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Sony Ericsson Open
Tuesday Men's Summary
Singles - Fourth Round: (1) N Djokovic def. (17) R Gasquet 7-5 6-3
Richard Gasquet added points, but this means he won't rise above his current #17.
Singles - Fourth Round: (2) R Nadal def. (16) K Nishikori 6-4 6-4
Rafael Nadal was broken as he served for the match, but quickly got the break back. At least, as quickly as he could in a match that managed to last two hours and ten minutes! It will be interesting to see if that affects him in the next round. Kei Nishikori will remain stuck at #16; Nadal of course remains #2, but he does have the chance to increase his lead over Roger Federer.
Singles - Fourth Round: (4) A Murray def. (13) G Simon 6-3 6-4
The losses by Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych threw things off a little, but mostly this has been amazingly routine for the high seeds. Gilles Simon loses quarterfinalist points, but it appears he will keep the #13 ranking he came in with.
Singles - Fourth Round: (5) D Ferrer def. (11) J Del Potro 6-3 6-3
David Ferrer earned a break in Juan Martin del Potro's first service game, and the Spaniard never looked back after that. This seemed like the day's best chance for an upset, but it proved to be one of the most routine results. Juan Martin del Potro, because he lost before Fish and Tipsarevic, will end up only at #10; David Ferrer is still waiting to see whether he or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lasts longer.
Singles - Fourth Round: (6) J Tsonga def. (19) F Mayer 6-3 6-2
This was an "everyone waits" match. When this was over, Florian Mayer had to wait to see how Juan Monaco would do to know where he would end up (it appears to be #19) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had to wait for David Ferrer. As it turns out, they're still slugging it out for #5.
Singles - Fourth Round: (8) M Fish def. (12) N Almagro 6-3 6-7(2-7) 6-3
This was a strange seesaw of a match; Mardy Fish was in control in the first set and into the second, then slipped, and seemed to be struggling to start the third -- but then Nicolas Almagro fell apart completely. Fish still hasn't clinched anything in particular, except a Top Ten spot (see the Feature), but he now knows that he will be the #1 guy on next week's American Davis Cup team. He leaves Nicolas Almagro at #12.
Singles - Fourth Round: (9) J Tipsarevic def. G Dimitrov 7-6(7-3) 6-2
Janko Tipsarevic keeps himself in the lead in the contest for #10. Which left us waiting for Juan Martin del Potro's result.
Singles - Fourth Round: (21) J Monaco def. (31) A Roddick 7-5 6-0
This kind of makes you wonder if Andy Roddick suffered a case of the blahs that had caused Roger Federer to lose to Roddick the night before. Roddick is back in the Top Thirty -- but not by all that much. But Juan Monaco finally breaks his tie with Florian Mayer and moves up to probably #18. Make the semifinal and he is #16.
Doubles - Quarterfinal: (1) Bryan/Bryan def. Bracciali/Cabal 6-3 6-1
More insurance for the Bryans in the contest for #1.
Doubles - Quarterfinal: (6) Bhupathi/Bopanna def. (3) Llodra/Zimonjic 2-6 6-3 10-8 (Match TB)
This had a dramatic ending -- Llodra/Zimonjic were down an early minibreak in the match tiebreak, clawed back to 5-5, then double-faulted two points later, and that was the difference. Finally it seems as if Bhupathi/Bopanna are truly working things out -- this is probably their best result yet. They end the chances Llodra and Zimonjic had of moving up to #3 and #4; Mirnyi and Nestor will keep those spots. This also makes it a lot less likely that Llodra and Zimonjic will contend for #1 any time soon; here are how the top six stand: