Tennis Tipping Monte Carlo 2008 ended with joyous triumphs for FiBeR and Tytta/Deboogle! who celebrated their wins in style.
FiBeR came into the final as a big underdog and as the match began it looked as if he didn’t have a great chance of winning the match as he played a very risky strategy that didn’t look as if it was going to pay off, being described by some observers as doing something that never comes off. However he got it right at the crucial moment of the set and took it, leading him to be described as a lucky genius for his plan.
And then when he ran away with the second, and despite the late wobble he fell over the line to claim his first Masters Series title, later saying he’s just so happy and winning the event, despite hijacking the ATP homepage and putting himself on it.
The doubles event went the way of Tytta and Deboogle! who never looked in any real trouble at all this week and once again they dominated the final, silencing the crowd who had come to see Crocodile win a title for the French. But Tytta and Deboogle eased through the opening set and when they went a break up early in the second the title was as good as their as it looked as if Ria and Crocodile realised they had no chance of winning and just conceded the match.
Tytta and Deboogle were later told to stop winning by some of the other players on the tour, but sharp as always, Deboogle said it was 2 months since their last title and this one proves that Americans can play on clay.
They also dedicated their title to TT Manager and part-time winner Adee-Gee by saying that solving a dispute with him inspired them again and this is the result of that, leading fear to be struck into the hearts of all the other players now they are on form again.
And congratulations go to ExcaliburII as well for joining his good mate FiBeR in the winner’s circle after claiming an important golf title back in Argentina, explaining why he went down to GustavoM_Fan in the early rounds of the tournament, although we feel he needs to take his TT career more seriously if he is ever to achieve levels of success that FiBeR has done so...
Join us again for the next tournament run by Forever-Delayed which at the moment looks like being Newport Rhode Island, although early rumours suggest a strong line-up will be unlikely with Adee-Gee and Ketqtiadv also running events that week, but Newport was the sight of Martin Lee’s sole ATP final and also where Forever-Delayed won his maiden title, meaning the event cannot be discounted in terms of its popularity.
Thanks to all the players who made the event a success, and congrats once again to our champions
On a day where Cagon TT ruled as the 4 favourites all played it safe to make the finals and bore the packed out Monte Carlo fans to death with their game plan.
The doubles draw saw both the seeded teams make the finals, with Tytta and Deboogle once again having the smoothest progress into the finals as Sheva and Propaganda’s high risk game didn’t quite pay off, although at one point they were only a few points away from victory. However, it didn’t quite work out in the end, making far too many errors when the match got close to gift the match to their opponents.
The other semi final between Smasher/GlennMirnyi against the home favourites Ria and Crocodile was a closer affair, going deep into the third set before the roar of the crowd helped Crocodile make the final in his home event, leaving GlennMirnyi furious at the result as he launched into a tirade against Davydenko for costing him the match.
And the day got worse for Smasher when he was dumped out of the singles by his fellow Finn Labamba in another very close match, but Labamba’s greater experience of tennis tipping and finals proved to be quite important in the end, closing the match out with ease after getting a vital break at the end of the second set, to which Smasher never recovered from and had a terrible and soul destroying day.
And joining Labamba in the final will be FiBeR whose fairytale week continued when he snuck past Chris84, although for a long while failed to believe that he had won. Despite having beaten his British opponent, he stayed on court and demanded confirmation from the manager, which after was given he started an exuberant celebration and brought a tiger onto court to celebrate with him, before telling Labamba to bring it on in the final.
Labamba vs. FiBeR – Labamba comes into the final on a hot streak of form and has the support of the majority of the crowd behind him, plus the experience on winning previous Masters Series finals. But despite this we think that FiBeR has the chance to upset the odds and claim his first title in a shocking result, coming from nowhere to steal the match in the third.
Ria/Crocodile vs. Tytta/Deboogle! – A team that have come from a lot of tests throughout the week against a team who have hardly been tested proves for an interesting final, but the X-factor in this match has to be the French crowd who have been roaring on Crocodile all week. And we think that they can make one last bit of difference, edging him and Ria over the line to take the title to the delight of the nation
Thursday saw the Quarter Finals of the Tennis Tipping event in Monte Carlo as the favourites all progressed on a day where Cagon TT ruled as no-one took a great deal of risks, drawing fury from long time Quality TT supporter ExcaliburII, and regret from players after the matches.
The day began with yet another of Tennis Tipping’s verbal sparring matches and FiBeR continually used the media to play down his chances of a victory, only to be given a verbal smackdown from SloKid, telling him to shut the hell up and just play the game. However in the end FiBeR had the last laugh as he reached the SFs.
