- Monfils defeats Jarkko Nieminen to win the If Stockholm Open. I was cheering for Jarkko, but Monfils proved too good (and surprisingly steady) for the Finn. This is Monfils’ fourth career title and he broke his 2011 title drought. (Trivia: I thought the “If” in If Stockholm Open was a nod to the Kipling poem. It turns out If is the name of a leading insurance company in the Nordic region. That’s an awfully foreboding name).
- JMDP is no longer in the running for the London WTF. Why do journalists keep writing about him as if he’s aiming for a spot in the top 8? He tabled that option when he opted out of the Asian tour. In Vienna next week, JMDP will again be playing doubles, this time with Radek Stepanek. “He’s good at the net!” is now my catch-all defense for JMDP’s choice of doubles partners.
- Janko Tipsarevic defeats Victor Troicki to win the Kremlin Cup. I dislike Tipsy for his attitude and personality (the way he retired three points from defeat in the Eastbourne final, plus his explanation for why he didn’t play the last three points was disgraceful), but now he’s added a 2nd title to the year’s accomplishments. More disturbingly, he is 10th in the race for a spot at the London WTFs. If he qualifies (he has an outside chance), there should be an IMMEDIATE players’ council meeting to reject his spot. That’s my monthly dose of haterade.