Given his patchy form of late, DelPo’s opening match against Ramos had potential to be a roller-coaster.
Thankfully, DelPo was able to play aggressively against Ramos to beat him, 6-2 7-5 6-1. This is mildly encouraging for his next R2 match, hence the affirmative headline for this post.
He debuted his pristine white outfit and a sharp-looking “man-bag” from Nike in front of a packed court 1 crowd:
While he had to save 3 BPs in his opening service game (he served first), he showed nice acceleration on his FH to break Ramos right after and then break again to take the 1st set, 6-2. Along the way, DelPo hit a nice winner around the net post and was strong off his BH wing.
In the 2nd set, DelPo missed a couple of BP chances early on. He hit a beautiful BH and FH in sequence to reach BP in Ramos’ opening service game — it was great to see the way the ball skid off the grass after his shots. However, Ramos would dig up strong serves to hold. DelPo seemed to be a touch frustrated, as he gesticulated to his team during the changeover.
However, he stayed the course and would break Ramos with a lob to go up 4*-2 in the 2nd set. Despite DelPo’s composed play for most of the match, he had a slightly significant wobble when he was serving for the 2nd set. He played a couple of loose points and then hit his first DF of the match to go down triple SP. Ramos would break back to stay in the set. Thankfully, DelPo would break again at 15 for the 2nd set, 7-5.
In the 3rd set, Ramos hit a DF and gave away the early break to DelPo. It’s a credit to DelPo’s consistency in this match that he was able to break Ramos again at love to go up 4*-0, courtesy of a great BH passing shot and a rifled FH winner. DelPo would serve out the match with little trouble, 6-1.
While this opening match was encouraging, it has to be said that Ramos is primarily a clay-court specialist. The Spaniard was unlikely to challenge DelPo on grass, so the Tower of Tandil will have to keep his eyes on the road ahead. DelPo will next face Canada’s Jesse Levine in R2. Levine, like Ramos, is a left-handed player (he beat Argentina’s Guido Pella in 5 sets, after Pella was forced to retire with injury).
Photos of DelPo at Wimbledon:
DelPo debuted his Wimbledon kit, which features a plain white Nike tee with a bright orange swoosh. It seems white-and-orange is Nike’s theme at Wimbledon this year. DelPo also wore a white-and-black jacket. Defending Wimbledon champ Federer’s jacket is more intricate, as can be seen in these comparison photoss:
Speaking of DelPo and Fed, or “FedPotro,” the two shared a friendly moment together at Wimbledon, where they were seen walking on the practice courts together:
According to DelPo’s FB update, he and Fed talked about their epic 2012 SF match at the Olympics, which took place at Wimbledon. It was a touching memento.
In a funny turn of events, I’d noticed DelPo made a brief “appearance” in Fed’s latest Rolex ad as well. DelPo is a fellow Rolex ambassador, but Fed is the only tennis player (or rather, the only athlete) who regularly films ads for the watchmaker. This means that other Rolex tennis players often make appearances on the walls or backgrounds of Fed’s Rolex ads. Here he is 🙂
For some reason, DelPo’s been quite the social butterfly lately. I guess Wimbledon is showing its appreciation for an Olympic bronze medalist![tweet https://twitter.com/Janie5Jones/status/349112792210632704 align=’center’]
In Other News:
If I find the time tomorrow, I’ll try to fit in a round-up of R1 action before R2 starts tomorrow.
In the meantime, here is a great article about Fed’s perspective on tennis players and their supposedly “boring” personalities. Fed provides entertaining anecdotes about tennis players from before (like Clement and Kafelnikov), who were decidedly more colorful than the tennis players of today.
ALSO, STEVE DARCIS BEAT RAFA NADAL IN R1 AT WIMBLEDON. IN STRAIGHT SETS.