- 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.
- 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.
- 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.