Looking at the Gerry Weber Open results, I was surprised to see that the oft-injured Haas (i.e. “the unluckiest man in tennis”) beat serve and volley specialist Radek Stepanek today. Radek, who beat Roger a few weeks ago on Roman clay, was supposed to be a contender for this title. But it’s nice to see that Tommy is making yet another mini comeback, and he told reporters that he plans to play on for the next few years. Considering the amount of injuries this poor guy gets, that means he’ll play what, five more tournaments? For more on Tommy, click here. (Photo above courtesy of Men’s Vogue – sorry, I haven’t found many good photos of the current tournaments online yet.)
Other Gerry Weber results-of-note: Defending champ Berdych beat T. Johansson, Llodra beat Ljubicic (kiss kiss!), Santoro beat Schuettler (in straights!), Youzhny destroyed Tursunov (6-3, 6-1) and Blake put up a strong performance against Phau. Jan Hernych and Marcos Baghdatis are currently in the first set of their match, in what should be a tough test for the back-from-who-knows-where Cypriot.
The tournament has also been keeping us up-to-date on Roger’s whereabouts at all times, just in case we were worried that he’d gone on a Jim Beam and Xanax binge somewhere in the Swiss Alps (hey, maybe that’s what the man needs!) According to the website, Roger arrived today and was greeted with a huge bouquet of flowers. He looks happy (perhaps a little too happy, hmmm???) He plays Michael Berrer tomorrow. Click here for more.
MEANWHILE, IN LONDON. . .
The results so far: Murray won his first grass court match in two years after Grosjean retired with a groin injury, and Gonzo, Mathieu, Bolelli (over Dancevic ret. with a wrist injury), Ancic (over Verdasco), and Isner all advanced. Hewitt, Tipsarevic, Safin and Gulbis all won yesterday. Click here for more results from London.
Nadal plays doubles today with some leftie Argentine wild card named Mariano Hood (he’s not even on the tournament’s players list – click here for his info). They face Gonzo/Lapentti. Rafa should get a good grass court singles match tomorrow against Jonas Bjorkman, who continues to represent for all of us elderly thirtysomething fans.
Wanna ask Janko Tipsarevic about his tattoos, his favorite authors or what it’s like playing doubles with the Djoker? The tournament’s inviting you to drop him a line: Click Here to Email Janko