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Image is Everything: Delpo Does DC (UPDATED)

Posted by gauloises1 on August 10, 2009

Just a few pictures I for some reason didn’t post earlier. Nobody minds an Elf picspam, do they? Thought not.


Taking a breather during the Gonzo match.

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Arms. That is all.

Washington Tennis

No, I don’t know what he’s doing.

Washington Tennis

In your face.


Elfhugs FTW.

Washington Tennis


Washington Tennis


“So … what are the chances of you hugging me again?”



EDIT: OK, just a couple more.

Because of all Elf’s maneouvres on the court …


… this is my favourite.

I like to think of it as the “ARGH NO DON’T LOOK AT ME!” maneouvre.

i am the champion

Look at his little face.

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Is it me, or does this photo give off a definite aura of “someone just said something they shouldn’t and now it’s REALLY AWKWARD?”

I also forgot to link to this article from the Washington Post about the final and the prospect of a “beautiful, if gentle” rivalry for years to come.

“Today was brutal,” said Roddick, 26. “It was pretty hot and obviously the play — 2 hours 20-plus [minutes] — was tough. I think he might have been feeling it more than I did. He didn’t want to get into long points and was kind of going for broke there at the end. I was rolling the dice and he hit Yahtzee a bunch of times. That’s kind of the way it goes sometimes. I think he finished up with 10 first serves in a row and there certainly wasn’t much being taken off of those so credit to him for winning the match.”

Del Potro, 20, had complained after Saturday night’s semifinal about the oppressive heat and humidity, so no one expected him to greet a 3 p.m. start on one of the hottest days of the summer with boundless enthusiasm. Indeed, he described Sunday’s conditions this way: “If you run, you die.”

So del Potro did what any right-thinking, heat-hating player would do: He served the heck out of the ball so he wouldn’t, well, die. He’s young, but not stupid.

Nice stuff.

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DC: The Elf 500

Posted by gauloises1 on August 10, 2009

Juan Martin del Potro d. Andy Roddick, 36 75 76(6)

elf dc trophy

I haven’t had a chance to watch the match yet, although I’m about to.

What did you guys think?

Also: YES. That is all.

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DC: Second Semi Surprisingly Interesting

Posted by gauloises1 on August 9, 2009

It will be Roddick vs. JMDP in the final tonight, after the American outlasted the other American in a startlingly epic contest, 67(3) 62 75. Had Isner not played a superb tiebreak in the first set, it might all have been over much more quickly. But he did and despite being visibly fatigued from his previous three set match against Tomas Berdych (and presumably still working to regain his fitness after glandular fever) hung in until the very end and made it a very exciting match.


Still don’t really like him though.

As well as Isner played, Roddick played better. Which is a sobering thought for the final later on.

Asked about the final, Roddick said:

“It will be tough … You know what you’re going to get from him. He plays at a high level every day. That’s why he’s sixth in the world.”

And for journalistic balance, here’s Elf:

It’s on.

It’s on at 3 p.m. local time (8 p.m. BST), in fact.

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DC: Elf + Gonzo = Awesome

Posted by gauloises1 on August 9, 2009

Juan Martin del Potro scored his first win over Fernando Gonzalez in four attempts today, beating the Chilean 76(2) 63 to book a spot in the finals against Andy Roddick.


It was, let’s be honest, a weird match. Neither man was playing his best. The first set was topsy-turvy, with Elf breaking and then being broken back and having to save three set points in a six-deuce game to force the tiebreak.

He was much more solid that Gonzo in the tiebreaker though and Gonzo totally faded in the second set mentally and physically, going down 5-1. Elf had a bit of a problem serving out the match, took a dramatic tumble and was pegged back before managing it at the second time of asking. He was serving at below 50% for the match and made 29 UFEs. Not his greatest performance but I think he would have taken the second set and the match even if Gonzo hadn’t faded so dramatically.


Speaking afterwards, both attributed the sometimes lacklustre tennis to the conditions:

“It was very tough for both of us,” del Potro said. “The court was so hot, and after the first set Fernando was so tired. I feel tired too, but with my serve I had short points.”

“We didn’t play good tennis,” Gonzalez said. “We were really tired and we were missing many balls.”

Nonetheless, I want these two to play each other all the time, everywhere, anywhere. They were so sweet and there was one adorable moment early in the second set where Gonzo took a bad fall during a point. He stayed down and I thought he was hurt, but then the camera showed his face and he was laughing. Elf climbed the net and pulled him to his feet and it was basically the greatest thing that ever happened.

It also led to my New Favourite Quote Of All Time:

“I was thinking, ‘Lay down with him,”’ del Potro said. “But if I do that, we’d never stand up.”


OK, so Elf struggling so much with the conditions and his stamina and his serve doesn’t bode well for tomorrow’s final with Roddick. But I can’t really care about that right now. The image of Elf lying down with Gonzo on the court, spooning him, and the two of them drifting off for a wee nap in the sun has driven all other thoughts from my mind.



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DC: All-American Semis

Posted by gauloises1 on August 8, 2009

So yeah, the other side of the draw still exists.

Andy Roddick beat Ivo Karlovic 76(4) 76(5) in a strange match that included breaks of serve on both sides, more than once.


I thought Andy was playing pretty well, actually. What did surprise me was that there was a bit of needle, which I don’t think occurs very often in an Ivo match. Maybe after whatever Blake said to him at the net in Davis Cup, he wasn’t inclined to put up with anything from any other Americans? I don’t know, rampant speculation.

