Raonic Rockets Past Murray, Now Gets Ferrer At Barcelona; Nadal Unstoppable?
by Sean Randall | April 28th, 2012, 12:03 am
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Milos Raonic continues to impress right before our eyes. Earlier today the big-serving Canadian continued his evolution blasting past Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6 in the quarterfinals at Barcelona.

Roanic survived a hiccup serving for it in the second but eventually took care of Murray via a tiebreaker to earn the first of what will be many Top 5 victories.

“It’s very, very difficult and a big plus in confidence for me,” said Raonic. “Clay’s not his best surface, but he consistently does well on it. Last year he reached the semi-finals at the French Open, Monte-Carlo and Rome, so he can play really well on it. For me, it was a big win, regardless of the surface.”

As I’ve said before, it’s not if but when Raonic will reach Top 5, and I still think the 21-year-old can make a final weekend at a Slam this year and possibly win one next. He’s that good.

Before then, he’ll have to deal with David Ferrer in another tough one tomorrow. Ferrer saved 3 matchpoints in escaping his countryman Feliciano Lopez 6-7, 7-6, 6-3. For all his clay prowess, Ferrer has struggled on his favorite surface this month. So I give Raonic, who trains in Barcelona under Spanish coach Galo Blanco, a real chance, especially if he stays aggressive and attacks David. But Ferrer really needs this win to get his clay game back on track.

The second semifinal will be all Spanish as Rafael Nadal takes on Fernando Verdasco. Nadal upped his Barcelona win streak to 31 today by crushing Janko Tipsarevic 6-2, 6-2. The win was also Nadal’s 19th straight on his favorite surface and this season he hasn’t dropped a single set on the clay!

“I have a lot of confidence from my past results here but it doesn’t mean it will continue that way,” Nadal said. “Each match is different. I go on court and try my best in every moment and hope it goes well for me.”

Nadal has owned his fellow lefty Verdasco winning all 12 of their meetings including 11-0 in sets on clay.

Verdasco, though, is quietly having a decent year and he advanced after Kei Nishikori suffered another injury (his ab) early in the first set of their encounter.

(Nishikori and Raonic really seem to get injured an awful lot! Too bad!)

As for Murray, there’s still plenty of time to get his game into gear on the clay. But he’s certainly not striking fear in his opposition, and he should have beaten Raonic today on the clay.

“I was not very happy with my backhand today,” Murray admitted. “Although I lost today, it was a good experience to play in Barcelona.”

Reaching the quarterfinals at tournaments is a good experience? I wonder if new coach Ivan Lendl agrees with that.

On the women’s tour, the star-studded WTA Stuttgart stop features the Top 4 women in the world reaching the semifinal state at a tournament for the first time since 2009 Wimbledon. World No. 1 (former?) friends Victoria Azarenka meets Agnieszka Radwanska then Maria Sharapova collides with fellow Wimbledon queen Petra Kvitova.

“On the men’s side it’s normal to have the Top 4 in the semis,” Kvitova said. “It’s great for the tournament, the sponsors and the people. It has been a long time since the last time, but hopefully it will happen in more tournaments soon.”

Of the four only Kvitova won in straight sets today beating Angelique Kerber. Sharapova and Azarenka both won 7-5 in the third over Sam Stosur and Mona Barthel, respectively. Radwanska also needed three to turn away French Open champ Li Na.

Tennis Channel has live coverage of Stuttgart at 8am ET. Barcelona will air on tape delay starting at 2:30pm ET followed by the Bucharest semifinals featuring Gilles Simon.

SATURDAY BARCELONA SCHEDULE

PISTA CENTRAL start 1:30 pm
[3] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [11] M Raonic (CAN)
Not Before 4:00 PM
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [9] F Verdasco (ESP)
[8] O Marach (AUT) / A Peya (AUT) vs M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP)


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Nadal Wins 35th Straight At Barcelona, Ferrer Crashes Out; Raonic v Gulbis Thursday
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Rafael Nadal Withdraws From Barcelona
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46 Comments for Raonic Rockets Past Murray, Now Gets Ferrer At Barcelona; Nadal Unstoppable?

