Davidoff Swiss Indoors (5)
Coverage from ATP World Tour 500 Tournament in Switzerland October 1 - November 8, 2009
The last day of the 2009 Davidoff Swiss Indoors looked promising with the two top seeds squaring off in both draws, including, of course, the home favorite Roger Federer.
In a surprisingly lopsided doubles final that never lived up to the anticipated quality, Canadian Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia dismissed the second-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan, 6-2, 6-3. The American team was in trouble early on when Bob Bryan was broken in the opening game of the match. Down 0-2, Mike Bryan hit his brother with a baseline shot, a scene that was telling for the first set, in which very little worked for the Americans. Nestor and Zimonjic, on the other hand, weren’t missing at all, winning their service games easily and putting pressure on their opponents’ serves, which they broke once more before Nestor served out the set 6-2.
Djokovic vs Stepanek: 6-7 (4), 4-5, 0-40
Down three match points against the Czech No. 5 seed Radek Stepanek, the Serbian world No. 3 Novak Djokovic seemed all but out. He had lost the first set in a tiebreak, in which he surrendered two points on his serve when Stepanek smashed away his passing shot attempts.
The game seems easy enough. Aim precisely, throw a ring around the neck of one of the twenty bottles before you and win a prize. But the rings are small, the bottles slippery and in the end you are more likely to leave feeling frustrated than carrying a teddy bear.
One got the impression that this was what the last two sets against Radek Stepanek were like for Croat Marin Cilic. The court seemed too small, the racket too slippery and, no matter how hard he tried to hit his shots with precision and drive, they flew wide, too short, or into the net.
Meet the Journeyman
World No. 168 Michael Lammer talked of pride when he entered the Interview Room. “I gave it all I had,” he said. “It was the biggest match of my career. The crowd was great. Moments like these are what I train for, what I play tennis for.” Some might consider his positive attitude surprising, considering that he just came off a three-set loss to Marco Chiudinelli.
Completely ignored by the ‘Super Monday’ promotion and five hours before the Opening Ceremony, Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic started off the main draw play on Center Court against Florent Serra, whom he had beaten in their two previous meetings without even surrendering serve. Serra, who came into the main draw as a lucky loser after the withdrawal of Jürgen Melzer, must have sensed that his fortunes were changing when he got to three break points in Karlovic’s opening service game.