Quick overview of the headlines from this match: “Ferrer has the measure of Del Potro in quick time,” “Ferrer pounds past Del Potro,” “Del Potro says goodbye after Ferrer master class,” and etc.
A 6-3 6-2 6-3 scoreline shows the nature of the straightforward win from Ferru, who gave an impressive performance on grass. They played the match under a closed roof on Centre Court, so this technically qualifies as a grass win and an indoor win for him. A double whammy for DelPo 😦
An all too familiar scene at the net.
This is Ferru’s third straight win over the big man. Was is really only late last year that Ferru was saying DelPo was sure to be a contender for the no. 1 ranking soon? It seems like a cruel joke now, because Ferru sure showed he was the higher-ranked player here. On average, Ferru’s rallies went 6.7 shots on serve, while the tourny average approaches 3. While Ferru can grind with the best of them, he also has an aggressive side. He brought out his shotmaking. DelPo needs to think of Ferru as a Soderling or Berdy, or rather a Soderling/Berdy who is not afraid to approach the net and who is excellent at defense. Ferru’s game plan against DelPo is to play super-aggressively. In the first few games, Ferru’s few errors mostly came from overhitting. Why didn’t DelPo quickly counter with his own ballast? I think DelPo would have benefited from a change in tactics against Ferru. DelPo hasn’t taken a set off Ferru this year, which is frankly very disappointing.
Full credit goes to Ferru for the win, but DelPo should have played more aggressively. While DelPo was returning well, he did not win enough free points on his serve. His attempts at chipping and slicing mostly ended with him losing the point. Each approach to the net was an open invitation for Ferru to hit a morale-boosting passing shot. Ferru hit his share of very impressive passing shots and inside-out FHs, while DelPo could not capitalize on the chances he had. DelPo countered with his fair share of impressive FHs and some aesthetically swoon-worthy BHs. But he couldn’t hit them consistently enough. He had chances to break on Ferru’s first service game in the 1st set — he is probably rueing those missed opportunities.
This is Ferru’s 1st QF at Wimby and his third straight QF at a Slam this year. If Ferru should pull an upset and defeat Muzz in the QF, he’ll have reached the SF at every Slam. That’s a testament to years of effort paying off in a player’s later years.
As for DelPo, the upcoming Olympics means he has a second try on grass, which is always a good thing. Reaching R4 again is still a sign of the progress he’s making on his least favorite surface. He’ll have time to rest his knee (he had a scary fall during his match against Ferru, when his left knee gave out — his knee is back to being strapped in tape).
I’m looking for a hopeful sign, and this photo of him jumping provides just that.
A less coherent section for a few scattered thoughts:
- Last year, Kate Middleton (sorry, the Dutchess Catherine) watched DelPo lose to Rafa on Centre. This year, Middleton’s parents watched DelPo lose to Ferru. What next, are Middleton’s second-cousins going to watch DelPo lose to Verdasco in 2013?! It’s the Middleton Royal Box Curse (MRBC). I now feel the Royal Box should be open to blood royalty only, plus Stefan Edberg, Bjorn Borg, Martina Navratilova, Federer’s parents and other tennis luminaries. Someone file a restraining order against Pippa, stat! Apparently, there’s a Middleton brother too. I’ll have to keep an eye on their whereabouts at the Olympics.
- Ferru is the 7th seed and DelPo was the 9th seed at Wimby. What are the odds that they would meet in R4? It hurts that much more that 8th seed Tipsy did not play to his seeding, yet again, at a Slam. Yet Tipsy maintains his top 8 ranking. Tough times, my friends. We await the light at the end of the tunnel.
- When DelPo loses to a Berdy or a Tsonga, it’s disappointing. Yet I feel a measure of hope that the next time DelPo can get his revenge. Despite his numerous losses against Fed this past year, I still think DelPo has it in him to fight toe-to-toe. Yet Ferru seems to provide a whole ‘nother level of challenge. For DelPo, Ferru is an enigma wrapped in a burrito — this one’s going to take awhile to figure out.
2012 Wimbledon Quarterfinalists:
- Federer vs. Youzhny
- Djokovic vs. Mayer
- Murray vs. Ferru
- Tsonga vs. Kohlschreiber
While it’s sad to see Reeshie lose in R16 after he played so well, it’s also heartwarming to see Florian Mayer reach the QF again at Wimby, after 8 years. That means 2 surprise Germans in the QF — Tsonga vs. Kohli should be a close contest.
Also, a shoutout to Youzhny and Ferru, who’ve now reached the QF at every Slam. Ferru-Muzz will hopefully be another close contest.