Quickie: Hamburg’s curse?
August 8, 2011 Leave a comment
The title says for itself. Quickie one.
After losing to Thomaz Bellucci in the first round of Toronto, Golubev is now 4-22 at ATP/Davis Cup in 2011.
He hasn’t won an ATP match since Indian Wells, and has only two wins outside Davis Cup this year.
After losing to Djokovic in the second round at the first Masters event of the year, the Kazakh also endured negative results against Dodig (Miami), Riba (Casablanca), Kohlschreiber (Monte Carlo), Hanescu (Barcelona), Stepanek (Munich), Monaco (Madrid), Florian Mayer (Rome), Fish, Monaco and Soderling (World Team Cup), Bellucci twice (Roland Garros, Toronto), Gimeno-Traaver (Halle), Garcia-Lopez (Wimbledon), Ramirez Hidalgo (Bastad), Monaco again (Davis Cup), and once again to Kohlschreiber, in Hamburg, when defending his maiden title.
He won a couple of matches at the Astana challenger, making it to the semifinals and losing to Sergey Bubka.
Reminds me of Roberto Carretero – who won his first and only ATP title at Hamburg, when it was still a Masters event, in 1996. After the title, Carretero finished the year on a 1-10 run at ATP events. He then finished 1997 at #298, bearing a 1-13 record and never having another year-end top-100 ranking – or close to it.
This makes me thing: Hamburg’s curse or Hamburg’s fluke?
(PS: Albert Portas also won his only ATP title at Hamburg, but he went on to pursue a more successful career, reaching another three finals and peaking at #17 in the world)
Will be back later.
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