By Krystle N. Russin
For ages, I have been begging, asking for the moment when someone other than Roger Federer, as much as I admire his tennis, would take the stage at a tournament. Come on! Federer is the kind of guy you want to know has skeletons lying around somewhere in his grand Swiss closets adorned o’ trophies. He is too perfect.
I finally believe we saw that moment during the South African Open final open when two men showed us they are worthy of the new rankings they will soon receive this week.
Feliciano Lopez, model-slash-tennis player, certainly stood out as the match winner 7-5, 6-1. The Spaniard could possibly and likely, in my opinion, will cross over into the Top 20 rankings sometime this year. Look out for him at the French Open, that’s for sure. He plays effortlessly and with style, making us forget those other Spaniards. You know, like the guy whose name sounds like Nada-something.
The runner-up is nothing to miss out on either. Stephane Robert, in his first ATP final ever and coming back after hepatitis, began the South African Open barely breaking the Top 100. After his stunning performance, he should rank in the 60s or so once the new points come out. On the French side, for once, we are no longer limited to Gasquet, Monfils and the usual.
So get ready everyone for a new, improved season and let’s continue discovering the diamonds in the rough…
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