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Fuzzy wuzzy Juan Monaco is through to the final four at this week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters after beating Jurgen Melzer 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-2 in the quarters. (Sadly, Jurgen was probably pooped out after upsetting Rafa Nadal in the round prior.)

Looking forward: Monaco next faces Andy Murray, who won over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The other semi will feature Roger Federer (d. Soderling) and Novak Djokovic (d. Gigi Lopez).

The clothes: As we saw in person at the US Open, we’re much more a fan of the grey and purple version of this fall’s Edge line from adidas.

Buy: Fall Edge Theme Top (assymetrical), $39; Crew, $35; Shorts, $35; in Deepest Ink (grey), Ultra Beauty (fuschia), and white; all at TW.

(image via Getty Images)

pimp it like pico

For TSF readers in Miami, a little tip: if you’re into the clothes of Etiqueta Negra — a favorite of both Juan Monaco and David Nalbandian — it’ll pay to visit their outpost at the Aventura Mall in the near future. UrbanDaddy’s letting folks leverage $50 into $100’s worth of clothes from the Argentina-based label, putting you that much closer to picking up Pico’s style. Us non-Floridians can browse the full-priced goods at the company’s site.

Act soon: The offer’s good until Wednesday next week. More info here.

(screengrab via etiquetanegra.us)

lefties and lanks rule the roost

The women took a week off to fight for the flags, but the men were vying for titles this past week.

Marin Cilic defended his title at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 win over Michael Berrer. After the match, Marin explained that second-set hiccup that went Berrer’s way.

“I was surprised with the level of [Berrer’s] game. It’s not that I underestimated him; it’s just that I did not expect this level of tennis in his first major final. There were no ups and downs in his game; I had to earn every point.”

Marin currently has a 15-1 record for 2010. He won Chennai and made it to the semis of the 2010 Australian Open.

South Africa and South America: See the other two singles winners after the cut…

pico rolls over for kolya

As expected, Juan Monaco — the 30th seed at the 2010 Australian Open — rolled over for his third round opponent, Nikolay Davydenko. The score: 0-6, 3-6, 4-6.

To Juan’s credit, he had some pretty good wins in the prior two rounds, including one over Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 in the first and a five-setter over Michael Llodra in the second (Pico came from two sets down).

Up next for Kolya is Fernando Verdasco, who walked over after Stefan Koubek retired with a fever (FeVer?) after losing the first set 6-1. And the potential quarterfinal matchup for the Russian is Roger Federer — sorry, Lleyton. (Draw: Men’s singles.)

It means go: Monaco’s wearing clothes from adidas‘s Spring 2010 Edge line, which is using green (“signal” and “dark”) as the contrast to the blue courts of the Australian Open. We’re all about the color blocking on the bermuda shorts, and pairing that with the intense graphic of the black/green crew gives a nice effect. Unfortunately, it just looks messy with the white/green colorway.

Buy: adidas Spring 2010 Edge Crew, $55; Edge Bermuda, $55; Warm-up, $80.

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trophy watch: monfils hatches a green egg, date set a date with history, etc.

Proud achievement or slap in the face? Japanese phoenix Kimiko Date-Krumm became the oldest SEWTA winner since BJK in 1983 by beating Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-3 at the Korea Open. Set this win beside Kimmie‘s U.S. Open triumph (and alongside Dinara‘s first round disaster in Tokyo) and what you get is fodder for naysayers of the deflated WTA Tour. Either way, congrats to Kimiko!

You can’t Photoshop that even if you tried: Israeli Shahar Pe’er beat local (Uzbekistani) Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3, 6-4 at the Tashkent Open. Shahar also won the singles title at last week’s Guangzhou Open.

More: The men, and toasts to Agassi and Kramer after the cut…

le sigh: pico bites the red dust

TSF’s clay hope Juan Monaco — he once had the goods to back this up — did his unseeded duty by going taut-belly up against ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. We expect Tsonga to easily beat Christophe Rochus (who won the battle of the munchkins against Arnaud Clement), but to fall to Juan Martin Del Potro in the round of 16.

Three stripes times two: Pico’s steady baseline game was accented by the adidas Spring Edge Print Crew, while Tsonga’s all-attacking style was covered in the season’s Zip Crew.

Buy: adidas Spring Edge Print Crew, $35.99, phantom/pool blue and white/blank; Spring Competition Zip Crew, cyan/black/white and neon yellow/white, $43.99.

