Indian Wells: DelPo’s R2 Opponent Will be Matosevic

DelPo re-surfaced at Indian Wells and he has kept busy with a promotional shoot and training sessions.  I guess IW did finally deign to invite him to a photograph session, despite snubbing him earlier!  So there’s that.

His R2 opponent will be the no. 129-ranked Australian Marinko Matosevic, who was the surprise finalist at Delray Beach this year.  Matosevic beat Karlovic, Bogomolov Jr. and Gulbis en route to his finalist run.  Ranking-wise, Matosevic is currently on a career-high.

DelPo completed training sessions with fellow Argieman Carlos Berlocq and with former dubs partner Radek Stepanek (who’s now a Grand Slam champ in dubs!):

Photo: @EnriqueNoticias

Steps, the DelPo-stalker.  It could very well be the other way around though.  I think DelPo’s improved his volleying recently, so I cautiously approve of Steps’ presence.

In lieu of official photos, I’m culling the photos I’ve found via Twitter, courtesy of the lucky spectators who are actually there!  Here is DelPo stretching.  I’ve been curious about his fitness routine, mainly because his tall lanky frame probably requires extra maintenance.  Here’s how he does it:

Photo: @EnriqueNoticias

That does not look very comfortable…

Photo: @EnriqueNoticias

 He’s flying over the grass!  He would make one scary land-based bird … the only one that comes to mind is an ostrich.  Or a flamingo?

Pico and Ferru also had a training session together:

Photo: @EnriqueNoticias

 Ferru flexes his muscles in front of Pico.  That’s not humble, Ferru!

Photo: @redmudnessa

Lovely capture of Nalby and Nico.  Two misunderstood players whom I feel should play doubles at one point in the future.

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In other related news,

  • Nalby won his R1 match over Potito Starace, 7-6 6-0.  The R1 matches at IW aren’t streamed, but going by Twitter reports of spectators at the match, Potito was playing too aggressively.  Nalby now faces a R2 with Marin Cilic.  This one will be a precursor to the Davis Cup QF between Argentina and Croatia.
  • On a sad note (that’s also related to the upcoming DC QF), former world no. 3 and overall class-act Ivan Ljubicic announced he will retire from tennis after the Monte Carlos tourny this year.  Ljubicic pretty much single-handedly guided Croatia to its first DC title in 2005 (he won all 3 rubbers and d. Agassi, Bryan bros and Roddick in Croatia’s R1 win over the USA), and he was also the 2010 IW champion.  He’s had a great career and hopefully, he will resurface in a tennis-related capacity very soon!
  • In other DC QF-related news (there’s been a lot recently), Ivo Karlovic lost his R1 match to Lukasz Kubot.  Dr. Ivo’s QF against Rafa last year was a nail-biter, so this is a fairly disappointing result to see.
  • The IW Players’ Party provided a steady stream of fashion fails and successes (leaning more toward the fail side).  Here’s a link to photos from the event!  Ferru looked nice, as did Caro (I rarely compliment Caro, so this is a big one).  I’d comment on Rafa’s jeans, except my father wears similar jeans — therefore, I will only say that Rafa looked nice 🙂  Muzz did not make an effort at all, although upon closer inspection, his hoodie looks to be in the >$200 price range.  I’ve never understood that.  It’s a hoodie!  Fer tried the denim-on-denim look.  Aww, Fer, he’s always up for a fashion challenge.   Dolgo and Denis Istomin attended and looked chipper.  Milos blatantly tries to steal Fed’s sweater-draped-over-the-shoulders look.  Sorry Milosh, that’s for Fed and Fed only.  Who does Milosh think he is?  The nerve of this guy!

This is probably my favorite photo from the party.  Ferru looks like a giant in the car.  I think it’d be physically impossible for someone like DelPo to fold himself into the seat.

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The top half of the draw plays on Saturday, so it looks like DelPo’s R2 match against Matesovic will be on Sunday.  Hopefully, the match will be televised!

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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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2 Responses to Indian Wells: DelPo’s R2 Opponent Will be Matosevic

  1. queridorafa says:

    Oh my gosh, Chris! (E. Shue will always be Chris from Adventures in Babysitting to me! 🙂 ) She looks so tiny compared to Roger! Roger is secretly a giant it seems.
    Haha, I couldn’t decide whether Rafa’s jeans were more “mom jeans” or “dad jeans”–they didn’t look like they had an elastic panel in the waist, so I think you’re right–more of the “dad jeans” variety. Fer kind of looked like he was going camping to me.

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Hahaha, apparently she’s a big tennis fan!! She almost always shows up at the USO. What she lacks in height I guess she makes up for in passion, so she’s basically the Ferru of tennis fans 😉

      Lolol i think Rafa’s jeans are Uncle jeans! As in, he may have taken them from Tio Toni’s closet, as a way of remembering Uncle Toni (since Toni’s not at Indian Wells). I have to say, I still think he looked good overall!!

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