• Cilic and Dolgopolov look to advance to round 2 in Shanghai

    10/11/11 2:04 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Cilic and Dolgopolov look to advance to round 2 in Shanghai Croatia’s Marin Cilic and Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine will take the court, as the Shanghai Masters round 1 wraps up.

    Marin Cilic vs. Albert Ramos (Q)

    Spaniard Albert Ramos has enjoyed a good year so far. The world No. 77 has had good results on the Challenger circuit, but more importantly, he’s won a number of main tour matches, including one in Kuala Lumpur and a couple in Bucharest. Unfortunately for Ramos, his success in Shanghai is likely to be short-lived.

    Marin Cilic is ranked 22nd in the world, with a hard-hitting game that saw him to the finals in Beijing last week. There is always the possibility of fatigue in playing one tournament after another, but since this is early in the week, Cilic should still have plenty in the tank to get past Ramos.

    Alexandr Dolgopolov (12) vs. Lukasz Kubot

    The Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov often has results that veer wildly from impressive to dreadful from tournament to tournament. The world No. 18 made the round of 16 at the US Open and the semifinals in Metz, after which he crashed out of Beijing in the first round to Flavio Cipolla.

    Dolgopolov has plenty of game to get past Kubot. The Pole is ranked 58th in the world and enjoys playing on clay. His doubles ranking is higher than his singles ranking (he’s No. 27 in doubles). The courts in Shanghai are too fast for his liking and Dolgopolov’s serve is often impossible to return.

    Prediction – Dolgopolov in straight sets.

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Go Cilic, go Dolgo!

luckystar , 10/11/11 5:41 AM

poor Cilic is struggling with RAMOS?!! what's going on with that guy?

natashao , 10/11/11 10:23 AM

That's because Marin had expended too much energy during the Beijing Open, having to go the distance in so many matches there! He's paying the price now, I'm afraid. Come on Marin, fight!!

luckystar , 10/11/11 10:51 AM

Oh dear, so Marin is out of Shanghai, poor soul. Well have a good rest and then come back stronger for Basel and Paris. So there's still Dolgo, he's at risk of losing the second set now.

luckystar , 10/11/11 11:24 AM

And who the heck IS Albert Ramos?

deuce , 10/11/11 11:24 AM

Some qualifier from Spain. From the little bit they showed of the match here, Cilic clearly looked spent, though Ramos played well enough to take advantage. Anyway good results for Cilic at Beijing. He can now rest and prepare for Basel and Paris.

Wow, so many matches today involving the young up and comers, it's a pity they can't show all their matches. Now showing Roddick vs Dimitrov, interesting match. Troicki getting into trouble with Harrison as the score shown; Raonic in a battle with Llodra, Young with Stan. Dolgo already through to the next round earlier on. I'm also eagerly awaiting Fish vs Tomic, part two, later on. So busy watching these matches!

luckystar , 10/11/11 1:14 PM

Yes, lucky, very exciting watching all these young bucks! They are surely the future of tennis
Saw Tomic yesterday. Love his play. As you said, similar to Andy's play. However, Tomic has a better forehand but does not move nearly as well as Andy, nor does he have Andy's "reading" of the ball. Movement maybe to do with his size, but it's a disadvantage. Dimitrov moves like a dream and has such elegant shots but needs more fire power, which will come when he fills out, I'm sure.
Don't like Raonic, don't like these huge servers and he looks awkward on court to me. Haven't seen much of Harrison but he seems to have a too cocky attitude. Gr8 stuff though :)

deuce , 10/11/11 1:33 PM

Yeh great stuff from Harrison, he has just beaten Troicki!

To menTomic plays like Murray, Dimitrov like Fed, Raonic like Sampras, Harrison like Tsonga, all different types of players. Give them two more years and I think they're ready to challenge the top ten players!

luckystar , 10/11/11 1:58 PM

Dimitrov may be a late bloomer like Roger was. His game is very beautiful and he has great athleticism. But he needs to get all the pieces working together, like a swiss watch, lol.

Raonic has already had great results and that serve is awesome.

bleck , 10/11/11 2:04 PM

Way to go, Milos!!! Bravo!!!

Let's see how Ferrer deals with a big hitter...

natashao , 10/11/11 2:11 PM

Ferrer had already dealt with Raonic at the AO this year! That Raonic should be better than this one; this one is just back from injury.

luckystar , 10/11/11 2:21 PM

So Roddick wins, well done to him. It's quite an entertaining match. Now watching Fish vs Tomic, another entertaining match.

I really like the way Tomic plays, he plays intelligent thinking tennis and he's so calm. I prefer him over all the other young guys, followed by Dolgo and then Harrison. Dimitrov may play good looking attacking tennis but he can be rash and overly aggressive at times. He seems to run alot, compared to Tomic. Harrison too, another attacking player but too rash and impatient, but I like his S&V game.

luckystar , 10/11/11 3:08 PM

this Ramos is actually pretty good. Granted, Cilic should have been able to win, but it wasn't just Cilic playing badly.

Ramos is having a solid year on clay.

cherylmurray , 10/11/11 3:11 PM

yeah well, this isn't clay

I don't care if Cilic was tired, this is the worst match result for any player in the Top 30 on the ATP Tour this entire year. Period.

RickyDimon , 10/11/11 3:17 PM

I completely agree with Mr. Dimon...

natashao , 10/11/11 4:31 PM

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