FiBeR came through against Allez-Alejo in a close fought match to reach his first ever Masters Series semi final. The first set looked to be going the way of the American, only for FiBeR to come back and steal the set and then to run away with the second as he looked to be finally be backing up his words.
Up next for FiBeR will be Chris84 who ended the French hopes of a title by knocking out the qualifier Colt th Magnific in a rather easy performance, although the biggest story of Chris84’s day was having to fend off rumours about his gender as the day began with tabloids publishing allegations that he was in fact a women. After heavy laughter from some of her friends, he retaliated with a stunning performance and will now face FiBeR, a player who he has a history with.
Also in the semi finals will be the Finnish duo of Labamba and Smasher who will battle for the pride of a nation tomorrow. Labamba continued to look for his second Masters Series title of the year after taking out Ria in straight sets, while Smasher showed his great form coming into this event by beating SloKid in a third set tie break to make the semi finals.
The doubles draw also saw the favourites go through to the next round, starting with 2nd seeds Tytta and Deboogle who eased past Netin and Nando_L to have their third straight easy win to make the semi finals, where they will hope to be testing more by Sheva and Propaganda who survived a spirited comeback by Foosimoo and Caralimon. The Bulgarian/Dutch duo appeared to have 1 foot in the next round when they had a double break in the final set, only for them to throw the first away and have to save break points when they served for the match, but eventually they prevailed to make the semi’s.
The other semi final sees Smasher and GlennMirnyi take on the sole remaining French hope of Crocodile and Ria. GlennMirnyi had been jealous of the lack of attention that he had been getting this week, complaining bitterly that his achievements had not been recognized and backed up his words in the best fashion by skippering his team to the semi finals as Smasher was still recovering from his hard fought singles win. Crocodile and Ria took out the all German partnership of KalleOnAir and ZachBusner who couldn’t resist playing the patriotic card during the match, only to backfire horribly and cost them the match.
Predictions (yes, they are back after the stir they caused at the Masters Cup, and will once again be done in a random fashion using some sort of qualifier to pick the winner)
Smasher vs. Labamba – Two Finns who know each other very well and so there won’t be anything new for them to learn about each other during the match. But Smasher is still in the doubles and has the spectre of fatigue hanging over him, while Labamba is having the run of his life this year and comes into the match as the hot favourite... and our system predicts that he backs up his odds as favourite and reaches the final, although in 2 close sets.
Chris84 vs. FiBeR – It’s GB vs. Argentina again on a sporting battleground, which tends to mean defeat for the brave Brits, and once again we have to say it may happen. FiBeR has been backing up his words all week and we so no reason for him to let his game down so close to the final that he so desperately craves. FiBeR makes the final with a dominant display as he wins very easily
Smasher/GlennMirnyi vs. Crocodile/Ria – Smasher and GlennMirnyi have knocked out the top seeds this week, but they have two problems going into this match, one being the fact Smasher has half an eye on the singles and the other being the hostile home crowd. Both of them are well equipped to deal with the pressure, but Crocodile looks to be demanding a title here to satisfy the French, while Ria had a great singles run and so is in some stunning form. Ria and Crocodile to edge a close first set before running away with the second
Sheva/Propaganda vs. Tytta/Deboogle – The scratch pairing against the doubles team and the team who have had a tough route against the team that have yet to be tested; all signs would point to Tytta and Deboogle reaching the final, but we can’t see all the favourites winning for 2 days in a row and can see an upset happening here if the 2nd seeds are tested for the first time. If Sheva and Propaganda get the first set, like we think they will, they’ll go on to win the match.
Join us again tomorrow for more results, gossip and final predictions.
*Predictions are done based on how many results your username gets in Youtube*
Today’s commentary begins with a result from Tuesday that sadly we were unable to report upon for reasons of time – the victory of GustavoM_Fan and JMG over ExcaliburII and Gutturnio D.O.C. Gustavo and Excalibur II have been a regular doubles team this season but never found the chemistry needed to make it at the highest level, partially because of their continued rivalry with each other and the abuse they would give the other one. But for now, the bragging rights are with GustavoM_Fan, but for how long?
Today’s action saw some more shocks take place in the singles as only 1 seed, Labamba, has reached the quarter finals leaving the tournament open for a surprise winner. Labamba came through in the evening match against defending champion Scala in a close match, but Labamba was never troubled after easing through the first set, and although he stuttered near the end, the flying Finn made the QFs as he looks for another Masters Series title to add to his resume.
