Federer, Anderson, Ferrer, Su-Wei, Errani Add ATP/WTA Titles; X-Notes
by Jeremy Davis | March 4th, 2012, 9:49 pm

Sean Randall covered the Federer-Dubai wrap, so here’s the rest of the weekend.

No. 7 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa stopped the run of Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 7-6(2) at the ATP Delray Beach International Tennis Championships on Sunday to win his second career title.

Matosevic fought off eight break points in the second set before Anderson benefited from the Aussie’s unforced errors to close it out in the tiebreaker.

“I think at the end, I felt I was mentally composed throughout,” Anderson said. “I didn’t let any patches of bad tennis affect my mindset…It’s my first one in the United States, which is great. I feel apart from South Africa, this is my new home. My wife Kelsey was here for the weekend.”

Anderson improved to 2-1 in career finals, and Matosevic, who had never won back-to-back matches before this week, dropped to 0-1. “My energy levels were pretty low,” said Matosevic. “I just couldn’t serve well today, but credit to Kevin. He was the better player today.”

Chinese Taipei qualifier Hsieh Su-Wei was the surprise winner of the WTA Kuala Lumpur title, outlasting No. 5 seed Petra Martic who retired with heat illness at 2-6, 7-5, 4-1 ret.

Earlier in the day Martic was drained in a three-set semifinal make-up win over No. 2 seed Jelena Jankovic, saving a match point after three hours on court. Su-Wei’s BMW Malaysian Open title was only the second WTA title for a player from Chinese Taipei after six-time winner Wang Shi-Ting.

“I never expected to win this,” said the 26-year-old Su-Wei on her first WTA title. “It wasn’t easy for me as I couldn’t sleep upon arriving and had to play the very next day. In a way I was lucky, but this week will be with me for as long as I can remember.”

In the all-Spanish men’s Acapulco final, David Ferrer improved to 18-1 on the year, defeating Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco 6-1, 6-1 for his third straight Abierto Mexicano Telcel crown.

Ferrer was 3-6 on clay against Hot Sauce entering the match but dominated his compatriot with the giant lefty forehand.

“I felt I was very solid and my game went really well,” Ferrer said. “As Fernando hits so hard, I knew I had to be solid and counter him and I think I did it very well, especially at the beginning. I also know Fernando didn’t play his best tennis today but that’s tennis. You have good days and sometimes bad days.”

Ferrer improved to 14-14 in career finals while Hot Sauce dropped to 5-12.

In the all-Italian women’s final at Acapulco, Sara Errani defeated Flavia Pennetta 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-0 for the Abierto Mexicano Telcel championship, also claiming the doubles title with Roberta Vinci.

Errani improved to 3-3 in career finals, her first title since 2008, while Pennetta fell to 9-13 in career finals. It was the seventh consecutive Acapulco final reached for Pennetta.

“I made a lot of mistakes in the tiebreak and in the third set I was tired physically and it went really fast,” Pennetta said.


NADAL, SPANISH ATHLETES NO DOPES? — The Spanish tennis federation says it is going to sue TV channel Canal Plus France for using its logo in a satirical video that suggested Rafael Nadal and other Spanish athletes are dopers. The French satire puppet show “Les Guignols” showed, according to the NYT, “a Nadal-like puppet urinating into his car’s gas tank before speeding off. The video ends with the message, ‘Spanish athletes: they don’t win by chance,’ displayed among the logos of several Spanish sports federations…” Funny stuff. Better lawyer-up. The incident was on the same day the Court of Arbitration for Sport suspended the Spanish cyclist Alberto “I must have eaten some tainted meat” Contador for two years for doping, and after late last year Yannick Noah wrote a column in Le Monde saying Spanish athletes were dopers.

