The Spanish Armada gathered in Barcelona to support 1972 Roland Garros Champion Andreu Gimeno. Andreu Gimeno is currently suffering from financial problems, so Spanish players Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Tommy Robredo, Albert Montanes, and Marcel Granollers played a series of exhibition matches in Barcelona to help raise funds for their accomplished compatriot.
Juan Martin del Potro is the 2nd seed at the Vienna Open, which starts on the upcoming Monday. Just as it was during his week at the Stockholm Open, JMDP is the 2nd seed at Vienna and a Frenchman (this time Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) is the top seed.
JMDP will face the winner of Petzschner vs Andujar in the 2nd round (he receives a BYE as the 2nd seed. I’m only just getting accustomed to his receiving BYES again). If he were to beat the winner of Petzschner vs Andujar (most likely Petzschner), he will then go on to a QF match with the winner of Karlovic vs Chela (my money’s on Karlovic). Although JMDP defeated Karlovic at Roland Garros this year, I’m still hesitant about his current form. If he were to somehow pull through that QF, he would most likely face Kevin Anderson, James Blake, or even Marcos Baghdatis in the SF. All in all, he’ll need to be in much better form than he was at Stockholm. Here’s the main draw, for those curious.
Fact: Did you know JMDP has not yet won an indoor hard-court tournament? His only finals appearance at an indoor HC tournament was the big stage, at the 2009 London WTF where he lost to Nikolay Davydenko.
At the Stockholm Open, Jarkko Niemenin pulled through in a three-setter 7-6 5-7 6-2 over James Blake, to reach the final. No. 73-ranked Jarkko seems like one of the friendliest players on the ATP tour and it’s nice to see him perform above expectation in Stockholm (did you know he is married to a Finnish badminton player?) He’s now defeated Wawrinka and Blake en route to a showing in tomorrow’s final, where he will meet Gael Monfils (who defeated Canadian wunderkind Milos Raonic 6-7 6-4 6-3 in the SF). Given Monfils’ oft-prodigiously wasted talent and the utter confusion involved in rooting for him, I will be cheering for Jarkko Nieminin.