Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Wk.7- Delpo Delight

Hey Y'all. Galileo here.

I am pretty short of time this week. I am appalling at managing time. In any case, when you have the time why not watch a bit of this :

Also, you might enjoy this classic country hit:

S: Rafael Nadal def. David Nalbandian 6-2/6-3
D: Peya/Soares d. Cermak/Mertinak

S: Juan Martin del Potro def. Julien Benneteau 7-6/6-3
D: Lindstedt/Zimonjic d. de Bakker/Huta-Galung

S: Milos Raonic def. Tommy Haas 6-4/6-3
D: Malisse/Moser d. Hewitt/Matosevic

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Juan Martin del Potro, ARG
...When you're given a golden opportunity it is wise to take it and so Delpo did. Once Fed fell -- along with Gasquet and Tsonga -- the draw belonged to Delpo and he capitalised in a big way. The big man beat Monfils 6-3 6-4 comfortably before beating Gulbis in a tight two setter. Another 6-3 6-4 against Nieminen -- in the middle of a mini-resurgence, too -- and a 4 and 4 victory against Dimi followed. He then played Benny in Benny's first 500 final, but his eighth overall. He is now amazingly 0-8 in finals. He has reached at least one final every year since 2008, but he seems to have some form of Smashnova curse upon him, but the opposite. He has been to a slam quarterfinal, too. Anyway, Del Potro has played excellently all week and has won at least three titles each year since 2008 with the exception of 2010 when he was injured. He is 5-2 in 500's and 8-1 in 250's. He will always - I think - be one of the big what if's. What if he hadn't been injured? It's the question Seles fans always ask and always bring out whenever they try to convince the rest of us she was better than Graf. Whatever they say, Graf was the better player. Anyway, well done JMDP and well played.
RISER: John Isner, USA
...I know that that is a little risky. However, it is his first semi of the year I believe. He wasn't completely comfortable but he was strong and he does look like he is starting to find his way once more. He has big points to defend this year and especially this March. Still, he looks to be doing much better and was pretty strong on his serve this week up until he lost routinely to Haas.
SURPRISE: Martin Alund , ARG
...Lucky Loser is actually quite a rude thing to label someone. He replaced Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo in the draw. He beat Melo, the Brazilian vet. He then shocked Chardy in three epic sets. He put Volandri to the sword next before taking Nadal to three. I was surprised, frankly. These Argies know their clay.
VETERAN: Tommy Haas, GER
...There are only two players left on the ATP World tour who won titles in the 90's: Hewitt and Haas. I think we should sit back and marvel at that for a second or two. Haas reached yet another final. Also amazing is that since '97, Haas has made a final every year except for 2003,2005,2006 and 2010-11. He was top twenty again this year which is also incredible. He is an example to people everywhere to never give up and to keep going. Who knows what could happen?
COMEBACK: Ernests Gulbis, LAT
...He used to be about 15 in the world. He has sunk far since then. He is now ranked at 120 or thereabouts. But now he has stopped smoking and drinking. Now he is ready to win once more. His resurgence is excellent news for all concerned.
NEW FACE: Guilherme Clezar, BRA
...He has played in a few 250 events. He turned 20 in December and ermm.....I know nothing about him. Sorry. I really don't, though. I know he challenged Bellucci and that he nearly beat him and I think he prefers the dirt. Other than that I know pretty much nothing. Sorry folks, but keep an eye on this fellow anyway.
DOWN: David Goffin, BEL
...Double-bageled by Nieminen. That is really shocking. I think the less said about this match the better, frankly.

1. Brasil Open QF - Nalbandian d. Almagro
Nalbandian is still here. He ambushed Almagro in the quarters here although this was an out of form Almagro to be fair. He struggled past Capedeville in three before getting into trouble against a fairly in-form Nalbandian. Nalby then got past Bolelli before crumbling spectacularly against Nadal.
2. San Jose 2nd Rd - Querrey d. Hewitt
The old guard aren't done yet. Hewitt was oh so close to a semi-final berth here. He played excellent tennis to push the third seed all the way. That was after a very tricky encounter with Kavcic. He remains prickly on the retirement subject and it isn't hard to see why. If he continues to play at a high level, who says that another slam quarter isn't achievable for him?
3. Rotterdam Final - Delpo d. Benneteau
No close finals this week apart from this one. Once Benny lost the first set he kind of just faded away. Maybe one day he will win a title. Compatriot Mauresmo won her first Slam via retirement so why not his first tournament?

[1] Cilic d. [4] Querey
[2] Raonic d. [3] Isner
[2]Raonic d. [1] Cilic

[1]Berdych d. [4] Tisarevic
[2] JMDP d. Tomic
[2] JMDP d. [1] Berdych

[1] Ferrer d. Robredo
[2] Almagro d. [3] Wawrinka
[1] Ferrer d. [2] Almagro

Just for you Benny-


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