Mark @ Tennisopolis Says:

Hey Sean, good entry! I am rediscovering your blog here – I guess I went under a rock for a while. :-)
You know, I’m giving Milos a good chance against David… definitely presents a different kind of game that Ferrer has seen thus far. Still think it is Rafa’s tourney in the end.


Dave Says:

Federer: I’m against blue clay in Madrid because Nadal is against it and we have other options. I have no problem with Nadal, no matter what he says or thinks.
http://www.espn.co.uk/tennis/sport/story/148163.html


van orten Says:

article google translated from tagesanzeiger.ch :

Roger Federer is alone, without a manager, supervisor or manager without a press. The 30-year-old record Grand Slam winner has for this afternoon, half a dozen Swiss tennis journalist from Panorama Hotel Feusisberg invited. First, there is a group interview, individual interviews afterwards. Federer looks relaxed, but serious, and one senses that he is in the midst of preparing for perhaps the most important phases of his career. From the 6th May follow the great sand tournaments in Madrid, Rome and Paris as well as the events in Halle and Wimbledon lawn within two months. And then soon is the Olympic tournament on the program of 29 July to 5 August will also be held at Wimbledon.

You are in a six-week period without tournaments. Get start now for this unique summer tennis, the Olympics at Wimbledon as an encore?
I soon lost in Miami (against Andy Roddick) and we did not have to play Davis Cup, was certainly a blessing in disguise. I had more vacation, I can build better. However, this year I had left it open for anything once. If we had beaten the U.S. in Davis Cup, I might have skipped Indian Wells and Miami. From Madrid to Wimbledon, I’ve probably only a week off, and then follows a large workload, so it was a long pause important.

Madrid was first played on blue sand. What you say about this revolutionary new feature?
I have no idea how this will come out. We were against Nadal, even vehemently, and I supported him. He is concerned that is broken with a tradition that an operator wants blue sand, the other gray, green or red. I think it is also likely because of the tradition, although I understand that you have to try new things. The sand, however, must be perfect in Madrid, otherwise there will be a debacle for the tournament.

You are not vehemently against it?
I am against it because Nadal is against it and because we had had other opportunities. But Ion Tiriac (Tournament Director) has insisted to her ears. Finally, we said: He makes a lot of good for tennis, then we can make him stop. But it is not good that he has things in hand.

They went from Miami to the Caribbean on vacation. Since when do you train again?
Already towards the end of the holidays I started to train again, I let fly a sparring partner, Jesse Levine (American lefties, ATP 132). When I returned to Switzerland in mid-April, I was able to complete and start training. I had no problems with the weather, because I worked more with Pierre Paganini at the beginning of the condition. But I played enough tennis. In addition to Paul Annacone and Severin Luthi (his coach) was a week long, Michael Berrer (German, ATP 108) here. I’m fully on schedule.

Do you have respect for the challenges of this summer?
Before us is a wonderful stage with many high points, there is no motivation problem. We tennis players are privileged to have so many highlights. I divide the months into two blocks: the first phase of French Open and Wimbledon, then followed by a three-week break before beginning and after the Olympic Clay season in North America.

Which tournament would you like to win in 2012: Paris, Wimbledon, U.S. Open or the Olympics?
For me, Wimbledon was always the last word, and it remains special. That this year we have the opportunity to play there for a month after the Grand Slam tournament again in the same stadium, is a big chance for our generation. It’s great that I have opportunities everywhere. I hope I can win some of these tournaments.

If you could choose: Would you prefer to Wimbledon this summer or Olympic Champion?
Since I have no preference, both are equally important for me, even though not having the larger Olympic rarity value. Many people think that I would achieve more for Switzerland with an Olympic gold medal, but I do not see it quite like that. What pleases me is that we come up with a strong generation after Wimbledon, with Djokovic, Nadal, Murray and me. The tennis tournament should be on everyone’s lips. That should be good publicity for the future of tennis in the Olympics.

It increases the pressure that it could be your last game?
I consider it to be impossible, even in Rio to play. Pressure we have already everywhere. What the Olympic tournament makes them dangerous is that in the beginning is played over best of third Since ten weak enough minutes, and everything can be over. It’s like a different discipline than the Grand Slam tournaments.

