Wimbledon: Yes I Will

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:

Photo: Dennis Grombowski/Getty

Photo: Dennis Grombowski/Getty

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).

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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:

Photo: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty

Photo: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty

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Photo: Getty

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:

Photo: Carl Court/Getty

Photo: Carl Court/Getty

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 🙂

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For some reason, DelPo’s been quite the social butterfly lately.  I guess Wimbledon is showing its appreciation for an Olympic bronze medalist!

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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.

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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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7 Responses to Wimbledon: Yes I Will

  1. Candy says:

    Glad Delpo won in a relatively comfortable way. Ramos might not have given many problems to Delpo, but Delpo played a great match overall. He controlled the ball much better here than at the Boodles. 😀 But I don’t want to be too optimistic (nor too pessimistic). One match at a time! Hopefully he will go through without much trouble against Levine. (I’m not taking it for granted, of course.)

    I love love love that Wimbledon’s Twitter Mirror pic of Delpo! He’s so lovely!!! 🙂 It seems he has been in a good mood since last week!

    It’s Delpo’s pleasure to “be” in that Rolex’s ad! I’m sure he’s flattered! Haha 😀

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Definitely one match at a time! After the Wild Wednesday, where so many contenders lost, it’s clear that we can’t look too far ahead. Levine is a new opponent. Levine seems more comfortable on HCs and clay, although he did reach R3 at Wimbly in 2009. In any case, the result of the match will depend on how well DelPo plays. There’s so much craziness this year, I hope the Wimbly groundspeople make sure Center Court is in proper conditions today!

      I love the TwitterMirror pic too 🙂 He looks so sweet, homey and relaxed. I hope he’s not as sweet but still relaxed when he plays Levine today!

  2. Iram says:

    lol @ ur last line 😛 Were u surprised by Rafa losing?

    Do u think Roger will retain his title here? I hope he will. And yes I know u’ll question my liking for Spanish players…but Roger and this surface were just made for eachother. 😉

    • Iram says:

      and now Roger too! 😦 😦 I had a horrible day. (and that too with knowing Ferru would be now ranked three in the world!) The only solace was that Roger tried to respond in a positive way in his interviews.

      • mariposaxprs says:

        But OH MY GOSH, I WAS IN NO WAY PREPARED FOR ROGER LOSING THIS EARLY!

        To Stakhovsky, of all people!! I admit Stakhs was playing quite well, while Fed looked very slow at the start. I just kept thinking Fed would find a way to win…this has been a very surprising Wimbledon. Fed’s early loss says it all. He looked quite strong in his R1 match too, so that makes it even more surprising. Wow…

        I guess this is a transition year for Roger. He’s playing a reduced schedule and maybe he needs time to adjust to that. Ferru now go up to no. 3, huh? Well done, that’s the reward for a consistent performance.

        I hope that’s enough “upsets” for the first week…

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Yes I was VERY surprised by Rafa losing!

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