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Friday Men's Tennis Summary







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Friday Men's Tennis Summary

Singles - Semifinal: (3) N Almagro def. (2) G Simon 6-1 6-3
And so -- no points, and no Top Ten spot, for Gilles Simon. He will stay #12. Nicolas Almagro at least has the chance to move; he will rise to #13 if he wins the final.

Singles - Semifinal: (Q) B Baker def. N Davydenko 6-7(5-7) 6-4 6-2
To misquote Alice, "Unbelievabler and unbelievabler." Five years without a win, and Brian Baker is in a final? He has now increased his points by substantially more than 50%, and will rise to around #145. If he can somehow win his first title, he'll have more than doubled his points!

Doubles - Semifinal: (1) Bryan/Bryan def. (3) Qureshi/Rojer 6-4 6-4

Doubles - Semifinal: Marach/Polasek def. Hanley/Knowle 6-4 5-7 10-7 (Match TB)

Maybe there needs to be some sort of a mercy rule for Dusseldorf: "If you only have two singles players, and one of them goes down, just go ahead and leave." Something like that. Croatia's Ivo-Karlovic-less team of Ivan Dodig and Lovro Zovko just wasn't up to the task. Although they came into Friday's action up 1-0 on Russia, Zovko had to play #2 singles. Not even slumping Alex Bogomolov could lose that; he beat Zovko 6-4 6-2. And then Igor Kunitsyn and Dmitry Tursunov beat Dodig and Zovko in a match tiebreak to earn third place in the Blue Group.

Of course, the real contest was for the #1 spot, and that was between the Serbs and Germans. And the Serbs, already up 1-0, won when Janko Tipsarevic edged Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4 3-6 7-5. The Serb doubles team of Jankovic/Zimonjic then lost 6-4 6-4 to Petzschner/Kas, but presumably the Serbs will play a real doubles team in the final if the doubles matters.

After one and a half matches, it looked for all the world as if the Serbs would be facing the Czechs in the final. Radek Stepanek was up a break in the third set against Leonardo Mayer -- and lost four straight games. Mayer kept Argentina alive 6-7 7-5 6-4 -- and kept Stepanek out there for three hours. Stepanek, amazingly, was up for the doubles, and teamed with Frantisek Cermak to beat Berlocq and Mayer 6-4 4-6 10-3 -- but what will he have left after that?

Roland Garros
We have the draw, and Roger Federer is in Novak Djokovic's half. So Rafael Nadal's Rome title, which earned him the #2 seed, did pay off for him. We'll have our Preview tomorrow.


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