Weekly Round-up: Valencia and Basel

  • After a three-set heartbreaker, Marcel Granollers defeats Juan Monaco to win the 2011 Valencia Open.  With this win, Granollers moves to a career-high ranking of no. 28.  A+ to the commentators who remarked ad nauseum that Granollers had defeated half of Argentina’s DC team en route to his Valencia title.  Really, A+ (I hate you).  Granollers is hot on the heels of Verdasco’s ranking, which raises interesting questions for Albert Costa, Spain’s DC captain.  Commiserations for Pico, who was understandably devastated by the loss.
  • In sunnier news, Roger Federer wins his 5th championship at Basel, his hometown tournament.  This is Federer’s 2nd title of 2011.  The 16-time Grand Slam winner surprised spectators by tearing up at the Basel trophy ceremony.

Fed does a fine "I'm struggling to hold back the tears" face. (Photo: Reuters)

  • The Basel tournament has sweet traditions, including the pizza party hosted by Roger Federer.  Question: If Nishikori had defeated Federer in the final, would Special Kei have hosted the pizza party instead?  Is that even allowed?  Credit to the composed Japanese player, who defied expectations by beating Djokovic in the SF (with a bagel in the last set, to boot).  He rises to an impressive career-high no. 24, having won over many new fans with his brave style of play.

Ain't no party like a Fed pizza party! (Photo: Getty)

  • Djokovic will be making an announcement soon about playing in Paris-Bercy.  At the moment, Federer and Murray are the only top players committed to Paris.   Queridorafa has a brilliant take on the Fed-Muzz drama that took place after Muzz withdrew from Basel.  I don’t want to take sides, but here is a video that may or may not reveal where my sympathies lie**

**The video is actually kind of cruel to Muzz.  In my defense, JMDP is out of Paris with an injury.  Someone has to pay for this turn of events.  This week, Murray is the punching bag.



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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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7 Responses to Weekly Round-up: Valencia and Basel

  1. That was an awesome clip, even if though it is at Andy’s expense. The voice is perfect, and I love the British and Scottish mode! It’s fascinating how the press does that.

    • mariposaxprs says:

      They did a perfect imitation of his voice. I think it’d be hilarious to see Andy in theatre, playing a very cheerful character. Can you imagine how hard he would have to work in order to “sound bright and cheerful”? 🙂 I think Andy’s done very well though, in terms of handling difficult questions about his “Grand Slam career”” from the British press. All credit to him for that!

  2. queridorafa says:

    It’s true…someone always has to pay 😉 I found the laugh track to be rather unecessary on that clip…”The ulimate level…the semifinal!” and “you lose…always.”–if it weren’t so funny, it would be mean. Luckily, it’s funny! 🙂

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Hahaha I guess it’s all part of the dry British humor? The laugh track was a hindrance, I thought they didn’t do laugh tracks anymore! “The ultimate level…the semifinal” was definitely painful. But still funny (sorry Muzz!) 😉

  3. nschnurbach says:

    I was really impressed with Granollers’ net play. He might have the best drop volley on tour.

    • mariposaxprs says:

      I knew Granollers had a doubles background, but I was impressed all the same with his volleys and net play! It’s amazing how much more adept doubles players are at the net, especially when compared to singles players who are more comfortable at the baseline. Imagine how much of a force Granollers could be if he played as he did in Valencia all throughout the year?

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