let the slash fic-ing begin



We’d like what he’s having: Not sure how he swings it, but Philipp Petzschner ends up in the most opportune of places.

Tender: And while this Tipsarevic/Petszch post-match moment isn’t quite like the Dimitrov/Monfils mashfest that happened in the first round of U.S. Open play, we find it just as sweet.

Draw: 20th-seeded Serb beat Petzschner 6-0, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in their second round match.

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philipp petzschner plays munich



Philipp Petzschner attended the players’ party thrown by this week’s BMW Open in Munich — and we’re glad he knows how to dress up! (Marat: take notes, ok?) Marcos Baghdatis also showed up with goofy camo Zorro mask. Browse: BMW Open party pics.

Draw: Petzschner, the other half of our favorite German doubles duo — honestly, we wonder what the slash fic must be like for these two — is still in the running for Germany’s next hot player along with Florian Mayer, qualifier Julian Reister, Philipp Kohlschreiber, lucky loser Denis Gremelmayr, and wildcard Dustin Brown. Petzsch upset top seed Mikhail Youzhny and faces Potito Starace in the quarters. (Draw: BMW Open)

More: See shots of Petzschner in his on-court Erke kit after the cut…

wimbledon blues



James Blake debuts new pieces from his Fila Thomas Reynolds line; Philipp Petzschner, who played two amazing sets against Rafa Nadal before losing his third-round match in five sets, wears Erke; Lukas Lacko in Diadora.

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trophy watch: giant balls, david’s peak, jelena’s hat trick, and changing the russian guard



Another Philipp to watch: Sorry, Herr Kohlschreiber — you’ll have to save some space at the table for qualifier Philipp Petzschner, who nabbed his second career ATP title at the Bank Austria-TennisTrophy when he beat beat Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 after taking out Wawrinka, Moya, and Lopez in earlier rounds.

In Stockholm, David Nalbandian performed as expected, winning his second title of the year with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Robin Soderling. He’ll head into this week’s Mutua Madrilena Masters as the defending champion.

Marat Safin failed to convert his finals appearance in the 2008 Kremlin Cup into a title (this would have been his first since the ’05 Australian). Meanwhile, props to Igor Kunitsyn and his 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4), 6-3 victory over his veteran countryman for his maiden title. He even prepared a speech that congratulated Marat!

Hot potato: The top players of the SEWTA continue to keep us fans on our toes, making sure that whoever holds the No. 1 ranking isn’t the last woman standing at a tournament. In this week’s episode of “The Consistency Caper”, second-ranked Jelena Jankovic downs Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-4 for her fourth title of 2008. Meanwhile, top-ranked Serena is MIA. BTW, this is the third meeting in as many weeks between Jelena and Vera.

(Note: Apparently — see first comment below — this is no longer the case. TSF apologizes for the error. Congrats to victor Jelena, who now has all the spoils.)

It’s in the bag: The flip-flops of Roger Federer (first, he’s out “indefinintely”, next, he’s back on the schedule a week later…) played second fiddle to Rafa Nadal, who received a trophy from the ATP this week in recognition of his No.1 ranking. He’ll pretty much end the year in the top spot barring any missteps.