- 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!