trophy watch: acronym edition

SAP: At the SAP Open in San Jose, Fernando Verdasco beat a top-ten player for the first time in 15 tries with his 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 upset of Andy Roddick. Andy was none too happy about a few line calls that didn’t go his way.

GDF: Top seed Elena Dementieva needed three sets to overcome a nagging Lucie Safarova 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4. This is Dementieva’s second title of 2010; she also won the Sydney tournament before the Australian Open.

PTT: Vera Zvonareva successfully defended her title at the PTT Pattaya Open title in Thailand by taking down hometown fave Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-4, 6-4.

ABN AMRO: Swede Robin Soderling was the last man standing in Rotterdam after Mikhail Youzhny retired while trailing 0-2 in the second set. Youzhny sustained the injury after he stunned top seed Novak Djokovic 7-6 (5), 7-6, (6). Soderling also upset a seed, Nikolay Davydenko, in the semis.

JCF: In Costa do Sauipe, the Joma-wearing Juan Carlos Ferrero steamrolled Lukasz Kubot 6-1, 6-0 at the Brasil Open for his 13th career title.

(images via Getty Images)

x marks the spot: fernando verdasco for calvin klein

Where do we sign? You know that we here at TSF are split about our love for Fernando Verdasco (and after a recent trip to New Haven, I think I snapped Nick out of his, ahem, FeVer) — but consider us converts after seeing these preview pics of the Spaniard showing off his goods in Calvin Klein underwear.

Calvin Klein X is a new range of men’s briefs being marketed around the world, and they’ve signed on Kellan Lutz (one of them Twilight vampires), Mehcad Brooks (True Blood), and soccer player Hidetoshi Nakata along with Verdasco to promote the line.

Set your alarm: Our mice will be clicking over to xmarkyourspot.com to see more of these guys’ goods (shot by Mikael Jansson) on February 15. A belated Valentine’s Day present for everyone.

More: Pics of the other guys after the cut. You’re welcome!

trophy watch: winning matches by hitting the ball? so 2008

Not many repeats this week as the lower-profile players — at least when it comes to wins — chomped off pieces of the trophy pie.

Golden statement: In Kuala Lumpur, Russian Nikolay Davydenko wore his gilded Airness track jacket as he received the trophy for beating Fernando Verdasco to take the Proton Malaysian Open on Sunday.

Kolya now has three titles (Hamburg and Umag are the other two) and has yet to catch a FeVer; he’s now 6-1 in his head-to-head against Verdasco.

Simon’s say: In Bangkok, new TSF fave Gilles Simon kept his clothes on long enough to bag the PTT Thailand Open title with his 7-5, 6-3 victory over Viktor Troicki. This is Simon’s first title of the year and sixth of this career.

Wrist accesories: Like a good pro, Russian Maria Sharapova slapped on her Tag Heuer watch just after winning the Toray Pan Pacific Open. Unfortunately, the victory came from Jelena Jankovic injuring her wrist in the seventh game of the first set. Masha also won this in 2005, defeating Lindsay Davenport in the final. This was Sharapova’s first title since Amelia Island in April 2008.

On the right is a pic of the many bracelets (cute charms!) that Jelena wore with her red ANTA dress.

(images via Getty)

fashion focus: verdasco’s caught (homegrown) branding fever

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Blogger HC Foo caught up (vid) with Fernando Verdasco at the Proton Malaysia Open and asked him about the timeline for his own line of merch, an idea that first manifested itself last month when some fans snapped this photo above.

The “FeVer” line (get it?) will get a bigger push at the beginning of next season, probably sold via a yet-to-be-launched website for the Spaniard.

The branding may seem a little forced — riding on the fumes of the Nike “RF” monogram created for Roger Federer — but we’re confident that it’ll lead to good things. Remember when Nole made these shirts? And now he’s lookin’ all sexy in his adidas Falcon line. Look at how far he’s come!

Meanwhile, we hope that Melanie Oudin gets on that bandwagon soon, because this s**t needs to stop. Stat.

(image via Forty Deuce via HC Foo)

party in kuala lumpur

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What a motley crew, these guys. Snowman Richard Gasquet, the unsportsmanlike Robin Soderling, gambler Nikolay Davydenko, and casanova Fernando Verdasco — all in batik shirts at an event for the Proton Malaysia Open, happening this week in Kuala Lumpur.

Leave it to Verdasco to add Spanish flair to the traditional Malaysian attire by tucking it into his jeans. We didn’t expect anything less from the fashionista.

Bracket: After first-round byes, Kolya faces Dent, Verdasco will play Karol Beck, and Soderling is up against qualifier Brendan Evans (who played fellow qualifier/American Michael Yani in the first round). Gasquet is still slated for a first rounder against Romanian Victor Crivoi.

(image via PMO)

FV does LV — were we surprised?

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Consider our cockles warmed after learning that Fernando Verdasco is a suitcase-toting member of the Louis Vuitton club!

Kuala Lumpur up close: Head over to HC Foo’s blog for some in-the-trenches coverage of the inaugural Proton Malaysian Open. It’s even more intense via Twitter.

The top five seeds at this ATP 250 event are: Kolya, Verdasco, Soderling, Gonzo, and Metz winner Gael Monfils. Taylor Dent is one of the wild cards; he won his first-round match against Andrey Golubev and next faces Davydenko. How do you say gulp in Russian?

(photo via HC Foo)

in dubai, marat continues to sputter

Writing the epilogue: The unpredictable career of Marat Safin has reached some consistency now that he’s steered himself toward retirement sunset.

At this week’s Barclay’s Dubai Tennis Championships, the eighth seed — bumped up by the absence of the injured Federer (back), Nadal (knee), Davydenko (ankle), Verdasco(ankle), and Roddick (Dubai slapped him in the face).

Too bad he fell in three sets — 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 — to Richard Gasquet.

“I struggled in the beginning with the serve, especially, and returns from the baseline, but I started to get used to it and I started to get better and better,” Safin said. “But unfortunately, it’s a lack of confidence and I didn’t play for a long time after Australia. I played in Marseille, and it’s my second match.”

Meanwhile, after giving his neck a little breather, Marat’s back in business with his charms. Is that the imperial crown?!

Scoreline: Djokovic and Murray are doing just fine in Dubai. We’re expecting these top two seeds to face each other at Sunday’s final.

(photo via Getty Images)

munchkin report: clement out of melbourne

To round out our munchkin reports (Janko? Check. Andre Sa? Check. Nono? Here we go!) —

French munchkin Arnaud Clement got bounced out early in both singles and doubles at this year’s Australian Open.

As expected, he played in solid-colored Lacoste performance polos.

Clement needed five sets to defeat Ukranian Sergiy Stakhovsky in the first round (6-3, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 — yikes!) and ran out of the fuel he needed to beat 14th seed Fernando Verdasco. He even got pesky in the latter match, getting called out by the chair ump for rudely grabbing his towel from the ballboy.

In doubles, with partner Marc Gicquel (what happened to Llodra?), Arnaud lost to Peya and Petzschner in two tiebreaks.

At least he had fun at the IMG Crown Players’ Party before the tourney started.

(1st round photo by FFT; 2nd round and party images by Getty Images)