pbz zagreb indoors 2013: dimitrov ousted in the first round

Grigor Dimitrov outsed in the opening round of the 2013 PBZ Zagreb Open in Croatia

PBZ Zagreb Indoors
ATP World Tour 250 / €410,200 (€467,800 Total Financial Commitment)
Zagreb, Croatia / February 4-10, 2013
Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 5 FEBRUARY, 2013

Singles – First Round
[5] M Klizan (SVK) d [LL] M Viola (ITA) 46 76(6) 61
I Karlovic (CRO) d [7] G Dimitrov (BUL) 76(3) 76(3)
G Zemlja (SLO) d [Q] I Bozoljac (SRB) 67(5) 76(4) 62
B Kavcic (SLO) d A Bedene (SLO) 67(5) 63 63
I Sijsling (NED) d [WC] N Mektic (CRO) 64 62
L Rosol (CZE) d [Q] F Veger (CRO) 62 64
[PR] S Devvarman (IND) d [Q] M Berrer (GER) 06 76(6) 41 ret. (fatigue) – saved 1 M.P.
[Q] P Petzschner (GER) d [WC] M Pavic (CRO) 75 62

Doubles – First Round
M Baghdatis (CYP) / M Youzhny (RUS) d [1] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) 62 61
I Dodig (CRO) / M Pavic (CRO) d R Haase (NED) / I Sijsling (NED) 62 63

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 6 FEBRUARY, 2013

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
P Marx (GER) / F Mergea (ROU) vs M Cilic (CRO) / M Draganja (CRO)

Not Before 12:00 PM
[WC] A Veic (CRO) vs R Haase (NED)

Not Before 2:45 PM
T Kamke (GER) vs [6] M Baghdatis (CYP)

Not Before 5:45 PM
I Dodig (CRO) vs B Becker (GER)
[3] M Youzhny (RUS) vs I Sijsling (NED)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[8] L Lacko (SVK) vs F Cipolla (ITA)
[4] J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) vs M Elgin (RUS) / I Zelenay (SVK)
[WC] T Androic (CRO) / D Marcan (CRO) vs [2] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK)
I Karlovic (CRO) / F Moser (GER) vs M Klizan (SVK) / A Seppi (ITA)
[PR] L Lacko (SVK) / J Levinsky (CZE) vs [WC] M Delic (CRO) / F Skugor (CRO)
B Becker (GER) / L Rosol (CZE) vs [3] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) – After Suitable Rest

(Photo Credit: PBZ Zagreb Indoors)

we ran out of ljub

Hard-serving Ivo Karlovic upset veteran Croatian Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7) in the third round of the 2010 Australian Open. Up next is Rafa Nadal, who lost the third set in his match against Philipp Kohlschreiber. (Draw: Men’s singles.)

Li Ning put him in the same multi-patterned mishmash polo (this time in a light seafoam green) to start out 2010. With all the sartorial switcheroos so far, it’s refreshing to see that Ivan and Li Ning have stuck together.

TSF spoke to Ljubicic back at the 2009 U.S. Open, and he told us all about how he’s worked closely with Li Ning to tweak and develop their tennis sneaks; he was their guinea pig. We look forward to what’s in store for Ljubicic in 2010. (Further reading: Ad Age named Li Ning their Marketer of the Year for 2009.)

More: See more pics of Ivan after the cut…

'merry christmas!' from the atp, part deux

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The ATP got a bunch of the guys to sing ‘Jingle Bells’ on camera. They’re such good sports… Many of them didn’t even know the lyrics to the American Christmas song, but they played along anyway.

Jarkko Nieminen has trouble with the word “dashing”, Marcos Baghdatis discovers a discrepancy in the song’s rhyming scheme; and Mardy Fish feels a little lost singing a version of it without the word “Batmobile”.

But they all work through it. Ivo Karlovic carries a lot of the song, as do the Bryans and Tommy Robredo (can he visit me on Christmas morning?). Andy Murray and his shag make a brief appearance, too.

