39th WEEK

This week two indoor Asian tournament began the Asian tour which will last three weeks. When Andy Murray [4] is seeded with No. 1 we can expect his triumph in a tournament. In Bangkok he needed four easy wins to get his 19th title. For the destroyed finalist (47 minutes) Donald Young it was the first ATP final in career; 22-year-old Young will crack the Top 50 for the first time next Monday. Murray hasn’t played in Bangkok since 2006, he’s won 16 out of his 17 last matches. “In terms of the way I’m playing it’s very good to get off to a start like that on this stretch and hopefully I can continue that through Shanghai,” said the Scot.

During the last US Open I wrote about Janko Tipsarevic [17] “the best active player without an ATP title”, it isn’t actual anymore because the most tattooed player claimed his first crown in Kuala Lumpur. ‘Tipsy’ built powerful self-confidence this summer reaching his first Masters Series semifinal (Montreal) followed by his first Grand Slam quarterfinal (US Open). In four matches in Kuala Lumpur, he dropped 5 games in a set only in the final, but it was a set in which he already led 4:1 with two breaks of serve. Before the tournament, the Serb said he would like to reach the Top 10 by the end of the year, he has become the 10th player to win his maiden title in 2011 (has won 10 Challengers) #.

Finals

Bangkok (250)
S: (1)Andy Murray d. Donald Young 6-2, 6-0
D: (1)O.Marach/A.Qureshi d. M.Kohlmann/A.Waske 7-6(4), 7-6(5)

Kuala Lumpur (250)
S: (3)Janko Tipsarevic d. (WC)Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 7-5
D: (2)E.Butorac/J.Rojer d. (3)F.Cermak/F.Polasek 6-1, 6-3

Choker of the week:
Gael Monfils in Bangkok, the Fenchman led 4:2 in the 2nd & 4:1 (deuce) in the 3rd set against Donald Young. Monfils was also two points away from victory leading 5:4* in the final tie-break, Young prevailed 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(5).
# The list of “first time title winners” in 2011:
8 – Milos Raonic (San Jose)
13 – Ivan Dodig (Zagreb)
32 – Ryan Sweeting (Houston)
38 – Kevin Anderson (Johannesburg)
38 – Pablo Andujar (Casablanca)
45 – Alexandr Dolgopolov (Umag)
55 – Robin Haase (Kitzbuhel)
141 – Florian Mayer (Bucharest)
148 – Janko Tipsarevic (Kuala Lumpur)
174 – Andreas Seppi (Eastbourne)
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16 Responses to 39th WEEK

  1. statsman says:

    I counted (twice) 148

  2. Joca says:

    148th for Tipsarevic m8 :)

  3. Joca says:

    statsman was faster :)

    2001 – /
    2002 – /
    2003 – 2
    2004 – 7
    2005 – 15
    2006 – 17
    2007 – 21
    2008 – 22
    2009 – 23
    2010 – 22
    2011 – 19

  4. Voo de Mar says:

    I had counted 22 in 2007, maybe I counted Rome where he played only in the qualies :)

  5. David says:

    What’s the player with most tournaments but never won a ATP title?

    Thanks

  6. Wanaro Evernden says:

    223 – Vincent Spadea (Scottsdale 2004) USA
    204 – Tom Gullikson (Newport 1985) USA
    175 – Andreas Seppi (Eastbourne 2011) ITA
    168 – Fabrice Santoro (Lyon 1997) FRA
    148 – Cedric Pioline (Copenhagen 1996) FRA
    148 – Janko Tipsarevic (Kuala Lumpur 2011) SER
    143 – Albert Montanes (Amersfoort 2008) ESP
    140 – Florian Mayer (Bucharest 2011) GER

  7. Joca says:

    I think Raymond Moore can be the answer! He never won ATP title (played in 2 finals) and he enetered bloody 318 ATP tournaments

    1968 – 7
    1969 – 13
    1970 – 15
    1971 – 21
    1972 – 20
    1973 – 35
    1974 – 20
    1975 – 34
    1976 – 32
    1977 – 31
    1978 – 25
    1979 – 27
    1980 – 21
    1981 – 14
    1982 – 3
    1983 – /

  8. statsman says:

    Great work, Joca

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