Anyway, good win for Andy. He’ll play John Isner, who defeated Tomas Berdych 63 67(10) 62. I’m a bit puzzled about this to be honest. I went to bed with Isner (yuck) up a set and a break and Berdych having completely imploded. I can’t imagine how he won the second set. Maybe he just wanted to make his loyal fans suffer that little bit more? I don’t know.



So we have two North Americans in one semi and two South Americans in the other. Hmmm. I know which continent wins the hotness battle. I’m just saying.

Today’s OOP:

1 p.m: Marius Frysztenberg / Marcin Matkowski vs. Travis Parrott / Filip Polasek
Not before 3 p.m: Juan Martin del Potro vs. Fernando Gonzalez
7 p.m: Andy Roddick vs. John Isner
Martin Damm / Robert Lindstedt vs. Daniel Nestor / Nenad Zimonjic

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DC: You Know When You’ve Been Gonzo’d

Posted by gauloises1 on August 8, 2009

Gonzo earned his keep today, defeating Tommy Haas 75 64 in a match that seemed much more routine than the scoreline suggests.


I felt like it was Gonzo all the way, really. Haas was bitching and moaning from the start and while the first set scoreline was relatively tight, Gonzo just stepped it up and broke when he needed to. Haas simply imploded in the second, and had Gonzo not seen something shiny, it would have been 6-2. The man is looking good, in more ways than one.


Which is actually not great news for Elf fans, as the two will face off in the semi-finals. And Gonzo is 3-0 up in the H2H. Mind you, they haven’t played since the Australian Open in 2007 … Could be an interesting (i.e. insane-making) match.

And much as I love you, Gonzo, I’d really love it if you lost this one. I’m just saying.

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DC: Elf Walks Over Soderling

Posted by gauloises1 on August 7, 2009

Sad news: Robin Soderling has been forced to withdraw from tonight’s match with a right elbow injury.

Hope he gets better soon. And selfishly, I’m irritated. I was really looking forward to that match.

Anyway, Elf gets a walkover into the semis, where he’ll face the winner of Haas and Gonzalez.

bad moonwalk elf

Still, more time to practice the moonwalk.

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DC: Chatting With Elf

Posted by gauloises1 on August 7, 2009

Courtesy of the ATP, some face time with Juan Martin del Potro:

There’s something so *patient* about him in this video, I love it.

Also, look out for Boss wandering past around 0.50. I want to live in a world where Boss just wanders past.

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DC: The Chronicles of Roddick

Posted by gauloises1 on August 7, 2009

Andy Roddick recorded his 500th career win last night with a straight sets victory over Sam Querrey.


Why no cake, Washington? Why no cake?

Tomas Berdych survived a tough challenge from Philipp Petzchner (the genuine Triple P) and John Isner beat Sebastian de Chaunac in straight sets to complete the quarter-finals line-up.


Singles – Third Round
[1] A Roddick (USA) d [16] S Querrey (USA) 76(4) 64
[2] J Del Potro (ARG) d L Hewitt (AUS) 64 36 76(2)
[4] F Gonzalez (CHI) d W Odesnik (USA) 62 64
[5] R Soderling (SWE) d M Gicquel (FRA) 75 57 63
[8] T Berdych (CZE) d P Petzschner (GER) 46 63 63
[10] T Haas (GER) d J Ferrero (ESP) 75 26 61
[11] I Karlovic (CRO) d [Q] S Devvarman (IND) 75 61
J Isner (USA) d [Q] S de Chaunac (FRA) 62 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[5] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d S Huss (AUS) / R Hutchins (GBR) 64 75

Friday’s OOP

Stadium (starts 12 noon)
Tommy Haas vs. Fernando Gonzalez
Robin Soderling vs. Juan Martin del Potro (NB 2.30)
Fernando Gonzalez / Tommy Robredo vs. Daniel Nestor / Nenad Zimonjic
Andy Roddick vs. Ivo Karlovic (starts 7 p.m.)
John Isner vs. Tomas Berdych

Grandstand (starts 4 p.m.)
Chris Guccione / Lleyton Hewitt vs. Travis Parrott / Filip Polasek

And we FINALLY will have streaming. Hooray!

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DC: Elf Scrapes Through Rusty

Posted by gauloises1 on August 7, 2009

(If I knew how to phonetically represent a creaking sound, I would do so now.)

So, yes. Elf scored his first ever win over Lleyton Hewitt tonight, 46 63 76(2), to progress to the quarter-finals in Washington.


I will confess that my heart sunk and I wanted to cry when Elf was broken in the very first game of the match. I frankly despaired when he was broken at the start of the second. And when he squandered two match points on Hewitt’s serve and was then broken to love attempting to serve out the match, well, I’m not going to lie, things may have been broken. Fortunately, JMDP somehow won the deciding tiebreak seven points to two, and Our Hero lives to drive me crazy another day.

grumpy rustyferocious elf

Still not sold on the shorts.

Honestly, I am terrible at analysing a match when I haven’t seen it (and it didn’t help that my scoreboard kept on freezing). I’m also pretty terrible at analysing anything when I’ve been drinking since A Certain Person gets broken in his very first service game. So I’m pretty unclear about what happened out there.

I do know one thing; that’s a good win. A really good win. And on to the quarterfinals he goes.

To play Soderling.

Oh dear.  

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