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    Oooh. Doubles. Will be good to get back on court with El Mustardo.
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    Bowenburg and Maxum combine to take down the number 8 seeds and unite the fractured country that is CWland in the process...at least for one night at the pub anyway.
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    Liking the return of some doubles. No doubt the Ox is right and I'll suffer a standard first round exit at the hands of Ron Andom.
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    Good to be back in the doubles action, hopefully it doesn't affect my singles game too much.
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    Three CWLanders in action on the Monday in Rome.

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    PTA Masters 1000 - Monday (1st Round) - Rome Italy - Clay (Red)

    • Unseeded West CWLander Jojo Mustard has won the battle of the Westerners as he beat Season I quarter finalist and wildcard entrant Brett Read in straight sets. Read made his first appearance in a PTA tournament last week in Tallahassee since the French Open last year, but struggled against the Houston champion on clay as Mustard snared a 6-4, 6-3 win. Read has been accused of "pushing" by many critics in the past, and that lack of aggression cost him against Mustard as the polished World No. 20 had too many weapons for Read despite a number of long rallies. His straight sets win sets up a difficult second round clash with fifteenth seed Danijel Micic after the Serb sounded out a loud warning to his opposition with a 6-0, 6-1 thumping of Barcelona quarter finalist Javier Villaneuva. Read, meanwhile, loses quarter final points and at least for now will take a big hit to his ranking before having the chance to recoup his losses for the rest of the season having missed a huge chunk last year.


    • Qualifier Rob Bowenburg had no trouble in his first round clash as he took a one and two win over wildcard Pablo Scalforo. Benefitting from a favourable first round draw, Bowenburg drew on his dynamic qualifying form to hammer the World No. 135 in straight sets in just over seventy minutes. Scalforo struggled to get enough balls back let alone strike winners as Bowenburg produced a clinic. The Italian held serve just once and broke twice - but was shambolic against the aggressive hard-courter who made the most of some awful serving and short groundstrokes. His 6-1, 6-2 win sets up a far tougher second round clash with fourteenth seed Rick Henson. The American smashed Rome Challenger runner up Marco Pellegrini inside of an hour 6-1, 6-1.


    • The only seed to fall was thirteenth seed and Barcelona semi finalist Miroslav Brdar; losing to unseeded and out-of-form Russian Dmitry Orlov in straight sets.


    • Seeded players out: Miroslav Brdar.
    • Two doubles matches and two seeded teams were out on their behinds. On Centre Court in the afternoon session, Morgan Carter & Jason Hall beat sixth seeded Tal Cohen & Raz Teper 7-6(2), 4-6, [10-7] while later that evening Mark Harmel & Yves Parmentier beat Wimbledon champs Sandro Bachunelli & Hicham Hadir.


    • Seeded players out: Sandro Bachunelli & Hicham Hadir; Tal Cohen & Raz Teper.

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    Nice Lob, surely can beat Henson.

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    Dammit.

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    Thanks to our relationship with the FFT and Tennis Australia, we get a wildcard for both Roland Garros and the Australian Open. So you're in with a sniff if the activity and results stay up.

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    Getting amped, wouldn't mind a deep run here to get the ranking close to the 30's.
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    Internazionali BNL d'Italia II
    PTA Masters 1000 - Tuesday (1st Round/2nd Round) - Rome Italy - Clay (Red)

    • Spas Delev has failed in his bid to make the second round in Rome following a straight sets defeat to Bulgaria's Ivan Genov. Despite a double bagel win in the qualifying round on Sunday, Delev could not take a set off the in-form Genov who biffed and bruised his way to a 7-5, 6-3 win. Delev was forced to come from 1-4 down in the first set but fell short of completely a great comeback as Genov claimed the first set 7-5. The second set started closer, but Delev was unable to hit enough winners against the virtual backboard that was Ivan Genov as the unseeded World No. 35 advanced to a second round clash with Henry Charles in straight sets. Delev remains in Rome this week for a doubles clash tomorrow against Morton Blundell & Roberto Santos along with the Brit Charles.


    • World No. 31 Heath Davis has picked up perhaps the biggest win of his clay career with a 6-4, 6-3 win over France's Pierre L'Estrange. L'Estrange last week beat World No. 10 Illya Altman in a straight sets upset, but failed to bring his Barcelona form to Rome as Davis picked up a convincing win. The West CWLander usually struggles to make his own pace on the clay courts but played a more patient game to outlast the French left-hander. L'Estrange, meanwhile, made too many mistakes on his usually slick forehand and was unable to break Davis' serve. The win for Davis sets up a second round clash with out-of-form Serb Radivoj Daneu in which he will start a distinct underdog.


    • There was revenge for eleventh seed Zoltán Varga as he avenged his defeat on Saturday in Barcelona with a three-set win over Jarkko Maxum. In a repeat of their semi final clash, Maxum did not look overawed after his great result in Spain as he matched it with the eleventh seeded Hungarian. Taking second set 6-1, Maxum looked in a good spot before Varga found his range at the right time en route to a 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-3 win.


    • In an upset, tenth seed Illya Altman's poor form continued with a 6-1, 4-6, 4-6 loss to American Morgan Carter, while third seed Radek Špidlá started strongly but failed to rectify his awful clay record with a 6-7(8), 3-6 loss to Patrick Pascaul of France.


