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Shtoo-rill III: Delpo Time!

Posted by gauloises1 on April 28, 2011

Here are some belated photos of JMDP from his first two matches against Sousa and Falla (courtesy once again of the legendary Pedro).

After an initial wobble against Sousa, JMDP looked terrifyingly solid against Falla yesterday and now faces Robin Soderling in the quarter-finals tomorrow. I wrote a sort of thing about that match here on; by way of prediction, let me say that on on-court form, JMDP will win. On practice court form, Robin will win. Either way, it’s going to be exciting …

Here is the transcript of yesterday’s (very short) press conference …

Your level today, was it even better than yesterday and how pleased are you?

Yes, I played much better today. I feel confidence with my game and basically with my serve. Always it’s tough to play against this kind of player but I made a good match, I go through and hopefully be ready to play against Soderling.

You’ve beaten him on all surfaces but never clay. What are you thinking of for the next match?

Well, for me, I think it’s going to be different here with different weather, different surface. He’s playing really well this season, he made fantastic results on clay and he’s playing really good tennis. Of course I will try to beat him but I will need to be focused during the match all the time and try to take my opportunities and be in good shape to beat him.

How close do you feel you are to the kind of form you had in 2009, and what aspects of your game need to get better, do you think?

I don’t know, I’m trying to come back at a good level. I think I’m improving very fast and I don’t know if I can play like I did in 2009 or not; maybe I can play worse, or better, this year. But I know it’s a long road to be safety [sic], to be healthy and play on all surfaces against all the players and at a good level too. But I am trying to improve my game, and improve my body, my physique and I will see if I’m ready to play again.

Guess who asked the final, idiotic question? Yes, that’s right. I did. In fairness, I wasn’t expecting to say anything. In fact, I thought seriously that I wasn’t going in for fear of crying or falling over or spontaneously combusting. But then he walked in, all giant and … giant with his tousled hair, and I couldn’t resist. And then nobody else had any questions after the first two and, well, I couldn’t let him leave thinking he wasn’t wanted. In fact, I couldn’t let him leave.

So I said a question, the only question which occurred to me at that point (apart from “So, Juan Martin, how are you so GIANT and AMAZING?!”), and he answered me looking at me all the time with his amazing green eyes – which, in person, are up close and amazing. And I pretended to scribble notes in my notebook and audibly giggled when he said he needed to improve his body, and thanked him very politely after he finished, and then went off and died in a corner.

Oh, and you don’t get the full humiliating force of this story until you realise that I was sunburned at the time, but only on the bits I’d missed with my factor 50, while the rest of my skin continues to be blinding white.

And that is the story of probably the one and only time I will ever get to be in a room with Juan Martin del Potro, let alone have him speak to me or look at me with his huge, amazing green eyes. (Seriously, I think I’m pregnant. With a green baby.) But just in case I do catch him tomorrow (my last day), can anyone think of any sensible/witty/incisive questions I should ask him?

Apart from “So, Juan Martin, how are you so GIANT and AMAZING?!”. Because he is.

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Posted by gauloises1 on April 23, 2011

That’s how you pronounce ‘Estoril’, apparently, and that’s where I am, havin’ it large (and sometimes small). I’m doing some writing for other sources but I thought you’d appreciate some photo content.

No, they’re not my photos. I didn’t bring a camera – at least, not one that I can hook up to a computer. (I’m bringing the disposable camera back.) These are courtesy of the fantastic Pedro Mendes and I’m sure you’ll agree he’s a handy man with a lens.

The omnipresent Jeremy Chardy, daring you not to look at his bulge.

The very beautiful Jarmila Groth Gajdisova at the draw ceremony.

The very lovely Heather Watson, who had a great win in qualifying aganst Karolina Sprem and was then nice enough to chat to me afterwards. Forgot to ask if she would be stalking Delpo though.

