The third best Swiss ATPer, Marco Chiudinelli, made it through qualifying at this week’s Rakuten Japan Open and beat Dudi Sela 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. He’s had momentum as of late, making it to the third round of the U.S. Open and the quarters of last week’s Thailand Open. Unfortunately, he lost his only rubber at the World Group 2009 Davis Cup Playoff tie against Italy (his doubles match with Wawrinka against Starace and Bolelli). Still, Switzerland won it 3-2.
Looking ahead: The Rakuten Japan Open counts Del Potro, Simon, Tsonga, and Monfils as its top seeds. MC next plays Monfils. The draw’s here (pdf).
And now to the important stuff:
a) Marco’s outfitted with clothes from HI-PRO’s Black and White Collection. HI-PRO is a sports marketing company founded by Ivo Heuberger — a former pro and one of Martina Hingis‘s former flames.
b) I was once told I like really bland guys (and I sort of believe them. Exhibit A), but I’m thinking my new fascination is Chiudi is the real deal. Take a look at the pics after the cut and help me out?