The 500-level tournament run by Richard Krajicek, has an excellent line-up.
Watching Rotterdam will be like visiting an old fashioned ice-cream store that carefully stocks an array of high-quality flavors. Except for Victor Troicki, who is playing Rotterdam (he’s the Pistachio — I don’t like pistachio ice cream).
Everyone else in the Rotterdam draw is great — Fed, Berdych, DelPo, Feli, Gasquet, Dolgopolov, Pistachio, and Granollers are the top seeds. Among the unseeded stand-outs are Dr. Youzhny, Kohli, Petzschner, Llodra, Jarkko, Ljubicic, Baggy and home favorite Robin Haase. The draw, for those interested.
DelPo Embarks on his HC Season:
DelPo (aka Mint-Chocolate, my favorite) makes a re-appearance. As the 3rd seed in Rotterdam, he plays Michael Llodra in the 1st round. He’s never lost to Llodra before — I hope he doesn’t start a new trend in Rotterdam.
If he can get past Llodra, he would likely face Petzscher in R2. Petzsch just came off a straight-sets loss to Pico — hopefully, DelPo can pull through. If he can beat Petzsch, he would most likely face either Ljubicic or Troicki. Given how ARG will play Croatia in the DC QF, it would be vitally important for DelPo to defeat Ljubicic, if it came to that. I don’t want to contemplate the possibility of DelPo losing to Pistachio.
If — if — if DelPo could reach the SF at Rotterdam, he would face a likely SF with Berdy (aka Rocky Road). I am curious to see how this potential match would go. Berdy appears in fine form after his title win in Montpellier — plus, Berdy successfully played his R1 tie for the Czech Republic on indoor HCs this weekend.
Assuming DelPo is in-form, this potential SF would be a great test of how close/far DelPo is from completing his comeback.
A tournament that features a gigantic DelPo poster at its entrance gets a thumbs-up from me! If they take down this poster and replace it with Fed’s before the week begins … well then, I don’t want to know about it.
Other Exciting Match-ups:
Fed (aka the nuanced & nutty French Vanilla) flies into Rotterdam after his surprising DC losses to the U.S. over the weekend. He lost to Isner (who is almost worse than Pistachio — he’s the Pralines & Cream of tennis players) at home on clay. After losing to Isner, Fed will face Mahut in R1 at Rotterdam — the tennis gods have a sense of humor, alright.
If he pulled through that match, Fed faces a likely R2 match against Dr. Youzhny. Fans of the 1HBH, rejoice yet again! Dolgo is also in Fed’s section of the draw, which means a Dolgo-Fed QF could be brewing. I hope it works out that way.
Also! DelPo will play doubles with Petzschner. Apparently, they talked about this at AO. Petzsch told Argy press that he would call DelPo after his own match against Pico on Friday. Petzsch then joked that if he beat Pico, DelPo would not want to play doubles with him. Since Petzsch lost, I guess DelPo gave the go-ahead. It’s kind of awkward, but still, Petzsch is a nifty doubles player and DelPo made a great choice! Auf gehts, DelPetzsch!
To continue the tennis-players-as-ice-cream flavors conversation for the players at Rotterdam—
- Gasquet would be Neapolitan (another one of my favorites).
- Baskin’ Robbins once had the Rock ‘n Pop Swirl Sherbet that was loaded with popping candy. That’s Dr. Youzhny.
- Dolgo would be Rum Raisin. Unless that’s too conservative of a choice? Add a splash of real rum to the scoop of Rum Raisin and you have Dolgopolov.
- Feli would be Butter Pecan, a little bit indulgent but a good choice.
- Paul-Henri Mathieu is Peanut Butter Cup. A rare treat!
- **Nalby is not playing Rotterdam, but I made an exception, as I’ve just found the perfect ice-cream flavor for El Rey: