Tag Archives: Fernando Verdasco

Madrid: Wonky Bottom Half of Draw

Del Potro d. Cilic, 6-2 6-4 Hard-hitting groundies.  Level 10 crankiness from both sides.  Remonstrating and arguing with chair ump Fergus Murphy.    This match was entertaining. DelPo-Cilic matches involve plays from the baseline.  One difference is that DelPo plays … Continue reading

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DelPo & Children, An Interview Where He Mentions Bruce Springsteen

Nalby is also out of Miami, after losing his R2 to Tipsy.  It was disappointing, given Nalby’s superb form earlier last week, but this early exit now gives him time to prepare for the Davis Cup QF on clay in … Continue reading

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Indian Wells: DelPo Will Play Istomin in R4

Del Potro d. Verdasco, 6-2 7-6 After a first set in which he outplayed Fer, DelPo faced more of a challenge in the 2nd set.  Fer actually had 3 SPs on DelPo’s serve late in the 2nd set, only for … Continue reading

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Dubai & Acapulco Round-up

Fed Becomes 5-time Champion at Dubai: He defeated Muzz 7-5 6-4 to take the title.  This is Fed’s 2nd title of the year.  Muzz conceded that the fast courts really suited Fed’s style of play.  This was an excellent tourny … Continue reading

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Dubai & Acapulco: DelPo Reaches 3rd Straight SF, Fer Makes a Surprise

Del Potro d. Tsonga, 7-6(1) 6-2 Heavy strapping on the shoulder. That’s DelPo’s second win over newly minted world no. 5 Tsonga, in the past two weeks.  DelPo’s H2H against Tsonga now stands at 5-1.  This feels similar to DelPo’s … Continue reading

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Australian Open: Wrap-up of R1

1) My R1 Combativity Award: Bernie Tomic  Bernie earned praise from John McEnroe, Andy Murray and JMDP.  When asked about the young Aussie, each pointed out his “intelligence” and “good tennis IQ.”  McEnroe touted Bernie as a future GS winner.  Has the praise gone … Continue reading

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Davis Cup: A 5th Victory for Spain

Rafa clinches the tie for Spain, after defeating DelPo in four sets: 1-6 6-4 6-1 7-6.  The stronger team won and Spain clinched its 5th Davis Cup title in Sevilla. Given Manolo Santana’s breezy proclamation that Spain could beat Argentina … Continue reading

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Davis Cup: They’re Alive! Argentina’s Alive!

Until tomorrow, when they won’t be.  Still, the final will go into a live Sunday, with the reverse singles matches.  The ad-hoc team of Nalby and Schwank thoroughly defeated Fer and Feli in straight sets, 6-4 6-2 6-3. Fun fact: … Continue reading

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Davis Cup: Highlights from the Press

In 2008, when Spain surprised the home favorites Argentina at Mar del Plata, the Spaniards hung a sign in their locker room that read “Yes, we can.”  In 2011, Argentina should have a poster that reads “Spain can beat Argentina … Continue reading

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Davis Cup Update: Argentina Speak Up

The Argentines have been in Sevilla for a few days and have settled into a routine of practicing almost 4 hours a day on the court, combined with sessions at the gym. Alarming and somewhat concerning are the issues the … Continue reading

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