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Further Adventures in Exhibitionism

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010

Well, he’s back. Juan Martin del Potro kicked off his 2010 season with a straightforward 63 63 victory over Ivan Ljubicic at the Kooyong AAMI Classic.

What can you really tell from an exo, though? Mainly that he hasn’t forgotten how to hit a tennis ball. Not that that stops people from writing rather unconvinced-sounding articles about the increased parity at the top of men’s tennis, etc., etc. …

Del Potro isn’t the package yet. But he thinks he can be the world’s best player and, indeed, that is one of his ambitions for 2010.

”I feel confident,” he said, when asked if he saw himself in the company of the dynastic duo. ”Of course, to beat Roger in the [US Open] final give to me a lot of motivation and confidence to keep, keep trying, keep working and when I get to the court with Roger, ‘Rafa’, I don’t feel too much different, and that [is] important for the career, for the future, and of course if I want to fight for the No. 1.”

Del Potro sounded almost blase about his lofty goals for 2010: ”Maybe win another grand slam, or fighting for the first position.”

Ljubicic, who had the rare experience of looking up at an opponent yesterday (Del Potro, at 198 centimetres, is five centimetres taller), reckoned Del Potro could be a future No. 1, with this rider: ”He will definitely need to play more consistent than what he was doing last year. I mean, he won the US Open, but he didn’t win a match until Paris, so if he wants to get to that level he will definitely need to be more consistent.”


Novak Djokovic not only defeated the often problematic Tommy Haas 62 63, he also – and possibly more importantly – debuted his brand new Sergio Tacchini threads:

Not much to write home about, are they? Although it’s a lovely colour on Nole, and at least he escaped this sort of thing:

Fortunately Verdasco’s game was looking better than his shirt, as he beat Fernando Gonzalez 75 61 in what by all accounts was a rather strange match. Gonzo got hit in the unmentionables by a first serve during Verdasco’s first service game, and thereafter was just … Gonzo, not that he needs an excuse.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rounded off proceedings by beating Robin Soderling, 76(0) 61. I must confess I missed this one, but I’m surprised by the scoreline. Robin a bit patchy of late? Or am I leaping to conclusions based on two exos and one bad day in Chennai? Answers on a postcard.

Anyway, he’s cute.

Tonight’s matches:

Tommy Haas v Fernando Gonzalez
Novak Djokovic v Fernando Verdasco
Robin Soderling v Ivan Ljubicic
“Crowd Bonus” match, Andy Murray v Sam Querrey

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