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Kuala Lumpur: You Better Win This, Kolya

Posted by gauloises1 on October 4, 2009

How many times do I have to tell people that Fernando Verdasco is pure evil? (Although at the end of that Janko video there were a couple of seconds of ‘Nando’ footage that tell me I’m not going to be able to keep that argument going for much later without being basically a massive bitch). Anyway, he beat Gonzo in straight sets, 64 75. And that for me is proof enough. 

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He’s getting a lot of mileage out of giving away his smashed racquets, isn’t he?

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And no Elf to come pick him up. Sadness.

So I’m pinning all my hopes on Kolya, who made inroads on his 2-5 H2H against Soderling by beating him 16 76(1) 62 – first time since 2007, incidentally. He’s 5-1 up against Verdasco. I really hope this is a good omen of some sort. Go Kolya!

13 Responses to “Kuala Lumpur: You Better Win This, Kolya”

  1. Julia said

    Maybe Fena will get another chance to get picked up by Delpo when they play their exho at Rosario in December. If not before.

  2. Mlle. Marseillaise (a.k.a Joan) said

    I know what you mean. I saw the clip from the video and I felt warm and fuzzy when I saw it and kind of like a bitch for hating him but I just have to say that there is a reason he is known as “FeVer.” Heh, I may start calling him “hamthrax” or maybe “Spanish Influenza.”

  3. linex said

    Gonzo out of control is a familiar scene. I have to say that he is a real showman. The exception was that last set he lost to Nadal 6-0 at the Us Open he did not have the energy even for breaking his racquet that day.

    I am surprised with this result from Verdasco, suppoesdly he was injured, he actually had two injuries an abdominal and another one on his foot. He even thought of surgery on his foot and therefore quit the Davis Cup Semifinal the past week. I know he decided to play and wait to have surgery done but when a player takes this approach you always feel that he is less than 100 % which in today´s demanding ATP circuit is giving too much an advantage. But well Nalbandian played injured for almost a year until he finally decided to have hip surgery.

    Kolya is certainly the favourite in the final.

    Gauloises did you receive my emails with the Delpo info?

  4. gauloises1 said

    I did, linex! Thanks so much, I’ve been out most of the day and I’m just catching up on stuff right now.

  5. AmyLu said

    Go Kolya! I was so, so happy he beat Soderling. I was beyond surprised that he won. I actually don’t dislike Soderling, but I have such a soft spot for Kolya, and lately Soderling has completely owned him, so I think this was a huge win for him.

  6. gauloises1 said

    Who doesn’t have a soft spot for Kolya? And yes, I think until today Soderling had won their four most recent meetings (going back through 2008), so a really good win for him.

    I should check to see how his prospects of making the WTFs are looking. One assumes they are solid.

  7. AmyLu said

    I’m pretty sure Kolya’s in 8th place for the WTFs? I know Soderling is in about 11th or so — he’ll need to play well this fall to qualify, but I definitely could see him sneaking in one of the last spots.

  8. a-tennislover said

    Good Luck Nando!!! Send Kolya on to China empty handed. You’ve been working hard, and you deserve to win.

  9. Bismarck said

    kolya is 8th in the rankings right now, but has more to defend in the indoor season than söderling for example.
    if you just look at the year-to-date points you get a more accurate picture of the “race” as of now:
    1. federer 9855
    2. rafa 8145 (YE-no.1 is almost in the bag for federer)
    3. muzz 6040
    4. delpo(!) 5655
    5. nole 5640
    6. rod 4230
    7. sauce 2930
    8. gonzo 2555
    9. söd 2370
    10. kolya 2155
    11. wilfried 2050

    the above are the standings before bangkok/kuala lumpur, after it kolya and söd should be pretty even.

  10. imtotallyrad said

    oh….my poor sexy fernando lost =(… an equally sexy fernando for sure but still he lost…i just want to run up to him and give him a hug in that last picture…id do other stuff to but you know how crazy japanese people are with cameras! i wouldnt want that stuff all up over youtube!…or would i??? 😉

  11. Juan José said

    Ahh, thanks much, Bismarck. I couldn’t find “race” points on the ATP website (can I mention I hate the redesign of it?!?). Well, the end of the year seems like it could be really exciting, especially since all of the players vying for the last spots (minus Verdasco) have had strong indoor seasons in the past.

  12. AmyLu said

    Sorry, the post from JJ was actually one I wrote. Thanks again, Bismarck! (and nice to “chat” with you here, too! I hope all is well with school and things aren’t too gloomy your way! 😉 ).

  13. irefusetotellyou said

    Uh-oh … AmyLu is infiltrating at all sides!

    That is a pretty spectacularly smashed raquet. Love the guys expression who got it — pure unfettered JOY!

    Anywho. What with his bad loss against Rafa and now this …

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