After the farce of a match he lost in R2 to the low-rent sc#mb!!!!g otherwise known as the morally wayward and equivocating disgrace of a figure named Raonic (whose behavior many English-speaking writers seem all too willing to defend, through the use of “heat of the battle” rationale, which is truly a cop-out when you consider the fact that Raonic’s “heat of battle” decisions have yet to propel him beyond R4 at a Slam at 22 y.o., whereas DelPo was a Slam winner before his 21st birthday — so why should DelPo be taking lessons on competitive behavior, or pray tell, net play (cue laughter), from a guy whose sole achievements consist of vulturing weak draws at a now-defunct tournament and the renowned Chennai Open, I don’t know)—
Let me start over again…
After DelPo’s (totally non-controversial) early loss at Montreal, he headed to Cincinnati.
In draw-related news, he’s in the same half of the draw as Djokovic and in Ferru’s quarter.
DelPo’s potential route to the title: R1 BYE – R2 Paire/Davydenko – R3 Nishikori/Chardy – QF Ferrer/Janowicz – SF Djokovic – F Berdy/Muzz/Rafa (if he cares enough to play, given he’s just won Montreal)
All in all, it’s a tough draw. DelPo’s back problems seemed worrisome in Montreal and it’s been reported that he may have some sort of ligament strain or muscle sprain in the lower back. So far, there hasn’t been too much news about the specific nature of the injury, so it’ll be touch and go. At this point, it seems like a one-off for him between a strong run at Cincinnati or the USO — it’s one or the other, but he won’t be having both. My gut says he may want a protracted rest before the USO.
He was seen training in Cincinnati with Zimonjic (his party-friend at the Washington player’s party) and was reportedly hitting his FHs very hard. No answers yet on whether his serves are ready-for-competition.[tweet https://twitter.com/AmyFetherolf/status/366697887868006403 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/olerafa/status/366824111323897856 align=’center’]
DelPo will practice today at Cincy with Berdy, which should be entertaining. I’m not sure the two players exactly have matching “auras,” but hey, it’ll probably be something interesting.
More to come as Cincy play gets underway. The R1 between Janowicz and Blake should be an exciting one.