Indian Wells: DelPo d. Matosevic & Other News

Del Potro d. Matosevic, 7-5 6-2

Matosevic has a fiesty game and he was hitting FHs that kept DelPo on the back foot.  DelPo also had trouble finding his groundstrokes — however, he proved the steadier of the two and he ended up winning a closely-contested 1st set.  While DelPo didn’t go for too many FH or BH winners, he kept his UFE count low.  That allowed Matosevic to wrack up his UFE count.  From that point onwards, Matosevic’s level tailed off while DelPo took control of the points.

Photo: @EnriqueNoticias

Still, it was an impressive display from Matosevic, who’d reached the Delray final earlier last week.  At the post-match handshake, Matosevic told DelPo “I hope you win the tournament.”  DelPo responded with a brotherly pat on the shoulder.  I think Mr. Matosevic made his way to my list of “favored players” now 🙂

Photo: Getty

It wasn’t all pretty though.  Matosevic’s outfit was colorful, to say the least.  It was also very blue, which proved to be a confusing experience.  If it weren’t for Matosevic’s Bartoli-esque service motion, and his eccentric muttering to himself between points, I could have had trouble telling the two apart.

Photo: AP Photo

DelPo advances to R3, where he faces Fer Verdasco.  Fer’s been surprisingly consistent so far and the courts are playing like quick sand, so this R3 match-up is a tricky one.

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Nalbandian d. Cilic, 7-6 7-6 

This was a topsy-turvy match, with Nalby going up an early break in both sets, only to be broken back by Cilic.  I had expected Cilic to be a bit rusty, given his injury lay-off, but the Croatian played his way into form during the match.

Photo: Getty

Nalby seemed a tad crankier than normal and his missed BP chances, along with some of his fluffed shots, were greeted with racquet tosses.  However, he righted the ship and won both sets in the ensuing TBs (this was after Nalby and Cilic traded mini-breaks back and forth).  This is a good result for both Nalby and Cilic — Nalby can take heart from this win in the lead-up to ARG’s DC QF against Croatia, while due credit goes to Cilic for staying in this match and playing as well as he did here.

Cilic is actually scheduled to play the Dallas Challenger (R1 starts this Wednesday) this week.  Cilic, along with Dallas top seeds Florian Mayer and Alex Bogomolov Jr., all ended up crashing out early at IW.  Perhaps they can recoup their form in Dallas before the Miami Masters begins.

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In other news, a stomach bug appears to be spreading like wildfire at the Indian Wells venue.  Players including Kohlschreiber and Monfils withdrew from IW, due to the illness.  Even Ferru admitted he was not feeling his best during his R2 win over Dimitrov.  Fed has also been dealing with a cold/flu, which explains why he looked somewhat lifeless during his routine R2 win over Kudla.

What’s scary is that DelPo was reportedly hanging out with Gael the day before Gael withdrew with the stomach illness.  Hopefully, DelPo was carrying his rations of Purell with him.  Everyone needs to wash their hands at the tournament venue.

In early-round upsets,

  • Gasquet lost his opening match against Ramos, after being up a set and MP.
  • Muzz lost in straight sets to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who played an excellent match.  GGL was firing off both wings while Muzz was not hitting with his usual precision.  This is a very disappointing result for Muzz, who’d previously looked like he’d overcome his post-AO slump tradition.
  • Feli lost to Baggy in his R2 match.  Baggy now faces Dolgo in R3 — this should prove to be a roller-coaster of a match.
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8 Responses to Indian Wells: DelPo d. Matosevic & Other News

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  3. Iram says:

    i’m so irritated with andy’s performance. this just adds to “will that guy ever win a grand-slam”. he lost really badly to GGL!

    I knew Coachella Valley had issued a virus warning but I didn’t know Ferrer was feeling the affects of it. I hope he doesnt get the bug. I heard Roger is living isolated from his family during this tourney.

    It does worry my the Delpo was hanging out with monfils before [monfils] pulled out.

    I hope u have a lovely week. All the best!

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Yea, I wasn’t expecting the early exit from Muzz! I think one positive sign is that he didn’t look very “negative” during the match. I still think he’ll play well in Miami, so I don’t think it’s a very devastating loss for him overall—plus, GGL played very well.

      I don’t know whether Ferru had the Coachella virus or whether he just wasn’t feeling well, but there were reports that he wasn’t feeling at his best—I think it’s the same situation with Fed. I hear Fed lives in a rented house with his family/team, but it seems they have a separate cold/flu situation happening there. I hope you stay healthy if/when you visit the IW venue!! Do you know yet when you’re planning to go? Thanks for the good wishes!

      • Iram says:

        well we were planning on going to the semis but now with this virus we aren’t going. It seems to be a big risk…esp because we r traveling out of the country within two weeks. (I don’t want to get sick)
        Trust me, I was bummed abt not being able to go. It’s a fun event.
        Okay, I’ll k.i.t. bye for now

        • mariposaxprs says:

          I’m sorry you weren’t able to go 😦 But it makes sense not to go, esp if you and your family will be traveling abroad, to avoid the risk. It would be a handful just to attend the tournament, let alone with a small child!

          It may not be much consolation, but you can join the majority of us who are not attending the tournament, and instead watching it online, gazing at all the photos coming from the spectators 🙂

  4. queridorafa says:

    Oh my goodness, Ferru too?! I was just thinking he was one of the few players who never seems to get sick!
    Didn’t see much of DelPo; I always see Matosevic and think he’s Baghdatis, though! Similar builds. I haven’t actually seen Fer play in forever–have no idea what to expect for him vs. DelPo (not that I’ll necessarily get to even watch it, come to think of it.) That knee tape Fer has looks pretty intense, but then again, Novak played a big chunk of last year with knee tape…

    • mariposaxprs says:

      I’m guessing it’s not as big a deal for Ferru, since he won very easily against Dimitrov (but then again, playing well with a stomach bug is *precisely* the sort of thing Ferru would do). Hopefully, this bothersome virus disappears as soon as possible!

      Not that you mention it, Matosevic does kind of look like Baggy! Except a bit taller, I think he’s around 6’3″ or something, which is why it was tough to tell who-was-who from afar during the DelPo-Matosevic match. I’m worried about the DelPo-Fer match-up…I haven’t seen Fer play in forever either, but he seems to be playing with a fair deal of consistency. I hope DelPo brings it to the match!!

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