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2009-07-31 19:22:52

Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko and Juan Carlos Ferrero led Friday's quarterfinal winners at the Croatia Open tennis tournament at Umag, Croatia. Davydenko, last week's winner at the Hamburg Open, beat Italian Simone Bolelli 7-6 (12-10), 6-1, while Ferrero, a former world No. 1 and the tournament's fifth seed, topped Maximo Gonzalez 7-5, 6-2. Davydenko converted 4-of-11 break point chances and struck seven service aces in his eighth successive victory, reaching a semifinal for the fourth time...

2009-07-29 20:39:52

Nikolay Davydenko and David Ferrer, the top two seeds, won their first-round matches Wednesday at the Croatia Open in Umag. The top-seeded Davydenko easily beat Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-2, 6-2. The second-seeded Ferrer had a much more difficult time subduing Austrian Daniel Koellerer, finally downing him 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3. Also Wednesday, Argentina's Maximo Gonzalez knocked off third-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3; No. 6...

2009-04-06 18:33:20

Unseeded Croat Ivan Ljubicic beat eighth-seeded Arnaud Clement in three sets in Monday's opening-round play at the Grand Prix Hassan II. Ljubicic defeated the Frenchman 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 6-4. Two other seeds avoided upsets Monday when No. 4 Romanian Victor Hanescu defeated Belgian Steve Darcis 6-4, 7-5 and No. 5 Frenchman Florent Serra beat Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 6-3. This week's top seed is Russian Igor Andreev. Last year's champion Gilles Simon, who is not playing this year, beat...

2009-02-16 20:04:29

Russian Mikhail Youzhny upset fifth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych during Monday's first-round tennis action at the Open 13 in Marseille, France. Youzhny defeated Berdych 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-1. Also Monday, sixth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet pulled out of the draw with a shoulder injury. Eighth-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez bounced back from a first-set loss to beat Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. In other first day play, Czech Jan Hernych defeated Belgian Kristof Vliegen 6-3, 3-6,...

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2009-02-10 18:19:12

Scotsman Andy Murray, the No. 2 seed, coasted to a straight-set first-round win Tuesday in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in the Netherlands. Murray beat Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 6-3, 6-2 to advance to a second-round match against Italian Andreas Seppi. The fifth seed, Gael Monfils, moved on when his opponent, Swiss qualifier Stephane Bohle, withdrew. Sixth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer rallied to top Austrian Jurgen Melzer 3-6, 7-6 (7-4). Other winners included Frenchman Paul-Henri...

2009-02-09 18:28:02

Russian Nikolay Davydenko, playing for the first time since early last month, was a first-round winner Monday in Rotterdam. The third-seeded Davydenko beat fellow Russian Igor Andreev 6-3, 6-2 at the $1.86 million ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, after missing the Australian Open because of a heel injury. In other opening round action, Russian Mikhail Youzhny beat Frenchman Laurent Recouderc 6-4, 6-4; Italian Andreas Seppi beat Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker 6-7 (5-7) 6-2, 7-6 (7-1); Frenchman...

2009-02-05 20:44:05

Defending champion Sergiy Stakhovsky, ranked 82nd in the world, surprised third-seeded Ivo Karlovic Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Zagreb Indoors. Stakhovsky, unseeded for this event, defeated the 6-10 Karlovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. In last year's tournament, Stakhovsky defeated Ivan Ljubicic for the only tournament title of his career. In his other four tournament appearances in 2008, Stakhovsky did not advance past the first round. He will meet Viktor Troicki in the quarterfinals...

2009-02-03 20:10:16

Croatians Ivo Karlovic and Mario Ancic advanced while top-seeded Russian Igor Andreev was upset Tuesday at the Zagreb Indoors. Croatian qualifier Iva Dodig beat Andreev in 6-1, 6-4, the Russian's second opening-round setback this season. The 6-foot-10 Karlovic, seeded third, defeated German Philipp Petzschner 6-3, 6-4 and 6-foot-5 Ancic, the seventh seed, beat Slovakian qualifier Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 7-5. Karlovic will meet defending Zagreb champion Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second...

2009-02-02 18:02:41

Croatians Marin Cilic and Ivan Ljubicic were among Monday's opening-round winners at the Zagreb Indoors. The second-seeded Cilic defeated French veteran Arnaud Clement 6-4, 6-3, and former top-10 Ljubicic beat Belgian Christophe Rochus 6-4, 6-1 in the first European even on the 2009 ATP World Tour. Cilic, 20, won a tournament in Chennai last month. Ljubicic, the 2006 Zagreb champion, was last year's runner-up in Zagreb to Russian Sergiy Stakhovsky. In other first-day action, Russian Teimuraz...

2008-06-24 18:00:20

World No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko suffered continued problems at Wimbledon, dropping a first-round match in straight sets Tuesday at The Championships. Second-seeded Rafael Nadal, No. 6 Andy Roddick, No. 8 Richard Gasquet and ninth-seeded James Blake all advanced to the second round in their first matches of the year at Wimbledon. Davydenko fell to 4-7 -- with three of the wins coming last year -- in his career at Wimbledon after Benjamin Becker posted a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win Tuesday. Nadal...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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