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Noumea Wednesday Recap

[another dispatch from Jon Artman, Noumea Bureau Chief]

On a busy Wednesday, giant Gilles Muller saw off Clement Reix as expected; however the match was again extended to 3 sets, which was a big surprise. The Frenchman took the first set 6-4 before the Luxembourger rallied to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Flavio Cipolla continued his reign over Noumea tennis with a 6-1, 6-0 demolition of Frenchman David Guez. I expected Cipolla to be victorious, although not in such comfortable fashion. An excellent show by the Italian.

Josselin Ouanna defeated Rik de Voest as predicted in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. The big South African improved his play in the 2nd set but was unable to force a decider.

File Photo of Josselin Ouanna (right) with compatriot and Brisbaniac Adrian Mannarino

Exciting young talent Amir Weintraub saw his brilliant run of 8 wins halted by improving Frenchman Vincent Millot. Despite dropping the first set Millot came back to trump Weintraub with a 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory.

Jesse Huta Galung of the Netherlands continued his easy passage in to the latter stages of the tournament with a straight sets victory over Ivo Klec 6-4, 6-4.

[Editor’s note: although Jesse did tweet: “Weather extremely cramped, seldom felt so bad after a game. Tomorrow quarterfinals.” Tweetdeck translation]

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That’s, like, French for “results” (I think) (I’m pretty dumb though).

Anyway, here they are.  Once again expertly cut-and-pasted by my nimbly typing hands.  You’re welcome!

RESULTATS

[2] J Huta Galung (NED) b I Klec (SVK) 64 64
[3] G Muller (LUX) b [WC] C Reix (FRA) 46 61 64
[6] J Ouanna (FRA) b R de Voest (RSA) 62 64
F Cipolla (ITA) b [7] D Guez (FRA) 61 60
G Burquier (FRA) b [8] S Vagnozzi (ITA) 63 63
A Gensse (FRA) b F Nielsen (DEN) 64 62
P Cervenak (SVK) b S Rieschick (GER) 61 76(1)
V Millot (FRA) b [Q] A Weintraub (ISR) 36 75 75

I’ll leave it our Noumea Bureau Chief, Jon Artman, to analyze these for you later.

(actually, I can’t resist just saying: wow, Flavio Cipolla really does do amazingly well in Noumea, doesn’t he?)

Challenger Noumea Day 3 Preview

[Editor’s note: For this preview, we once again leave you in the capable typing hands of Mr. Jonathan Artman, our New Caledonian Bureau Chief. Give him a holler on the Twitter @jonnyboy613 or, alternately, holler at him in the comments.]

Flavio Cipolla v David Guez

A favourite with the locals and a former Champion in the New Caledonian island, Flavio Cipolla of Italy will face off against the vastly experienced Frenchman David Guez for a place in the quarterfinals. In the last round Cipolla saw off compatriot Matteo Viola in straight sets whereas Guez dealt similar damage to his South African opponent, Fritz Wolmarans. In some ways Guez’s comfortable victory was a surprise as Wolmarans had hugely impressed at the backend of the 2010 season. Moreover, the Frenchman’s form had deteriorated rapidly as the season progressed, but his victory on Monday may be a sign that he is looking to 2011 for a fresh start and a new chapter in his indifferent tennis career.

Cipolla thrives on the courts and is clearly comfortable with the tropical weather and conditions. Apart from winning the title here a few years ago, he was also a beaten finalist last year against the German Florian Mayer, who is now well inside the top 50 of the rankings.

The Italian actually turned pro in 2003 at age 20, which is quite late for such a player; some Pros now reach that status as young as 16 or 17. Cipolla has shown signs of his burgeoning potential in the past after taking Stanislas Wawrinka to 5 sets in 2008 at Flushing Meadows.

It is somewhat difficult to decide on what to expect from David Guez due to his inconsistencies in the past so I will have to predict a Cipolla victory, especially with this impressive history at this tournament. This match could very well go the distance.

