A Valencia Tale

Del Potro had a comfortable R1 victory over Dmitry Tursunov at Valencia, 6-4 6-1.  Kevin Anderson is up next in R2 and he should provide a sterner test.  Last week in Vienna, JMDP was frankly a bit lucky to escape with the win over Anderson.

Ferrer reached the QFs at Valencia, where he is defending champion and proud co-tournament owner (with Juan Carlos Ferrero).  He beat the other Canadian wunderkind, Vasek Pospisil.  Afterwards, in his press conference, Ferru spoke about the favorites to win the Valencia Open:

Juan Carlos is a great level, Tsonga and Del Potro are also very good players, and while Del Potro is not now, he is a future number one,” Ferrer said on one of his rivals in the final Davis Cup between Argentina and Spain in December

Hold up, Ferru!  Back that trolley up.  Let’s calm down now.  Have you seen Del Potro lately?  Is this some cruel way to make fun of his recent troubles?

Then again, Ferru is the defending champion and top seed at his own tournament, so it would be awkward for him to tout himself as its top star.  Also, it was a welcoming gesture from Ferru to give a nod to DelPo in his comeback year.  Still, this means Ferru is totally going to beat DelPo during the Davis Cup final in December, right?  Right?

I realize I’m over-analyzing an innocent comment Ferru made.  I actually think it’s quite fitting that Ferru would say this about DelPo, because if there’s one area where DelPo needs a massive boost this year, it’s his self-belief and fighting spirit.  Ferru is all about grinding out wins and chasing down every ball.  While he lacks a major forehand or serve, his attitude and preparation have led him to a long and successful career.  In this sense, Ferru’s comment could be construed as inadvertent advice for DelPo.

How does DelPo feel about all of this?

JMDP wakes up from his nap to approve. Thanks, Ferru! (Photo via Valencia Open FB)

In other news, DelPo confirmed he has no intention of going to the London WTF as an alternate.  Whether he’d go if he were to qualify in the top 8 is still up in the air.  The other potential candidates have been dropping like flies: Almagro lost to Pico in Valencia.  Berdych lost to Nishikori and Tipsarevic lost to Mayer in Basel.

Fighting for points and form in Valencia (Photo via Valencia Open FB)


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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 A Valencia Tale

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  2. queridorafa says:

    LOL: “Back that trolley up.” I’m going to try to weave that into a casual conversation soon. Also love post-nap DelPo. He’s such a sleepy boy 😉 So funny that basically no one wants and/or is physically capable of taking any of the last three slots at the wtfs. At this rate, Fer might have a chance!

    ZOMG–just saw the pic of DelPo that’s on the front page of the ATP website…he’s doing a wink/fist-pump!! Wth??? I didn’t even know that was a possibility. Wink-fist-pumping…always full of surprises, that DelPo…

    • mariposaxprs says:

      I was bowled over when I read Ferru’s quote about JMDP being a future #1. It’s Ferru’s fault if his “prediction” doesn’t come true 😉 Actually, it’s just further proof that Ferru is a sweetheart. This could be dangerous for Davis Cup. Although I think Argentina’s chances dropped even more when Rafa withdrew from Paris. Boo.

      Hahahahha that is some amazing wink fist-pumping. His match wasn’t televised or shown on streams, so I guess he went a little crazy after winning, huh? Surely this is worthy of an honorable mention in your GFPOFWOAT candidates?

      • queridorafa says:

        He doesn’t just get honorable mention…I think he might be zooming to the top of the list! To watch/listen to Ferru is to love him, I think. I remember after beating Rafa last year at the Australian, he was asked if he felt bad that Rafa had lost his chance to win four GS in a row/the “Rafa slam,” and he said something like, “I don’t feel bad because I’m sure Rafa will have another chance to do it next year.” Which was like, the perfect answer (if, sadly, not true. But maybe next year! 🙂 ).

  3. nschnurbach says:

    I actually think Ferrer was complimenting Del Po and saying that he has talent to reach #1 in the world… even in the Nadal, Djoko, Federer era. Del Po’s game is really rounding into form and I think he will handle Anderson relatively easily today and go on to win the tournament in Valencia.

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Yes, I agree that Ferrer meant what he said as a compliment. I was just joking because DelPo’s form had been a bit rusty lately. I’m hoping the rematch between DelPo and Anderson isn’t as close as it was in Vienna last week, and that DelPo emerges the clear winner. He could use some good results in Valencia and Paris before going to Sevilla.

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