Farmers Classic

Farmers Classic (5)

Coverage of the inaugural 2010 Farmers Classic, presented by Mercedes Benz in Los Angeles, California, July 26 - August 1, 2010

Monday, 02 August 2010 09:56

Put the Needle on the Record

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bryan-bros-dl-080110-homeBob Bryan/Mike Bryan d. Eric Butorac/JulienRojer – 6-7(6), 6-2, 10-7
Though still chasing Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic for the No. 1 doubles ranking, Bob and Mike Bryan left every active doubles team in the dust Sunday, clinching the record for most team doubles titles after earning No. 62 on their hometown courts.  As Mark Woodforde elegantly put it during the trophy presentation, they are now “in rarefied air.” Showing their own reverence and respect for tennis history, the Bryans dedicated their win to the late great Jack Kramer, who would have turned 89 on Sunday.
“It’s been an emotional ride,” Bob Bryan confessed, “We couldn’t get the pickle out of the jar… legs felt like jelly, arms spaghetti.”   The Bryans had worthy adversaries in the team of Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer, and were clearly feeling the pressure of the moment.  “It kinda[sic] just hit us during the match,” Mike said.  “You start counting down the points, and it gets in your head a bit.”  But the brothers have a weapon not every other team can count on – each other.  “We never give up on each other,” Bob stated emphatically.  It also helped to have a lot of friends and family in their corner.  “We were only missing two family members.  It was like Thanksgiving,” Bob smiled.
Sunday, 01 August 2010 12:53

Hit Me with Your Best Shot

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querrey-dl-073110-artKnock me down, it’s all in vain
I’ll get right back on my feet again!

The Southern California crowd was clearly on native son Sam Querrey’s side during his semifinal match Saturday afternoon.  The Thousand Oaks resident rewarded them almost three hours later with the win, 6-7(3), 7-6(5), 6-4.  These UCLA courts Querrey loves have been a battlefield for him all week, the semifinal having been his third three-setter at the Farmers Classic. He has come dangerously close to getting dumped from the draw more than once, but has persevered.

The American brought out the big guns, his serve and forehand, against Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, playing aggressively throughout the match.  The only drawback to that style was a tendency to overhit, causing balls to sail long or land in the net.  For the most part, patience and persistence paid off for Tipsarevic.  Using strong defensive skills and a few booming serves of his own, the Serb worked on keeping the Querrey on the move, waiting for an opening to hit a winner.  Those tactics helped him win the first set in a tiebreak and took him to match point in the second.  Querrey had to dig deep to stay alive at 4-5 and again down a 1-5 deficit in the tiebreak.   A few great serves and superior shotmaking under pressure from Querrey cost Tipsarevic the lead, the set, as well as a racquet, and took the match into the final stretch.
Thursday, 29 July 2010 12:37

We're an American Band

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querrey-dl-072810-artWe're comin' to your town,
We'll help you party it down,
We're an American band!

The band of brothers known as Bob and Mike Bryan isn’t just interested in making records; they're looking to break them as well.  With their recent win in Madrid, the twins now have 61 titles, matching the record held by Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, aka "The Woodies," previously the most successful doubles team in the Open Era.  Four wins this week, and the twins hailing from Camarillo, Calif. would cross the finish line a nose ahead of the Australian Hall of Famers with their 62nd title.   The Americans still trail the Woodies by three in Grand Slam titles. But they've got time to work on that record, since, according to Mike, they, "plan on playing another 5 years."

The Bryans are aiming for a sixth title here at UCLA and love playing on Straus Stadium, claiming they still got goosebumps before their first match this year.  “We played on that court when we were six years old and pretty much every year since, so that's our favorite court in the world,” Bob commented to the media.  “We treat this tournament like it's one of the biggest tournaments in the world.”

Tuesday, 27 July 2010 12:12

The Boys Are Back in Town

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malisse-cw-072010-artGuess who just got back today?
Them big-hittin' boys that'd been away...
 
With Sam Querrey hoping to continue his reign at Straus Stadium and world number four Andy Murray swooping in to grab the last wildcard, as well as the top seed, in his debut at the tournament, the Farmers Classic kicks off its 84th year of men’s tennis at the UCLA campus in Los Angeles.  The tennis balls, along with a few racquets, will take most of the beating, but, as the Thin Lizzy song goes, “if the boys wanna fight, you’d better let 'em!”
 
Monday afternoon, qualifiers Ilija Bozoljac, Somdev Devvarman, Steve Johnson and Tim Smyczek won their way into the main draw while Ernests Gulbis, Rainer Schuettler, and Janko Tipsarevic booked trips to the Second Round.
 
Monday’s night session showdown featured Xavier Malisse and Dudi Sela.  It was a rough start for the Belgian.  By the third game of the first set, Malisse had already broken a racquet and berated the chair, his shotmaking almost too casual.   While Sela mixed up his game with slices, short balls and worked at staying offensive, he really only needed to keep the ball in play and wait for a Malisse mistake to get ahead.  The Israeli encountered a turn of events in the second set, however.  Malisse was calmer and tightened up his game, breaking his opponent twice to take the set only to revert back to his first set form in the third.  Sela took the match, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.  Sela told the crowd afterwards that he “just kept fighting,” but credit may also be partly due to a fun and boisterous group of fans in his corner throughout the match.