Del Potro d. Llodra, 6-4 6-4
He followed up his hard-fought victory over Tsonga, and Gasquet earlier, by defeating his third French player at Marseilles. But the commentators did remark that the soccer rivalry between Paris and Marseilles meant Llodra was not necessarily a popular option with the crowd. Whatever the case, the crowd was very respectful during the match.
Llodra is so entertaining to watch indoors. Though he lost in the final to DelPo, he had an impressive run this week, defeating Dolgopolov, Albano Olivetti (hard-serving, 1HBH-ed conqueror of Fish) and Tipsy en route to the final.
Brief summary of the match:
DelPo’s first serve was much better in the final, and he served at 88% in the first set, winning over 90% of the points off his first serve. Llodra matched DelPo in the aces, but also suffered a few loose service games, which gave DelPo the break and advantage. DelPo did not face any BPs this match.
DelPo hit almost half of his shots inside the baseline. I love this stat!! See what happens when he takes the ball early and serves well? I like indoor HCs more and more. Marseilles was apparently a quicker surface than Rotterdam.
DelPo’s presser quotes:
“Llodra … he hits drop shots, he slices, so it’s not easy to play against him. All finals are special. Many things come to your mind… I was 0/30 down in the last game. I was really nervous. I didn’t make a double fault since the Davydenko match and I had one at 5-4, serving for the match, so you could see how nervous I was. I’m really glad I won another tournament here in France, so it’s amazing for me.
“When you win a title, it’s special. You really have to celebrate it. I think I am getting closer to the best players in the world. I’m in the Top 10 now. I beat Berdych last week and Tsonga this week. If I keep working, staying at this level, step by step, I’ll get closer to the top players.”
Llodra’s presser quotes:
“I was a bit less strong with the most important parts of my game like my serve and my volley. [Juan Martin] served well and we know the quality of his ground strokes so there wasn’t much I could do. Therefore, I don’t have any regrets. He was just better than me even though I kept fighting until the end.”
Photos from Awards Ceremony:
Checking the trophy to make sure they spelled his name right.
He has a long name. It takes awhile to spell check…
He’s pretty sure they got it right. Hey, it’s difficult to process everything when there is flash photography all around!
I just like this photo.
(Images from Getty)
A happy team (plus DelPo): With trainer Martiniano Orazi and coach, Franco Davin.
I hope DelPo withdraws from the Dubai tournament this week. Both Llodra and DelPo are in the Dubai draw, despite having played Rotterdam and Marseilles consecutively. Since Indian Wells and Miami start pretty soon after Dubai, this poses a scheduling quandary for both players’ teams. Their decisions will be made/not made soon.