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Monday Men's Tennis Summary
Singles - First Round: M Baghdatis def. (8) P Andujar 6-1 6-1
These two were separated by only six ranking spots, and Marcos Baghdatis likes grass a lot, so this probably didn't surprise anyone. But it mean Pablo Andujar will stay below #35.
Singles - First Round: F Fognini def. A Ramos 7-6(7-2) 6-7(3-7) 6-2
Once again Albert Ramos loses a chance to hit the Top Forty.
Singles - First Round: J Chardy def. (Q) P Mathieu 7-5 6-7(3-7) 6-2
It appears Paul-Henri Mathieu will remain below #180.
Singles - First Round: (WC) J Baker def. D Young 6-1 6-4
Donald Young looked pretty lost in this match; clearly he needs more grass practice. It's just possible that this will cost him his Top Fifty spot.
Singles - First Round: C Berlocq def. M Kukushkin 3-6 6-4 6-2
Maybe this will help Carlos Berlocq shake his mini-slump.
Singles - First Round: R Harrison def. (Q) V Pospisil 3-6 7-6(7-2) 7-6(8-6)
This was probably the day's most interesting match, and not just because it was so close; these two really went at each other hammer and tongs. Pospisil however seems to be just a little bit stalled. Harrison is by no means stalled; he came here at #53, meaning that he might make the Top Fifty this week, and he'll certainly have a big chance at Wimbledon.
Singles - First Round: (Q) M Matosevic def. (WC) J Ward 4-6 6-1 6-4
It seems pretty clear that the Great James Ward Phenomenon of 2011 was just a passing ray of sunshine for British tennis....
Doubles - First Round: (WC) J Delgado/Skupski def. (1) Fyrstenberg/Matkowski 6-2 6-4
Points-wise, this doesn't matter, since no points come off this week -- but Fyrstenberg/Matkowski are past champions here. What does this say about their Olympic chances?
Singles - First Round: (3) J Melzer def. I Kunitsyn 6-1 6-1
Jurgen Melzer needs a semifinal to add any points, but this is obviously a pretty promising-looking start.
Singles - First Round: (WC) M Pavic def. (4) R Haase 6-4 7-6(7-2)
Was the pressure to succeed at home too much for Robin Haase? This might cost him his Top Forty spot.
Singles - First Round: L Mayer def. (Q) M Ledovskikh 6-4 6-2
Leonardo Mayer faced some sort of personal emergency last week, but he obviously got through it.
Singles - First Round: O Rochus def. M Jaziri 6-3 4-0, retired (illness)
Olivier Rochus would likely have won this anyway, given that he likes grass and Malek Jaziri has hardly even seen the stuff.
Singles - First Round: T Ito def. (Q) M Fucsovics 3-6 6-3 7-6(7-2)
Marton Fucsovics actually won one more point than Tatsuma Ito in this match. But he's brand-new; perhaps inexperience cost him on the big points.
Singles - First Round: B Paire def. (WC) D Goffin 6-1 6-4
So much for David Goffin's big breakthrough at Roland Garros.
Singles - First Round: (Q) P Petzschner def. D Tursunov 6-4 6-2
As you can see in the Feature, Dmitry Tursunov's ranking just plunged after his 's-Hertogenbosch 2011 title came off. This means he won't be returning to the Top Hundred at this time. And that probably means that he'll be stuck in qualifying for at least a while.
Singles - First Round: A Falla def. R Ramirez Hidalgo 6-4 6-4
Both these guys prefer clay -- but, for Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, it's an obsession. So no surprise here.
Singles - First Round: P Lorenzi def. I Dodig 6-4 6-4
This raises a very real possibility that Ivan Dodig -- who came here at #99 -- will fall out of the Top Hundred.
Doubles - First Round: (1) Lindstedt/Tecau def. Paire/Roger-Vasselin 6-4 6-2
Doubles - First Round: (3) Cermak/Polasek def. Muller/Rochus 6-4 7-6(7-5)
Doubles - First Round: Bogomolov/Cerretani def. S Gonzalez/Kas 6-7(4-7) 6-2 10-8 (Match TB)