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    Looking forward to my first career meeting with Blanco, I'm in good form and its on both of our best surface so anything could happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirBloody Idiot View Post


    Yes you are right, it is an indoor court. In any event a lot can happen in a month, so we'll see.
    Thought so, but yeh don't expect to play if thats the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Looking forward to my first career meeting with Blanco, I'm in good form and its on both of our best surface so anything could happen.
    Actually have met him once before - at Monte Carlo in the second round. Blanco won that 6-2 6-2, but I think Smeltz is a much better player now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirBloody Idiot View Post
    Actually have met him once before - at Monte Carlo in the second round. Blanco won that 6-2 6-2, but I think Smeltz is a much better player now.
    oh didnt realise, think I can put in a better showing this time around.


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    Really good to see Mustard riding the wave of expectation. We deliberately put him in a tournament where he would be favourite and forced him to get through the pressure matches. Although it is disappointing to see him go to the brink it is good to see him get through the tough matches. Hopefully he has the mental toughness to be tournament champion.

    Also good to get a win with Heath, the combination is starting to come together nicely.
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    Solid victory there, good to come through with the goods after a much more focused game, working well together, hoping Drake can continue his run.
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    Stuttgart; Båstad; Manta Challenger (SF) - July 13-19 Season I

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    Men's Singles (Seeds - Finals - Top Half - Bottom Half)
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    CWLand's Randy Smeltz has fallen well short of expectations in a disappointing display in the first semifinal of the MercedesCup in Stuttgart. The world number twenty came into his match with high hopes of causing an upset against top seed Daniel Páez Blanco, but had his aspirations cut from underneath him in a poor first set. Smeltz has come under criticism in the past for his defensive play, and such a game plan came completely unstuck as the world number one crushed the fifth seed in just twenty-eight minutes in a dominant opening set. Smeltz managed just six points on the Blanco service in the opener as Blanco made all the play with dominance from both the baseline and the net. The second set was a much better display from Smeltz as both players struggled on service. With his own serve broken twice, Blanco one-upped the CWLander with another three breaks of service as he raced to an eighth career final with a 6-0 7-5 thrashing.

    There were no surprises in the other semifinal as Illya Altman smashed Russian Gregor Gorshkov in straight sets. Gorshkov's aggressive style has won him many fans this week, and after dropping the first set 4-6 many expected another comeback. But there was no such comeback against the level-headed Altman who took complete advantage of the error-ridden game of the tall Russian; Gorshkov's service percentage falling to a dismal 38 per cent. He was never going to win from there and sure enough collapsed in a heap as Altman advanced to a second career final with a 6-4 6-0 win.


    • Seeded players out: Randy Smeltz.


    Spain's Ion Andueza and Sanchez Emelio will head into tomorrow's final as favourites to claim their maiden career titles, but will have to account for locals Manfried Manz and Walter Schiller after contrasting semifinals. The German pairing had little trouble in disposing of Denis Rodrigues and Roberto Santos in straight sets 6-2 6-3, whilst the second seeds were made to come from a set down to beat Artem Krohmal and Merab Shvelidze. The tight contest was decided late in the match tiebreaker as Andueza finished the match off with a backhand volley to secure a 4-6 6-4 (13-11) win.


    • Seeded teams out: Artem Krohmal / Merab Shvelidze.


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    Third seed Jefferson Drake has pulled off arguably the biggest win of his career and tomorrow will attempt to claim the biggest title of his career after upsetting world number four Radivoj Daneu in Båstad. Fresh off claiming both titles last week in Newport, Drake booked his place in a fourth singles final - this time in a draw full of high quality opposition. Whilst still not overly comfortable on clay, the world number thirteen more than matched it from the baseline against the left-handed Serbian who was given a rude awakening in the opening set as his service was broken on three occasions. Whilst Drake also struggled on serve, he did enough to secure the one set to love lead before quickly finding himself down 0-3 in the second. Daneu went on to take that set 6-2 and looked like heading into the decider with all the momentum. But Drake hit back and in the longest set of the match showed no signs of being jaded despite the amount of tennis he has played over the past weeks; advancing to the final with a 6-3 2-6 6-3 win.

    He will face Italy's Carlo Amato in the final tomorrow after the fourth seed also surprised in a win over second seed Joszef Boros of Hungary. In a clinical display, the impressive Italian played some remarkable tennis and sent a real warning to Drake with a 6-3 6-3 win.


    • Seeded players out: Joszef Boros; Radivoj Daneu.


    Drake won't, however, be able to do the double for the second week in a row as he and partner Martti Korpinen fell in three sets to French Open champions Hugh James and Ralph Robinson. In the third installment of their exciting series of battles, the Americans looked far and away the better side early as they romped to a one set lead on the back of some brilliant serving from Robinson. But the third seeds hit back and came out in the second set more determined to stick with their American counterparts. Their persistence paid off as they managed to steal the second set in a tiebreaker to force the contest to a match tiebreaker. But it was the second seeds who got the jump on their opponents to take a 4-0 lead; the CWLand duo unable to claw that back as James and Robinson advanced 6-2 6-7(2) (10-7). They now face off against Hayden and Ross Onwye who will look to rectify a 0-2 record in finals (0-4 in all finals for Ross Onwye) after their 6-4 6-3 win over Boris Denisov and Denis Isaev.


    • Seeded teams out: Jefferson Drake / Martti Korpinen.


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    Jojo Mustard can't win easy, but he's still getting the job done as he advanced to a maiden Challenger final in Ecuador. The world number 32 again was tested by lower ranked opposition; Czech Jiri Gross testing the top seed in three. Mustard looked the best he has this tournament in the first set as he eased to take the first set 6-3, before being stunned in the second by the world's number 168. But after dropping the second 2-6 and being level at 5-5 in the decider, Mustard again pulled out another big effort to steal victory from the jaws of defeat 6-3 2-6 7-5. He now faces Newport quarterfinalist Randy Bruce after the American beat Kazakh Ilja Nesterov in straight sets.


    • Seeded players out: Jiri Gross.


    Mustard and Heath Davis would later advance to their first final as a team after smashing third seeds Roel Hervelle and Jerzy Kosecki in straight sets. After surviving a scare in the quarterfinals, Davis and Mustard were keen to avoid any such problems in the semifinals as they romped to a massive 6-0 6-3 win. They now face Canadian pair Tino Boytchuk and Rory Cross in the final after they took a three-set win over Kazakh duo Nesterov and Eugeny Tagiev.


    • Seeded teams out: Roel Hervelle / Jerzy Kosecki.



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    Damn, disappointing to lose it. Will be cheering on Drake in the final, then hitting the town afterwards with him. What a Guy.

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    Too low odds on Drake, but still reckon he'll take it.

    Good week for CWLand overall though. *nurses ankle*

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    Devo to go out in the doubles. Really feel for the Korps. Will give him the hottie this week, the fat friend is mine, oh yeah.

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    Mustard is really enjoying the hit out in Mantra. Even though he's struggling to put his opponents away, he's winning tough which is what he needs to experience against the bigger guns. Going guns with Heath also, which are positive signs approaching the Davis Cup.

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    A great win there. Should be good form for the doubles final. Could be a very good week for Mustard.
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    Not a great performance but winning was probably unrealistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirBloody Idiot View Post
    Hopefully Essendon continue to play this type of footy, because it's probably the only saving grace now that tough footy doesn't happen until finals. They were very good last night - a lot of mistakes but you'd expect that with the way they play. Reminds me of the Dogs of '06 in terms of the pace they have, but hopefully for their supporter's sake it isn't found out by harder and bigger bodies as I'd expect it will.

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