DelPo, Murray and Novak have all committed to play the Rogers Cup (which Roger himself won’t be playing — Ferru and Rafa are not playing either). There had been early reports that DelPo wouldn’t play, due to fatigue, yet he ended up deciding to play in Toronto. Given the quick turnaround from the pomp and circumstance in London, I’m not sure it’s the smartest decision. On the other hand, if Muzz and Novak are playing as well, at least DelPo won’t be the only one making questionable scheduling choices.
Each player has sufficient motivation to play this week: DelPo’s only 20 points ahead of Tipsy in the rankings, and he wants to continue his climb to the top. Muzz trails Rafa by 785 points — if Muzz won Toronto, he could overtake Rafa for the no. 2 ranking. Meanwhile, Novak won Toronto last year, so he has the full 1,000 points to defend.
After an opening round bye, DelPo plays Steps in his R2 match tomorrow — Steps leads the H2H 2-1, so this will be a tough opening test. DelPo’s also decided to play dubs with Steps, which they will play tomorrow as well. This is insane.
Tennis: It Never Ends!
The winner of DelPo-Steps faces the winner of Simon-Haas. Sadly, Nalby lost his opening round to Haas in three sets, although Nalby did well to extend the match to a third set, having saved 4 MPs in the second set TB. I guess it’s small consolation that we don’t have to see Nalby and DelPo face off against each other (thus preserving intra-DC-team harmony).
DelPo lost to Cilic last year in Montreal, so he has a chance to gain points here. His best result in Canada is a finalist run in 2009, when he lost to Muzz.
(I wanted to write an Olympics wrap-up, but I will save that for the weekend instead, when the Olympics are officially over).