DelPo continues on with his life! He’s alive in the RR group!
After losing his first RR to Ferru, DelPo said “In this tournament, you can’t get too down on yourself. I am still alive.”
DelPo played to a straight-sets win over Tipsy in his second RR match at the WTF. He won 6-0 6-4 in just over an hour. He was playing more impressively than he had in his loss against Ferru, which again raises the bothersome question — why couldn’t he start out this strong against Ferru?
In any case, DelPo’s victory over Tipsy means his chances of reaching the SF are alive. Manchester City striker Kun Aguero sat in DelPo’s box to watch the match.
Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) November 08, 2012
Afterwards, DelPo invited Aguero to play “footie tennis” with him inside the O2 arena.
DelPo has quite the fan-boy tendencies with Martin Palermo, Carlos Tevez and Kun Aguero. DelPo had openly stated his wish for Tevez and Aguero to watch him in London. So far, Tevez hasn’t shown his face yet — perhaps it’s because Tevez is still embarrassed from his “footie tennis” display way back in 2009? I would be embarrassed too 😉
Who Needs to Win on Saturday?
Fed defeated Ferru in straight sets, which means Fed has already qualified for the SF.
DelPo’s last RR match against Fed is a must-win situation. DelPo needs to beat Fed to reach the SF. It doesn’t matter whether he wins in 2 or 3 sets: if DelPo beats Fed, he can make the SFs. If DelPo should lose to Fed, he still has a chance of reaching the SF if Tipsy should pull off an unlikely upset over Ferru.
Fed was not playing well against Ferru, although he did raise his level just enough to make it a straight-sets victory (which brings his career H2H against Ferru to 14-0). While Ferru played impressively, he couldn’t convert more than once on the 10 BP chances he had. Still, Ferru was still in fine form and his odds against Tipsy are favorable.
Tipsy himself was quite the pitiable figure, as he tweeted a sarcastic message about playing a match that lasted over an hour against DelPo. Tipsy’s apparently been ill since Paris, where he suddenly retired against Janowicz due to “extreme fatigue.”
Now, I can understand if Tipsy wants to play his 3 RRs in London, as it was an accomplishment for him to qualify for the WTF this year. However, he should keep his smart-alecky comments to himself, as his sarcasm comes across as disrespectful to the fans who pay good money to attend these matches. If he can’t bring himself to put on a good face for his third RR match, he should step aside and let the first alternate Gasquet play at the WTF.
As for DelPo, let’s hope he plays his best tennis against Fed, like he did in Basel. In 2009, DelPo beat Fed in 3 sets to reach the SFs at the London WTF.
Rumors of DelPo’s move to Li-Ning Grow Louder
The @TennisConnected account restated the rumor that DelPo was considering leaving Nike for Li-Ning. They said DelPo’s agent Ugo Colombini had secured a six-figure deal for DelPo at Li-Ning.
In an interview earlier this week, DelPo’s agent Ugo Colombini said that it’s tougher for DelPo to fulfill his marketing potential, due to Argentina’s lackluster economy. He says,
One problem for Del Potro is that Argentina’s economy is not so strong right now. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have 70% of their sponsorships in their home countries. As Argentina is currently going through a tough period, it’s difficult for companies to approach Juan Martin. When a country is well-off, they’re able to pay more for their local stars.”
Li-Ning is a Chinese sportswear company that has many Croatian tennis players in their tennis stable. I’m assuming DelPo’s rumored move to Li-Ning has to do with the six-figure deal they are reportedly willing to pay him.
All of this is good and well, except this part that bothers me: Why would Nike let go of their lone top player from the Americas? Why can’t Nike pony up the cash to keep DelPo signed? Are Nike seriously counting on John Isner to move product for them in the American markets? I know patriotism is a strong component of marketing, but that seems like a stretch. In his career, DelPo’s accomplishments rank far higher than Isner’s and DelPo has more future potential than Isner. DelPo is also better-looking and younger than Isner, and he has a more charismatic presence. Whichever way you slice it, whether you quantify it or you rely on subjective marketing theories, DelPo is the better catch.
Maybe Nike are hoping Ryan Harrison will break through and cause an uptick in t-shirt sales? I can’t understand their thinking here.
Mostly, I’m put off by the fact that if DelPo were an American, Nike would maybe have worked harder to keep him signed.
For now though, the DelPo-Li Ning partnership is still a rumor. Nothing is confirmed yet.
On a much happier, carefree note!
Cutest thing, Rogers girls walking down corridor of O2 pointing @ every picture on the wall and saying" RAFA"- mmm they know the rival lol—
roger rasheed (@roger_rasheed) November 08, 2012
Kids, they say the darndest things sometimes.