If you live during the games in a house in Wimbledon?
Yes, we both tournaments during the same rented house. Once again a new one. The landlord of last year did not give the house again this year.

Is defending the title in doubles with Stanislas Wawrinka a great goal? They have hardly played together, are in any case, only the number 1272 in doubles.
Yes, yes, the Olympic double is a great goal. But it’s just hard for me even to compete in a double. I play so many tournaments and also had minor problems with the body. I felt my feet all the time, in Rotterdam, the Davis Cup in Dubai and also in Indian Wells. The only thing that really helps because, being on vacation, relax. It would not be smart if I did not play doubles. But I hope that before the Olympics, I still play with Wawrinka somewhere. I must go to him, he would always be ready.

Most of your fans employ two main questions: Are you the No. 1 again, and get a 17th Grand Slam title?
I do not know. But because you can see the amazing opportunities open to me yet, we are talking about absolutely huge success. This is also the reason why I train hard and give everything again. The number 1 is possible for me this year, but I have to play very well. Djokovic can win in Paris, his fourth Grand Slam title in a row, and if he can do that, it will be too difficult for me in the near future the number 1. The respect that. But yes, he has not won in Paris. And if I continue to play so well, I would at least bring in a good position – if I was to win a Grand Slam.

It would be the crowning achievement?
Another 1 to be, that would be the crowning fact, absolutely, it would be incredible. That’s why I’m doing all this and have played more tournaments.

In Monte Carlo you would theoretically be able to point 2. It appealed to you not to play there?
Yes, but eventually it becomes too much. I then ran to the tournament in Rosmalen not only to stay a week longer to the number 1 and beat the record set by Pete Sampras.

And why have you turned down the offer, on 14 July at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid to play an exhibition match against Nadal?
The date – the first Saturday after Wimbledon – I do not like at all. Since I’m on vacation. A week later I could have done it, but that was not possible. It would have been sympathetic, and I hope he has success now with Djokovic.

Their relationship has cooled to Nadal in the last few months because of disagreements? He is assigned as Vice President of the Player Council, in which you are president.
We have certainly seen less. He was not in Rotterdam and Dubai, I’m not in Shanghai, he was not in Bercy. We only saw in London, Melbourne and shortly in Indian Wells. We currently have more distance, when there were times when we saw almost daily for weeks. For this reason, certain problems have arisen because we were able to communicate less, unfortunately. That should be no excuse. On the other hand, I think it is normal that we have differences of opinion. I have no problem with Nadal, no matter what he says and thinks. The important thing is that he wants to continue to move to the political events on the tour interesting and things.

Support Nadal now in the blue courts to re-create some goodwill?
This has nothing to do with it. This topic was current a year ago, before our disagreements over the election of the new CEO of the ATP tour or in the calculation time in the world rankings.

You do not have much to gain as President, you came too many times in the criticism of players like Nadal, Davydenko or Stachowski. Have you ever thought to throw it all?
Sure, if I would react spontaneously, I might have already resigned. But I have never felt really attacked personally. Many players also exaggerate in their threats, and then nothing happens. Some wanted too aggressive action against the Grand Slam tournaments because they find that we are too little involved in the big profits. Roland Garros and Wimbledon have now responded and answers given, are now all satisfied.

Wimbledon has just increased the prize money heavily, losing in the first Competition will receive 26 percent more than a year ago. Is this the way a success for the Council?
Yes, that’s a success for everyone involved. It is important that the Grand Slams are fair. You can do whatever they want because they have their status to secure. In the last ten years, the prize money was raised primarily for the finals, now it was important that the others come into play once again. The tournaments are doing better and better as the players should get something back. It must indeed be not just 50 percent, as in the NBA (basketball), but not as much as the U.S. Open.

At the French Open is next to Nadal Djokovic write history, if he his 7th Title outdated. See you in Paris as a potential spoilsport?
No. But it is incredible for Djokovic, now that he is able to bring his fourth major title in a row. I had the opportunity itself twice, Nadal offered a chance in 2011 in Melbourne. This happened in the history of tennis has never been that three players in such a short time had the opportunity. I think it’s great that at present the best play all that good. Unless I win a tournament, it’s usually another one of the Top 4 That’s pretty incredible.

