Estoril & Belgrade: Short Updates

DelPo’s R2 opponent will be Portugal’s no. 90-ranked Rui Machado, who defeated Pedro Sousa in his first-round match.  The winner of that match will face the winner of Reynolds-Montanes in the QF.  Machado has had a pretty rough start to his 2012 season, although he did break his losing streak by reaching the final of the Rome Challenger in April.

Whether Machado can take advantage of DelPo’s rustiness (DelPo hasn’t played since the Davis Cup QF) will be the big variable in this match.  It starts at 1:50pm (local time).

Meanwhile, no. 2 seed Gasquet proceeded with a straight-forward victory over Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi.  Wawrinka, for his part, also advanced to the QF after defeating Ivan Navarro.

Estoril’s players’ party took place yesterday and the photos are now available!  DelPo is sporting some funky sneakers in this photo with Maria Kirilenko.

Photo: Estoril Open

DelPo indulges at the dessert bar, alongside coach Franco and Anabel Medina Garrigues.  Home favorite Frederico Gil looked cheerful as he helped make the pizzas for the party — it’s a nice photo and a reminder of his slightly fairytale run to the Estoril final in 2010.

The rest of the party photos can be found at this link.

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In Belgrade, meanwhile, Nalby took to the court and won his first match over Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene, 6-4 6-3.  For the most part, Nalby easily out-manuevered his opponent, although he did suffer a lapse in the 2nd set, when he was broken after initially going up a double break.  Nalby faces Joao Souza in the QF, after Souza defeated Dusan Lajovic via retirement in R2 (Lajovic, a Serbian WC, twisted his ankle in the 1st set — it’s concerning how many ankle injuries are accruing so early on in the tennis season).

Photo: Serbia Open

Hopefully, Nalby can make a deep run at this tournament.  He hasn’t played a full clay season in quite some time, due to injury.  Pico recently withdrew from the Madrid tournament, due to his ankle injury, which means Nalby is into the main draw at Madrid.  Let’s hope the universe aids him in his healthy run!

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3 Responses to Estoril & Belgrade: Short Updates

  1. Pingback: Estoril: DelPo Storms Thru the Bakery, Talks Blue Clay | mariposaxprs

  2. queridorafa says:

    Wow, that’s a really nice party for a 250-event! Thanks for the link! Looks fun! Of course, now I’m craving pizza! 🙂 I forgot 250s were only 4 rounds instead of 5–was surprised DelPo didn’t play ’til today. Nalby’s second set lapse sounds *slightly* familiar. *looking at Rafa*
    The rash of ankle injuries really has been surprising/concerning! I know there’s some debate on how ankle tape/braces affect overall strength and the knees, but it almost seems like a worthwhile risk, since a bad ankle sprain/ligament damage can be such a difficult, long-term injury itself!

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Estoril pizza would be nice!! Yea, the 250 format always puzzles me—but I’ve no complaints when DelPo’s ranked high enough that he only has to win one match before he’s in the QFs 😉

      Maybe it’s official that all the best players suffer some sort of 2nd set lapse. It’s definitely a phase that every great player needs to go through, like bad hair during the teenage years.

      Yea, my mind would be easier watching the players if more of them wore ankle tape/braces—I just don’t want to see another Pico/Benny incident ruin a player’s schedule/form, esp in an Olympic year..

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