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Spaniard on Spaniard.

Posted by gauloises1 on January 24, 2011

All is set for the fifteenth meeting between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer. Imagine my excitement.

Rafa, wearing what for him is a distinctly baggy shirt, looks to be recovered from his fever and put in probably his best performance of the tournament so far in defeating Marin Cilic 62 64 63. He didn’t play his best, but he really didn’t have to; it was businesslike more than anything, not expending too much energy and giving Marin enough rope to hang himself (these days, a tennis racquet).

It’s a step forward for Marin to have won three consecutive matches to get this far, but his performance today was a perfect example of everything that’s bedevilled his game for the last 12 months; lack of first serves, lack of confidence, lack of confidence and lack of confidence. He consistently managed to get to 30 or deuce on Rafa’s serve, but from there only got three break points which he couldn’t convert, and he didn’t help his cause by getting irritated by Rafa’s slow pace of play, which will never change despite getting twice warned by the umpire. He wasn’t anywhere near good enough today.

David Ferrer was too good for young Canadian qualifier Milos Raonic, who took the first set but couldn’t sustain the red-hot quality of play that has got him through the tournament so far. Hurt by a lack of first serves, he was predictably outsteadied by Ferru, who played well and was sweet to him at the net.

I really wish I could muster some excitement about Nadal-Ferrer in the quarterfinals, but there’s a reason that Ferrer’s not won since 2007, and as well as he’s playing right now, I don’t see that changing.

Enjoy happy Ferru while it lasts.

6 Responses to “Spaniard on Spaniard.”

  1. lauren said

    Poor Ferru, no-one notices/cares that he’s still in the tournament, then he has to face Rafa and we’re all disappointed by the sheer certainty of the result. Poor little ninja turtle. At least he doesn’t have bananafeet like Raonic in the 2nd last photo.

    • gauloises1 said

      I know. I’ve ignored him for 3 rounds and now I’m making fun of him. I feel a bit bad 😦

      • lauren said

        Doubly tragic as you promised him some blog support then disappeared into cryogenic stasis for an eternity. I promise not to mention Ferru again if you promise to keep blogging. 😉

      • AmyLu said

        Not going to lie, Ferru scares me a bit this tournament. He’s playing really, really well — and while I’d obviously be disappointed if Rafa loses, I’ll be very happy for Ferru if he pulls off the upset. I don’t have the best feeling about this match. One thing I know for sure is that it will most likely be ugly — the two of them often bring out the errors in each other, due to their defense. None of their matches have been particularly aesthetically pleasing (tennis-wise, I mean 😉 ).

  2. harini said

    I might hop on the Ferru train for this matchup. I love Rafa, always will, but I’d love to see Ferru get this. It probably won’t happen but you never know!

  3. naughty T....urbane gentleman said

    hahaha.. oh yes .. Rafa should be mighty scared of Ferru those wins back in 2007 must weigh heavily… or perhaps the one in 2004.

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