They were in the past months, the overall shape strongest player, but you now have something in the shadow of Nadal and Djokovic. Does that bother you?
That’s because I did not play in Monte Carlo, Djokovic won in Miami and Nadal in Monte Carlo. One has only once on holiday, everything is already different. . . But I enjoy it, too, completely submerge to talk to anyone. I am otherwise omnipresent, in tennis, in Switzerland. I am satisfied with my situation.

Do you find yourself here, think about your life after tennis? Your girls are bigger, will soon be three years old. What kind of influence?
It is particularly permeable. Right now we are wondering about where we want to live once, where they go to school. This is not yet defined. There are little things that I need to decide slowly. It’s nice that I can influence their way, almost every day, with the education, the rules we set. I’m already more frequently, what I would do if I had left off. Whether coaching, I would occasionally deny exhibition matches, such as Pete Sampras. . .

. . . or senior tournaments such as the Zurich Open in the indoor sports hall. . .
Exactly. Right now I have no idea. It would depend on how fit I am still, how much I still want to travel as much concerns me my foundation. There are many possibilities, I have met so many people. But ultimately I am aware that I am a tennis player, that’s what I want to be liked, and the fact we are focusing. The rest can wait.

You have purchased a property in Herrliberg. Is it clear that you will live there once?
There is an option to build something there. We have not yet decided.

Do you want more children?
Now we enjoy the little ones, they keep us busy enough. I assume that we discuss next year. Currently, this decision is something in the distance.

They were in the stadium in Berne, as the ZSC won the Ice Hockey World Championship. They looked a little shocked, or the mistaken impression?It has left me not quite cold. I sat with Seve (Luthi) there, and he was extreme for the SCB. As the gate fell, I thought, my God, this can not be. But that’s why we like to watch sports, because we do not know what will happen. It was brutal for the SCB, but an incredible performance of the ZSC. To me it was fun, I look very much like hockey. But I felt sorry for the Bernese fans and players. But their chance to live with and something you have had to.


grendel Says:

You overlook Ferrer at your peril. He is, after all, probably the most accomplished claycourter in the world after the top 3. So I think Raonic did o.k., better than o.k. really, but he was perhaps burdened by unrealistic expectations.

Highlights? First, all those missed break points in the first set. Raonic was too careful; the good thing about him is, he will have registered this failing and will adjust accordingly. That’s the sense you get about him.

Coolness under pressure. Raonic was in trouble on his own serve several times, and always found a way out. Once, I think, on set point. Ferrer hit the ball clearly long, but there was no call and Raonic had to improvise startlingly merely to get the ball back into play. But Ferrer remained in charge of the point and Raonic, looking out of it, hit a soft ball awkwardly for Ferrer, and that did the job – I am assuming it was deliberate, and if so, it was very skilful. At one stage, Raonic just couldn’t land a first serve, Ferrer looked poised to break, but again and again Raonic delivered outrageous second serve bombs.

You don’t think of Raonic as a volleyer, but he’s not bad and executed one or two nice approaches followed by crisp finishing volleys. But what caught the eye was Ferrer smashing the ball to pass him when he seemed stranded at the net. Twice he landed a racket on the ball, somehow keeping it under control. This must have required great strength, good hands, and a bit of unusual biology.

I had the feeling that Raonic returned Murray’s serve much better than Ferrer’s. Murray of course has bigger weapons than Ferrer, but he is inconsistent. He gave his opponent a chance yestreday. Ferrer does everything, including serving, with spot on precision. It may not look like much, which is why perhaps people are inclined to overlook him, but the fact is, not many people can deal with it, not when it’s the same thing over and over again. He’s the type who breaks your heart slowly. You go in thinking, it’s only Ferrer. You lash out, get some nice winners, and it seems more or less all over. But Ferrer has no rear mirror as someone wittily said, and he just keeps doing his stuff, but meanwhile getting better all the time as he acquires a rhythm and gets a better feel of how his opponent plays.

