Fed Becomes 5-time Champion at Dubai:
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!