38th WEEK

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga [10] has been in very good shape since Queens Club, however, his self-confidence was spoiled a bit with two devastating defeats to Federer and Nadal in back-to-back matches. He came to his home country, interacted with the crowd profoundly and won his first title in the last two years. He should have won the final much more easier but squandered two break points leading 4:1 in the 2nd set. In the 3rd set he broke Ljubicic twice (in the 3rd and 9th game of the set). “I am so happy to have won the title, it was a long time since I lifted a trophy and I am happy I was able to do here in Metz, in front of the French public,” said Tsonga increasing his chances to qualify for ‘Masters’.
Bucharest: without any doubts Florian Mayer [24] had a potential through many years to join the list of singles title winners #. The unorthodox German advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals just in his 8th tournament at the main level (2004), since then he needed another seven years and 131 tournaments played to finally claim his first title. He did it in persuasive style; lost a bagel set in his first match (to Berlocq) but wasn’t seriously threatened in that match though (6-2 0-6 6-4), leading comfortably in the deciding set. “The beginning was not perfect, I was so nervous today,” said Mayer about his fifth ATP final. “I wanted to win so badly. My legs were heavy. I was lucky at the beginning, he was 3:1, 40/15 up in the first set. Today he made some untypical mistakes and once I got a break in the second set I relaxed and played better.” Mayer has won 9 Challengers.


Metz (250)
S: (1)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga d. (4)Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3
D: J.Murray/A.Sa d. L.Dlouhy/M.Melo 6-4, 7-6(7)

Bucharest (250)
S: (2)Florian Mayer d. (4)Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-1
D: D.Bracciali/P.Starace d. J.Knowle/D.Marrero 3-6, 6-4, [10-8]

Choker of the week:
Adrian Ungur in Bucharest, he could reach his first ATP quarterfinal but wasted a triple match point against Joao Souza in a tie-break. Ungur had his first match point before the tie-break, Souza won 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-1.
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)
140 – Florian Mayer (Bucharest)
174 – Andreas Seppi (Eastbourne)
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21 Responses to 38th WEEK

  1. Joca says:

    I think this was 140th ATP tournament for Mayer

  2. Voo de Mar says:

    I counted only once today, so maybe you’re right Joca 🙂 Tomorrow I’ll recount it.

  3. statsman says:

    For me it’s also 140

  4. Wanaro Evernden says:

    If i see the 24th week page :
    223 – Vincent Spadea (Scottsdale 2004)
    204 – Tom Gullikson (Newport 1985)
    175 – Andreas Seppi (Eastbourne 2011)
    168 – Fabrice Santoro (Lyon 1997)
    148 – Cedric Pioline (Copenhagen 1996)
    143 – Albert Montanes (Amersfoort 2008)
    140 – Florian Mayer (Bucharest 2011)
    Some players between Montanes and Mayer ?

  5. Joca says:

    I check and Seppi played 174th ATP tournament in Eastbourne (some of you guys can check it again)

    2001 – /
    2002 – /
    2003 – 2
    2004 – 9
    2005 – 16
    2006 – 28
    2007 – 23
    2008 – 28
    2009 – 28
    2010 – 28
    2011 – 12

  6. Voo de Mar says:

    Joca & Statsman: if you both counted 140 I’d change it, it’s not the most enjoyable thing to recount 😉 I assume you couldn’t count World Team Cup by mistake because he participated in three editions.

  7. statsman says:

    Of course Voo, WTC don’t counted. And also i recounted Seppi’s total, and Joca’s right – it’s 174, not 175

  8. Joca says:

    Yes, WTC out of count 🙂 And its really boring cause ATP produce ITF Futures and Challengers but not ATP tournaments alone, easy to make mistakes

    I don’t want to be pain int the ass but Robin Haase played his 55th ATP tournament in Kitzbuhel (some help will be usefull, its really hard to count multiple times)

    2004 – /
    2005 – /
    2006 – 2
    2007 – 11
    2008 – 13
    2009 – /
    2010 – 11
    2011- 18

  9. statsman says:

    Yes, Joca, you’re right again. Haase played his 55th event at the main level

  10. Voo de Mar says:

    Thanks guys, probably I’ve incorrectly counted many other players, it’s not a big deal though, because there are ‘+/- 2’ errors 😛

  11. statsman says:

    Voo, can you help me? What is the original scores of these 2 doubles matches (some sources have different data)
    1). 1998 ATP Tashkent 1st Round – Kenneth Carlsen/Sjeng Schalken d. Oleg Ogorodov/Marat Safin
    2). 1999 TMS Miami 3rd round – Nicklas Kulti/Mickael Tillstrom d. Carlos Moya/Marat Safin

  12. Voo de Mar says:

    Carlsen/Schalken – Ogorodov/Safin 6-7(6), 7-6(5), 7-6(8)
    Kulti/Tillstrom – Moya/Safin 6-3, 6-4

    Thanks for asking, I didn’t have tie-break scores of the first one in my MTF’s tie-break threaed 🙂

  13. statsman says:

    Thanks so much Voo!

  14. statsman says:

    yes, i recounted yesterday twice, it’s 32

  15. statsman says:

    Voo, i have a last one question about scorelines.
    Barcelona 2000 QF – Safin – Lapentti – it’s 7-6(2), 7-5 or 7-6(3), 7-5
    ATP, stevegtennis, tenniscorner (now N/A) and off. barca site says 7-6(3), 7-5,
    but ITF says 7-6(2), 7-5

  16. Voo de Mar says:

    I’ve got (7-3), but didn’t see that match :/

  17. statsman says:

    as always, thank you 🙂

  18. Voo de Mar says:

    Tipsarevic is going perhaps to get his first title tomorrow. It’s time to count his ATP tournaments 😉

  19. statsman says:

    Voo, OMG… lol ^_^

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