Q] I Andreev (RUS) d [2] N Davydenko (RUS) 76(5) 57 63
[4] M Youzhny (RUS) d A Dolgopolov (UKR) 61 57 75
[6] M Baghdatis (CYP) d S Giraldo (COL) 75 75
[Q] M Raonic (CAN) d [7] S Stakhovsky (UKR) 67(8) 76(9) 63

Singles – First Round
[5] D Ferrer (ESP) d [WC] B Tomic (AUS) 63 64
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [Q] F Cermak (CZE) 60 64
D Istomin (UZB) d M Ilhan (TUR) 26 63 64

Doubles – First Round
[1] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d F Moser (GER) / D Skoch (CZE) 61 64
[3] M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) d [WC] Y Bhambri (IND) / K Nishikori (JPN) walkover

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER, 2010

CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
[1] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / S Lipsky (USA)
K Anderson (RSA) vs [8] A Golubev (KAZ)
Not Before 3:30 PM
[3] T Berdych (CZE) vs D Istomin (UZB)
Not Before 6:15 PM
[1] R Soderling (SWE) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
[WC] Y Bhambri (IND) vs [5] D Ferrer (ESP)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
S Huss (AUS) / R Hutchins (GBR) vs [2] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK)
[3] M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR) / M Youzhny (RUS)
A Golubev (KAZ) / D Istomin (UZB) vs [4] E Butorac (USA) / J Rojer (AHO) – After Suitable Rest

Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2010 Tuesday’s Results

Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2010

ATP WORLD TOUR 250 $850,000 ($947,750 Total Financial Commitment)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (+7 hours GMT)
27 September – 3 October, 2010 Surface: Indoor Hard www.ATPWorldTour.com

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER, 2010

Singles – First Round
[6] M Baghdatis (CYP) d K Nishikori (JPN) 61 61
A Dolgopolov (UKR) d [Q] L Recouderc (FRA) 63 61
[Q] M Raonic (CAN) d I Kunitsyn (RUS) 76(6) 63
[Q] I Andreev (RUS) d G Soeda (JPN) 61 64

Doubles – First Round
[2] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d T Bednarek (POL) / M Przysiezny (POL) 63 62
[4] E Butorac (USA) / J Rojer (AHO) d [WC] N Davydenko (RUS) / N Mahmood Khan (MAL) 63 63
S Stakhovsky (UKR) / M Youzhny (RUS) d J Kerr (AUS) / T Parrott (USA) 64 75
A Golubev (KAZ) / D Istomin (UZB) d K Anderson (RSA) / M Russell (USA) 64 36 10-7
S Huss (AUS) / R Hutchins (GBR) d A Falla (COL) / S Giraldo (COL) 57 61 10-8

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER, 2010

CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
M Ilhan (TUR) vs D Istomin (UZB)

Not Before 12:30 PM
A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [4] M Youzhny (RUS)
[WC] B Tomic (AUS) vs [5] D Ferrer (ESP)

Not Before 6:00 PM
[6] M Baghdatis (CYP) vs S Giraldo (COL)
[Q] I Andreev (RUS) vs [2] N Davydenko (RUS)
[3] M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) vs [WC] Y Bhambri (IND) / K Nishikori (JPN)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
[1] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) vs F Moser (GER) / D Skoch (CZE)
[Q] F Cermak (CZE) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
[7] S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [Q] M Raonic (CAN)

Malaysian Open – Schedule and Results

Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2010

ATP WORLD TOUR 250 $850,000 ($947,750 Total Financial Commitment)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (+7 hours GMT)
27 September – 3 October, 2010 Surface: Indoor Hard www.ATPWorldTour.com

RESULTS – MONDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER, 2010

Singles – First Round
[7] S Stakhovsky (UKR) d M Russell (USA) 26 76(4) 63 – Saved 2 M.P.
[8] A Golubev (KAZ) d Y Lu (TPE) 75 62
K Anderson (RSA) d A Falla (COL) 61 36 75
[WC] Y Bhambri (IND) d [WC] Y Si (MAS) 62 60
S Giraldo (COL) d M Przysiezny (POL) 76(8) 61

Doubles – First Round
J Brunstrom (SWE) / S Lipsky (USA) d S Gonzalez (MEX) / T Rettenmaier (USA) 63 16 20-18 – Saved 7 M.P.

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER, 2010

CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [Q] L Recouderc (FRA)
G Soeda (JPN) vs [Q] I Andreev (RUS)

Not Before 3:30 PM
S Stakhovsky (UKR) / M Youzhny (RUS) vs J Kerr (AUS) / T Parrott (USA)

Not Before 6:00 PM
[6] M Baghdatis (CYP) vs K Nishikori (JPN)
[WC] N Davydenko (RUS) / N Mahmood Khan (MAL) vs [4] E Butorac (USA) / J Rojer (AHO)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
S Huss (AUS) / R Hutchins (GBR) vs A Falla (COL) / S Giraldo (COL)
I Kunitsyn (RUS) vs [Q] M Raonic (CAN)
K Anderson (RSA) / M Russell (USA) vs A Golubev (KAZ) / D Istomin (UZB)
T Bednarek (POL) / M Przysiezny (POL) vs [2] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK)

Like A Fish In Water, Mardy Rules

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – The morning after Mardy Fish’s good friend and former high school basketball teammate Andy Roddick was bounced out of the US Open in four sets of sound and fury, Fish took the court and pressed the mute button on Pablo Cuevas. The 19th-seeded Fish, who may well be America’s best hope of going deep in the draw, crushed Cuevas, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2, to reach the Flushing Meadows third round for just the second time in 10 appearances.

