Monday, October 07, 2019

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Dominic Thiem came back from a set and a break down to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, capturing his fourth title of the season and further padding his hard-court resume at the China Open in Beijing.

Although the Greek came up short in the final, couldn't help but notice he was giving the Austrian a run for his money in the Ass Department

Let’s hear it for the away team!

Novak Djokovic was in winning form in his first tournament since retiring from the U.S. Open with a left shoulder injury, dismissing John Millman, 6-3, 6-2 to win the Japan Open. 

Hottest "racist" moment since Gus Kenworthy!

Still, it was a great week for the hunky Aussie, who had lost all of his U.S. Open points after drawing Rafael Nadal in the first round, who will return to the Top 60 with this result. 

His semifinal result was a bit of a Sophie's Choice over here as he squared off with a BEARDED Reilly Opelka, winning 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Naomi Osaka finally remembered she's a good player, fighting back from a set down to beat world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the China Open in Beijing on Sunday. It was the Japanese's second title in the Asian swing after clinching the Pan Pacific Open in Japan last month, and moves her up a place to third in the rankings. She is now on a 10-match winning streak since her fourth-round exit at the U.S. Open. 

Cute story!

Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin defeated reigning Monte-Carlo champions Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor 7-6(7), 6-4 after one hour and 42 minutes to clinch the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships title, their seventh tour-level trophy as a pair and their first together since Antwerp last year.

In Challenger land: Quentin Halys reached the finals of singles and doubles (with Matteo Martineau) at the ITF FRance, but came up short in both ... if it’s possible to come up short looking like that.

Around the net ...

Vasek Pospisil is is all smiles, qualifying for Shanghai ... 

and he followed it up with a straight-sets win over Diego Schwartzman in the first round.

Not unlike the sexy 'stached rugby player brother of Kane Lawton, Tennis Warehouse spokesman Chris Worman also blocked me on Instagram, merely for including him on my blog. Homophobia is alive in 2019.

A loss to Andy Murray in Beijing drove Matteo back to his true love.

Ryan Harrison in ON THE MEND.

Hot mixed-height couple alert.

Mektic may have lost, but he sure looks like a winner to me!

Hubba hubba: Two alphabets, one language. 

Benoit professes his love for Stan ... 

Damir Dzumhur vs. the Great Wall of China.

Guido Andreozzi of Argentina ...

Enjoying an early loss (he retired) in Brazil.

 Karen Khachanov lost a nail-biter to another great wall in china, eventual champion Dominic Thiem.

Hunky Dieter Kindlmann is a tennis and artistic coach ...

Alex Robein and a "friend" ...

Marton Fucsovics and his new prize ...


demc7 said...

Dude....did you actually see Sophie's Choice?

Kenneth M. Walsh said...

I did — great film! — and for the past 37 years it’s been shorthand for making a difficult decision between two things. (Sorry, I don’t take directions from humorless Gen Z members.)

demc7 said...

I'm 36....Nazis ripping your children from and choosing between 2 tennis players seems like an extreme comparison to me. But, since I'm so humorless, I'll find a blog that's more professional.

Kenneth M. Walsh said...

@Demc7: Wait. I'm not sure what your age has to do with this -- did you think you were personally responsible for this sudden (faux) outrage over a pop culture reference that's been around for decades? I assumed it was the new Gen Z "woke" brigade pretending to be outraged -- and didn't say "humorless millennials" because I think they get a bad rap -- but I guess it transcends generations.

P.S. No one in the history of the world who has ever said "Sophie's choice" has ever thought, believed or entertained the idea for even one second that what they were deciding was akin to Nazis. But OK.

Sandy said...

@Kenneth: You don't understand how this works, whoever says "Nazis" first automatically "wins" the argument ... it's Woke101.