Originally Posted by takuma
Tipsarevic representing Europe? What did the poor Old Continent do to deserve that
LOL. It's funny because he's Europe's #8 player, versus Monaco being South American #2, Nishikori being Asian #1, and Querrey being North American #3... yet he's still the highest-ranked player in the tournament.
The concept of the tournament really is cheesy as heck... by the second set of matches, umpires were calling out things like "Game, Asia" or "Advantage, Europe." BIZARRE.
Tipsarevic d Querrey 76 62
Monaco d Nishikori 76 62
Nishikori d Querrey 63 64
Tipsarevic d Monaco 75 36 10-5
Yes, they use a third set super-tiebreak format.
Tipsarevic, Nishikori, and especially Monaco seem especially aware that this is an exho tournament... they did a few things here and there that were more for the crowd that for the actual match. During the Monaco-Nishikori match, they traded points where they sliced and drop-shot each other and the other around the court, and even had a couple of tweeners. During the super-tiebreak, Monaco was down 4-8 then let a ball boy receive Janko's serve. Tipsarevic followed suit the next point and let a ball girl receive Pico's serve. Fun stuff.
It wasn't all clowning around, though, and there was actually a lot of good tennis.
Querrey vs Monaco and Tipsarevic vs Nishikori tomorrow.