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Andreev defeats Kiefer 5-7 7-6 6-2, to win the Kremlin Cup, and join elite group of 5

Andreev beats Kiefer to win the Kremlin Cup and become one of only 5 players to have won 3 tournaments or more in 2005.

The multiple winners are:

Federer - 11
Nadal - 10
Gaudio - 5
Roddick - 4
Andreev - 3
F.Gonzalez - 2
J.Johansson - 2
Blake - 2
Ljubicic - 2

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Igor should gave done it already except he played like a donkey in Bucharest.

Yes, the Russian crowd will help him get through in this match.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Igor should gave done it already except he played like a donkey in Bucharest.

Yes, the Russian crowd will help him get through in this match.
4 titles would have been quite a feat for a guy ranked outside the top 30, not that 3 won't be a fair achievement as well.
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4 titles would have been quite a feat for a guy ranked outside the top 30, not that 3 won't be a fair achievement as well.
Igor plays every week and in many ways he's a cheaper version of Gonzalez, but he does have some ability, and hope he comes through here against Kiefer.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Igor showed some good fight yesterday. After losing the 1st set, he went up a break early in the 2nd at 3-1*, before Tursunov brought things back on level terms and held to 5-4*. I half expected Igor to crumple, but to his credit he held serve well, then broke, and the match was pretty much his from there on.
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Thanks for that match review and Tursunov is a strange one, just goes for broke on anything, but Igor does have a good serve when he gets it in, though no great tactical mind on court, it would be good as he can win titles off the clay, but he can play on most surfaces.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Thanks for that match review and Tursunov is a strange one, just goes for broke on anything, but Igor does have a good serve when he gets it in, though no great tactical mind on court, it would be good as he can win titles off the clay, but he can play on most surfaces.


Early on, I'd have to say that Igor was pretty much playing the same game as Dmitry - just trying to belt as many winners as they could. But once Igor settled down and showed some resolve, Dmitry was out of sorts for letting the match slip away from his grasp late in the 2nd set, but at least he played out the match to the best of his ability - ala Marat .
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In other words it was brainless ball bashing at it's highest quality from the Spanish Russian and the American Russian, but it's good that Andreev won though, nothing against Tursunov, as long as one of those guys beat Kiefer, then all good.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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you couldn't expect anything less from an all russian duel in russia under russian lights on a russian court.
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you couldn't expect anything less from an all russian duel in russia under russian lights on a russian court.
Not as the glory days when the Swiss Harpo Marx lookalike was dominating this event, then the big Kafelnikov winning 5 in a row.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Maybe maybe not
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and some lovely names in your signature there, I must say I love bandwagon jumpers myself.
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In other words it was brainless ball bashing at it's highest quality from the Spanish Russian and the American Russian
More or less, it was, but that's a type of tennis I find very enjoyable.

I agree that Igor was very impressive in how he turned around the semifinal. Dmitry was completely outplaying him, serving bigger, taking the ball earlier, pushing his opponent behind the baseline. It seemed like Igor wasn't getting the time he needed to set up and go for his shots effectively. And in that 2nd set, Andreev kept blowing leads and opportunities, seemingly growing more frustrated and discouraged by the minute. But he pulled out a tough service game at 4-5 after being 2 points away from defeat more than once, then got lucky with some bad errors from Tursunov to break, and the match completely changed from then on. Tursunov was the demoralized one in the final set.

I only worry that Andreev may be fatigued. Many long weeks since the US Open because of all his wins, and also long doubles matches this week (including a 4-5, 5-4, 5-4 battle yesterday after finishing his 3-setter in singles!), but he should be confident with his form and the crowd can motivate him more. And even if Kiefer gets an early lead, you know he'll start choking at some point.

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More or less, it was, but that's a type of tennis I find very enjoyable.
That's why you like the WTA then, it all makes sense now.

Tursunov is very up and down and as for Andreev, he is one of these guys who needs a lot of tennis, that's just him.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Igor's ball bashing is sexy... admit it.

The crowd will help him join this company


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