Raonic more or less stayed with him, and that’s commendable. I think, health permitting, it is a moral certainty he will win slams, simply because he has youth on his side and there isn’t anyone else of his generation who can quite match him. But will he have the same problem Sampras did with the French? Maybe – but he is already doing better.


Brando Says:

So it’s rafa v david. Should be a good one between 2 tenacious clay courters.


grendel Says:

Wog boy – I see you like Raonic, he must come originally, or his parents anyway, from somewhere your neck of the woods? The Balkans, anyway. Incidentally, I have often wondered why Ferrer is nicknamed Ferru. I mean, why not – for instance – “ferret” (seems quite apt). How about a lousy pun – David Further – you’ve got hit the ball further (get it? get it?) if you’ve got any chance of passing Ferrer. Ooh, sorry! Fertile? Well, that’s pushing it. Few players are more fertile than David, oh, the lad’s got balls alright! Oh, dear, it’s getting worse.

Anyway, according to a commentator today, the word Ferru is a play, obviously, on his name and the chemical element for “iron”. That’s actually, if not exactly ingenious, not too bad. Is it justified, though? Do we think of Ferrer as a man of iron? I don’t quite, myself. He does have a tendency to panic or buckle in crunch moments. Ah, but “iron” has a double connotation, doesn’t it? Iron resolution and so on – but also, iron is “brittle” – it has a tendency to snap if subjected to tough treatment. That’s even better – makes the nickname Ferru almost inspired.

These are mere Saturday afternoon thoughts, preparatory to cooking dinner….


carlo Says:

^^ Most of my nicknames for the players come from, either their ATP profile, but mostly, the chat streams where Italians call Fognini, Fogna; Tipseravic to his fans is Tipsa, not Tipsy as I used to call him; French call Benneteau, Bennet or Juju and Simon Gilou, on and on… and that’s what I hear fans cheering them. Other times, I’ve had my own nicknames, maybe annoying, so I’ve quit using them, except to myself, like pogoserve for Dolgo. Anyway, yeah, Ferrer is Ferru to his fans.


carlo Says:

For Wog boy, sadly, Djordje I see lost to a French player, Ouanna. So we won’t see him.


carlo Says:

Incidentally, I have a few choice nicknames for Verdasco when he plays Nadal, but nothing I’d post.

Go Petra Pojd! (sorry Kimblerly)


carlo Says:

Sharapova earns her nick, “sharpie”

She looks sharp, except some yips serving out the 1st set but she got it. Petra making too many errors.


carlo Says:

Talking to myself here.

Sharapova looks really good on clay, moving her feet better than Kvitova, fighting off all breakpoints to hold serve, showing her determination. Best match of the day!


carlo Says:

7 break points saved in the 2nd set so far by Maria. wow.

But Maria can’t get near a bp on Petra’s serve. 5-4 Kvitova. Serving ahead in the set. Seems she must break her now or Maria will win.


Kimmi Says:

Kvitova is missing too much. 8 break points carlo. she will probably lose now.


carlo Says:

I know, Kimmi. *sigh* Petra saved a bp but…deuce


Kimmi Says:

another break point..ah

she finds first serve. they all going for it. all or nothing tennis.


carlo Says:

That’s it. I can’t believe Petra didn’t get one of those Bp’s. Now Sharpie serves for the match.


Kimmi Says:

another…this is bad.

petra!! 8 chances, and the last one was a gimme. She has to go back on drawing the drawing board. she lost the same way to sharapova in the semi of AO


carlo Says:

Petra had another bp. No can do.


carlo Says:

Petra saves a match point!


carlo Says:

10th bp for Kvitova


Kimmi Says:

she is still fighting. is it 11 bp now?


carlo Says:

11th bp. Petra, Petra, pojd !! she gets it finally but it’s a tiebreak….ack


Kimmi Says:

FINALLY! ah, all that effort to tie break.


Kimmi Says:

miss first point..hmm, lots of misses in this match


Kimmi Says:

was that suppose to be a drop shot?


carlo Says:

Petra behind in the tb. Come on! 3-2


Kimmi Says:

sharapova serving very well. second serve on the line. she is the calm one imo


carlo Says:

Maria, too tough today


Kimmi Says:

hmmm, 3 mp


carlo Says:

Match point and she gets it. Got to give her credit.

