Updates from Marseilles & Buenos Aires

  • DelPo into the SFs at Marseilles:  He beat Richard Gasquet, 7-5 7-6.  I wasn’t able to see this match, but from I’ve gathered, Reeshard was playing at a top level, while DelPo took a bit of time to ease into the match.  DelPo made a lot of UFEs on his BH wing, perhaps due to Reeshard’s shotmaking.  After trading breaks, the match ended up being decided in a TB, which DelPo won on a drop volley (I want to find a video of this!)  This breaks DelPo’s TB-losing streak.  In the SF, he plays Tsonga.  Yesterday, DelPo and Tsonga each won their 200th career match.  It’d be nice if DelPo avenged his close loss to Tsonga last year in Vienna.  The H2H between the two is 3-1, in DelPo’s favor.  It’d be increíble for DelPo to build on his strong Rotterdam performance by notching another win over a top 10 player.  When asked how he felt about his tough draw in Marseilles, DelPo joked, “Maybe Federer should come here to play in the final.”
  • In Buenos Aires, the Copa Claro tourny has progressed very nicely.  Ferru defeated Gonzo for a place in the SF, where he will face Nalby (who just defeated Carlos Berlocq).  Ferru and Gonzo shared a long hug at the net — about 10 seconds into the hug, I realized it would very likely be the last time Ferru and Gonzo ever played each other, as Gonzo’s last tourny will be in Miami next month.  Ferru looked on with emotion as Gonzo spoke to the crowd, who came to see Gonzo’s last stop in Buenos Aires.  It was a very touching scene.  Nalby, Berlocq, Nico Almagro, and umpire Carlos Bernardes were all watching the last stages of this match in the stands.   This year’s Copa Claro seems very laden with emotion, as it’s also where former no. 20 Jose Acasuso announced his retirement.  Stan-Nico and Ferru-Nalby will contest the SFs.

  • Gaby Sabatini was also in BsAs and she received her Hall of Fame ring on the center court today:

  • Finally, the Davis Cup twitter released a 60-second interview with Nalby.  It’s filled with some interesting highlights.  When asked which actor he would choose to play him in a movie, Nalby answers Robert de Niro or Jack Nicholson.  This answer is all sorts of amusing/endearing.  I think Christopher Walken should also be included here!  

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2 Responses to Updates from Marseilles & Buenos Aires

  1. Candy says:

    I watched the match. Yes, it’s a tight match, and based on the stats, it might not be a good match from Delpo?! But I think it is a good match from him indeed.

    1. Delpo faced set points in BOTH sets. He usually DOUBLE FAULTS on the SPs against him and lost those sets. But yesterday, he saved all those set points he faced with ACES/ GOOD SERVES, and went on to win both sets!

    2. I like how he won on the match point. That’s definitely my favourate point in the whole match! He played aggressively and came to the net, and won the net point (yes, drop volley) to seal the match. We all know he’s learning so hard to improve his net skill. The last point in the match is a little payoff of the hard work and those doubles matches he played (I do think those doubles experience help him execute that drop volley). And you can see how content delpo was after that point. It would give him confidence!

    3. As u said, Delpo won a TB to close out the match! TB!

    So it’s an inspiring match indeed with his performance on SPs against him, at the net and in TB. 🙂

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Thank you, Candy, for your updates on the DelPo-Reeshard match! I wished I’d caught that one, it sounded like Reeshard was playing well and DelPo too.

      From the DelPo-Davy and DelPo-Tsonga matches, one thing that’s really impressed me is how he showed mental strength when facing BP/SPs. You’re right, he did have a worrisome pattern last yr of double-faulting at those crucial points. It’s a problem that creeps up on him, but I think he’s shown good progress in staying poised on those critical points. I really liked that he didn’t crumble in front of Tsonga, who served 26 aces in the SF.

      While DelPo’s not the best at the net, I don’t think he’s as terrible as people like to claim he is. Among the “big hitters,” he’s actually almost above-average! 😉 I’m glad he made it through this match against Gasquet, and now that he’s through to the final too! Hoping he takes the title here

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