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?
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.