Seeds ousted in Queens

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– Queens lineup this year was pretty weak compared to other years, like the previous years where London had some stars like Djokovic or Nadal. This year the top-8 seeds where Murray, Tsonga, Tipsarevic, Simon, Lopez, Cilic, Roddick and Bennetau, seeming more like a 250 event. Let’s see how the Top-16 seeds are doing:

#1 seed Andy Murray lost to Mahut on R2, in the final set TB. He played too passive, and the french is a great player on grass, but Murray shouldn’t be losing to outside Top-50 guys if he wants to maintain his #4 ranking.

#2 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was ousted by Dodig on R3, also on a final set TB. Dodig showed he is not afraid of top guys, and Tsonga didn’t looked like the guy who reached Queens F & Wimbledon SF last year.

#3 seed Janko Tipsarevic was playing great prior to this event, but grass is not his surface, and he lost to Lu on R3. Like Tsonga and Murray he lost on a final set TB to the asian, who really knows how to play on grass ( he was a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 2010).

#4 seed Gilles Simon lost to Simone Bolelli in R2, in guess what? a final set tiebreak. However, Simon has only won 1 match in 3 Queens apprereances, and doesn’t play well on grass and Bolelli is a great player when on.

#5 seed Feliciano Lopez advanced to R3, but lost to #9 seed Kevin Anderson by 7-6 7-6. This result was more disappointing because Lopez is a great player on grass.

#6 seed Marin Cilic is the only one of the Top-8 seeds to advance to the QF. He had a very easy draw, beating Ebden and Rosol in straights.

#7 seed Andy Roddick, who is having an awful year ( it might be his last on tour) lost to frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin in R2, helding a match point ( ended up losing 6-4 4-6 7-5).

#8 seed Julien Bennetau survived Tatsuma Ito on R2, beating him 7-5 in the third. He was ousted by 2010 champion and big serving Sam Querrey in three sets in the following round, showing us that he’s not still ready to be at his best after a long ankle and shoulder injury.

#9 seed Kevin Anderson is having a very tough week, but he’s still alive. He defeated WC James Ward by 4-6 6-3 6-4 on R1, then Stakhovsky retired when he was leading *4-3 in the third set, and yesterday he beated #5 seed Lopez in two tiebreaks.

#10 seed David Nalbandian is also still alive, after defeating Pospisil in three sets on R1, Bemelmans on R2 quite easily, and Roger-Vasselin in R3 after recovering from a set and a break down. If he gets his level up a bit, I think he should win the title.

#11 seed Marcos Baghdatis struggled on his first match, beating Gil in three tough sets, and then he lost to big hitting Lukas Rosol on R2. Marcos shows us that lately he can’t win any competitive match, and his Top-50 position is in danger, right now standing at #42.

#12 seed Denis Istomin had a comfortable match vs big serving Kenny de Scheeper, beating him in straights, but he failed to beat Querrey, who seems to be in form after an awful 2011.

#13 seed Alex Bogomolov JR., who has got back to his normal level ( after a Top-50 seson in 2011) this year won his 1st match vs claycourt specialist Klizan, but succumbed to belgian Xavier Malisse, eating a bagel in the last set.

#14 seed Gilles Muller, who has a great grasscourt game ( beated Nadal on 2005 Wimbledon R2) destroyed Liam Broady but lost to upcoming Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in straights.

#15 seed Go Soeda, seeded for the 1st time on an ATP event, beated Bjorn Phau on R1, but was beated by Ivan Dodig, who is having a great week after a bad year.

#16 seed and big serving Ivo Karlovic showed signs of improvement, as he beated easily former #1 Hewitt, but lost to Yen-Hsun Lu in three tie-breaks.

Here’s the QF lineup:
Grigor Dimitrov [BUL] vs [9] Kevin Anderson [RSA]
Xavier Malisse [BEL] vs [10] David Nalbandian [ARG]
[6] Marin Cilic [CRO] vs Yen-Hsun Lu [TPE]
Sam Querrey [USA] vs Ivan Dodig [CRO]

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