In Dubai, Roger Federer went on a rambling jag on retaking the No. 1 ranking: “I’m a believer that if I do things the right way it will come back. I just have to keep working hard and hopefully I’ll get back to it and break the record. I feel like if I play really well from here ’til the US Open, obviously there’s a shot. But then there’s a shot for probably 10 players to do that. I feel like I’m on a good run right now. I’ve won a lot of tournaments in a short period of time, which obviously gives me a lot of confidence. But the focus right now is to try and play well day-by-day, make sure I get through a tough stretch here between Dubai and Miami. World No. 1 will probably be decided for the majority of players between the French Open and US Open period where there are so many highlights.”…In her recently-release memoir, Spanish Fed Cup captain Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario says her parents mismanaged her $60 million in career earnings and she is now broke, and estranged from her parents and brothers Emilio and Javier. She also says she owes boatloads in back taxes…Kei Nishikori wasn’t born yet when Japan was last in the Davis Cup World Group…Venus Williams is on the entry list for Miami, and has also entered Charleston…Fernando Gonzalez held an emotional press conference in Chile announcing that the ATP event in Miami will be his last. “I realized that I didn’t have the energy that I needed, nor am I prepared to do all I need to in order to be where I want to be,” said Gonzalez, who over the years has fought against back, knee, hip and other injuries. “Given the respect tennis deserves, I have decided to step aside. Tennis has given me some incredible experiences, and I’ve met many admirable, wonderful people.”…Caroline Wozniacki says it’s nice not to be the No. 1-ranked player: “It’s just nice that actually I don’t get the question every press conference, ‘You’re No. 1 but haven’t won a Grand Slam?’ So at least I get that off my back and I can actually just play and people don’t get disappointed if I lose a finals or semifinals, which, you know, would be a disaster before. Now someone else can have that, and I can just play.”…After dealing with so many injuries of late, Andy Roddick tells USA Today he is lowering his expectations in 2012, but still looks to re-enter the Top 10: “My mindset right now isn’t winning Wimbledon. It’s getting healthy and getting right and putting numerous matches together in a row.” Roddick (or his pride) added that his long-time critics who say he shouldn’t stand 10 feet behind the baseline and should go for his forehand more can suck it. “I’m not an idiot. I understand the process of tennis. I know how to play tennis. I’ve done it for a long time. I have been very good at it.”…Here comes the oil money — The USTA announced that (no joke) Emirates Airline is now the “Official Airline of the US Open” and the title sponsor of the “Emirates Airline US Open Series” for the next seven years…Congrats on your new three-year racquet deal with Babolat Sam Querrey, how many first round matches have you lost since picking up that thing? Maybe the cash should have followed the results instead of hoping for the reverse…Kim Clijsters has pulled from Indian Wells due to her ongoing ankle injury…Roger Federer reportedly received $1 million under the table to play Rotterdam…How much did Mardy Fish NOT receive from Memphis to blow off the event and play Marseille (France) the same week?…Lleyton Hewitt will be out of action for roughly four months after foot surgery.

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26 Comments for Federer, Anderson, Ferrer, Su-Wei, Errani Add ATP/WTA Titles; X-Notes

Angel Says:

Carlo I think you should stop expecting explanations for the Fedal H2H, because if you try to find some argument that in some way diminish Roger’s greatness then you’d be finding an argument that would also affect Rafa’s greatness. Tennis is a Match-up sport and Rafa is just a bad Match-up for Roger, which doesn’t mean that Rafa is a better tennis player than Roger. Even the most ardent Rafa fans (who know a bit of tennis) know that Roger has a far superior technique and has dominated the sport in a level that Rafa simply hasn’t and never will, although most of them would never recognize it. Just my thoughts. Good Night.

jc Says:

“I’m not an idiot. I understand the process of tennis. I know how to play tennis. I’ve done it for a long time. I have been very good at it.” LOL Exactly the kind of attitude why he never regained that No.1 ranking

Dave Says:

“Roger Federer reportedly received $1 million under the table to play Rotterdam.” That’s actually a low appearance fee for Federer, who actively helped Richard Krajicek make 2012 Rotterdam the best attended, well sponsored and most successful and profitable in tournament history. Almost every Tournament Director (except Serbia and Madrid) wants Federer because his presence sells tickets, brings in sponsors and Federer helps the business end of tourneys. Nadal reportedly received US$1.5 million under the table to play 2010 Bangkok (in a poor country), according to the Bangkok newspapers quoting Bangkok organizers. Nadal conveniently lost in the semifinals to No. 54 ranked player — a claycourter from Spain. How much did Djokovic receive to play Dubai? Probably more than $1 million plus the nepotism of getting his brother a wildcard over 900 higher ranked players.

