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.
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.
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).
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!