Speaking of which …

The big man was on cheerful form in practice today, generally goofing around and being a bit lazy. He was cracking those forehands, though. And was promptly engulfed by a crowd of autograph-seeking kids as he left the court.

… No comment.  

(These photos belong to Pedro Mendes, so please don’t steal them.)

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Indian Wells: Quarter-finals. QUARTER-FINALS.

Posted by gauloises1 on March 17, 2011

It’s official, Juan Martin del Potro has killed what remains of my brain. I am now unable to express myself in any fashion more eloquent than short and inane statements repeated in capitals. Sorry.

Juan Martin del Potro d. (32) Philipp Kohlschreiber 76(3) 76(7)

Eye of the tiger.

It was not a classic match. I shall resist the temptation to say ‘who cares?!’ and elaborate the point; in both sets JMDP was unable to hold on to his initial, early break and the points he played to surrender said break in the second set were among the worst you will ever see. He called the trainer midway through the first set, complaining (I gathered) of dehydration and fatigue, and he certainly looked to be in a bit of a fugue. Even having his banana confiscated by the trainer (clearly using the Mrs Landingham method of motivation) didn’t get him going.

In fact, he was doing that thing he used to do when he’s tired and not really feeling it, when he more or less wanders through the set playing a good point here and there, then suddenly conjures some magic out of nowhere to take the tiebreak. That’s certainly what happened tonight; he took the minibreak in the first-set tiebreak courtesy of a ridiculous cross-court sprinting get reminiscent of a certain USO-final-crowd-high-fiving moment. He had his chance to shut out Kohlschreiber in the second set and didn’t take it – and nearly got burned when the magic didn’t turn up (or turned up on the wrong side of the net) in the tiebreak. Kohlschreiber raced out to a 6-1 lead. Reports differ as to what happened after that. Some say Kohlschreiber choked. I say JMDP started hitting out.

Probably a bit of both. Sorry Phil.

However you see it, five match points came and went before JMDP took the tiebreak and the match 9-7 with a big roar. And I may be mad, but for me the most encouraging thing was – paradoxically – the somewhat lackadaisical quality JMDP brought to the court today. He was sufficiently relaxed not just to save his best for the key moments, but to exhibit his deadpan humour for the crowd – at one point, after he had chased down a drop shot and just failed to pop it back over the net, he smacked at the ball with his hand as if admonishing it until it finally obeyed him; at another (having been warned by Mo before the match not to take too long challenging between serves) he wandered up to the net, taking an inordinately long time to decide to challenge, lifted his finger – and then wagged it to say no, he wouldn’t challenge. OK, it’s not Oscar Wilde, but it was funny. It was meant to be.

I know that as a semi-official Delpo swooner I may not be the most objective person. But today he really looked to me for the first time like he was back to being comfortable out there. I don’t think the title at Delray Beach has meant as much to him as being able to hold his own for four rounds at a Masters series tournament, and against opponents who have been no slouch. Of course, he’s cruising for a bruising as soon as he meets a top-flight player (or possibly sooner), and that’s going to suck. But it’s a necessary part of the process and I feel for the first time like I can face that prospect with equanimity. Because he’s back.

(At this point I am contractually obliged to add the qualifier, “as long as his body holds together”.) 

Come on, body, hold together.

Anyway. According to the man himself, it was mainly fatigue and heat that was bothering him today, which is either good or bad, depending on how you look at it:

“It was really hot and I play many, many matches, so I getting tired,” he said, “but the people tell me to fight all the match, and that’s what I did.”


He will face Tommy Robredo next, who has been having rather a nice 2011 and beat Sam Querrey 61 63 tonight. He did have something of a hamstring issue, which he’s hoping is recovered by the time he plays JMDP. I hope so too. No, I really do. What? I mean it. No players should be injured.

Injuries = bad.

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Let’s Talk Men.

Posted by gauloises1 on March 15, 2011

One particular man anyway, at least to begin with. JMDP was fairly solid in a straight sets victory over twentieth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov, with the exception of minor kerplosions serving for the first set and the match. But he got it done anyway, 76(3) 63. Round of sixteen, baby. At a Masters.

