Yer Rotterdam Quarter-finalists:
- DelPo will play Tsonga for the 2nd time in as many weeks: When asked why DelPo is a tough match-up for him, Tsonga said “He’s huge! With his two meters, you know, he can push his arm really far.” Although a second win over Tsonga would certainly be a splendid sign of DelPo’s progress, I think it would benefit DelPo in the long run if he lost against Tsonga. Simply because Indian Wells starts less than a week from now, and he’s already carrying nearly 3 weeks of tournaments in his legs.
- Murray issues fighting words for his QF against Berdych: Murray was quoted as saying, “I’ve always enjoyed playing guys that are big-hitters.” That’s funny, because his H2H against Berdych and Soderling would indicate Muzz actually has quite a tough time playing big hitters. Meanwhile, DelPo has a pretty poor H2H against Murray, which is strange because I’d argue that DelPo is plainly superior to Soderling in terms of power and variety, while he’s neck-to-neck with Berdych, who has more variety and ability to generate pace, although he’s not the mentally strongest of the pack. It’s another match-up conundrum. Either way, I hope Muzz-Berdy turns out to be fun! (Pojd, Berdy!).
- Djokovic vs Tipsarevic: Tipsy defeated Djoko in their last meeting at the London WTF. This may be a close match, but Djoko looks to take the win here.
- Fed plays Dr. Youzhny, in his 3rd straight match against a 1HBH-er: This one will be probably be a heavy crowd favorite, and it’s easy to see why. Youzhny’s crafty game, and the beautiful BH he uses to great effect, complements Fed’s own craftiness and all-court game. The odds are against Youzhy, given his 0-11 H2H against Fed, but I’ll keep my hopes up that the (hopefully resurgent) Russian puts up a fight. Fed defeated Feli to reach the QF, which puts his H2H against Feli at 10-0. It’s to be expected, but Fed’s overall H2Hs are impressive to see time and time again.
- Fabio Fognini
talks trashreviews other tennis players (their faces, personalities, and fashion sense) via @enricomariariva: In a short interview, Fognini talks about players on tour. I think you have to take firm note that Fognini is a cunning character who provides horror and charm at the same time. Once you accept that, what he says can be seen in an amusing light. Some highlights: He says he would not want to spend a vacation with Florian Mayer (what did Flo ever do to you, Fog?) and he says while Dolgo’s game is good, Dolgo’s face will not win him any beauty pageants. Meow! Fog did tweet his congrats to former dubs partner DelPo after Marseilles. Then again, Fog also randomly tweets Isner and Mardy Fish, so I’m starting to think he doesn’t really have any standards.