• Gonzalez wins 2011 debut, advances in Belgrade

    4/26/11 7:01 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Gonzalez wins 2011 debut, advances in Belgrade  Fernando Gonzalez is victorious in his first match since the 2010 U.S. Open, beating Martin Klizan on Tuesday in Belgrade. Gonzalez is joined in the second round by Feliciano Lopez and Ricardo Mello.

    (WC) Fernando Gonzalez d. (Q) Martin Klizan 6-2, 6-4

    Making his first appearance in eight months following right hip surgery, Gonzalez prevailed over Klizan after one hour and 15 minutes during first-round action at the Serbia Open on Tuesday. The 516th-ranked Chilean did not have to do too much other than keep the ball in clay as his opponent turned in an absolutely dreadful performance. Klizan spent most of the afternoon arguing with chair umpire, throwing his racket, and spraying balls all over the place. The 21-year-old Slovak actually led by a break in each of the two sets, but he quickly squandered both leads. Klizan finished with a shocking 47 unforced errors and double-faulted on match point at 4-5 in the second as Gonzalez advanced to a showdown with Feliciano Lopez.

    Feliciano Lopez d. (8) Juan Monaco 6-4, 7-5

    Lopez kept up his fine form with a straight-set win over Monaco during first-round action on Tuesday. The 37th-ranked Spaniard reached the Barcelona quarterfinals last week and took out Belgrade's No. 8 seed after one hour and 38 minutes of play. Lopez dominated on serve in the first set, so one break allowed him to close things out at 5-4. He appeared to be off to the races when he broke early in set two, but Monaco fought back. The 38th-ranked Argentine earned his first break of the day at 3-4 and stayed on serve until 5-5. At that point, though, Monaco cracked and Lopez served out the proceedings at 6-5.

    Ricardo Mello d. (5) John Isner 6-4, 7-6(4)

    Isner finished runner-up last year in Belgrade, but he did not have a good tournament this time around nor did he have an enjoyable birthday on Tuesday. The 6'9'' American squandered a break lead in the second and fell to Mello in straight sets after one hour and 15 minutes of play. Mello dropped a mere three points in his first five service games, so one break was easily enough for him to serve out the opening set at 5-4. Although he donated serve early in the second, the 30-year-old Brazilian broke back at 2-4 and eventually forced a tiebreaker. A decisive mini-break came at 4-3 and Mello took care of his next two service points for victory. Next up for the world No. 90 is Blaz Kavcic.

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Nice to see Gonzo back in action.
The fastest right arm in the tour, make no mistake - I'd say his forehand is even bigger than Rafa's, Nole's, Delpo's or Sod's

Shireling , 4/27/11 11:30 AM

I want to give Lopez a good kicking! On song he is the most fabulous player and of course...ehem...serious eye candy ;) Why, oh why hasn't he got a slam on grass at least? Too much mirror gazing I suspect....

deuce , 4/27/11 11:44 AM

Lopez winning Wimbledon? Provided Fed and Rafa are not there, or maybe during 2002 where he has to play against Hewitt in the final. With Fedal around, and later on maybe Murray and Nole, no chance for Lopez.

luckystar , 4/27/11 12:10 PM

eye candy???? lol!!!!

homos , 4/27/11 12:43 PM

lucky, didn't he take out Rafa at Queens? I think you underestimate his potential. Of course he's NOT going to win a slam anywhere but I suspect with a lot more application he could've. As you say, missed the boat now.

deuce , 4/27/11 12:45 PM

homos, hi! We're crossing thoughts in the ether here...oh yes, eye candy! He's got the whole of Spain's arrogant, colonial past in his face and general demeanour....oof off to take a cold shower...;)

deuce , 4/27/11 12:50 PM

Why, oh why did my two faves loose?!?!?! (Gulbis and Isner) :((((

danica , 4/27/11 12:51 PM

Hello deuce, do you think Lopez can beat Rafa at Wimbledon if they meet there? Queens and Wimbledon, how can we compare the two tournaments? Roddick winning four times at Queens but did he win Wimbledon? He's close but not enough. Rafa didn't win at Queens last year but he won Wimbledon. Lopez is simply too inconsistent, he can't string a few good matches together to reach the later rounds of big tournaments. His best effort at Wimbledon was in 2008, reaching QF and lost to Safin there. He also managed to reach the SF of Shanghai Masters 2009, that's about all I can remember about Lopez.

luckystar , 4/27/11 2:16 PM

..oof off to take a cold shower...;)
deuce , 4/27/11 12:50 PM

LOL. thanks for that deuce, i really needed that today :) and as far as Spanish eye candy goes, Verdasco>>Lopez.

mriiidula , 4/27/11 3:32 PM

deuce , 4/27/11 12:50 PM
'He's got the whole of Spain's arrogant, colonial past in his face and general demeanour....oof off to take a cold shower...;)'
Deuce, I know you from coming to this site very often and I know you mean no offence but some Spanish people could find this comment offensive. The way Felopez looks, as with anybodyelse, is perceived by the beholder so if you see some colonial arrogance in there that's entirely in your head man/woman..
How would you feel if somebody said Murray looks like an arrogant english colonial brat, or that he doesn't give a rat's ass about english colonies since he's scottish?
Just a comment, I'm spanish but couldn't care less about the past, in fact, it's shameful that some nations used and still use their superior military power to absorve others but that's how the world goes.. and GB is also part of that

Shireling , 4/27/11 4:55 PM

Shireling, of course I mean no offence, as a matter of fact it's a compliment to Lopez and of course it's how I perceive him... It's something about how he walks the court and that aristocratic face.. but...Rafa, David,Nicolas etc. etc do NOT look like that at all. I find it particular to Lopez.
And of course GB has a horrible arrogant colonial past too, I would be a fool to deny it. The past is not the past either, the European colonial powers wreaked havoc in Africa, Pakistan, the Carribbean etc and that impacts on what goes on there today to our enduring shame. And it was almost the whole of Europe too, not just Spain and England.
If you said Andy looks like an "arrogant colonial" then I would have to disagree because I feel he doesn't but if you said, I dunno say George Osborne, then yes I would agree. I don't suppose Andy knows or cares where the ex colonies are, to be
honest .
mriiidula, oof, oof, oof...cold shower not enough to cool off, must rush off and swim channel at once.....;)

deuce , 4/27/11 5:25 PM are funny...are you out of the shower yet because it sounds like you needed a loooong cold one... ;)

homos , 4/27/11 5:26 PM

just wiping the soap out of my eyes homos, but still feeling far too hot......urgent cold swim necessary.....;)

deuce , 4/27/11 5:40 PM

And the lovely Lopez wins...happy sigh....:) A very good win too as Gonzalez looked as dangerous as ever.
Also I see Dimitrov won :) I like Baggy very much but it's time this very talented young player started to show case his talent among the big boys :)

deuce , 4/27/11 5:52 PM

Thx for your words deuce, much appreciated :)

Shireling , 4/27/11 7:08 PM

isn't the Channel a little cold still in April (and a little long)? I know you need to cool off but perhaps crossing the Thames would be enough > :)

chlorostoma , 4/27/11 7:46 PM

chlorostoma, the Thames isn't nearly big enough for me to cool off in, don't forget Lovely Lopez is on screen tomorrow....oof .... ;)
Shireling, cheers :)

deuce , 4/27/11 8:50 PM

mara002 , 4/28/11 6:45 AM

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