Weekly Round-up: Stockholm and Moscow

  • Monfils defeats Jarkko Nieminen to win the If Stockholm Open.  I was cheering for Jarkko, but Monfils proved too good (and surprisingly steady) for the Finn.  This is Monfils’ fourth career title and he broke his 2011 title drought.  (Trivia: I thought the “If” in If Stockholm Open was a nod to the Kipling poem.  It turns out If is the name of a leading insurance company in the Nordic region.  That’s an awfully foreboding name).
  • JMDP is no longer in the running for the London WTF.  Why do journalists keep writing about him as if he’s aiming for a spot in the top 8?  He tabled that option when he opted out of the Asian tour.  In Vienna next week, JMDP will again be playing doubles, this time with Radek Stepanek.  “He’s good at the net!” is now my catch-all defense for JMDP’s choice of doubles partners.
  • Janko Tipsarevic defeats Victor Troicki to win the Kremlin Cup.  I dislike Tipsy for his attitude and personality (the way he retired three points from defeat in the Eastbourne final, plus his explanation for why he didn’t play the last three points was disgraceful), but now he’s added a 2nd title to the year’s accomplishments.  More disturbingly, he is 10th in the race for a spot at the London WTFs.  If he qualifies (he has an outside chance), there should be an IMMEDIATE players’ council meeting to reject his spot.  That’s my monthly dose of haterade.
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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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4 Responses to Weekly Round-up: Stockholm and Moscow

  1. ariennalee says:

    Let’s hope Delpo is looking to take some netplay lessons from his interesting array of partners! I’d love to see him get more confident up there.

    Regarding Tipsy: There was also the gun stunt. I’m inclined to think Janko not a good influence on Nole.
    http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/blog/busted_racquet/post/Photo-Novak-Djokovic-jokes-around-with-a-gun-po?urn=ten-wp2375

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Hey! Yes, I would love for DelPo to become much more proficient at the net. So far, it’s kind of nerve-wracking as a viewer to watch him at the net. He has such a wide wingspan he could make things difficult for his opponent. I’m counting on Stepanek to give him lessons on volleying and net-play (but please, no advice on outfit choices, Steps!)

      Tipsy’s gun stunt…and his non-apology for it later…even if he meant everything in jest, I find it difficult to like him after everything he’s done. Novak’s PR rep probably had a major headache that day!

      • ariennalee says:

        Yes, at Wimbledon I really thought that Delpo was starting to take advantage of his size at the net more… was it me, or was he coming to net much more on the grass than ever before? But then he seemed to revert to gluing himself to the baseline during the summer hardcourt swing. Nike would never ever ever let Steps pick out Delpo’s shirts. Or shorts. Never. Thank you, Nike.

        • mariposaxprs says:

          Definitely, that match he played against Rafa at Wimby was surprising for all the net points he attempted and won! At first, I was trying to hold back laughter whenever he tried to serve and volley, but then I realized it was working. If he’d try to work that into his HC game as well, right? He should imagine he’s playing on concrete grass 🙂 I guess it’s all up to Steps, the argyle-shirt wearer, to teach DelPo those lessons.

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