    • Seeded players out: Illya Altman; Radek Špidlá.
    • In the doubles draw, Asian pairing Zhijun Sun & Qingdong Tsai knocked off yet another seed as seventh seeds Andrej Konc & Evgeniy Maximov were beaten 3-6, 5-7.


    • Seeded players out: Andrej Konc & Evgeniy Maximov.

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    Damn you VARGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Certainly didn't expect to win in Straight Sets. 2nd round exit then. Better than expected! Hoping to go deep in the Doubles though.

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    Internazionali BNL d'Italia II
    PTA Masters 1000 - Wednesday (2nd Round) - Rome Italy - Clay (Red)

    • Qualifier Rob Bowenburg has pulled off one of the most stunning upsets of the clay season; knocking out Grand Slam champion and fourteenth seed Rick Henson in a tough three-set affair. Henson was almost an unbackable favourite against the West CWLander, but had it tough early as The Lob played patiently and to his own strengths. Henson never looked troubled on serve in the first set but failed to take advantage of his chance, and the qualifier pounced to claim the set 9-7 in the tiebreaker. Henson picked up the pace in the second and claimed his first break early as he took the set 6-4, but continued to be frustrated as Bowenburg took long rallies from the baseline with resilience most tennis fans haven't seen from the inconsistent westerner. It served him well in the third set as up against huge pressure he held six times to take the match to a deciding tiebreaker. Despite only producing two break points against Henson all match and converting neither of them, Bowenburg pulled off a dramatic defeat as he crept ahead early and stormed away with the third set tiebreaker to secure a shocking 7-6(7), 4-6, 7-6(3) win. He now plays France's Patrick Pascaul.


    • Season I semi finalist and local hope Carlo Amato has fallen in the second round as seventh seed Jefferson Drake overcome a horror second set to nail a big win. Despite a dominant first set, Drake looked gone for all money as the Italian put a breadstick on him in the second set and the last East CWLander looked to be headed out of the draw. But the World No. 8 recovered and in a fine performance came from a break down early to take the third set to a tiebreaker. There the Easterner strung four points together early and eventually set up six match points at 6-0. He needed four of them before he put away a forehand winner after a return from Amato lobbed up off the net to secure a 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(3) win. His third round opponent is CW Open finalist Oneil Stewart after the Jamaican crushed Almen Benaglio 6-0, 6-3.


    • No troubles for Monte Carlo champ Sven Oxenstierna as he started his campaign for a third Masters title with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Zhijun Sun of China. A clear second favourite with the bookies to claim the French Open crown, Oxenstierna was too good for the Chinese 20-year old who was recovering from a tough first round clash on Monday. While some suggest he may have peaked too early this clay season, Oxenstierna was never really tested by Zhijun Sun as he secured a straight sets win despite a late fightback from the Chinese No. 1. He now meets Russia's Dmitry Orlov after he knocked out one of the last two Italians in the draw Antonio Bachunelli 6-0, 6-3.


    • Where he picked up what was arguably the biggest win of his clay career yesterday, Heath Davis has followed it up with the biggest win of his clay career with a three-set win over embattled Serbian eighth seed Radivoj Daneu. The World No. 9 has had a miserable year shedding 2,380 ranking points and five places, and his frustration was increased as the World No. 31 and self-professed "clay court hack" secured a 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 win. Davis, whose only title came at Pickford last season, picked up where he left off on Tuesday serving-wise as he denied Daneu any real opportunities to build momentum. Despite dropping the second set after serving for it just minutes earlier, the West CWLander did not let that phase him as he picked up what was eventually the match-winning break at 3-3 in the third set. Serving it out to love, Davis now meets ninth seed Dwayne Murdoch who struggled past Argentinian qualifier Paolo Mandonna.


    • Making it a perfect day for CW singles was Jojo Mustard as he ousted fifteenth seed Danijel Micic in three sets. The Serbian Davis Cup champ breezed through his first round match against good opposition, but struggled in breezy conditions and against a better opponent as Mustard kept his fine clay form alive. In a three set tussle, Mustard served well and profitted from inaccurate backhands from the Serb who blew too many opportunities. With a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 win, Mustard now plays second seed and defending champion Daniel Páez Blanco who was a 6-1, 6-2 winner.


    • Seeded players out: Henry Charles; Radivoj Daneu; Rick Henson; Danijel Micic.

    • Eighth seeds Ion Andueza & Sanchez Emelio were the latest casualities in the doubles draw as they were beaten by Rob Bowenburg & Jarkko Maxum. The CW Unity team were in great touch as they ousted a decidedly lacklustre Spanish duo in straight sets with some dominant tennis. The 6-3, 6-3 win sets up a clash with Artem Krohmal & Merab Shvelidze the Ukrainian-Georgian team.


    • No such luck for Spas Delev as he and Henry Charles were thrashed 6-1, 6-4 by Morton Blundell & Roberto Santos. It was a big blow to the pairing after the top seeds in their sections - Hugh James & Ralph Robinson - were beaten.


    • Seeded players out: Ion Andueza & Sanchez Emelio; Hugh James & Ralph Robinson.
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    Fairly insane day for the CWLanders. I know it looks a bit cheaty, but it wasn't.

    Singles draw finally updated in first post and I'll do the doubles later.

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