Pico won the Hamburg title, defeating veteran Tommy Haas in straight sets, 7-5 6-4. Last year in Valencia, Pico lost a close final to Marcel Granollers and he was in tears afterwards.
This year in Hamburg, Pico finally clinched his first 500-level title — and there were even more tears after his victory:
Federer, Murray, Rafa-crying-in-the-shower-after-losing-the-2007-Wimbledon-final, DelPo, Pico and a long list of others: this era of tennis will be remembered for its tears.
Pico and his happy tears have officially entered the top 10 for the first time. He is ranked no. 10, right behind DelPo at no. 9. This is the first time since 2009 that the top 10 features two players from Argentina (in 2009, it was DelPo & Nalbandian). I’m fairly certain this is the first time ever that two players from Tandil, Argentina make the top 10 in the same week. Here’s an old photo of Pico and DelPo when they were young, practicing together in their small hometown of Tandil. Great day all around for Tandil and Argentina!
However, with great power comes great responsibility. I imagine Nalby has already sent multiple text messages to Pico, informing him of the upcoming Davis Cup SF in September:
If Pico looks uneasy with his trophy, it’s likely because Nalby just sent a congratulatory warning.
Thankfully, Pico can be comforted by the fact that others like NBA star Manu Ginobli are happy for him! No Davis Cup strings attached, Ginobli’s just plain dumb happy for Pico 🙂
This is a big win for Pico, who had been on an excellent run until he rolled his ankle at Monte Carlo earlier this year. All the fears that the injury would halt his momentum can now be released — although I personally expect more from him and would like to see Pico fight his way to a sustainable position inside the top 10.
Hopefully, this means Argentina are due for a blockbuster appearance at the Olympics. There are only four more days left to the Opening Ceremony!