furliciano lopez

Wolverine, 3.0: Even the normally furry-licious Gilles Simon‘s beard was no match for that of Feliciano Lopez‘s patchy facial hair, which was showcased at this week’s Shanghai ATP Masters tournament. In today’s semifinal, Feli lost through retirement 1-6, 0-3 (right ankle). This was a sad end for the run of the unseeded Lopez, who upset seeds David Ferrer (16) and Robin Soderling (9) before facing Nadal.

Joma: Props to the subtle pops of blue all over Lopez’s crisp, white Joma outfit (especially the placket). While this Shanghai kit isn’t available for sale, you can check out some older styles — including his Davis Cup apparel — at the company’s website.

More: See more pics of Feli’s outfit: the bandana, the socks, the wristband, the shorts — all after the cut…

novak djokovic’s wood

We knew it was a cross hiding under that adidas shirt, but we just weren’t sure what it looked like.

Mystery solved.

Thanks for playing: The Serb, seeded second at this week’s Shanghai ATP Masters tournament, lost in the semis to Nikolay Davydenko 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1). Nole looked on track to beat the Russian, saving three break points in the first set and converting the second break point on Kolya’s serve. Davydenko broke in the second, using his speed to set up forehand and backhand winners from the baseline (but he showed some good net play, too). And by the time it got to the third set tiebreak, Kolya raced to 5-0 before ceding a point to Djokovic. He’ll face Nadal in the finals.

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mo’ mono: radek stepanek

The funky clothing of Radek Stepanek goes to the next level with this monogrammed polo from Alea with a slight graphic print on the front — tame compared to the Czech’s usually outlandish outfits. (Read up on other players in the monogram club.)

Shanghai’ed: Stepanek looked on track to win the head-to-head against Nikolay Davydenko before this quarterfinal match at this week’s Shanghai ATP Masters (they were 4-4 previously). He frustrated Kolya by attacking second serves and coming in constantly as part of his serve-and-volley game. Alas, the Russian eventually prevailed 6-1, 4-6, 6-1. “He destroyed me in the second set,” Davydenko said during the post-match presser. “In the third set, I find my game and play better and better, good concentration, and he start again to do mistakes from the baseline.”

Browse: See the other Alea goods on their website. omg that czech flag bathrobe is craaaaaaazy.

A few more: A few more shots of Radek and his clothes after the cut…

prettier in pink: rafa shanghai shirts?

Does anyone out there have info about these pink “Nadal” shirts (with swoosh, of course) that all the fans are sporting over at the Shanghai ATP Masters tournament?

Draw: Rafa Nadal will face Feliciano Lopez in the semis. His opponent, Ivan Ljubicic, retired with a back injury. Feli beat Soderling in straight sets. In the other half, Kolya Davydenko needed three sets to win over Radek Stepanek. So did Nole Djokovic in his victory over Gilles Simon.

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wickmayer goes from shorts to skirt

Erke‘s doing double duty by going at it with Sergio Tacchini for airtime at the Shanghai ATP Masters tournament (the ballkids are in Erke; the lines officials, in Tacchini) and outfitting its postergirl Yanina Wickmayer halfway across the globe. They’ve switched her from cuffed shorts and a cap-sleeve polo to a sleeveless tank with a pleated, drawstring skirt.

The Belgian is through to the semis at the Generali Ladies Linz and will face Flavia Pennetta for a chance to win the ~$95,000 top prize. See the draw here.

FYI: Wickmayer’s already won a title this year (Estoril).

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almost, but not quite: caroline wozniacki

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We’re trying to figure out what’s off with Caro‘s look. Is it the medusa hair? The black leather watch against the pale grey/purple adidas by Stella McCartney dress?

Bee tee dubs: (We’ve been drooling over watches lately, can you tell?) That honkin’ CW8 watch from Rosendahl was made with Caro in mind. The number 8 — her lucky number — is a big part of the watch dial’s design. Why that number? Think Beijing: “A dream of mine is also bound up in the 8th month of 2008 (and no doubt for lots of other sports people, too – need I say more?). Dreams and goals are important to me. I wish you every success and happiness with yours,” she says in a company brochure.

Draw: At this week’s HP Japan Women’s Open, Caroline defeated fellow Woz Aleksandra Wozniak 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-2 (this, after she let Wozniak through to the quarters of the Toray Pan Pacific Open because of a viral illness). She faces Sam Stosur in the semis. Draw here.

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raf simons x fred perry = 100-year collection

As part of Fred Perry‘s year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of its namesake’s birth, they continue their collaboration with designer Raf Simons, this time creating a small collection inspired by an outfit worn by Perry circa 1947. (Click here for a pic. Kinda sharp, no?)

The pieces look similar to the already-existing collab between Fred Perry and Raf Simons. There’s a single-breasted jacket, baggy grey flannel pants, a white dress shirt, an ivory cable knit sweater, a grey tie (with maroon laurel detail), and a black and white brogue version of some ping pong shoes.

Browse: Look at the goods at oki-ni.

(FP image via FP Japan; oki-ni image via oki-ni)

imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, we guess

That multi-year Erke deal as the Shanghai ATP Masters tournament’s official apparel sponsor has churned out some pretty good merch: equal parts classic (polos, tees), outerwear (hoodies, winter jackets, pullovers), and pants in bright colors like lime, fuschia, teal, red, and navy. Graphics punctuate the pieces here and there, and that tooth-shaped Masters Series logo, along with the Erke “swoosh” (or is it a pipe?) also make appearances.

Lacoste, is that you? It reminded us a little too much of Lacoste‘s current website (Exhibit A), but at least they were inspired by something visually appealing.

Browse: Check out the Erke Shanghai ATP Masters goods here.

More: And we have a few more screengrabs — our favorite model clothes — after the cut…

tommy robredo in tacchini’s young line

Tommy Robredo fell to compatriot Rafa Nadal in the third round of the Shanghai ATP Masters in straight sets (6-1, 6-4).

Nadal’s been getting some flack for that green Nike polo he’s been sporting through his run in Asia, but no one can complain about Tommy’s classic look.

The two-time 2009 titleist (Copa Telmex in Argentina, Brasil Open) wearing a the Young line from Sergio Tacchini — the same design that John McEnroe made famous back in the day. And of course he accessorized the outfit with a white-banded TW Steel watch.

Draw: Up next for Rafa is Ivan Ljubicic, who won after Gael Monfils hopped on the Shanghai injury train because of a bad back (Murray, Roddick, del Potro, Haas, Acasuso, and Zverev are already on board). See the draw here.

More: Two more pics after the cut…