Up next for him will be Ria, who only made the main draw when A_Skywalker dramatically quit Tennis Tipping at the start of the week. But she has taken the most of her chance to make the quarters after knocking out Sheva today.
Also in the quarter is home favourite Colt th Magnific who will have to fly the French flag from now on if they want to gain a second successive title, and have a finalist for the third year in a row. The qualifier beat fellow qualifier Gerard to reach this stage with an impressive performance and now faces Chris84 who won her third successive match in a tiebreak confirming her as one of the best mental players on the tour at the moment.
Top seed Ketqtiadv had a bad day, losing in both the singles and doubles to Smasher, who lived up to his name and duly ‘smashed’ his opponent in a closely fought match and is now just one step away from that much awaited Finnish dual against Labamba. Standing in his way will be SloKid who disposed of the last lucky loser Nando_L.
The final quarter final will be Allez-Alejo against FiBeR, who is getting some good support from the crowd for the passion that he is showing in his matches, although he had an easy ride today against M.C who definitely hit the clubs last night judging by his performance. FiBeR though continued to show his status as Argentine number 1 and reached his first Master Series QF, although has become obsessed by working out his future ranking (some of us can get to number 15 based on 2 MS QFs and not a lot else like some players have managed to do) which gives Allez-Alejo a good chance if he focus solely on the match, as once again, for the 3rd time out of 4 he has been the first man to arrive on the courts in the morning.
The doubles event saw some turnarounds as those teams who played well in round 1 were obviously out celebrating into the wee hours, especially BgStallion and JdbV who were so good in round 1, but clearly were still drunk as they walked onto court and made error after error as Tytta and Deboogle had a second successive semi-walkover in the tournament, leaving people wondering whether they beautiful presence puts off the opponents who cannot concentrate on their game with these 2 stunners at the other end of the court.
Greatkingrat and M.C went down to Ria and Crocodile who kept the home hopes alive for another round, who will now face ZachBusner and KalleOnAir, conquerors of GustavoM_Fan and JMG, as Gustavo once again complained about the loss and the fact that he doesn’t get what he deserves for his game, saying that he felt he should have won this match. Perhaps beating ExcaliburII was his tournament though and shows the level where he is at currently?
Scala and Siders were beaten by Sheva and Propaganda, Labamba and Tankingtheset lost to Foosimoo and Caralimon while Netin and Nando_L upset Bjorki and Peta as the seeds fell in the doubles event as well, while Gavnich77 and Nadie complete the draw.
Join us again tomorrow as we discover who will reach the semi finals of this great event, who else has decided to take advantage of the nightlife, and who will be in trouble for (not) attempting to bribe the manager to secure victory?
After the massacre of the seeds on the opening day, normality resumed as 4 of the 5 seeds progressed to the round of 16, with only British hero Forever-Delayed failing to win through.
Ketqtiadv, Labamba, and TommyB all cruised through their matches and defending champion and local French hero Scala overcame a tremendous fightback from Tankingtheset who lived up to his name at the start of the match, going a set and 2 breaks down, before levelling the match up at 1 set all, before the home crowd got behind Scala and sent his title defence through to the next stage where Labamba is waiting for him in the match of the day.
This just left Forever-Delayed needing to complete a clean sweep for the seeds, but despite taking a set lead against Sheva, the Dutchman came back and stole the match in the third with a series of terrible line calls as the Brit felt he was cheated out of the match. Afterwards he revealed that he couldn’t believe what he had witnessed, but onlookers said he was distracted by the increasing media attention given to Robert Dee after his famous win at the weekend and felt jealous that he hasn’t received the same coverage despite occasionally winning matches.
Colt th Magnific also kept the French flag flying as he overcame former number 1 Alansk in a close fought tussle. Colt has been in great form this week after qualifying to make the main draw, and now has a chance to reach the quarter finals against fellow qualifier Gerard who overcame a lacklustre GlennMirnyi, who appeared to be distracted by his return to General Messages and his eagerness to post
in the Anderson vs. Djokovic thread. Glenn though did reveal that he was not impressed with his performance and regretted taking out media darling Tytta in the previous round as he was certain she would not have lost this match.
Allegations of tanking have been levelled at Zirconanga who after the match was revealed to be sitting on the beach drinking champagne claiming that he only came to Monte Carlo for the holiday, and he doesn’t get much sun in his native Latvia. Lucky loser Nando_L though was worried at all by this though as he took advantage of this to make the last 16.