Dave Says:

“In Dubai, Roger Federer went on a rambling jag on retaking the No. 1 ranking”. It wasn’t rambling nor was it a jag. It was a response to a reporter’s question. And it was a realistic and truthful comment on what can and needs to be done for Federer to have a shot at reclaiming the No.1 ranking he held for 285 weeks. Any top player who is not plotting to win the No. 1 ranking should not be competing. See my posts in this thread for the scenarios:

ATP Rankings Points earned since Jan 1, 2012:
1 Djokovic, Novak (SRB) 2,180
2 Federer, Roger (SUI) 1,820
3 Nadal, Rafael (ESP) 1,440
4 Ferrer, David (ESP) 1,360
5 Murray, Andy (GBR) 1,270
6 Del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG) 1,135
7 Raonic, Milos (CAN) 930
8 Berdych, Tomas (CZE) 920
9 Almagro, Nicolas (ESP) 670
10 Melzer, Jurgen (AUT) 647
11 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA) 610
12 Nishikori, Kei (JPN) 490

Roger de Vries Says:

Good post Dave, Rotterdam was a huge success and it got ten times more press and attention in Holland than it got in the last 6 years.
I’m sure Krajicek would have paid $1,5 million if Roger refused to come otherwise.

I found the wildcard to Marko Djokovic kind of appalling. I know that’s why it’s a wildcard but why not give it to someone who has worked his butt off and made a good comeback, or at least a tennis player from the Middle East. Good work by the Djokovic family empire!;)

Wog boy Says:

Dave, you lost the plot.

What is you problem with Serbia and Djokovic family.

Show me evidence that Serbian Open doesn’t want Roger, find out what is the budget of 250 tournament in Belgrade where is average wages 400 Euros a MONTH.

I am disgusted with your comment, you finally showed your face and you real self. I despise you and your comment.

Michael Says:

It is better to avoid baseless allegations. We well know that appearance money is one thing which the top players demand and there is no exception to this. The top players have earned their place and have all the right in the world to demand what they want. It is up to the Tournament Directors to accept their demand or not and they will naturally respond favourably if they merit it. I completely agree with Wog Boy who is irritated with Dave’s comment about Novak. It is not in good taste.

grendel Says:


Your comment:”The top players have earned their place and have all the right in the world to demand what they want” reminded me (in a way) of a famous quip in Shakespear, which goes something like this: First geezer:”I can call forth monsters from the vasty deep”. 2nd geezer:”aye, and so can I and so can any man. The point is, will they come?”

So, in the same spirit, a top tennis player, or for that matter a lowly tennis player, can ask for anything he wants. The question is: will he get it? The answer seems to lie in economics, capitalism the American Way. I don’t know that “right” has anything to do with it.

alison hodge Says:

i dont agree that top players should have the right, to demand what the want for choosing to play a tourney,especially when they get paid a fortune in the 1st place,it smacks of greed,they choose to play and are really lucky to be doing a job that they enjoy so much,but they are not gods and are not bigger than the sport itself imo.

the_mind_reels Says:

Wog boy:

Not clear to me from Dave’s post that he has anything against Djokovic or his family (though he can answer that if he likes). The notion that a tournament’s wild card, generally speaking, should go to a “local” player or a lower-ranked player with recent good results who might make a spark of things seems entirely reasonable and is a common practice. Marko Djokovic is certainly not a local player (though, to be fair, last time I checked the UAE doesn’t have (m)any players inside the top 1000), nor has he posted any numbers to speak about in his (still young) career. Lifetime, he’s 0-1 at the ATP tour level and 1-6 at the challenger level. Clearly, he wasn’t a “random” choice.

That all said, unless Novak wasn’t planning on playing this past week at all, it seems the tournament wouldn’t have had to do him any extra favors (beyond an appearance fee) to play, as he’s played in Dubai many times and had points there to defend.

Perhaps “appalling” is a bit strong, but I did find it a little strange. The last direct acceptance was 93 — surely there was someone else inside the top, say, 500 with a little more momentum?

Fwiw, I agree with grendel.

the_mind_reels Says:

(Ps. I stand corrected: Omar Awadhy (UAE) was granted one of the wild card slots to Dubai. He similarly got clobbered first round.)

