D Cup: Croatia 3, Ecuador 0
Posted by gauloises1 on March 7, 2010
Never in doubt.
You have to feel a little sorry for Ecuador’s sibling team of Nicolas and Giovanni Lapentti, who were properly up against it this weekend. I was interested to see (or rather scoreboard) the match between Nico Lapentti and Ivo Karlovic, because it seems like every round these guys are going five sets for heroic wins/painful losses. They didn’t disappoint, with Karlovic coming back from two sets to one down to win 64 in the fifth. After which Marin Cilic dismissed Giovanni in three sets and got on with his main occupation of being too cute for words.
High fives are a serious thing, you know. Not to be taken lightly.
Ecuador/the Lapenttis were left with the task of winning the doubles to keep the tie alive against the lanky Croats.
They didn’t manage it, falling in three tight sets and leaving the Croatians with nothing to do except demonstrate that they’re not nearly as good at hugging as they have been in the past.
Not natural huggers, are they?
Still, huge congratulations to Team Gangle on a drama-free win and progressing into the quarterfinals for the zillionth time. They’ll be up against either the United States or Serbia next. Which could be … interesting. Quick, have some more pictures.
R1 – I.KARLOVIC (CRO) def. N.LAPENTTI (ECU)
6-2 5-7 6-7(2) 6-3 6-4
R2 – M.CILIC (CRO) def. G.LAPENTTI (ECU)
6-4 6-3 6-3
R3 – M.CILIC / I.KARLOVIC (CRO) def. G.LAPENTTI / N.LAPENTTI (ECU)
7-6(3) 6-3 7-5