And in the big personal clash of the day, FiBeR came through for the second day in a row as he knocked out Tennisfancroatia, although not without a slice of luck. The Croat looked to be in control of the match at one stage, but made a fatal mistake with his tactics, changing from a winning game to one that cost him defeat in the end.
The big news coming out of the doubles results is that Bavaria100 will not be defending her finalist points. Twice in a row she had reached the final of this event, but this year playing with Invu2day was not as successful as they crashed out to the all German duo of KalleOnAir and ZachBusner.
And there was similar heartbreak for world number 1 Troickitard who in her first full tournament after legally changing her name she found the French/Malaysian duo of Crocodile and Ria too much to handle as the pressure of the number 1 position appeared to be getting to her.
Other doubles winners included top seeds Ketqtiadv and Scythe19pro, French brothers Scala and Siders, 2nd seeds Tytta and Deboogle who destroyed Adee-Gee and Deea who after the match apologised to the fans for the shameful performance, and Labamba and Tankingtheset who overcame Alansk and Virex easily in the end as Labamba stepped up his challenge to regain the number 1 ranking.
But the best performance of the day came from doubles specialists BgStallion and JbdV who dominated Wolves68 and Renaud, with the crowd getting behind them to jeer the former French-turned Kazak Renaud, all showing up burning effigies of Borat to put him off.
Join us again tomorrow as we will have reports from the last 16 of Monte Carlo and more off the court shenanigans from the Tennis Tipping circuit.
The opening day’s play of the TT Monte Carlo event saw it’s customary shocks, surprises, and cracking matches as only 5 of the 16 seeds progressed to the 2nd round.
Top seeded Ketqtiadv avoided the massacre of seeds as his safe, defensive clay court game proved to be too court for JMG who took the odd risk too many and just couldn’t keep the unforced errors down in the end as he went down to a close defeat.
Joining Ketqtiadv in round 2 will be Labamba whose great start to the season continued with a final set tiebreak win over Virex. Labamba, as customary, only showed up at the court seconds before the match was due to begin, but this again paid off as he got an early break and held onto it throughout the match to make his way into the second round, where clay court specialist and our outside tip for the tournament Caralimon is waiting for him in what could be the match of the day.
Defending champion Scala delighted the French fans as well by overcoming a typically French choke, but managed to get it together enough in the end to make the second round. And he was in bullish mood after the match as well, confidently declaring that he is out of retain his title when informed about the fact other seeds were falling around him.
And joining these 3 seeds in the next round are 7th seed TommyB and 13th seed Forever-Delayed who is a fixture in round 2 of these Masters Series events when seeds fall all over the place (it’s true though) who came through relatively easy tests in their first round matches. Forever-Delayed was gifted the first set when his opponent apparently forgot what a clay court was and came out serve-volleying, wearing indoor slippers and then requesting some Strawberries and Cream from what he thought was the lush turf of SW19, and by the time his mistake was realised he’d already lost the match.
Of the seeds who fell, Adee-Gee perhaps had the most to say afterwards after losing to Amaris, threatening retirement if results didn’t start to improve to become a full time manager, or to spend some work on his fan-boy skills. Adee-Gee has been in a bad run of form as of late and with a Hamburg title to defend (just like his boy R-Fed) needs to start winning sooner or later to avoid going the way of Belarusian number 1 Max Mirnyi and just become a doubles partner for a Brit best known for flirting with a Serbian, although maybe this would be what he needs to kickstart his career again.
Tomek., Qczi, Scythe19pro, Sploush, MArcelwks, Renaud, Foosimoo, Propaganda, Invu2day and Tytta all crashed out in round 1 as well, although Foosimoo was desperately unlucky to lose to Chris84 deep in a third set tiebreak, while there were hugs all around as Tytta was beaten by fellow Brazilian GlennMirnyi in a close battle. Glenn was dreading the encounter as it went deep into the final set, but held his nerve in the end to battle into round 2 where he eagerly awaits his next mention in these commentaries.
In the big Argentine clash of the day, FiBeR, so insulted yesterday by an attack on the Falkland Islands (you can have them by the way) demonstrated his national pride by edging out GustavoM_Fan with some great attacking tennis. GustavoM_Fan was so impressed by FiBeR’s play that he was in a rare gracious mood and congratulated his opponent on the win. Could this be a new attitude for him? Has he finally realised that after all this time his run as a heel hasn’t been successful and he needs a cookie-clean face attitude to get over with the crowd and start to win again? Is there a reason why GustavoM_Fan has been turned into a wrestling character by this commentary? And why did FiBeR turn heel after the match, attacking the manager for the second day in a row with a vicious steel chair shot after being told he had to send picks to someone else? For the answers to all these questions are more tune into tomorrow’s commentary...