All about the heart.

And the arms.

And the legs.

It was a frustrating match for Dolgopolov, who is such a fun and funky player but couldn’t quite rein it in at crucial moments. Couple that with some smoking forehands from JMDP and, well. JMDP plays Philipp Kohlschreiber yet, who caused a sensation by taking out Robin Soderling in straight sets. Something of a surprise given the fourth seed’s stellar 2011 so far (Australian Open excepted), but apparently Soderling had a left foot injury and may be doubtful for Miami. At least he didn’t make any catty remarks about “real tennis”. Speaking of which …

 Sam Querrey has apparently finally arrived in 2011, beating Verdasco 75 64 to set up a fourth round meeting with Tommy Robredo, who dismissed Donald Young 60 64, thereby succeeding in making Andy Murray look even worse. Verdasco’s bete noir, young Milos Raonic, hasn’t quite flashed his pan yet, beating former victim and thirteenth seed Mardy Fish. He’ll meet the American wildcard Ryan Harrison in the third round after the aforesaid upset twenty-second seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

It would be interesting to see these two face off. In fact there’s a superfluity of really interesting third-round matches from the bottom half of the draw tonight, starting with Roddick v. Isner and ending with Cilic v. Wawrinka, taking in Gasquet v. Melzer, Troicki v. Llodra, Gulbis v. Djokovic and Berdych v. Bellucci. Why was I slagging off this tournament again?

Damn those vampires.

Today’s OOP

Stadium 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Gulbis vs. Djokovic
2. Marion Bartoli vs. Kim Clijsters (NB 13.00hrs)
3. ATP: Chela vs. Federer
4. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Alisa Kleybanova
5. ATP: Roddick vs. Isner (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Dinara Safina vs. Maria Sharapova (NB 20.30hrs)

Stadium 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Jelena Jankovic vs. Ana Ivanovic
2. ATP: Cilic vs. Wawrinka
3. ATP: Gasquet vs. Melzer
4. ATP: Raonic vs. Harrison
5. ATP: Dlouhy/Hanley vs. López/Nadal
6. ATP: Bryan/Bryan vs. Dolgopolov/Malisse

Stadium 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Berdych vs. Bellucci
2. ATP: Troicki vs. Llodra
3. Francesca Schiavone vs. Shahar Peer
4. Jankovic/Pavlyuchenkova vs. Azarenka/Kirilenko (after suitable rest)
5. Nadia Petrova vs. Peng Shuai

Court 7 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Bhupathi/Paes vs. Bopanna/Qureshi
2. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Victoria Azarenka
3. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Dominika Cibulkova
4. Mirza/Vesnina vs. Jans/Rosolska
5. ATP: Knowles/Mertinak vs. Erlich/Ram

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Indian Wells: Delpo Ousts Defending Champion

Posted by gauloises1 on March 13, 2011

Can I get a HELL YEAH for what was (to my eyes) the best match that JMDP has played since his return to the tour? I can? Thank you ever so.

Juan Martin del Potro d. (14) Ivan Ljubicic, 57 64 62. HELL YEAH.

Behind Mardy Fish, that’s the highest-ranked opponent JMDP has beaten since his comeback, and he deserved it. I hear Ljubicic has a leg injury and wouldn’t have played Indian Wells were it not for the fact that he was the defending champion – but he really didn’t play a good match (excepting the third set). A couple of unforced errors in fact was all he needed to wedge open JMDP’s game and barge through for the first set.

JMDP needed to react, and he did; firstly by smashing a racquet, and secondly by immediately breaking serve at the beginning of the second set. It was good to see him demanding so much of himself and finding it, and once he had that advantage, he held on to it and refused to let it go, despite being in trouble in every subsequent service game. By the third set, he was flying. I’m not going to say he’s back to where he was, because he clearly isn’t. But he was recognisable today as the same player.

