grigor dimitrov: clothed, so no cigar



Not until he has to: Russian Grigor Dimitrov (clothed, le sigh) lost to third seed Gilles Simon in the AEGON Championships Round of 16 in two tiebreak sets.

For this Wimbledon stretch, adidas has its Competition collection in red, blue, and white. I guess Grigor will stay as far away from the all-white rule until he absolutely has to follow it!

Buy: Check out the goods here.

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Floating heads: The lines/ballfolks at this week’s AEGON Championships (aka the Queen’s Club tourney in London) are decked out in Fila blue, matching the backdrop and the furniture of this Wimbledon warmup.

Goings on: Top seed Andy Murray is through to the round of 16 after beating Andreas Seppi in the second round. (Up next is Gigi Lopez.) Meanwhile, a record is on the line with the next match between Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt; both have won this event four times in the last nine years — Hewitt in 2000-2002 and 2006; Roddick in 2003-2005 and 2007. Whoever wins that battle should end up in the finals and with a fifth Queen’s Club title.

And yes, we are saying that Murray will be in the final. (Maybe JC Ferrero?)

Browse: Tourney website here.

(image courtesy of Fila)

trophy watch: roger retreats to routine while rafa rolls on with record



The Queen’s Cup

Rafael Nadal continues to make his case for winning this year’s Wimbledon title with a 7-6 (6), 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic at The Artois Championships in London. Rafa, who took home $133,000, is the first Spaniard to win a grass court title in 35 years (bookending Andres Gimeno‘s 1972 Eastbourne feat).

Does Rafa already have a toothpaste endorsement deal? It could be very lucrative…

Meanwhile, Roger Federer scurried back to the teat of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, where he tried to erase last week’s French Open drubbing with his fifth title at this smaller grass event. He beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4. He didn’t drop a set in five matches, helping extend his record to 25-0 at this event (and to 59 straight wins on grass dating back to 2002).

Looking forward: Roger will seek his sixth straight Wimbledon title this coming week.

Top seed Nikolay Davydenko chips away some more of that (unfounded) match-fixing notoriety with another title, this time at the Orange Prokom Open in Warsaw. He has racked up three titles so far in 2008, tying Nole and trailing only Rafa’s five. Kolya beat second seed Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-3. Great track jacket from Airness!

Kateryna Bondarenko switched to a more even K-Swiss outfit for the DFS Classic final. Kateryna overcame Yanina Wickmayer 7-6 (7), 3-6, 7-6 (4).

In this week’s only clay contest, Maria Kirilenko made quick work of Maria Martinez Sanchez (6-0, 6-2) in the Barcelona Open. Maria turned this around with a first-round exit at Eastbourne this week.

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even without sound…



I’m slumming it these days — I have a laptop with a broken hinge (read: the screen can’t stay up on its own) and no sound card (YouTube just isn’t the same…) — yet I’ve managed to enjoy Janko Tipsarevic‘s vlog at The Artois Championships at the Queen’s Club in London.

The Serbian shows off his bedhead while getting some physical therapy done for his forearm.

And he tries to book a practice court in this video. What is it with tennis players and cartoon tees? (Of course a heady man like Janko would enjoy Family Guy. I love him even more!)

Scoreline: He lost to compatriot and eventual finalist Nole Djokovic in the third round — 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.

(screenshots from atptennis.com)

peekaboo: marat safin at queen’s club



Dear Marat,

In case you’re feeling down about your grass campaign not starting out so golden (but hey, a third-round loss to 10th seed Fernando Gonzalez isn’t that bad), consider this: your name has been mentioned the most of any ATPer in our hottie poll!

xoxoxo, TSF

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