Ajet Says:

Why would Serbia not want Roger to attend its tournament, if only it could afford!

And so far as the demand made by top players goes, they can make it subject only to the greater interest of the whole tennis community, and not just to suit their own interst. I agree with alison there.

Ajet Says:

And somhow, I happen to think that no tournament wants Roger to play in it more than Madrid; if not for anything else, then at least to witness their local guy nadal whipping the butt of mr. roger federer! Right? ;)

jane Says:

“Almost every Tournament Director (except Serbia and Madrid) wants Federer because his presence sells tickets, brings in sponsors and Federer helps the business end of tourneys.”

Evidence for the “except Serbia & Madrid comment? Do you have proof that these directors do not “want Federer” at their events or is it just a dig at Nadal and Nole (given these are similar to their “home” events.

I take it this is the issue that offended Wog Boy, not the wild card which has already had its own thread.

Brando Says:

I agree with jane. Where is the evidence for the directors of Madrid and Serbia open not wanting fed at their tourny? I bet both would like him to attend- question is can they afford him? Now I do not know the budget of the Serbia open, but considering that it is a 250 tourny, then I guess maybe Feds appearance fee would be too much MAYBE for them to ask him to attend. Madrid, on the other hand, is run by a Romanian billionaire who can afford his fee, hence roger shows up. It looks a bit stupid to say Madrid do not want him, when federer attends – and possibly gets an appearance fee for doing so?

carlo Says:

Angel, okay, I need to try and be as clear as possible with you, in all seriousness.

I am not trying to diminish Roger Federer’s greatness. That is pretty amusing, actually.

Nadal, however has taken a little off the Federer, imo, and deserves credit. My wanting Dave’s defense of Fedal H2H was more a curiosity on a slow tennis day. So, per your request and the fact Dave is busy at the moment about Federer getting back to no. 1, I will postpone hopes for anything H2H related. ;)

Polo Says:

I don’t mind if Federer does not get back to number one. But if he does, that would be so great I wouldn’t ask for any more Christmas present. That is what is good about being an admirer of Federer. He could stop now and I would still be satisfied. Since he continues to play and win against very good players who are supposedly in their prime years, I feel like I am now in my dessert course. And what sweet and delicious desserts I have been having.

dari Says:

Are you allowed to receive a fee for a mandatory 1000 event?! no way

i think by the except madrid or serbia comment only means that they will sell out the tickets without fed at all because they native starts will sell all those tickets

dari Says:

wow. typos bad

“the native stars will sell all those tickets”

jane Says:

What, no evidence?

Leon Says:

Jane, you made me smiling. Do you seriously expect Dave quoting some tournament director who publicly announced Roger undesirable? Or smth similar “well-documented”? Evidence? Are we under trial?

Well, Wog Boy is of Serbian origin, so he obviously overreacted (am not risking to go deeper in such issues). But others?…Dave’s comment (caused by some disrespectful, in his opinion, tone of that TX-news, so he instinctively involved Roger’s main rivals into his response) was not diplomatic, sure, but grounded enough. I think, in that specific Belgrade-Madrid point, too. Look, Belgrade is Novak’s “home” event; moreover, it’s his family business! Not too much people are eager to risk seeing their national hero defeated by his main rival – and such a case is of noticeable probability. If you add the well-known absence of, softly speaking, any special love between either players or, moreover, broader family or social circles, etc, then Dave’s assumption seems reasonable, at least to some extent. Mirroring Basel is not adequate (although I suspect Roger was not too happy learning the last-year Basel entry list…or was he? I wonder what was Novak’s appearance fee in Basel?). Madrid, being a mandatory event, should formally be out of discussion. However, had it be in, similar reasons would work; moreover, it never was too successful for Rafael, his achievements there are equal to those of Roger’s, and if you remember Manolo Santana’s (who was perfectly diplomatic, really, once saying that Roger would never beat Rafael – I don’t remember where I read that, though!) face during the award ceremony in 2009, then you’ll perhaps agree that Dave is not too far from reality. So on.

jane Says:

Hi Leon, Well, yes. I was serious. Sort of. But I’ll get back to that. In most of the posts we see from Dave, he speculate, but he has also claimed that speculations should be backed up with evidence, and therefore many of his posts contain multiple links.