The trick of course will be to keep up this form for another match. He’ll play Alexandr Dolgopolov, after the Ukrainian beat Victor Hanescu 64 64.

As for Ljubicic, it seems harsh for the defending champion to exit in the second round, admittedly, and drawing JMDP was unlucky. But then, it was really nearly unlucky for JMDP to draw Ljubicic, so … condolences to Ljubicic and his fans. But I’m happy.

Get better soon, baldy.

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Indian Wells: He Won, He Won (and so did some other people)

Posted by gauloises1 on March 11, 2011

And so the bafflingly invisible-to-the-civilised-world tournament has kicked off in earnest. You can tell, bevause JMDP has played and won, beating Steps for the first time, 64 60.

Afterwards, he said the sort of things he says:

“I played better than him,” Del Potro said after his first win over Stepanek in three tries. “I take all my opportunities, especially in the second set, and was very focused on my serve.”

Del Potro said he injured the wrist in his previous match with Stepanek in the fall of 2009. He had surgery in May.

He was out eight months following the surgery and his ranking tumbled from No. 5 in 2009 to No. 257 at the end of 2010. He is No. 90 now, and not sure how close he is to being fully recovered.

“I was out a year, a long time,” he said. “Maybe I had my best form today. I can improve my game, everything, my serve and my approaches. I don’t know if I can play better or not, but I know the way to improve day by day. It’s a long road to be in the top players again. It’s very tough to play good tennis after a year out of competition, but I’m trying.”


Maybe Nike should make him a T-shirt that says, ‘Still Trying. STOP ASKING.’ Anyway, interesting that he identified the Paris match with Stepanek (I’m assuming) as the one that incurred the original injury. I thought he had it before then, what with losing to Roger-Vasselin and retiring against Melzer, but apparently not.

In people-who-aren’t-Delpo news, we lost two incipient favourites of mine, curly Robin Haase (to Rainer ‘stop waiting for me to retire, that’s never going to happen’ Schuettler) and Rebecca Marino, who lost in three sets to Ekaterina Makarova.

But we did see rare wins for Donald Young, Agnes Szavay, Urszula Radwanska and Dinara Safina, who beat Arantxa Parra Santonja.

Fuck yeah.


Singles – First Round
[Q] R de Voest (RSA) d P Riba (ESP) 64 ret. (groin pain)
[Q] R Sweeting (USA) d M Granollers (ESP) 64 61
[Q] S Devvarman (IND) d A Mannarino (FRA) 62 63
X Malisse (BEL) d [Q] F Cipolla (ITA) 61 64
[Q] M Russell (USA) d K Anderson (RSA) 67(4) 63 64
J Nieminen (FIN) d D Istomin (UZB) 26 75 75
R Schuettler (GER) d R Haase (NED) 76(4) 75
I Karlovic (CRO) d [Q] M Matosevic (AUS) 76(2) 67(3) 62
M Berrer (GER) d B Phau (GER) 64 46 64
[Q] T Smyczek (USA) d I Marchenko (UKR) 26 63 62
V Hanescu (ROU) d A Seppi (ITA) 46 76(5) 63
J Del Potro (ARG) d R Stepanek (CZE) 64 60
[WC] R Berankis (LTU) d [Q] A Bogomolov Jr. (USA) 16 63 64
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d T Kamke (GER) 62 60
M Zverev (GER) d [Q] M Ebden (AUS) 64 63
[Q] D Young (USA) d P Starace (ITA) 26 63 63