Also hope she can beat Azarenka tomorrow.


Kimmi Says:

maria wins. petra had too many chances in this match. too bad.

well, she meets azarenka in the final. azarenka will not give her too many errors.


carlo Says:

Have a good day, Kimmi. I got up and watched Attila play Fabio. Had never seen the Hungarian. Time for a nap.


Thangs Says:

Kvitova lost…I think this year is for Vika..Kvitova would shine next year very well.


Kimberly Says:

Just got back to the room. Another azarenka sharapova final. Hope Maria can turn this rivalry around. 1 v 2 and their third match this year.


grendel Says:

Kimmi says:”was that suppose to be a drop shot?” Absolutely! It was laughable, wasn’t it? Not only did she – by her body posture – as good as say:”Oh, by the way, I’m going to do a drop shot now – is that alright by you, I mean – it’s not cheating or anything is it?” but, having telegraphed what she proposed to do, she popped the ball gently and high into the air and old Sharpie just strolls up and does the business. Thankyou very much, dear, another one like that please.

Thanks to Carlo, I started watching the match halfway thru 2nd set. Apparently, Kvitova had been pressing Sharapova in every service game, whilst waltzing thu her own. As so often happens in those situations, it was the wrong person who broke! You got to take your opportunities. Look, (for Sharpie fans Kimberley etc) I recognize that Sharapova’s defence was staunch, even heroic – some really gutsy 2nd serves, for instance, but Kvitova did not take her chances, she had ‘em alright. Was it at set point, Kvitova set the point up beautifully, charged in to finish an easy ball off – and somehow managed to put the ball a couple of imches beyond the line. Unforgiveable, really. And why? Too excited? Got too close to the ball, perhaps?

I agree Sharapova’s serving was outstanding, she deserved the win. Kvitova, as Joe Durie was saying, does not capitalise on her fabulous weapons. She’s an instinctively good volleyer, both low and high, and when she does the approach, she is fluent. So why why why doesn’t she do it more often?

Why doesn’t she do this and stop doing that? Eh?


carlo Says:

Yes, that drop shot by Petra was exactly that, Grendel. Perfectly placed for Maria. Too much of that by Petra – errors mixed with brilliance. But agreeing with ‘thangs’ prediction. Maybe. Not a fan of Vika’s but she is on a roll this year.

Kind of a lull in ATP action – Barcelona final anyway. I mean anything can happen but my money would be on Rafa. And in Bucharest, which I think I’m the only one here following, Fognini has a chance at his 1st ATP title. The problem is his chances v Simon. Cheering for underdogs in the morning, Sharpie included.

Off topic:
Kimberly, I have a recipe for a really great lentil-nut-loaf, even my bf likes it. But it’s impossible for a Greek to be vegan. Do you eat eggs and cheese? if so, I’ll link the recipe, if you want.(there’s a gluten-free version) Makes great taco filler too; or vegie hamburgers.


Kimberly Says:

Watching the heat, the heading to dinner (or non dinner) then back to the magic kingdom.

Carlo, don’t usually eat eggs and cheese but I do drink whey protein powder which is a milk derivative. Link the recipe and I can probably make modifications.

Sorry Carlo but I would be shocked if fognini won. Simon too talented and steady.

Sharapova would be a nice big surprise but I’m not expecting it.

I love nadal winning everything in sight but feel kind of bad for Ferrer if he never wins Barcelona with a billion times in the final. . But it’s rafa. So that who I’m rooting for even though in this case it feels a little mean.


mat4 Says:

@Grendel:

Long time no see. Glad you’re here again.


carlo Says:

Yeah, I don’t expect Sharapova, Ferrer, or Fognini to win. I think Fabio has a chance. I like Simon too. Something about Fabio though makes me cheer for him whether I want to or not.

Rafa can spare a 500 title can’t he? He has so many.

