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Is This Thing On?

Posted by gauloises1 on May 5, 2010

Sorry for the long hiatus in posting. It was a bank holiday here in the UK and that means a lot of, well, not sitting in front of a computer. Then I was too depressed to blog. But I’m here, my sexual orientation is none of your business, and let’s have a look at what I missed over the weekend, shall we?

 

Rafa won the Rome Masters for the fifth time in six years. This is the sort of thing that happens. It’s his 17th Masters title, equalling Andre Agassi’s record. That sort of thing happens more rarely. And it’s Madrid next week, so who wants to take bets on how long that record is going to stand? Anyone?

Spare a thought for Ferru, though, who beat Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (thanks to AmyLu for the reminder!) and Fernando Verdasco to reach the final, only to be soundly beaten … again.

Just go hang out with Boss, David. At least he buys you dinner when he beats you.

While we’re thought-sparing, how about Fernando Verdasco? He outlasted Djokovic in a three-set epic, only to run out of gas against Ferru – understandably, after his excellent showings in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. Nobody’s going to want him anywhere near them in the draw in Madrid – or Paris.

The same (ish) goes for Ernests Gulbis, who backed up his win over Federer by reaching the semis and becoming the first player to break Rafa’s serve or take a set from him all week. Can we consider him tennistically resurrected?

Hope so.

Meanwhile in Stuttgart, other oddly familiar things were afoot.

Justine Henin beat Samantha Stosur for the first title of her comeback. I can’t quite figure out how I feel about Justine these days. But that’s by the by to a hearty well done. Going to give a shout-out though to Sam Stosur – she really can play on clay, if that Roland Garros semi-final didn’t clue you in already – and Anna Lapushchenkova, who qualified into the draw and beat Govortsova, Azarenka and Safarova on her way to the semi-finals. The jury’s out on whether she’s a thing, but I thought she played really well all week.

On the subject of people who might be things, the de-boobed Simona Halep reached the finals of Fes in only her third tour event.

She lost to Iveta Benesova, but still.

And that is what happened while I was on a bender. I think.

4 Responses to “Is This Thing On?”

  1. AmyLu said

    Hope you had a great weekend! And I wish the US had bank holidays…I’d give anything for a three day weekend right now.

    Rafa’s form in the Hanescu match had me thinking back to 2008, but his weekend form was not nearly as high. I was really impressed with Gulbis — I think Rafa’s tactics in the match were horrific, as he didn’t adjust to the fact that Gulbis’ BH was holding up really and I don’t know where his DTL FH went, but in spite of that fact, Gulbis’ play was phenomenal. He really went for his shots, his serving was mostly clutch, and I expected him to wear down physically at some point since he had a long week of tennis, but he seemed very fit at the end of the match. But, overall very happy with Rome — I think Rafa needed to win when not everything was firing on all cylinders, particularly after his losses in IW and Miami.

    For Ferru, I thought he had a great week (and I also think beating Tsonga, even if it was on clay, was a great win for him, along with the Murray and Verdasco wins). I’m hoping he’ll continue on this form in Madrid and RG.

  2. amberfan said

    Welcome back G :)
    We had a long weekend here too so I understand completely.
    You did great on your return though in sumarizing what happened over the weekend.
    Great wins for Rafa & Justine (even if somewhat expected) and excellent showing by Samantha Stosur and the other Spanish players, esp David. Special mention to Gulbis also, here is hoping he can remain consistent…

  3. amberfan said

    Oops by the way I voted for Gulbis as JMDP stand in :)

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