Valencia: Granollers Defeats Del Potro 6-4 7-6

(*Update: Del Potro had problems with his right shoulder prior to his match.  No word yet on the extent of the problem)

When I said the first step to defeating the Armada is defeating the “other Armada,” I did not entertain the idea of Granollers defeating Del Potro.  I stand corrected and humbled.

Although JMDP had a strong start, Granollers proved too much of a battle.  Credit to the Spaniard for his wins over Cilic, Monfils, and Del Potro this week.  He is like a cat at the net and his retrieval skills made life very difficult.  After today’s win, Granollers (he of the silky hands) will move on to face the winner of Ferru vs Pico in the final.

DelPo was under the weather today.  He called for the trainer after Granollers took the first set.  I’m not entirely sure what was wrong but he did complain of feeling very weak after two or three points.  He took medication during the changeover and at one point, was advised to retire if he didn’t feel better.

An on-fire DelPo could have made this a very competitive battle.  Unfortunately, his form went up and down during the match.  He was somehow up a break in the second set, at one point leading 5-2.  Then he was broken serving for the 2nd set, and it was curtains after that.  I get the feeling he checked out before the match was even over.  In the last half hour of the match, it was sloppy error after error, followed by weak forehands to the center.

Given JMDP’s mixed results and Granollers’ great play, there’s no guarantee he would have beaten Granollers even if he were healthy.  Still, things had looked so hopeful in Valencia because DelPo played some great tennis this week.  This is a disappointing result after looking so fabulously on-form in his QF match against Querrey.

(Photo: Valencia Open site)

In the absence of further words to describe today’s match, I leave you an artistic photo of DelPo.  I imagine this is how he felt during his match today.  It’s an accurate rendition of how I feel about his latest result.  If you hear thunder in the background, do not worry.  That is just the sound of Nalby smashing all the doors and walls in Argentina.


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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 Valencia: Granollers Defeats Del Potro 6-4 7-6

  1. queridorafa says:

    I totally thought you had given that neat-o effect to the pic! You still selected it, though, so credit for that! Who knew the Valencia Open had such ar-teeests on staff?
    LOL on Nalby. Coincidence that Oklahoma experiences the biggest earthquake in its history on the same day Pico loses a third-set tie-break to Marcel?? I don’t know… 😉

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Haha if you check out their site for photos, you’ll find a whole series of artistic images. Apparently, the architecture of the Agora site is not enough. The photographers are stepping up Valencia’s ar-teees-tique cred 🙂

      Pity for Nalby and the rest of Argentina’s DC team. First, DelPo’s shoulder condition and then Pico loses a winnable final to Marcel (who was, admittedly, on fire). What’s happening, guuyyzz?

  2. ariennalee says:

    “That is just the sound of Nalby smashing all the doors and walls in Argentina.”
    Indeed. He’s probably responsible for the three earthquakes I felt today too.

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Hell hath no fury like an angered Nalby…

      Three earthquakes in one day! I hope everything was okay on your end, with not too many disturbances. I can’t imagine what it’d be like to live through an earthquake, even the minor ones.

      • ariennalee says:

        All okay here, thanks for asking. They were basically tiny quakes… which is why I thought they might be as result of Nalby’s Fee Fi Fo Fum-ing… I’m a long way from Argentina.

        One was big enough to give me the fight/flight adrenalin shot to my legs though. I sometimes wonder if it’s anything like what players must experience when they try to serve out a big match. I did notice that the quake apparently caused numerous typos in my post yesterday, but as the California Terra Firma seems solid today, I was able to repair the damage! 😉

        • mariposaxprs says:

          That’s a relief! From the news, it sounded like there were quite the series of earthquakes happening on the west side of the U.S.

          Oh Nalby. I wonder who had to break the news to him that DelPo was under the weather. That is, if he didn’t already have all the ATP trainers on speed-dial for a quick briefing…I bet after Googling DelPo’s condition, he is on his way to procuring the necessary Chinese herbs to cure the condition. Bless them both!

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