But if you haven’t, you should check out V Blacklabel’s write-up link and photos – he/she is there in Barcelona, it’s a firsthand account of the action. It’s on the other thread, the one we were on last night. Lots of Rafa pictures.

okay, go to pull down catagory,’main dishes’ and you’ll see it. Love her site but never tried the recipe without eggs and cheese:
http://dishbytrish.com

I’m mostly vegetarian but it’s because I don’t like cooking/handling meat. Love eggs and dairy.


carlo Says:

oops. that ^^ post was to Kimberly.


Wog boy Says:

Grendel,
Milos was born in MonteNegro and is very popular down there. His parents moved to Canada when he was 2-3 years old, so he is Canadian and he himself said that once he was asked if he is thinking of playing for MonteNegro. That is not reason why I like him, he is something different and new on ATP tours and when I was kid reading stories about Wild West and Doc Holiday and Billy the Kid, that is how I imagined them, stone faced siting in the corner of the bar playing poker and looking in the mirror on the wall to cover
his back:)
I don’t necessarily pick players because of the country they are from, and they don’t have to be best, it is simply something in their personality. For example I am not Troicki’s fan, particulary since Wimbledon when he yelled at that
ballboy who interupted game against Murray. Instead of patting him and telling “That is OK mate, sh$t happens” the poor boy was scared to death, he yelled abuses at him. The only time I cheer him is in DC. I like Delpo because he looked to me like humble young man who plays great tennis, same with Isner, but not Roddick etc.
Carlo,
Djole didn’t make it, we have to wait next time, I think he is only 16 years old, usually you can see if somebody has future or not when he is 16-17 years old. If he makes it commentators will have problem to pronounce his name but at least they will not have a problem with surname:)


grendel Says:

” I like Delpo because he looked to me like humble young man who plays great tennis, same with Isner, but not Roddick etc.”

Yes, I’m with you on this one. I instinctively react badly to Roddick – something about him, in some way I can’t quite pin down, reminds me of people who humiliated me as a child, and for this I cannot forgive him. I was one of the few who did NOT weep (to judge by all the pious posts on various sites) when he failed to put Federer away in his last Wimbledon final. I gave a satisfied little snigger (nobody was looking, after all – I had the crocodile tears ready just in case) when he made such a hash of that volley in the 2nd set, and let Federer back in. Yes, Roddick touches some raw and elemental nerve which I can’t easily account for. People always say they don’t like so and so because of his style of tennis. Well, I can’t say I do like Roddick’s tennis much, but it’s his personality I can’t abide. I expect it’s some devious form of envy. Seriously. I’m full of envy, me – never mind, eh?Mind you, I don’t go for that girl friend of his or wife or whatever it is. I went to watch an absurd film called Battleship the other day because my son was having to review it. The Roddick woman was in it, and a more wooden performance it woud be hard to imagine. Whereas there was a pop star in it who had never acted before, and she stole the show – her and some legless Iraq veteran with a craggy face to die for.

But Isner and delPotro, they be, as you imply, two great big cuddly fellows who look as if they could – well, do with a great big cuddle.

Can’t imagine cuddling old Roddick, eh?


Kimberly Says:

Carlo, she has lots of great recipes. Will bookmark the site for sure. The heat put a serious beatdown in game one hope it continues.

The estoril title is Delpo’s to lose from what I saw of the draw. He is the strongest in the field by a significant margin although wawa and gasquet maybe can pose a challenge.


tennisdata Says:

Good run by Milos. Not sure he’ll ever win RG – but showed he can have decent results on the dirt. Should win multiple Wimbledons barring injury.


jane Says:

Funny post @8:21 grendel, and honest too. I had to look up who the pop star was, just out of curiosity.

I’m hoping Sharapova gets a win over Vika to keep it interesting – Vika has pummelled Maria in a number on consecutive matches now hasn’t she? It seems like it.


Steve 27 Says:

Federer is the best hard court player ever, he is the past;
Djokovic could be the second best hc player if he continues achieves more Grand Slams, he is the present;
Raonic with his monstrous serve -bigger than Sampras?-, his powerful forehand and big groundstrokes, has all the potential to will be a multiple grand slam champion on that surface, he is the future.

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