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New Zealander Marcus Daniell and
his Brazilian partner Marco Demoliner
are through to the ASB Classic
They beat Leander Paes (India) and
Andre Sa (Brazil) 6-3, 7-6 (4) in an
entertaining quarter-final match on
centre court last night.
With Artem Sitak and American
Nicholas Monroe also progressing to
the last four earlier yesterday, there is
the possibility of two New Zealanders
featuring in the ASB Classic doubles
Paes and Sa are an experienced
combination — with numerous titles
to their credit — but Daniell and
Demoliner showed more composure in
the crucial moments.
They took their only breakpoint
opportunity to seal the first set, then
stayed strong as Paes and Sa threatened
a comeback in the second set.
The New Zealand-Brazilian duo
always looked more likely in the second
set tie-break, and Daniell sealed the
match with a strong ser ve and well
— New Zealand Herald
Friday, January 13, 2017
New Zealand No
1 squash player Paul
Coll, from Greymouth,
has made it through
to the main round of
the Tournament of
Champions, being played
in New York.
In his second qualifying
match to get to the
main draw, Coll was
up against fellow New
Grayson. Coll won 11-2,
The Coaster moved up
the world rankings at the
end of the year to No 20.
Virtually all of the
squash players entered
the tournament, which
runs until January 19.
The men’s draw features
champion and world No
1 Mohamed Elshorbagy
along with a quartet
of past champions, all
of whom have enjoyed
stints at the top of the
of Champions is one
of eight world series
events sanctioned by
the Professional Squash
Association and one of
only three to offer equal
prizemoney and draw
size for both men and
Coll into main
Marcos Baghdatis has brought his
unique brand of tennis to Auckland
— and so far the recipe is working.
He has become one of the new
crowd favourites at the ASB Classic,
with his charismatic style and
dazzling repertoire of shots.
Baghdatis is the ultimate showman
and is a major contender for the
ASB Classic title, after dispatching
2015 champion Jiri Vesely 6-2, 6-4
After only disappointment in his
three previous visits — he failed to
win a single match — Baghdatis
has found his groove here in 2017.
He served 12 aces yesterday, came
up with winners from all areas of
the court and demonstrated a fine
appreciation of geometry with some
Against an admittedly uninspired
Vesely, Baghdatis had all the
answers. He varied the pace on
the ball, regularly hit the lines and
showed some superb touches at the
“Now I play more with experience,
more with the mind,” the 31-year-
old Baghdatis said.
“ When you are young you just go
out there and hit all the balls and
(with) no fear so you don’t think so
much. Nowadays you have to think
a bit more, try to find different ways
of confusing the opponent and I’m
doing that right now.”
There is a special energy when
Bagdahtis is on court, as you never
know what might happen next. It ’s
easy to understand why his matches
in Melbourne over the years have
been sellouts — regardless of his
ranking — as fans flock to see the
“I’m happy whenever the crowd
likes the match that we give out
there,” Baghdatis said.
“That ’s very important. I play for
that...I play for the crowd, I play for
those emotions that the crowd give
you when you make a winner, win a
match or make an ace.”
“ You don’t think about entertaining
the crowd — it just comes naturally.
They like the way you are, they like
the person you are, they like what
they see and I guess it is as simple
Baghdatis will face Joao Sousa
today, the in-form Portuguese
tournament. After going winless
from three previous visits, the world
No 43 has been in great touch this
time and eliminated Robin Haase
6-3, 6-2 yesterday.
“The crowd is great,” Sousa said.
“The centre court is one of the nicest
250 (tournaments) I have played in.
It ’s very comfortable to play and I
feel very good.”
In 2013 Sousa became the first
Portuguese player to win an ATP
event and joked yesterday that he is
“very famous...in my home city”.
Steve Johnson upset compatriot
John Isner 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (3) in
another quarter-final yesterday.
The local highlight of the day
saw New Zealander Artem Sitak
and American partner Nicholas
Monroe win through to the doubles
semi-finals. They beat Argentinean
combination Facundo Bagnis and
Diego Schwartzman 3-6, 7-6 (5),
11-9 in a brilliant comeback that
sparked jubilant scenes on the
“ We knew we were going to have
to come up with some good shots
to beat them and we weren’t really
producing any of those, we were
down a set and a break and we
needed to do something,” Sitak said.
“That game where we were 3-2
down (and we broke back), that was
a big momentum switch for us, and
for the crowd, because they felt like
we could actually do it.”
— New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Getty Images
New Zealand’s Marcus Daniell,
right, celebrates a point with Brazilian
partner Marcelo Demoliner in their
doubles match last night against
Leander Paes and Andre Sa in
Daniell joins Sitak in
ASB CLASSIC TENNIS
PICTURE: Getty Images
Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis plays a shot back in his match against
Jiri Vesely in yesterday’s ASB Classic in Auckland.
way into semis
WEST COAST JUNIOR TENNIS OPEN
PICTURE: Lisa Rangi
Mac Gibson takes a swing as his team-mate George Gilbertson waits his turn in the West Coast Junior
Tennis Open, which opened in Greymouth this morning. Tournament controller Paula Smith said 34
players aged between 10 and 16, had registered, which was lower than previous years when they had up to
60 players. “It’s a bit of a busy time for many but we’ve had great support from Nelson and Canterbur y,”
Smith said. The competition will run throughout the weekend with a mix of both boys’ and girls’ singles,
and doubles games.
ASB TENNIS CLASSIC
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