Olympics: DelPo Defeats Seppi, Despite Poor Serving

Into R3!

Photo: Getty

DelPo escaped with a straight-sets victory over Andreas Seppi (who won Eastbourne in 2011), 6-3 7-6(2).  I wasn’t able to find a stream for this match, but from the Twitter reports, DelPo opened the match by serving 2 DFs and then he slipped on the grass to give Seppi an early break.  Thankfully, he managed to recoup that break and then to break again, before he served out the first set, 6-3.

However, DelPo was reportedly not serving well (at all).  In fact, his serves were kind of a major low point in the match.  The stats for his first set were not too impressive — he hit 11 UFEs to 6 winners and he faced 8 BPs in the first set.  As DelPo commented in his post-match interview, it was a surprisingly “even and complicated” match.  I don’t know how much of it had to do with the Centre Court grass, which has been very slippery and difficult to move on — several players have commented on the surface, and I think this probably factored into why DelPo had a more complicated match this time around (he had played a strong R1 match against Dodig on Court 1).

In spite of these difficulties, DelPo managed to hold on for a straight-sets victory when he found his first-serves in the second set TB.  After the match, DelPo said “I need to play better if I want to win a medal at the Olympics.”  Although I couldn’t watch the match, I would agree with this assessment, based on how this match progressed.  In R3, DelPo faces Gilles Simon, who defeated Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.

Gillou brings me eternal nightmares.  The last time DelPo played Gillou on grass was at last year’s Wimbledon, where DelPo won in 3 sets — but two of those sets were TBs and the third set ended 7-5.  DelPo then lost to Gillou at the 2011 USO.  This will be a tough match-up, and I hope DelPo’s serves will be strong enough so he can impose his game.

Photo: Telam

DelPo had a cute quote, when someone asked him about his experience at the Olympics.  He said he was surprised by the number of athletes who recognize him in the Olympic Village, and want to take photos with him.  He said, “I am rather shy and my face turns red when they recognize me.”  Awww.


In other tennis news, Pico defeated Goffin, 6-4 6-1.  Pico will play Feliciano Lopez in the next round.  Even if nobody can guarantee an excellent match, we can be sure that Feli and Pico will exhibit great hairstyles, with extra portions of emo-drama to boot!


Photo: Getty


Photo: Getty

 The tennis will be fun too! 🙂


About mariposaxprs

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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4 Responses to Olympics: DelPo Defeats Seppi, Despite Poor Serving

  1. Iram says:

    hahaha about your comment of their hair! 😀 Feli did win…honestly i was expecting a lil bit more than Juan. but maybe he’s tired from hamburg?!

    Anyway, thanks for your post…and I read the previous one as well and LOVED it. Your posts always make me smile. Thank you!

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Thank you!! I’ve been reading your Armada updates (and seriously enjoying them — I love how all the Spaniards are having a great time!)

      Feli-Pico was a hair-rific match 🙂 I’m glad Feli did well, esp since he almost couldn’t play the Olympics this time. It’s a shame he lost to Tsonga, but Feli was def too strong for Pico on grass. I think Pico hadn’t won more than 3 matches on grass in his career, so it’s good progress that he was even playing Feli!

  2. Rita says:

    Yes, he played VERY badly yesterday and it was a miracle he prevailed, mainly due to Seppi’s errors. He keeps making the same mistakes over and over while his coach just watches. Is his fear of the knee acting up just sapping his mojo? He looked miserable, too – I’ve yet to see him look like he’s happy to be there. My new nickname for him is El Taciturno (the Morose One). He’s in his prime and should be having the time of his life but his vibe is relentlessly negative compared to, say, Pico, with that perpetual Cheshire cat grin. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Delpo and know he has the skills to win matches, I’m beginning to wonder if he still believes in himself and his game. Tomorrow’s match will be telling.

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Yea, from the match reports that I saw, I was almost relieved that I didn’t have to see that particular match! Still, I wonder if it was the Centre Court grass that made it difficult for him to adjust? He seems to be playing well enough on the other surfaces — the good part is that his next match against Kei is not on Centre. Which means there’s hope for the big man!

      I think DelPo’s default face is kind of mopey 🙂 It’s just the way he looks. Whereas Pico is more upbeat and Cheshire catty! I like the progress that DelPo’s making on grass — even if it’s not his best surface, he isn’t embarrassing himself on the green stuff (which is a baby step in itself, given how many other great players — like Davydenko — who never bothered to play well on grass)!

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