jo-wilfried tsonga



The 10th seed at the 2010 Australian Open, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, is now through to the quarterfinals after a hard-fought win over Nicolas Almagro — 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-7 (6), 9-7. Up next is Novak Djokovic. (Draw: Men’s singles.)

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french fhm



Enjoy these pictures of Michael Llodra, Nicolas Almagro, Fabio Fognini, Marcos Baghdatis, and Jeremy Chardy taken for the French FHM.

(scans via MTF)

trophy watch: surf, sand, and sun



In Acapulco, both Nicolas Almagro and Flavia Pennetta made it to the finals — like they did last year, but only one of them defended their title.

Almagro upset Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 — revenge from their heated third-round Australian Open match, perhaps? And Pennetta bowed out to Venus Williams in just over an hour. The 6-1, 6-2 win gives Venus her second title in as many weeks.

Fish schools Korolev: The tennis pedigree (he’s Anna Kournikova‘s cousin) didn’t quite help Evgeny Korolev maintain trend at the Delray Beach ITC: up until Mardy Fish‘s 7-5, 6-3 win on Sunday, the tournament’s top seeds had never taken the title.

Last man standing? If Nole didn’t end up bringing home this boat from Dubai, it would’ve been pretty sad. The other top guys — Roger, Rafa, Andys Murray and Roddick — all dropped out for various reasons. Thankfully, he lived up to the challenge and beat David Ferrer 7-5, 6-3.

shirtless: jeremy chardy



Count 21-year-old Jeremy Chardy as one of the ATP upstarts who made a splash at this year’s French Open. He took out sixth seed David Nalbandian and then 30th seed Dmitry Tursunov before falling to 2008 claycourt “it” player Nicolas Almagro in the round of 16. (That battle with Almagro included two tiebreakers and a 7-5 third set!)

Wearing his standard issue from Lacoste.

Freckles! Also, notice the white bandana they’ve put on him. Good call from the French brand.

More: See him from the front (plus a few more photos) after the cut…

a little fight club action



Mikhail Youzhny - Miami 2008

Watch this clip of Mikhail Youzhny totally losing it after squandering a break point opportunity at 5-4 in the third set against Nicolas Almagro at the Sony Ericsson Open.

He smashes his head with his racquet. Three times. Turned out to be a bloody mess. Let’s hope he doesn’t play a brainy game ala Andy Murray because that didn’t do his head any good.

Misha eventually pulled it together and won 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-6 (6) to advance to the fourth round, where he lost to Janko Tipsarevic.

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