Dubai & Acapulco: DelPo Reaches 3rd Straight SF, Fer Makes a Surprise

Del Potro d. Tsonga, 7-6(1) 6-2

Photo: Reuters Photo

Photo: AP Photo

Heavy strapping on the shoulder.

That’s DelPo’s second win over newly minted world no. 5 Tsonga, in the past two weeks.  DelPo’s H2H against Tsonga now stands at 5-1.  This feels similar to DelPo’s H2H against former world no. 5 Soderling (4-1).   Also, DelPo won another TB!  Apparently, Tsonga DF-ed at the beginning of the TB and then never really recovered.  Still, I’ll take it.  This QF victory also means DelPo moves up to no. 9 in the rankings.

I couldn’t watch this match, but here’s a nice summary from the Tennis.com site.  I like Richard Pagliaro’s description of DelPo as a “power merchant.”

That’s my short coverage of the positives from DelPo’s win over Tsonga, which puts him in the SF against Fed.  DelPo meets Fed for the third time this year, and it’s only March.

Some of the worrisome aspects from this match:

DelPo played with taping on his shoulder, and at one point, asked for a trainer to attend to that area.  Umpire Gerry Armstrong denied him a trainer visit, because the injury concern was a pre-existing condition, and not something that happened during the match.  The shoulder did not seem to hinder DelPo too much (from what I can gather), but DelPo did occasionally stretch out that area in between points.

Given DelPo’s questionable shoulder and his likely exhaustion, I am even more doubtful about how he plans to defend his SF points at Indian Wells, never mind his R4 points in Miami.  I think the downside to his heavy scheduling in February is now starting to rear its ugly head.  In any case, a SF is a SF and I hope DelPo puts up a good fight against Fed (take Juan bloody set)!  The other SF in Dubai is Djoko-Muzz.

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In Acapulco…

Photo: Reuters Photo

 I’ve seen this shirt at an Adidas store.  In person, it doesn’t look that offensive.  That said, I still wouldn’t gift it to my worst enemy.

In Acapulco, former finalist Nico Almagro lost to … Fer Verdasco.  Fer seems like the Armada’s version of Davydenko.  He puts on a string of fine performances, and leaves many people hoping that he’ll make waves at the next tournament.  Only to then fall underneath the radar.  I was starting to think Fer had permanently taken his place there.  Then, he won a dubs title in Buenos Aires and whether that confidence boost spurred him, no one knows.  Either way, he beat world no. 12 Nico Almagro.  That’s a big win for Fer, who reaches the SF of a 500-level tourny.  He also reached the SF in doubles at Acapulco.

Fer meets (a surprisingly sculpted) Stan Wawrinka in the SF.

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I play favorites with Juan Martin Del Potro, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Gilles Simon and the long line of mercurial talent that drives me to despair in front of the screen at odd hours during the week.
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4 Responses to Dubai & Acapulco: DelPo Reaches 3rd Straight SF, Fer Makes a Surprise

  1. Arienna Lee says:

    Wow. Is Stan inhaling? He must be inhaling. Or dehydrated?

    “Fer makes a Surprise.” Lol!

    So no specific word on the shoulder yet? You know I like Delpo, I really do… but my inner Rafa-fan is starting to rear it’s laser-focused head, so I’m not ENTIRELY ENTIRELY unhappy that Delpo is weary. That said, I want him to do well, and if he does face (and beat) Rafa in IW, then at least I can be happy for you. *heaves melodramatic sigh*

    Okay… way over-thinking this now. They’ve all got to get through rnd one to start, or whenever it is that the top seeds start to play at IW–when is it, the quarters? 😉

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Stan is totally inhaling! Either that or he’s spent way too much time photoshopping his abs! That was first thought upon seeing his photo 😉 What with Fer making several surprises in Acapulco, I’m thinking something’s in the water there!

      DelPo’s shoulder is aching a bit. He’s been serving very well these past couple of weeks, so I guess the area is feeling the strain — he did well to reach the SF in Dubai. Do not worry about Rafa! Lol, I think DelPo’s still a ways off from really mounting a challenge to the top 4. At this point, anyway. Though I do have a sneaking thought that his game matches up best against Rafa, it’s still a big ask at this point. DelPo really should have taken a set off Fed. That he hasn’t shows how far he has to go.

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