Cincinnati: Back in Action

After the farce of a match he lost in R2 to the low-rent sc#mb!!!!g otherwise known as the morally wayward and equivocating disgrace of a figure named Raonic (whose behavior many English-speaking writers seem all too willing to defend, through the use of “heat of the battle” rationale, which is truly a cop-out when you consider the fact that Raonic’s “heat of battle” decisions have yet to propel him beyond R4 at a Slam at 22  y.o., whereas DelPo was a Slam winner before his 21st birthday — so why should DelPo be taking lessons on competitive behavior, or pray tell, net play (cue laughter), from a guy whose sole achievements consist of vulturing weak draws at a now-defunct tournament and the renowned Chennai Open, I don’t know)—

Let me start over again…

After DelPo’s (totally non-controversial) early loss at Montreal, he headed to Cincinnati.

In draw-related news, he’s in the same half of the draw as Djokovic and in Ferru’s quarter.

DelPo’s potential route to the title: R1 BYE – R2 Paire/Davydenko – R3 Nishikori/Chardy – QF Ferrer/Janowicz – SF Djokovic – F Berdy/Muzz/Rafa (if he cares enough to play, given he’s just won Montreal)

All in all, it’s a tough draw.  DelPo’s back problems seemed worrisome in Montreal and it’s been reported that he may have some sort of ligament strain or muscle sprain in the lower back.  So far, there hasn’t been too much news about the specific nature of the injury, so it’ll be touch and go.  At this point, it seems like a one-off for him between a strong run at Cincinnati or the USO — it’s one or the other, but he won’t be having both.  My gut says he may want a protracted rest before the USO.

He was seen training in Cincinnati with Zimonjic (his party-friend at the Washington player’s party) and was reportedly hitting his FHs very hard.  No answers yet on whether his serves are ready-for-competition.

DelPo will practice today at Cincy with Berdy, which should be entertaining.  I’m not sure the two players exactly have matching “auras,” but hey, it’ll probably be something interesting.

More to come as Cincy play gets underway.  The R1 between Janowicz and Blake should be an exciting one.

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I play favorites with Juan Martin Del Potro, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Gilles Simon and the long line of mercurial talent that drives me to despair in front of the screen at odd hours during the week.
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6 Responses to Cincinnati: Back in Action

  1. Iram says:

    lol! :P u picked Kei to beat Feli! j/k I think most ppl were expecting Feli to lose in first round. I would like to see JMDP and Feli play. They’re both tall and then there’s that added DC drama. :P
    Anyway, it was nice to see Roger win, I think he was playing with his small racket again. I hope ur man does well in Ohio!

    • mariposaxprs says:

      My apologies, to both you and Feli!! I thought Feli was still recovering from his injury, so I thought Kei would have a better chance of winning. Still, I like Feli and it’s nice to see him have a good win in Cincy! He plays Chardy next, right? I hope Feli can beat the Frenchie! I like the idea of a JMDP-Feli match as well — though I obviously hope JMDP takes his revenge for the time Feli beat him in DC in 2008! :)

      I’m relieved to hear Roger’s playing with his old racquet. I think it will take more time to adjust to a bigger racquet, so he should use his old racquet for Cincy & the USO. I hope your guys have a great run in Cincy too! It seems like Ferru is finding his way back into good form. Should be interesting!

      • Iram says:

        ;) he is playing feli now. I will be thinking of u when I watch it. I think ur guy def. has the edge here. let’s just hope Feli puts it all in mentally. t c

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  3. audiesgirl@aol.com says:

    Milos was asking for a comeuppance and Rafa obliged. I wonder how the other players will react to his behavior. Ironically, last night I watched a replay of Juan’s Dubai SF where at one point he asked Nole if a return was in or out before deciding to challenge. Now THAT’s sportsmanship.
    I wish I were able to travel to Cincy this year, it looks like a wonderful tournament and Juan seems over his back pain for now. Last year his knee was bothering him and he was in a grumpy mood at his practices. At least it’s getting great tv coverage.
    What do you make of Juan’s recent magazine interview? Ok, we already know he wanted to play futbol, loves chocolate and video games; the only news was his mom keeps his room in Tandil as it was when he was a child complete with his Boca teddy bear. Now that’s weird. I can’t imagine other players sharing the extent of their arrested development.

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Hey! Sorry for the late reply and for not getting back earlier.

      Lindsay Davenport and Colin Fleming both publicly voiced disapproval of Raonic’s behavior. I haven’t seen reactions from other players.

      I don’t buy the excuse that everyone else would have done the same thing as Raonic. There are *plenty* of other cases involving players conceding points at important moments in a match, out of respect to the code — Roddick/Verdasco at Rome, Marray at the Wimbledon doubles final, and I think Edberg from way back.

      You went to Cincy last year, right?! It looks like it’ll be another fun tournament this year. Wasn’t it his left wrist that was bothering him last year? He reached SF with one hand. I’m not sure what to make of his back pain. It was definitely hurting his serves in Montreal. From Twitter, it seems he’s hitting his FHs well in practice in Cincinnati, and ppl are saying he looks fine — I did hear someone say DelPo wasn’t running to chase balls though — I don’t know if that’s a function of it being a lighter practice (it was at the beginning of the week, shortly after DelPo arrived from Montreal). I guess we’ll see!

      I liked that interview, I’ve been meaning to post a link to the translated version of it! Lol at your reaction though, b/c I briefly thought the same thing too — he’s not in a state of arrested development, but he does have a bit of “split personality”: He’s very wise and mature when he’s speaking very eloquently about his career and the tough decisions he’s made (re: Davis Cup and the wrist injury). But then in the next paragraph, he’s talking about Disney World, Dragon Ball cartoons and eating chocolate.

      Still, I don’t think the detail about his room at his parent’s home is weird — it’s not like he’s still sleeping in a crib ;) And I’m sure it’s just a small teddy bear the size of a paperweight, not an actual full-sized ordeal that he hugs when he sleeps, you know? :)

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