More: A few more pics of Monaco’s French Open play after the cut…

trophy watch: llodra keeps his clothes on, venus makes her case, roddick hits back, etc.

Robredo rolls: Spaniard Tommy Robredo has been slowly compiling a successful 2009 (he’s 15-3 in match wins so far), adding to last week’s Brasil Open title a trophy from the Copa Telmex in Buenos Aires. As a part of a nine-match winning streak, Tommy took out 2007 champ Juan Monaco 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (5).

Roddick’s revenge: Early bird got The Worm this week when Andy exacted revenge on Radek Stepanek‘s title win over the American at last week’s SAP Open. This time around, at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, the top seed only needed two sets to take out Stepanek: 7-5, 7-5.

As you may have heard, Roddick is skipping this the ATP Dubai stop in support of Shahar Peer. Good for him.

Teenage triumph: And on the women’s side of this combined tournament, Belarusian Victoria Azarenka upset top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the finals of Memphis 6-1, 6-3. This is Victoria’s second title of the year (and of her career). She was merely playing catch-up to Wozniacki, whose breakout 2008 produced three titles.

Venus and Virginie: Speaking of Dubai, a gracious (and henna-free) Venus Williams addressed Shahar’s situation during her trophy ceremony after beating Virginie Razzano 6-4, 6-2.

“I am not here to rock any boat or upset people, I am just here to do things that are right,” Williams said. “And I think right things are already happening next week and right things will happen next year.”

Props to Virginie and Asics for maxing out her airtime. They had her in another colorway of her separates, this one in black with pink trim.

French fracas: We’re a little sad that the French smorgasbord in Marseille has come to an end (Arnaud Clement, Youzhny, Tursunov, Dimitrov, Vliegen, Seppi, Safin, Chardy, Bolelli), and even sadder that Jo-Wilfried Tsonga denied us a post-win striptease from runner-up Michael Llodra. But thumbs-up to Tsonga for bagging his second title of the year.

Maria’s maiden title: In Bogota, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez beat Gisela Dulko 6-2 6-3 for her first SEWTA title at the Copa Colsanitas tournament.

(images via Getty Images)

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photo feed: checking in with juan monaco

…and by “checking in with” we mean “showing many pictures of”.

Calendar boy Juan Monaco lost early at this year’s Australian Open, falling to fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.

But of course he won the adidas fashion war that day, besting Tsonga’s yellow top from the Competition line with his white Edge crewneck. Props to the neat look of the black/white contrast and the novelty six-pack print — not required since Juan has his own washboard.

We also like the tee’s olive/yellow version (we’d like a break from lime, thanks). And in the Edge Warm-up Hoodie, the graphic simply moves higher up on the chest. Look for a blue version of these items to drop in the Spring. (It’s the same blue that Nike is using right now.)

And in light of all the coif makeovers happening Down Under (see: Roger Federer, Marcos Baghdatis), I’m glad that Juan’s kept his the same — even though I’m sure he’d look good with any hairstyle. And I hope he starts posting good results soon, because I’m slowly being won over by the locks of Jeremy Chardy!

The goods: adidas Edge line (which includes Djokovic‘s Falcon apparel): Edge Tee, olive/yellow and white/phantom, $45; Edge Warm-up Hoodie, $65; Bermuda Shorts, olive/white/phantom, $50; tie headband, $15.

fashion focus: etiqueta negra

Aside from being able to drool over Juan Monaco up close (I didn’t think he could look better in person…), one of the good things I took away from last month’s ATP Calendar launch was the discovery that Juan gets dressed by Argentine label Etiqueta Negra.

Thankfully, a friend of mine recently spent some time in Buenos Aires and filled me in on the brand. Etiqueta produces some well-constructed pieces in classic cuts and silhouettes, using raw materials of higher quality than other Argentinian brands.

Even better, Etiqueta’s SoHo store, which’ll eventually open on Prince and Lafayette, will fit right into the current trend of “concept” shops — i.e., displaying clothes alongside installations of brand-inspiring items (in their case: antique Jaguars and vintage BMW motorbikes).

And in case you weren’t quite sold on their upscale feel, founder Federico Alvarez Castillo chose a greyhound — think racing dog, not mass transit — as the brand’s logo, and is the official outfitter of a polo team.

FYI: Unlike Monaco, David Nalbandian had an official endorsement contract with EN that ended at this year’s Open.

Browse: See Etiqueta Negra’s latest collection. And some images from a recent lookbook after the cut…