And of course what ATP bit would be complete without prom queen Roger Federer, who swoops in all suave at the end, greeting the viewers “a merry Christmas and a happy new year.”

Hmmmmm, where was Nole during all this? He would’ve given us a shirtless carol, no doubt.

Watch it: ‘Jingle Bells’, by the ATP Tour.

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short balls: keeping up with the joneses

I’ve felt a little out of touch with tennis these last few weeks so I’ve been resorting to some picture-packed posts (some of you aren’t complaining, though…). So for this round of short balls I thought I’d check back in with some real issues.

Better days ahead: Tom Perrotta shrugs off Maria Sharapova‘s shoulder woes as a mere hiccup in what has been (and could still be) a great career. and FYI: to help with her shoulder troubles, former coach Robert Lansdorp had suggested that Masha take her racquet up immediately during her service motion (i.e., no more loop). Let’s hope it helps. (The New York Sun)

Six degrees with Steve Jobs: The challenge? Connect Masha with tech god Steve Jobs. Give it a shot. (macenstein)

Pam Shriver speaks: Pundit Pam Shriver wants match-fixers banned for life. I agree! (Baltimore Sun via On The Baseline)

Race to the Chase: I know it’s not called that anymore (and yes, yes — it’s not Lipton anymore, either), but it just sounds so fun. Serena Williams is the latest to qualify, joining Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Ana Ivanovic. Whodathunk that Sveta would be the first Russian to make it? (The Canadian Press)

Zurich: This week, the women are flocking to Zurich for the last Tier I of the year. And for many, the last chance they’ll have to make the cut for the Year-End Championships. (On The Baseline) The folks next on the list are Chakvetadze, Venus, Masha, Dani Hantuchova, and a Beijing-focused Elena Dementieva. Masha might run into trouble, since she’s the defending champ at Zurich and has pulled out with her shoulder injury. FYI, Martina Hingis has also pulled out because of her nagging hip injury.

The mens: The top two men (that’s Roger and Rafa) return to the courts for the first time since the U.S. Open at the Madrid Masters. R-Fed ponders his 2008 schedule while all eyes are on whether Nadal’s knees have recovered enough to let him vie for this hardcourt title. A look at their year-end tourney — The Masters Cup — will be for another post.

The Hewitt gene: While the tenacity of the Hewitts made Lleyton a top tennis player (hmm, will he make it into the Hall of Fame with two titles, I wonder?), his sister Jaslyn is making her mark in the bodybuilding world. Enjoy. (amaz0ns.com)

Speaking of Hewitt, he’s pushing for Tennis Australia to help fellow Aussie Mark Philippoussis with a wildcard lifeline for the 2008 Australian Open.

Meanwhile, he won’t be playing Madrid doubles with Nadal since he’s withdrawn — along with Andy Roddick — due to injury. (IHT)

Karlovic’s new(er) record: Another for the whodathunk files is Ivo Karlovic‘s latest feat — winning a title on three surfaces in 2007 (carpet in Stockholm, clay at the U.S. Clay Courts, and grass in Nottingham) — is shared only by Roger Federer. (Fox Sports)

On up-and-comers: American Wayne Odesnik looks like Guillermo Canas. (sacbee.com — annoyingly, reg. req’d)

More mushy Davenport stories: We can’t get enough! ESPN’s Bonnie D. Ford writes about Lindsay and Jagger at a WTT event in Villanova, Penn.

