'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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before friday, all the russians fall

1) Venus Williams continues to tear through the draw with a 6-3, 6-4 win over fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. Venus reaches the semi-finals as the twenty-third seed.

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2) Nikolay Davydenko lost in three sets to Marcos Baghdatis. I really thought Davydenko would win, but he’s been lackluster so I’m not surprised. And I didn’t give Marcos enough credit. I guess he’s not just coasting on emotional fumes anymore a la 2006. (And he’s seeded tenth, after all).

Okay, now we’ve seen a version of Kolya’s Airness shirt in every color imaginable. It’s time to change the cut of his kit, people!

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3) And Mikhail Youzhny took two sets off Rafa Nadal but lost in five. Here he is wearing adidas.

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trophy watch: on grass, do as they always do

Tradition and history trump innovation and design for this week’s trophies (we’re playing on grass, after all).

Absent were the green trees, sailboats, and eagles. Instead, Halle, Birmingham (England), and Queen’s Club all doled out some mighty fine chalices. Simple. Classic.

At the DFS Classic, Jelena Jankovic defeated Maria Sharapova in three sets (4-6, 6-3, 7-5) and gets the gravy boat.

And Andy Roddick also needed to go three sets to beat Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 4-6, 7-6 (9), 7-6 (2) at the Artois Championships. How many kegs can he dump into that?

In Halle, Tomas Berdych won against Marcos Baghdatis 7-5, 6-4. Berdych one-ups his loss in last year’s final against Roger Federer. The youngster’s prize comes with a lid to prevent spills.

The Barcelona KIA tournament — backed by Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and won by journeywoman Meghan Shaughnessy — followed what the grass tourneys did even though it was contested on red clay.