All that and a bag of Cips

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Noumea Tuesdea Preview

A very sparse OOP in Noumea for Tuesday (unless you count doubles, which I totally don’t) (kidding!) (about the doubles, not the spareness).  If I had the kind of forecast they have, I’d be making people play multiple rounds today.  I guess that’s why I’m not a tournament director – which I’m sure is for the better, as it would likely result in player mutiny and violent overthrow. All for the best.  Anyway, here’s a look at Tuesday’s matches, which are the only remaining first rounds to be played:

Igor Sijsling vs. Augustin Gensse: a first ever meeting between the top-seeded Dutchman and the 27 year-old Frenchie.  Sijsling ended the year on one of the better tears on tour, winning the Eckental Challenger then reaching the finals in Aachen before Dustin Brown halted his 9-match winning streak.  This will be his first pro match since that run in late November.  Gensse, meanwhile, had an amazing 72/21 season that saw him claim SEVEN Futures titles and reach the semis of the Palermo Challenger, pushing his ranking up from #578 into the Top 200.  So I would be very densse were I to write off his chances.  Will be an interesting one, for sure.

Igor Sijsling Dutching it up with pal Thiemo de Bakker

Freddie Nielsen vs. Kevin Kim: First meeting for these guys as well.  Two challenger tour veterans whose seasons (and possibly careers) took different trajectories at the end of last year. 2010 saw the 32 year-old Kim lose his final six matches of the year on the way to a 29/37 campaign.  The 27 year-old Dane, meanwhile, ended the year with a run to the finals of Loughborough (where he lost to the then-torrid Matthias Bachinger) and a 46/26 record.  All trends point to Nielsen getting through this one.

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With Sao Paulo rained out for the day, and the forecast looking dicey for the rest of the week in New Caledonia, it was good that one of the challenger events was actually able to fit some tennis into their week.  The first day’s play went off without a hitch (well, unless you were Benoit Paire – then there were plenty of hitches).  Here are the results, as expertly cut and pasted by moi from the INTERNATIONAUX DE NOUVELLE-CALEDONIE 2011 webpage itself:

Simple messieurs, premier tour

[3] G Muller (LUX) b D Udomchoke (THA) 46 75 76(5)
V Millot (FRA) b [4] M Gicquel (FRA) 63 75
S Rieschick (GER) b [5] B Paire (FRA) 61 61
[6] J Ouanna (FRA) b [Q] M Yani (USA) 63 64
[7] D Guez (FRA) b [Q] F Wolmarans (RSA) 61 64
[8] S Vagnozzi (ITA) b [WC] N N’godrela (FRA) 64 61
P Cervenak (SVK) b R Jouan (FRA) 76(8) 63
[WC] C Reix (FRA) b [WC] C Brezac (FRA) 64 76(2)
F Cipolla (ITA) b M Viola (ITA) 75 64
R de Voest (RSA) b [Q] D Meffert (GER) 76(1) 76(1)
[Q] A Weintraub (ISR) b O Patience (FRA) 16 63 63
G Burquier (FRA) b L Rochette (FRA) 63 62

I’m still waiting on the results for the more complicated messieurs, but those are scores for the simple ones at least. 

A lot of surprises there: that Gilles Muller was so extended by Danai Udomchoke, for one.  But at least Gilles deLUXe actually won.  4th and 5th seeds Marc Gicquel and Benoit Paire were not so fortunate.  I suppose it’s less shocking that Paire went down to Sebastian Rieschick, who is a quite capable player himself.  And, as has been recounted here, Benoit is entirely capable of imploding.  Plus Vincent Millot, that fire hydrant-shaped Frenchman, is only ranked 50 spots lower than his 33 year-old countryman at this point. 

 Benoit udomchokes another one away

So actually, now that I look at it – I’m not surprised at all.  I take it all back.  I’d erase the above paragraph, but then I’d have to write something else, and I’m far too lazy to do that.  So we’re all stuck with it.

All the qualifiers bit the French island dust, save for Amir Weintraub, who’s put together a nice little run of wins lately.  I am surprised (no, really) that Fritz got blitzed so badly, but that’s about it.

Anyway, there’s your update.  I hope you like it, because we might not have another for quite some time.  In the meantime, I’ll be blathering about Challenger tennis players who’ve been making inroads into ATP 250’s.  But you’ll have to find such blather in a different post.

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