Yet, when 3 or 4 posters commented on this speculative statement he made (in parentheses – so slipped into his main point), he ignored us. Seems to go against what he asks of others.

But, more specifically to your points: When Nole played Basel in 2009, I believe it was, or whatever year he won there, I read that Nole’s family and Roger’s family had dinner. Moreover, while they may not be best friends, it’s clearl to me that Nole and Fed respect one another and their handshakes and contests (they always bring their best when they play each other) is suggestive of that respect.

Perhaps that so-called feud between the families or dislike between the players is hyped up? Or perhaps it’s just simply passed. Things do change in real life, so far as I know. Nothing is written in stone. After all, most of that stuff that created the dislike or tension took place in 2006-8. Since then Nole has matured nicely. Since then his family have played a quieter role; they weren’t even in any celebratory pictures at the Australian Open – were they there? Were they in his box? My point is that people change and thus relations between people are also mutable so far as I know.

Besides which, from a purely business perspective, I am sure that the Belgrade tournament would be happy to have ANY big names they could get to play there as it would attract more spectators. Are you kidding me?! People would line up for blocks to see Nole/Fed or Nole/Rafa play there in that tiny-ish stadium – relatively speaking.

But let’s face it – they aren’t going to get Rafa because he will always play Barcelona if he plays a smaller clay event. And they aren’t going to get Fed either, because historically he has always played Monte Carlo (or Estoril if he misses Monte Carlo). Murray, too, usually plays Monte Carlo. Why do they play there? Well, for starters they could win 1000 points! Better than 250? Erm, yeah. Not rocket science.

The clay season is packed with Madrid and Rome masters plus the FO, so if the top guys play a non-manditory event, why would they go to Belgrade and play for 250 points? Heck, I read that even Nole might not play there this year! Basically it’s a lower tier event, and that Fed has never played there (I would guess) has everything to do with practical concerns, like the schedule and points, and nothing to do with whether the tournament director wants him there. That’s just pure speculation that doesn’t even make sense from a business point of view or from a player’s point of view. The fact that Dave added in Madrid, as you note, is odd, since it’s mandatory. So…um. I don’t get it. Maybe that’s why that little aside seemed like an indirect dig at Rafa and Nole more than anything.

I may even be able to find links to support my thoughts – if I felt the need to append links to my posts. But I don’t. Because this is a blog. Occasionally I may offer one if it seems of interest more than anything. Anyhow…

Leon – back to my first point – no I wasn’t being serious about the evidence. I was being facetious because Dave sometimes asks others to *prove* or back up their speculations with “facts”, so I was calling him out a little, or having a go, if you will.

My tongue was in my cheeky. I was being cheeky. I am cheekied out now.

Wog boy Says:

Leon, you think I overreacted and I don’t think so, we wiil leave it there.
Leon, how many 250 tournaments Federer played…last year..year before last…..year before…before…? Are you with me? When you know this, and the person we are talking about knows this, why would you talk about that? Doesn’t make any sense to mention Serbia Open unless….you can finish my sentence! Why would drag somebodys family, why would you talk about WC and again somebodys family when that has nothing to do with this thread unless …..
Do you really believe that Goran Djokovic (ATP licensee) should give $1mil to play in the country where unemployment is 30-35% and those who have a job are lucky if they are payed on time.
Do you believe that Federer would give Novak same money if his family is in charge of 250 ATP in his country, mind you Basel is 500.
When you know these things, and the person we are talking about knows, it is not rocket sience to work out motives and intentions, don’t you think so?
One more thing, my Serbian origin has nothing to do with my understanding of fairplay, few months ago on the other thread that was about some Montenegrin football fans chanting F words about Federer, somebody posted abusive post with F word about Federer and signed as ProudSerb, or something like that. I posted reply to that “Serb” telling him what I think about him, I didn’t care if he was Serb, and I wasn’t using diplomatic language.

I don’t regret one single word that I wrote as reponse to
neither of these two persons, whatever they are names are!

Leon Says:

Oh, well, I’d better not comment at all, I knew that in advance. Silly me.

Jane, I think we rather understand each other than not, so no special need to clarify where we disagree on minor points. And let’s leave Dave alone, he has his own voice and hardly needs me replacing him. But please explain me two things, I admit I happen to be so simple-minded sometimes.