Next up for Fish is the a third-round meeting with 32-year-old Arnaud Clement, the oldest man still standing in the singles draw. Clement held a 6-3, 5-5 lead when Eduardo Schwank retired from their second-round match. Should Fish prevail, he could get a shot at third-seeded Novak Djokovic with a trip to the quarters on the line.

Forgoing the typical tennis cliche of “playing one match at a time,” Fish said  he wants a shot at a top 10 player.

“I’d like another crack at a top 5 player, top 10 player in a Slam,” Fish said. “I think I’ve beaten a couple of them in Slams, but never deep into a tournament. Sort of getting yourself into winning maybe another match and getting myself into the situation of playing, you know, a Djokovic or a Davydenko or one of these guys that has been there quite a few times   you know, slam in, slam out, they’re going deep  so to put myself in a position to play them.  I certainly feel like I can hang with them.”

Fish has scored shutouts in three of the eight sets he’s played. The Fish story — he shed 30 pounds in the offseason by hiring a nutritionist and eliminating pizza, french fries and junk food — has been almost as well publicized as a Jenny Craig commercial.

The physical transformation has helped Fish reinvent himself as a competitor.

Clawing his way back from a break down in the first set, he pulled out the opening set then glanced over at Cuevas on the changeover to see 24-year-old Uruguayan sucking deep gasps of air with an ice towel wrapped around his neck.

“I kind of fought hard to stay just a break down, to be honest, in that first set.  I figured that hopefully I could weather this as long as I can, and eventually, you know, he’ll maybe come down to earth a little bit,” Fish said. “He gave me a few points there in that 5-4 game and the 6-5 game to allow me to win that first set, which was huge, because the weather, it was pretty hot. The first set is huge in this type of weather.”

The sight of a tormented opponent looking like a man in dire need of an air-conditioned exit strategy prompted Fish, who grew up playing in the heat and humidity of Vero Beach, Florida, to put the hammer down. He won 12 of the final 14 games in dispensing some commanding closure as well as physical punishment.

The byproduct of his improved fitness means Fish can practice longer and harder and player smarter tennis on pivotal points because he no longer has to pull the trigger prematurely on low percentage shots.

“It got fun to practice.  It’s fun to, you know, try to outlast guys, and it’s fun to see when, you know, you play a match like today and you’re in the heat and you sort of crawl back and win that first set,” Fish said.

There was a time when an out of shape Fish sometimes showed the competitive backbone of the Michilen Man running through a row of thumb tacks. Three years ago, Fish seemingly had the fifth set of a US Open second round match in hand before wilting and essentially donating the match to eighth-ranked Tommy Robredo.

Contrast that player to the man who has not only beat opponents, he’s beat up on them in the latter stages of matches this week and you have to give Fish a serious shot of extending his run here.

Fish said he did not stay up to watch Roddick play periods of passive tennis in bowing to Janko Tipsarevic, but he played the type of assertive tennis that eluded his friend and frequent practice partner. Fish hit 14 aces, won 21 of 25 trips to net and often exploited Cuevas’ deep court positioning with touch volleys and sharp-angled shots.

Fish, who won Newport and Atlanta back-to-back in posting a career-best 11-match winning streak earlier this summer, beat Roddick in the Cincinnati semifinals.  Fish said Roddick is not as aggressive as he was when he captured the 2003 US Open, but believes the former No. 1 sticks to the script he devises for each opponent with coach Larry Stefanki.

“I’ve watched some tape of him when he won the US Open in 2003.  He’s certainly played a more aggressive style,” Fish said. “But I think he’s fitter now than he was back then, so he can rely on his legs a little bit more now. He’s no dummy.  You know, he’s gonna play how he feels best suits him.  You know, he’s got a great team behind him that (coach) Larry Stefanki,they put together a game plan, and I guarantee you that’s how it’s gonna play…But with his serve, he can be on you like lightning.”

The departure of Roddick combined with the fact Djokovic staggered through his first-round match and has not looked close to the form he displayed in advancing to the 2007 final gives Fish every incentive to perhaps put together a quarterfinal run as he did two years ago.

Continuing his trip through the Open is Fish’s priority and the bigger picture is his pursuit of a place in the top 10. With no ranking points to defend between now and the end of the season, Fish has a legitimate shot to get to where he wants to go.

“I have played well here the past couple times that I’ve come.  I’ve got a really good opportunity from the 12 month calendar year from Newport…maybe a 12 month run that I can try to get myself into the top 10,” Fish said.

Rich Pagliaro is the editor of TennisNow.com.