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Battle of the Oddly Attractive

Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro are really attractive in an odd way. I don’t know what it is, but they are. And they happen to be playing each other in the final of the AIG Japan Open tomorrow. JMDP took out Richard Gasquet in his semifinal match, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. He’s won 29 of his last 30 matches. In other words Juan has been on fire. Tomas Berdych upset Andy Roddick in the other semifinal, 6-7 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (3). Tomas is kind of like JMDP at the begining of the year, full of talent but lacking results. Tomas is just more of a headcase. Should be an interesting match up.

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Quick Hits: U.S. Open Day 6

  • Qualifier Anna Lena Groenefeld reached the fourth round with a win over Alize Cornet.
  • Amelie Mauresmo beat Ivanovic’s conquerer, Julie Coin, 6-4, 6-4.
  • Dinara Safina was quite annoying in her three set victory over Timea Bacsinsky.
  • Serena and Venus looked very impressive in their one sided victories.
  • Rafa Nadal took down Victor Troicki in straights, including a third set bagel.
  • Kei Nishikori took out fourth seed, David Ferrer, 7-5 in the 5th.
  • Andy Murray came back from two sets down to beat Jurgen Melzer, 6-3 in the 5th.
  • Juan Martin del Potro kept his winning streak alive with a five set win over Gilles Simon.
  • Gael Monfils smashed David Nalbandian, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Dancing ensued (see above).

Matches to watch on Day 7:

[21] Caroline Wozniacki v. [2] Jelena Jankovic – I’m telling you, there’s something about Caroline.

[30] Marin Cilic v. [3] Novak Djokovic – There’s going to be some intense rallies in this match.

[28] Radek Stepanek v. [2] Roger Federer – Fed’s first real test should be interesting.

[5] Elena Dementieva v. Na Li – Both players are on hot streaks coming into this match.

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Meanwhile, Back Stateside

Juan Martin del Potro won his fourth consecutive title at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C. Del Potro’s incredible feat of 19 consecutive match wins, highlighted by two over Andy Roddick, has been overshadowed by the big names at the Olympics. Now, Juan will go into the U.S. Open as a dark horse for the title. Amazing what a haircut can do.

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