tattoo watch: jose acasuso



Tattoo watch: TSF spent some time watching Nadia Petrova work on her serve at the Pilot Pen Tennis tourney’s show court yesterday morning (she fared well with it during her match against Anna Chakvetadze; too bad the rest of her game didn’t click), and for doing our homework we got a treat in the form of Jose Acasuso, who practiced after the Russian.

Scoreline: The Argentine faces compatriot Maximo Gonzalez in the first round of the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament (they play today).

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fuzzy wuzzy had no hair



Jose Acasuso and his buzzed hair (pic: before) took a stab at defeating Roger Federer in the second round of the French Open. While the Argentinian put up a fight, he could not upset Federer, who’s riding his soon-to-be-pop high and is fresh from his clay title win against Rafa at the Madrid Masters earlier this month. Federer won in four: 7-6 (8), 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-2.

Big leagues: Roger needs to step it up — no more losing seven straight games like he did in the second and third sets against Acasuso — if he wants to make his fourth straight French Open final. Up next for Roger is the winner of the Pablo Andujar/Paul-Henri Mathieu second-rounder.

(photo by Getty Images)

robredo’s hair: now you see it, now you don’t



Tommy Robredo went through some spring cleaning on Friday morning, making good on a bet back in Argentina to shave his head if he won the Copa Telmex title.

It all started back in Buenos Aires, when Tommy saw his friends Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Marcel Gronellers, and Alberto Montanes — all with buzz cuts. The world No. 15 said he would do the same if he won his finals match against Juan Monaco (and he did.

Robredo traveled to Acapulco this week for the Abierto Mexicano Telcel hoping that his friends would have forgotten about this bet, but of course they didn’t let him off the hook; at the Fairmont Princess Hotel, Montanes’ coach Narcis Pelach styled Robredo’s hair as Santiago Ventura, Granollers, and Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo looked on.

After the hair cut, the now-aerodynamic Spaniard sailed past American Kevin Kim and said: “I feel much faster on the court without any hair in my head.”

In the quarters, Jose Acasuso snapped Robredo’s 12-match winning streak 7-5, 6-2. This was the fourth time in as many weeks that they’ve played each other (and are tied at 2-2).

More: A few more pics after the cut…

trophy watch: tsonga rams chardy and cilic goes back for seconds



The inaugural South African Open in Johannesburg saw an all-French final between hitting partners Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Jeremy Chardy. Tsonga, who did not drop a set all week, earned $79,000 for his 6-4, 7-6 (5) performance. This is his third career title and first of 2009.

Props to the tourney organizers for coming up with a one-of-a-kind memento of Tsonga’s achievement, however Lord of the Flies it may be. I’m just going to think that those aren’t real horns; I’ll sleep better at night.

And in Croatia, two lanky locals — Marin Cilic and Mario Ancic — played in the finals of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors. Cilic’s 6-3, 6-4 win gives him his second title in five weeks and his third overall. He also now has a 13-1 match record for 2009, an ATP-best.

In Vina Del Mar, Chile, Fernando Gonzalez took home his fourth Movistar Open title by beating Jose Acasuso 6-1, 6-3.

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Monte Carlo Royalty



Is this random circumstance, or are photographers working the early rounds at Monte Carlo having too much fun?

(photo of Jose Acasuso and Robin Soderling by AP)