You see, I considered Barcelona, Basel and Belgrade as mostly home tournaments for each of these three excellent players, and supposed a sort of “gentleman agreement” not to spoil the party to each other – there are plenty of other occasions to directly compete. Even schedule-fees-mandatory issues aside (btw, all of them could be overcome by mutual good will, strong wish, etc), it was hard to me to imagine, say, Roger in Barcelona, Nadal in Basel, not saying about Belgrade, so on. When Novak appeared in Basel in 2009, it was a bit strange – just a little bit, no? – but one could argue that at that time he still was not a full peer to RN and RF, so it did not look over-demonstrative. But in 2011? already being undisputed #1, having 10-1? what for? to kill the former lion in his den? That, plus an awkward Murray’s attempt, has entailed Federer seeded #3 (in Basel!), and I doubt he was too happy with that. Was all that looking so smooth? I realize you can cite many counter-arguments, but nevertheless…just at first glance…am I too biased?

The second (really sorry to irritate Wog boy, love him, but still). When some celebrity or his family behave in not too universally accepted way, they (and their fans) of course realize that it will not be forgotten in a day. So they agree to live with it, at least for some prolonged time. Or do you really see nothing special in that wild card story, Jane? I think it was unexampled. Again, one could only smile at that Bangkok-2008 WC, but Dubai-2012, elite main draw-32, that Jaziri story? Yes, WCs never had rigorous rules, but so far there existed some code (competition, preference to proven young hopes or past/injured celebrities, etc, or at least local citizenship, even in the McEnroe case the latter worked). Dubai-2012 established a sad record, granting even two WCs just by family status. As one Novak’s fan noted here on TX, the organizers should be happy to give WCs even for Novak’s barber and driver, had he asked them. Next time it will be some progress, we should think. Monte Carlo? AO? Two bros at once? Well, do you consider this normal? I am not so ready…so far…perhaps, after several years of ND domination I’ll be wiser…

Please understand me correctly. I have nothing against Novak. Nobody is saint, Roger included, and if we compare situation in tennis with those in, say, football or boxing, then we should consider ourselves extremely happy with our elite players. That does not mean that some their actions cannot be reasonably discussed, whatever time or fashion Dave or anybody else chooses for that.

Wog boy Says:

Leon, no, you don’t irritate me. Everybody is free to post their opinion and the rest to agree or disagree. It happened that I disagreed, that is about it.
Let us watch some good tennis in IW, and let the better prevail…….NOVAK DJOKOVIC :-)

jane Says:


Of course you should speak up whenever you want!

Re: Basel – hmm, I never thought of it that way, i.e, that Nole was off limits at Basel, or Murray. Maybe schedule considerations are relevant here though. The players have to play a certain number of 500 and 250 events don’t they? In which case, maybe they plot those out early in the year. Also, it may be that post-USO, when all the slams are done, the players assess or reassess their points situation and add events if they can. In 2009 Nole was looking to make a good run post-USO by the looks of it. In 2011, Nole just missed the entire Asian swing so he probably thought I’ll just play Europe. Based on Nole and Fed’s teams posing together for pictures and the two hitting together pre-Basel this year, i didn’t get the impression that Fed minded. I don’t know. Maybe i don’t see it as a slight by playing the other guy’s “home” tournament but actually as a compliment.

As for the WC, I didn’t really comment on the issue when it had its own thread, and I didn’t refer to Dave’s comment again about it. I prefer not to say too much on it now – in short, it’s complicated and can be looked at a few ways.. I understand that for higher ranked players it must feel like a slight when someone lower ranked gets the WC; I also understand that local tournaments give local players wildcards (e.g., Canada always has Dancevic, Pospisl and Raonic, and did so even when they weren’t ranked as well as now); and finally I also understand that tournament directors give favours and appearance fees to attract top players. Now, I am taking a wild guess, here, but if Fed or Rafa had a little bro whom they wanted to help get a spot at an event, I am sure a tournament director would help them out too. It’s the way of business – not that it’s necessarily the fairest thing ever, but the reality. In the end, he lost first round to Golubev. Maybe another wild card would’ve lost too. We don’t know. It’s water under the bridge to me. Not much more to say.

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