Estoril: Top 4 Seeds Advance, DelPo-Wawa Coming Up!

In Estoril: 

DelPo defeated Montanes, 6-2 6-2 and set up a SF with Stanislas Wawrinka.  As straightforward as the scoreline seems, DelPo was actually broken twice on serve during the match.  Luckily, he made up for that by breaking Monty 6 out of 10 times.  His 2nd serve return stats were still impressive — could this be an area DelPo has been working on this past month?  The other Estoril SF will feature Gasquet and Ramos.

Photo: Reuters

It’s great news for the Estoril tourny that the top 4 seeds are through, but it’s puzzling how empty the stands are during matches.  There was a sizeable crowd for DelPo’s match, but Reeshie played in front of a virtually empty center court stand.

Hopefully, DelPo will have a straightforward match against Wawa—their H2H is split evenly at 2-2, but DelPo has won their most recent two matches.

If DelPo looked tall standing next to Monty, look at this photo of cool commentator Miguel Seabra interviewing DelPo after his match:

Indeed.

In Belgrade:

  • Nalby advanced to the SF at Belgrade by defeating Joao Souza in straight sets.  He now plays Seppi.  If you’re ever bored, try watching a Belgrade match — the commentator is comic gold.  I think he used to be called the “Borat commentator” last year, simply because he was capable of uttering very obvious statements with incredible depth in his voice.  A sampling from the Nalby-Souza match: 1) “Another double fault from Nalbandian? [prolonged silence]”;  2) “He is 30-years old but he can still run.  He actually prefers [rally-car] driving, but …”  and 3) “The blonde girl that we see from time to time that the camera keeps showing is supposedly Nalbandian’s girlfriend.  I remember what the old girlfriend looked like, but *laughter* this is definitely a new face for me. ”  <– Nalby has been together with his old girlfriend for many, many years.  I’m not entirely sure the Belgrade commie was speaking the truth.
  • The draw for the Madrid tourny has been released and there are some interesting matches ahead next week.  DelPo is on Rafa’s side of the draw — he plays Florian Mayer and possibly the winner of Youzhy-Marti.  That would set up a R16 with John Isner, in a match that I am looking forward to — it would be so nice if DelPo could restore order to the top 10 by defeating the new “clay GOAT.”  The winner of that potential match could face Tsonga, although Tsonga’s recent form on clay makes him a candidate for early-loss.
  • For Nalby, he has a nightmare of a draw.  He plays Canadian Milos Raonic in R1 — the winner of that match would play Federer.  Given Nalby’s deep run in Belgrade, I wonder if he will feel fit enough to play Madrid (given the different conditions).  I’m pre-emptively angry about any “turning over the new guard” headlines that would arise if Milos beat Nalby in Madrid—vamos, Nalby, make a statement in Madrid!
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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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