Eastbourne 2009 – 3 Brits Go Out | QF Draw

Aegon ChampionshipsThe Eastbourne singles event is now a Brit Free zone – After an extremely promising showing from the British men in the first round on Monday. The almost inevitable exodus occurred today.

Some of them went down fighting, Alex Bogdanavic showed that he does in deed have some class losing a very tight 3rd set tie break against world number 25 Dmitry Tursunov. He had been in the driving seat after claiming the first set on a tie break, but Tursunov hit back in the second and claimed an early break in the third set.

Bogdanavic though, who has come in for a lot of criticism in recent years for not building on the chances he been given by the LTA didn’t shrink away in the match – he broke back and asserted his dominance in the match pushing Tursunov closely in search of another break. The second break didn’t quite come and the match would be decided on a tie-break.

Bogo went a mini-break down in the tie break but hit back to level things up and at then took his chance to go himself up a mini-break at 5-3, 5-3 Tursunov though reeled off the next four points for victory.

Tursunov will play Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the next round. Bogdanavic now needs to build on his performance, despite losing today he showed that he does indeed have some fight in him, a criticism that has been leveled at him in the past and the main reason he was dropped from Davis Cup team despite being the highest ranked Brit available at selection when Andy Murray is ruled out.

2009 Eastbourne AEGON Championships – Quarter Final Draw
Frank Dancevic (CAN) vs Leonardo Mayer (ARG) Semi
2009 Final
[4] Fabrice Santoro (FRA) vs Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
[8] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) Semi
Denis Istomin (UZB) vs [2] Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)

The 3rd and 4th ranked Brits also crashed out, Josh Goodall was beaten 6-3 7-5 by Croatian Ivan Ljubicic in the second round yesterday and James Ward suffered the same fate as his compatriots as he was beaten 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 by Canada’s Frank Dancevic.

James Ward loss though was the most disappointing of the day, Dancevic is only ranked 126 in the world and has only recorded two ATP tour level wins this year. Ward had the best chances to break in the first set and when the set went to a tie break, he managed to lose the point at 6-6 from what seemed an un-loseable position, rather than volleying a clean winner he managed to find the racket of Dancevic at the Canadian returned the shot luckily into court for a winner.

Ward would have been serving for the set, but it was Dancevic that claimed the set on the next point. The second set started really badly for Ward and he looked like he had given up. He was broken in the first and third game and trailed 3-0 before he realised that the Eurosport cameras and John Lloyd were watching. He managed to secure the two breaks back and level at 3-3 but he was broken cheaply in the very next game and the match was once again lost.

All 3 players have a wild card for Wimbledon and another chance to improve their ranking.