The First Step to Beating the Armada…

  • …Is beating the other Armada: That’s right, no. 34 -ranked Marcel Granollers is a SF contender in Valencia.  Perhaps it was the pressure of defending his finalist points from last year, but Granollers ground out wins over Cilic and Monfils.  Given his doubles background, Granollers is extremely proficient at the net, which will prove a complicated test for JMDP.  Del Potro, following his straight set 6-2 7-5 victory over Querrey, will face Granollers for a spot in the final.

JMDP defeats Querrey to reach the Valencia SF (Photo: Valencia Open FB)

  • Valencia doesn’t have Hawk Eye: During the Granollers-Monfils QF, a critical line call went against Monfils, costing him a break in the 1st set.  He was unusually perturbed by this and proceeded to complain at length in French.  Umpire Mohamed Lahyani stepped in with a long, impassioned plea and nuggets of golden advice for Monfils during the changeover:

“It is just one call. You should concentrate. You’re too good, Gael!  I know that.  You never get upset about things like this before.  I never saw you like this for one call.” —Dr. Mo comes to the rescue for Monfils

  • In the other half of the draw Pico pulled off a minor upset over Juan Carlos Ferrero, defeating him 6-3 6-3.  This is a very impressive result for the fellow Tandilese, as he overcame a tough draw to secure his first SF showing in 2011.  Pico will face defending champion Ferru in the SF.

Juan Monaco defeats Juan Carlos Ferrero. He will play his SF against Ferrer (Photo: Valencia Open FB)

Summary: There are now two Argentines and two Spaniards left in the Valencia draw.  Valencia is looking like a preview of the Davis Cup showdown in December.  Ideally, at least one Argentine and one Spaniard will pull through to meet in the Valencia final.

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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 The First Step to Beating the Armada…

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  3. queridorafa says:

    ZOMG…the Dr. Mo therapy session is the. funniest. thing. ever. Guess we all know who Mo’s favorite player is!

    • mariposaxprs says:

      It’s a classic moment. I wish all my favorite tennis players signed up for Dr. Mo therapy sessions. Can you imagine? “Juan Martin, you’re a tenista not a futbolista. Why do you kick the bag like that? You’re TOO good, Juan. You’re not like the others, I believe you can fly!” I’m sensing Mo is partial to Gael though.

      • ariennalee says:

        Love your Dr. Mo and Delpo session. Someone needs to start some recurring “In the Chair with Dr. Mo” posts!

        Daveed could have used his help today too: “I know it was three bad calls today Daveed, but you usually just bite the towel and move on. Yes, I know Pico’s hair is too good, but I cannot do anything about that, you know that. Come on, you usually keep your head, even when the other other guy has has fabulous hair. You know I like you almost as much as Gael and Juan Martin!”

        On a serious note, I wonder how often that type of conversation takes place –off-mic? I know that Mo is more open than the other refs (which is part of why he’s a fan favorite). Sometimes I wonder if he’s too open? But there’s also so much leeway in the interpretation of rules in tennis… it’s hard to know what’s “done” and “not done” sometimes.

        • mariposaxprs says:

          Hahaha I love Dr. Mo’s acknowledgment of Ferru’s hair envy. He met his true hair match during his SF against Pico. We may need to start “In the Chair with Dr. Mo”!

          That’s a good point about whether Mo was too open or not. I think Stephanie Myles wrote an article about how Mo was toeing the line b/w appropriate-inappropriate during the match. On a human level, I love what he did for Gael. Tennistically speaking, though, I’d totally understand if Gael’s opponent was disturbed by the umpire’s interventionist/coaching approach.

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