Singles – First Round
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Renata Voracova (CZE) 75 61
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (Q) Rebecca Marino (CAN) 64 46 64
Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. (WC) Jill Craybas (USA) 63 63
Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 61 62
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) d. (Q) Misaki Doi (JPN) 76(0) 61
Simona Halep (ROU) d. (Q) Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) 06 62 64
Elena Baltacha (GBR) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 26 75 62
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. (Q) Tamira Paszek (AUT) 61 61
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 63 62
Dinara Safina (RUS) d. Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 63 63
Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 36 64 76(6)
(Q) Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 62 26 76(4)
(Q) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. (Q) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 76(6) 62
(Q) Laura Pous-Tio (ESP) d. Angelique Kerber (GER) 62 61
(WC) Christina McHale (USA) d. Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 63 61
(WC) Sloane Stephens (USA) d. (Q) Jamie Hampton (USA) 62 64

Doubles – First Round
(1) Dulko/Pennetta (ARG/ITA) d. Niculescu/Rodionova (ROU/AUS) 76(4) 63
(4) King/Shvedova (USA/KAZ) d. (WC) Kuznetsova/Zvonareva (RUS/RUS) 62 63
(8) Mattek-Sands/Shaughnessy (USA/USA) d. Kleybanova/Yan (RUS/CHN) 61 62
Hantuchova/Radwanska (SVK/POL) d. Peer/Peng (ISR/CHN) 76(3) 63
Mirza/Vesnina (IND/RUS) d. Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) 64 61
Schiavone/Stosur (ITA/AUS) d. Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) 76(2) 26 105


Stadium 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Jelena Jankovic vs. Coco Vandeweghe
2. ATP: M.López/Nadal vs. Fyrstenberg/Matkowski
3. Alla Kudryavtseva vs. Kim Clijsters
4. ATP: Federer/Wawrinka vs. Mirnyi/Nestor
5. ATP: James Blake vs. Chris Guccione (NB 19.00 hrs)
6. Ana Ivanovic vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm

Stadium 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Raonic vs. Ilhan
2. Timea Bacsinszky vs. Vera Zvonareva
3. Francesca Schiavone vs. Zuzana Ondraskova
4. ATP: Djokovic/Troicki vs. Chela/Monaco
5. ATP: Melo/Soares vs. Murray/Murray
6. ATP: Hewitt vs. Lu

Stadium 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Harrison vs. Chardy
2. Melanie Oudin vs. Yanina Wickmayer
3. ATP: Andreev vs. Nishikori
4. Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs. Shahar Peer
5. ATP: Isner/Querrey vs. Llodra/Zimonjic
6. ATP: Davydenko vs. Fognini

Court 7 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Anastasija Sevastova
2. Marion Bartoli vs. Monica Niculescu
3. ATP: Bopanna vs. Tomic
4. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Sania Mirza
5. Lucie Safarova vs. Andrea Petkovic

Court 8 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Alizé Cornet vs. Tsvetana Pironkova
2. ATP: de Bakker vs. Becker
3. ATP: Kukushkin vs. Kubot
4. Chuang/Dulgheru vs. Hampton/Oudin (after suitable rest)
5. Kaia Kanepi vs. Gisela Dulko

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova vs. Petra Kvitova
2. ATP: Gabashvili vs. Serra
3. Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova vs. Martínez Sánchez/Medina Garrigues (after suitable rest)
4. Llagostera Vives/Parra Santonja vs. Azarenka/Kirilenko
5. ATP: Berdych/Tipsarevic vs. Dolgopolov/Malisse
6. Jans/Rosolska vs. Peschke/Srebotnik

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Cuevas vs. Andújar
2. ATP: Giraldo vs. Gimeno-Traver
3. ATP: Benneteau vs. F.López
4. ATP: Meltzer/Petzschner vs. Almagro/Ferrer
5. Sybille Bammer vs. Julia Goerges
6. ATP: Benneteau/Gasquet vs. Anderson/Kohlschreiber

Court 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Ramírez Hidalgo vs. Mello
2. ATP: Petzschner vs. Brown
3. Jarmila Groth vs. Sara Errani
4. Huber/Petrova vs. Hercog/Hsieh
5. ATP: Mayer vs. Golubev

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Dead Man Winning.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 28, 2011

Juan Martin del Potro d. Janko Tipsarevic, 64 64

I can’t. Stop. Smiling.

