Dubai & Acapulco Round-up

Fed Becomes 5-time Champion at Dubai:

Photo: AP Photo

He defeated Muzz 7-5 6-4 to take the title.  This is Fed’s 2nd title of the year.  Muzz conceded that the fast courts really suited Fed’s style of play.  This was an excellent tourny for both finalists, as Muzz defeated Djokovic in the SF while Fed held off a challenge from DelPo in the SF as well.

Dubai is Fed’s 72nd title in 102 finals.  The season has barely started, but I hope Fed makes it to 75 before the end of the year.

Ferru defeats a resurgent Fer in the Acapulco final: 

With this title win in Acapulco, Ferru leapfrogs to a 18-1 record for 2012.  This is Ferru’s 3rd title of the year.  For anyone wondering how he maintains his top player status, his feats during the South American clay swing are proof enough (he won Buenos Aires and Acapulco).  Ferru also reclaims the no. 5 ranking this week.

Fer suffered from knee pains and exhaustion during his loss to Ferru.  Apparently, spectators booed Fer for his poor performance.  It’s never nice when the crowd boos an injured player who retires, but I think booing a poor performance probably takes the cake for most hurtful behavior.  Fer acknowledged he played poorly, and told the critical crowd that he would be back to play better next year.  As small consolation, Fer walked away with another doubles title in Acapulco, partnering with compatriot David Marrero to defeat Team Cute (Marc! Lopez & Marcel Granollers).

The Acapulco tournament have done their part to publicize the tournament and its players.  Top players such as Juan Carlos Ferrero, Nico Almagro, and David Nalbandian participated in a beach volleyball tournament.  The next time anyone makes a Nalby fat joke, I will direct them to this photo below:

He looks scrawny here.  Not to worry though, as Nalby looked his normal self in the other photos 😉  (On a more serious note, due credit should be given to Nalby for maintaining his fitness — he is definitely in better shape these days).  Nalby also received WCs for Indian Wells and Miami, so that is another bright spot for him.

On a final note, here’s a fun video the Acapulco tournament released of Marc! Lopez and Marcel Granollers, “singing” La Bamba.  Marc!’s good friend and occasional dubs partner Rafa would be hurt, as Rafa once mentioned he wanted to karaoke with Marc! for the Roland Garros karaoke contest.  Rafa did a fine rendition of La Bamba (all by himself) once for RG.  Me thinks Marc (no exclamation point) has a few questions to answer here!

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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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13 Responses to Dubai & Acapulco Round-up

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  2. queridorafa says:

    They booed Fer? That’s terrible. No wonder he has issues!
    LOVE that Nalby picture! The theme song to “Baywatch” immediately came into my head…

    • queridorafa says:

      Oh, and also–the La Bamba video! Too funny! Has anyone ever smiled as widely and continuously as Marc does in that video?? It’s kind of a wonder!
      Yeah. But Marc has some serious explaining to do. For real. 😉

    • mariposaxprs says:

      That’s what I hear! Apparently, Fer apologized to the crowd at the trophy ceremony. It was nice that Fer was able to win that dubs title almost straight after losing the singles final — hopefully, that means he didn’t take the booing too seriously.

      Rofl at Nalby as a Baywatch lifeguard! He would make quite a compelling character study though 😉

  3. Iram says:

    i’m curious to see how nole is gonna do on clay this year. last year he was a phenom. I was shocked (but admittedly happy) for when Andy beat him this week. I think Andy had a great week and this year he’ll have a lot of success. It’s just a matter of time until he wins a slam.

    Of course I was happier that David retained his sombrero and pear trophy! 😀 that hat totally overtook his head. Fer looked so gutted and I think he had a tough time speaking in that ceremony. I don’t even think he cracked a smile?! But I was so happy he won his doubles.

    Have a terrific week. I’m looking forward to Indian Wells.

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Ha me too, I was afraid that Djokovic would go on another insane winning streak this year! I think he’s focusing more now on Slams, but it’s nice that Muzz got to notch a win over him early in the year.

      The sombrero and pear trophy look so right on Ferru 🙂 He looks so adorable at the ceremony. I feel bad for Fer now though! I didn’t catch the trophy ceremony and only saw small parts of the final. It seems like he was quite down on himself. I’m glad he got to take the doubles title though—it sounds a bit like he’s making progress on being more positive mentally. I really hope he has a great year in 2012.

      I hope you have a great week as well!! Indian Wells soon! Wowza 🙂

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  5. Aww! Can anyone wear a gigantic sombrero and carry it off like Ferru? And he’s back to no 5 this week with the new rankings 🙂 Those of us who cheered on Ferru and then felt AWFUL for Fer during the trophy ceremony were compelled by guilt to stay up into the wee hours cheering on his dubs final (via live scores!) Seriously, what guts to come back from that crushing loss to play and win a doubles title. Major props, bb! Hopefully Fer can gain some confidence from his week in Acapulco.
    And that picture of Nalby playing beach volleyball? Fit, not scrawny! And tanned, and muscular, and . . . well, wild cards are sometimes a very good thing. Let’s hope during IW and Miami we see more of El Rey 🙂

    • Arienna Lee says:

      I agree with you, Clare– on both counts. Watched the dubs via tweet, just hoping for some salvation for Fer… despite being thrilled to see David repeat.
      And I think it’s the outsized shoulder/height ratio that gives the impression of more “stockiness” than is sometimes there on Mr. El Rey. 😉

    • mariposaxprs says:

      The sombrero really does suit Ferru’s face. Apologies to Fer, but I don’t think he could have carried off the hat in *quite* the same way! Fer really is turning out to be an impressive doubles player, isn’t he? At first, I thought it showed just how capable David Marrero is, but I think Fer probably did his share of the heavy-lifting 🙂 Also, it really is very, very impressive that he was able to take the dubs win after such a disappointing loss in the singles. I also hope Fer uses this clay swing as a reason to find confidence/form! He has such an exciting, dynamic game that I miss.

      He’s FIT DAVE! “Fit … tanned,and musclar” Three words one does not always expect to see alongside the name El Rey! I’m really glad the IW/Miami tourneys decided to give him the WCs. Hopefully, he can make a push up the rankings and qualify himself for the Olympics. More El Rey is always a good thing for tennis!

  6. Elisa says:

    I am really enjoying your blog. I am a huge tennis fan and live for the slams. The smaller events seem to get lost in the shuffle. Your pictures in this post are priceless!

    elisa

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Thank you, Elisa! I like that these smaller tournaments are a great way to see players outside of the top 4, along with some of the top 4 players as well. There are also exciting Masters tournaments coming up in Indian Wells and Miami—I’m looking forward to the exciting tennis that will come from those two tournys too! I’m glad you liked the photos—the Acapulco tournament has been really great with promotional activities this year!

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