In other news, Jeronimo went down rather easily to fellow qualifier Gerard in a shameful display, but one that is explainable when you realise that he was seen out all of last night celebrating his qualification to the main draw. However, unlike his idol David Nalbandian, he was unable to take his drink and still be able to play the next day and struggled to keep the ball in the Principality of Monaco, let alone the court. In truth, Gerard wasn’t much better, but even Robert Dee (shame to see him lose today after his great win at the weekend) of the TT word would have won.
And as the day drew to a close, the TT world went http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BliAPzEsao0
as they all united together to sheer on Steve Davis as he battled bravely back against Stuart Bingham, only to go down to defeat in the end, prompting questions as to who is the Steve Davis of the TT world.
That’s it for today, but tomorrow sees the conclusion of the first round of the doubles, as well as the R32 in the singles. Join us for reports on those matches and the other news from the circuit, such as who will be revealed as the Robert Dee and Steve Davis of the TT world, who is still enjoying the casino’s of Monte Carlo, and how off-topic the TT thread can go.
The first clay court Masters Series of the year comes to Monte Carlo, and the event has been provided with a cracking draw, full of the top players in the world. (except for the fact that 3 of the top 10 aren’t playing, but this is still more successful than ATP Monte Carlo)
And we have been rewarded with some very interesting first round clashes which will go down in Tennis Tipping history.
World number 1 Ketqtiadv comes into the event on the back of a disappointing season so far (for him), but his life hasn’t exactly been made easier after receiving a tough starter against former world number 1 and 2006 Monte Carlo champion JMG. JMG has struggled since winning that event but has the ability to take out the best player in the game.
And he will be the first stage of a potential blitzkrieg on the world number 1, with Bjorki or KalleOnAir lined up in round 2, and a potential last 16 meeting with ZachBusner or Hotzenplotz, as in one of the most bizarre draws led to all 5 unseeded Germans being the first 5 names drawn out of the hat.
2nd seed Tomek. hasn’t been given a kind draw either as he will not be able to relax around the poolside either as he faces Tennisfancroatia, with GustavoM_Fan or FibeR lined up in round 2. Those 3 have all been involved in various public wars of words over the last few years, often lined up to complain about so-called Cagon TT or Quality TT, but have been given the chance to back up their words.
ATP race leader Tytta continues the curse of the seed by having to face the in-form GlennMirnyi in an all Brazillian clash. Glenn, whose ban with the rival ‘General Messages’ circuit is apparently going to be lifted at some point this week and taken it upon himself to prove he can play TT and is not just a ‘mug hater who knows nothing about tennis’ as some have called him. But on the land of his favourite clay where moonballers can rally for hours, and are encouraged to waste time before serving it’s going to be difficult for him to take out Tytta, who is almost certain to qualify for the Masters Cup at the end of the year at this early stage.
6th seeded Labamba starts off against Virex, 4th seed Qczi faces Valencia champion Ria, and 8th seeded Adee-Gee have all been given tough draws, especially Adee-Gee who has to face the qualifier, Amaris, one of his closest friends on the circuit. Adee-Gee’s bad luck in the draws was continued when he drew Tytta and Deboogle, more close friends to give him ‘the worst draw in his tennis tipping history.’ Critics have blamed this draw on the fact the managed continually loses to Tottenham Hotspur on Pro Evo 08, and the fact that he was unable to refer to the manager’s correct name when sending in picks.
Defending champion Scala will begin against Wojtek, while last year’s runner-up Invu2day will have to wait to discover his first round opponent as the clash between Albop and M.C failed to be completely before the rains came down and sent everyone to the casino’s.
But perhaps the most intriguing draw of all came in the double’s event where former partners ExcaliburII and GustavoM_Fan drew each other in what will be an explosive first round match. The two of them, best known for the continual abuse they gave each other on the tennis courts have been given a chance to square off in the heated arena of a tennis tipping match to determine who is the best quality TT picker from Argentina, a crown which will be disputed by the many other Argentines who seem to have taken quality TT and claimed it as their own, just like they did the Falklands back in the 80’s (and we all know how that turned out)
Join us again tomorrow from the home of the 2004 Champions League runner’s up where we will be able to bring you all the coming’s and going from the Tennis Tipping such as who won and lost in the casino’s during the rain break, who’s shown up just for the sea, sun, sand and sexy ladies, who will be the next player to be involved in a TT fixing scandal, and also, the results from day 1 of the action