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    What a win against the world number 26, and on clay too, pretty pumped to make the 2nd round.

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    Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell II
    PTA Tour 500 - 2nd Round - Barcelona, Spain - Clay (Red)

    • Frustration was yet again the order of the day for Rob Bowenburg as the West CWLander missed a golden opportunity to make the third round against Colombian qualifier Johan Ortiz. The World No. 71 was fresh off upsetting last year's finalist in three tough sets, but would have thought his fortune had changed on his non-preferred surface. It hadn't. The former French Open finalist was in dynamic touch as he controlled rallies from two feet behind the baseline and showed some of his old power on his forehand wing. He hit the ball cleanly and confidently while Bowenburg struggled for rhythm en route to a disappointing 2-6, 4-6 defeat.


    • His doubles partner Jarkko Maxum had more lucky as he defeated CW Open finalist Oneil Stewart in straight sets. Stewart has had some good results on clay with a 14-5 record (including a quarter final at Roland Garros) but hadn't played on the surface since making the semifinals at Hamburg last season. To Maxum he was ripe for the picking; on his most productive surface Maxum engaged in a gruelling two set affair with the Jamaican as two great athletes engaged in possibly the match of the tournament. Ultimately it was Maxum who showed surprising maturity against a proven big stage performer en route to a 6-4, 7-6(5) win and now faces Monte Carlo quarter finalist Viktor Vuriak. Whether Maxum can pull up well after a two hour and seven minute victory is not certain, but he's starting to show he's a threat in this clay season despite last week's disappointment.


    • Finally Heath Davis hasn't enjoyed clay in the past, but while he was on the end of a loss today against Ivan Genov he won't be all too disappointed with his effort. The unseeded Bulgarian is a two time fourth rounder in Grand Slams but had it tough against Davis whose serve was almost unreturnable at times. He offered just one break point in the first set - unfortunately the Bulgarian returned a second serve with interest for a clean winner to secure the first 6-4. But Davis wasn't done; he stuck with the Bulgarian and secured his first break of the match at 4-4 before serving out the set with a hat trick of aces to take his tally to nine. Where last year his fitness was his undoing, this year he could only really blame the loss on being outplayed as Genov pulled out all the stops with twelve third set winners. Davis, unflappable on serve for the most part, was heartbroken by a late break as Genov's deft touch left a ball out of his reach as the Bulgarian nailed just his second break and a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 win.


    • In other results, highly rated Spanish youngsters Marc Carretero and Javier Villaneuva will vie for a quarter final spot after defeating fourth seed Henry Charles and fourteenth seed Tiago Matías respectively; while Season I semi finalist Illya Altman was stunned by Pierre L'Estrange 6-4, 6-3.


    • Seeded players out: Illya Altman (3); Antonio Bachunelli (12); Henry Charles (4); Heath Davis (16); Tiago Matías (14).

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    Not unexpected, but a decent performance against a solid player who's clearly some kind of force on clay (well, comparatively speaking anyway)
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    Maxum, WAG. What girl wouldn't want to be in bed with him.
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    Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell II
    PTA Tour 500 - 3rd Round - Barcelona, Spain - Clay (Red)

    • Jarkko Maxum is through to the quarter finals of the Torneo Godó after an impressive straight sets victory over Viktor Vuriak of the Ukraine. Vuriak was fresh of a quarter final appearance in Monte Carlo, but showed obvious fatigue despite winning both his matches in straight sets this week as an energetic Maxum confidently dispatched him. After a lop-sided first set, Maxum charged ahead in the second with some luck on the Vuriak serve before the World No. 41 edged back into the contest with some top quality defence to draw errors from Maxum. But those errors disappeared in the tiebreaker as the left-hander was floored by some deep forehands with serious power from Maxum as the World No. 51 advanced 6-2, 7-6(3). He will now play sometime clay struggler Ivan Genov in the quarters as he recovered from a disastrous second set to beat a lacklustre second seeded Rasmus Olesen 6-4, 0-6, 6-4.


    • In the big upset of the day, 2004 French Open finalist Johan Ortiz edged out eighth seed Carlo Amato 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-4. At 27 years of age, Ortiz still looks hungry for a run at the top but will be forced to test his form against top seed and World No. 2 Daniel Páez Blanco who beat Almen Benaglio four and love.


    • Seeded players out: Carlo Amato; Rasmus Olesen; Patrick Pascaul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripper868 View Post
    Maxum, WAG. What girl wouldn't want to be in bed with him.
    Navratilova?

    "We in east offer you plenty girl" is the official line I've been fed.

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    Quarters...and a winnable maybe match...

    Navratilova would be all over the ficticous Estonian born Australian Naturalised CWland man ftr.

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    Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell II
    PTA Tour 500 - Quarter Finals - Barcelona, Spain - Clay (Red)

    • Jarkko Maxum is just one win away from his first PTA World Tour final after he emerged victorious in a tense three-set thriller against Ivan Genov at the Torneo Godó. With both men in fine form following some upset victories, there was little surprise that both were keen to get off to the best possible start with so much on the line. In an edgy first set both men struggled to retain their composure on serve in an error-laden set, but it was the Bulgarian who took the set in a tiebreaker as he rallied from two points down to steal it 7-5. Dropping his first set of the week, Maxum was not about to roll over and in a far better display looked to have the second set won as he consolidated his breaks of serve. But after blowing two set points on his own serve, he was forced into another tiebreaker to fight for survival. In a comprehensive display, the World No. 55 was too good as he got off to a flier and never looked back.

    With it all on the line in the third, it was clear the Bulgarian was frustrated with his backhand which was producing too many errors. His attempt to run around a deep backhand from Maxum cost him a break as he framed a forehand into the net. On the back foot, he fought hard but couldn't convert any of his seven third set break points as a steely Maxum served the match out after four deuces in his final service game to secure a win 6-7(5), 7-6(2), 6-4.

    He now meets sixth seed Zoltán Varga in the semi finals after he easily accounted for impressive Spanish youngster Javier Villaneuva 6-2, 6-4. Varga is an impressive "all-courter" with a Wimbledon semi final under his belt. Even if Maxum loses he reaps the benefits of his great week: the 180 points he's won almost certainly returns him to the top fifty and he receives a special exempt into next week's Rome Masters with qualifying beginning tomorrow.
    • In the other semi final, top seed Daniel Páez Blanco meets fifth seed Miroslav Brdar after their respective quarter final wins. Blanco was too good for qualifier and former Grand Slam finalist Johan Ortiz three and two, while Brdar scraped past giant-killer Pierre L'Estrange 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.


    • Seeded players out: None.

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    Congrats to Jarkko for unquestionably the biggest win of his career (and probably a push towards a Davis Cup spot). Haven't simmed the match yet, but I'll resurrect the live sim thread for this semi and the final if he wins.

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    Gah, quarterfinals wasn't out of the question given how the draw played, so pissed
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirBloody Idiot View Post
    Congrats to Jarkko for unquestionably the biggest win of his career (and probably a push towards a Davis Cup spot). Haven't simmed the match yet, but I'll resurrect the live sim thread for this semi and the final if he wins.
    Maxum thanks you for kind words, Maxum said to be "stoked ez bro" and excited for his next match, though not overly confident, Maxum will do his best to win it.

    Happy to be straight to Rome as well

    Seems the layoff was just what the kid needed.

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    Congrats Maxum, wag, don't forget the little people who helped you out along the way!

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    Maxum never forget little people, but he also never forget big people like Rob "The Lob" Bowenburg neither. Many Beers to my doubles partner.

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    Clay is for pottery.

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    Maxum in the final, you little beauty! - See live sim thread for details.

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