(OT) This week’s amazing building: As you can probably tell, I have a little thing for good architecture. My latest pick is the Quinta Real Zacatecas (in Zacatecas, Mexico). Once the Plaza de Toros San Pedro, North America’s largest bullring — it has now been turned into a gorgeous five-star hotel. Check out their website. (UrbanDaddy)

(OT) With mixed feelings, the runner-up: The Green Mountain project in Libya will try to preserve one of the last undeveloped areas of the Mediterranean Coast. It’s ambitious, so I hope they pull it off. Otherwise, they just effed up one of the last undeveloped areas of the Mediterranean Coast. (NYT)

trophies: vienna, moscow, bangkok, stockholm

novak djokovic - ba-ca trophy, vienna

World No. 3 (and goateed) Novak Djokovic racked up his fifth title this year at the BA-CA Tennis Trophy in Vienna by beating Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-0. Not bad for his first tourney since getting to the finals of this year’s U.S. Open.

nikolay davydenko - kremlin cup

And not too far away, Nikolay Davydenko was mashing with his Kremlin Cup trophy after beating Paul-Henri Mathieu. This is the Russian’s first title of the year.

Women’s Kremlin Cup, Bangkok, and Stockholm after the cut…

at stockholm, clement's re-buffed

Gigantor Ivo Karlovic (at 6’10”) continues his 2007 standing date with short (5’8″) Frenchman Arnaud Clement by meeting him in the quarterfinals of this week’s Stockholm Open. In their fourth meeting of the year (and sixth overall), Karlovic evens their head-to-head at 3-3; the Croat had to save one match point during the 7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-6 (7) win.

arnaud clement bandana stockholm

Thanks to Nick for pointing out this new buff that we hadn’t seen on Arnaud before. Cheers. (See his other bandanas here.)

And a quote from Karlovic after his victory: “I was playing also really good so in the end I was a little bit more focused than him and that’s why I won. The surface is pretty fast but his balls are a little bit slow I think.” He beat Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-3 and will meet Thomas Johansson in the finals. Johansson upset top seed James Blake 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3) in the other semi. (ATP)

(photo by Getty Images)

short balls: karlovic's shorts, stretch without booty, tennis on the big screen

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Talk to my shorts: Croatian giant Ivo Karlovic, tired of answering questions about his height, got it emblazoned on his clothes. And yes, he’s 6’10”. (The Examiner; photo by Allen Clark for offwing.com)

Other giants: American John Isner (6’9″) tears through the draw at the Legg Mason Classic, beating Henman and Ben Becker to get to the quarters.

Yikes, I’m old: I remember talking about Hingis beating Venus at the San Diego tourney back in 1997 (it was their second WTA meeting). THAT WAS TEN YEARS AGO. Matthew Cronin catches up with both players as they return to the final Acura Classic. This time around, it’s a given — Venus will kick some Hingis butt.

Speaking of cocky players: Here’s an article by Joel Drucker about the role confidence plays in tennis matches.

Not another tennis movie: A film about country club pros is in the works (THR)

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Stretch and Booty no longer: Did winning a Wimbledon mixed doubles title get to Jamie Murray? He’s parting ways with men’s doubles partner Eric Butorac aka Booty because of lackluster results (but jftr they won three titles together). Too bad; I was just starting to like those personalized shirts of theirs…

trophy watch: croatians and little men

Croatian wins title, gets little man: The ATP Ordina Open (Rosmalen, the Netherlands) pitted Ivan Ljubicic against Dutchman Peter Wessels. Ljubicic won 7-6, 4-6, 7-6. Russia’s Anna Chakvetadze beat Jelena Jankovic 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3 in the women’s tourney.

Croatian beats little man, gets trophy: Croatian Ivo Karlovic downed the diminutive Arnaud Clement 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 at the Nottingham Open. The Frenchman, up a set, caved due to exhaustion; he played two matches the day prior (on an indoor court, due to rain), defeating Richard Gasquet and Jonas Bjorkman to get to the final. Rest up, Arnie! Wimbledon awaits. (Eric Butorac and Jamie Murray won the doubles title, and received vases similar to Clement’s.)

Grass rematch: At the Eastbourne International, the usual grass suspects duked it out in the final, with Justine Henin emerging the winner over Amelie Mauresmo after a tight 3-set match. The scoreline: 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2).