- The ATP released a “Top 8 points (at the WTF)” clip, complete with a poll to vote for best point. They give a shout-out to DelPo, who features in two of the eight points (from 2009). The first point involves DelPo hitting a tweener, which inevitably leads to him losing the point against Fed — still, he won that RR match (too often, people forget that win). The second point is an amazing save from DelPo in his SF against Soderling. It’s also a point that, to me, shows the all-important difference that confidence (or great form, or great circumstances, or — who really knows?) makes. The DelPo-Soderling SF was an awesome nail-biter, in the way that nail-biters in which your favorite wins heightens the awesome-ness of said match:
The current leader of the poll is the point where Fed’s BH stands up to the Rafa test in their WTF final in 2010 (at 2:54 in the clip above). Due credit for that awesome point! Close runners-up are Rafa-Muzz in 2010 (at 2:08 in the clip) and Ferru-Fed in 2011 (at 4:40 in the clip).
- The following is a clip of the Argentinean crowd at Davis Cup. It’s a rush-of-blood atmosphere. If you thought the 2,500-strong Argie crowd at last year’s DC final in Sevilla were ardent, this home crowd at Parque Roca really is an eye-opener to the uniquely awesome spirit that Davis Cup brings out. They’ll be back in September:
- The mystery behind DelPo’s FB profile photo is solved: DelPo’s recent FB profile pic featured him holding up a photo of himself as a child. It turns out the photo was most likely for the Olympics tennis book. Here’s interesting coverage on “Making the 2012 Olympic Book: a little star,” featuring a spiffy photo of mini-Wawrinka and Muzz contortioning himself to fit inside a photo frame. Fun fact: the tennis players actually had to choose, scan and email their own photos of themselves as children, which makes it hilarious that DelPo would send a photo of himself wearing a goofy grin (and some funny hair — it’s a cross between a mullet and a bowl haircut). Berdy looks positively angelic in his photo, which is code for “he grew up to be a devil of sorts” (much like Nalby, except mini-Nalby was not quite as preciously angelic — hence he did not exhibit as many devil-ish symptoms in adulthood! ;))