JMDP won. He won. I’m just … there is sunshine in my heart right now and kittens gambolling along my veins, drowning in all the wine. It’s how they would have wanted to go.

Ahem. So that was a pretty terrible match. This wasn’t the JMDP we saw crushing Mardy Fish last night. He came out flat and lifeless, barely moving, and dropped his second service game to give Tispsarevic the break for 3-1. Both he and Davin had been talking before the match about how tired he was, making semifinals and then a final three weeks on the trot, which might have been it; equally, he had played all his matches in Delray Beach at night and I thought the different conditions in the heat might have been responsible. Or he could have been nervous. Whatever, this was genuinely-lethargic JMDP as opposed to that’s-just-what-he-looks-like JMDP (the way you can tell is that the former misses, a lot).

It was crushing; Tipsarevic had the lead at 4-1 and there looked like absolutely no reason why he shouldn’t run with it. I was mentally composing an agonised post-mortem which spoke defensively about the difference between winning a final and winning any other match, and publicly appealed to the tennis gods for just a little bit of luck to get him over the hump. Of course, the luck in question was already operating, because he was playing Tipsarevic. He flaked to drop his serve, JMDP dredged up the occasional big serve from the very depths of his being, and Tipsy just couldn’t get himself back into it.

JMDP said in his post-match interview that he was ‘completely tired’ and added that although Tipsarevic was the better player, he was a little bit luckier at key moments. That’s more or less how it felt. If JMDP was flat in the first set, he was frankly two-dimensional in the second. I have never seen him push the ball around like that; he couldn’t get any timing on it, was rolling in his serves and generally looking about to die on the court even when he was a set and a break down. Yet Tipsy couldn’t get his feet under him and Delpo kept – maddeningly – doing just enough to stay ahead. It was just about the most agonising, brain-dead tennis you can imagine.


But who cares? It doesn’t have to be pretty. A win is a win is a win, and when JMDP watched Tipsy’s ball out, dropped his racquet and lifted his arms in the air, no-one was thinking about how he got there. We were thinking about where he’s been; missing an entire season of tennis, sitting at home instead of defending his US Open title, dropping out into the hinterlands of the far 400s. Just in case we’d forgotten, he kissed his right wrist multiple times while acknowledging the applause of the crowd. I’d kiss it too. And, you know, carry on from there.

A word for our gallant loser though. Seriously, the fact that a player like Tipsarevic – who, as I tweeted in an attempt to pre-empt my own probable bitterness, has given tennis fans hours of entertainment and some of the most memorable matches of the last few years on the biggest stages – doesn’t have an ATP title, even a 250, just underlines how tough it is to perform in a final. There is no way he won’t get one before he retires. It just wasn’t his day today.

But it was Delpo’s. It should put him back in the top 85, and there will be (and already is) a lot of talk about what a ‘statement’ this is to the rest of the tour. I don’t care about that right now. He won. He won a final. He’s holding a trophy. He’s a champion again.

… Yeah. I’ll be crying.

(You can see video here of JMDP giving a victory speech in Spanish (thanks to everyone who tweeted and translated it for me) – reportedly he’s thanking the spectators for enduring the heat, the little kids in the crowd who supported him, the faithful Franco and Martiniano, and his friends and family back home.)

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A Tall 6’6″

Posted by gauloises1 on February 27, 2011

Juan Martin del Potro is in the finals at Delray Beach, and I’m totally calm about it.

He crushed Gabashvili 61 61, took care of Kevin Anderson 64 64, and last night beat second seed and world no. 16 Mardy Fish 61 75. He even came back from 1-4 down and in trouble on his own serve in the second set to nick it all. He’s in his first final since the WTFs in 2009 and will probably crack the top 100 if he wins. He’s in a final. I don’t care if it is at a tournament that sounds like a MarioKart race track.

He’ll be up against Janko Tipsarevic, who’s looking for his maiden title. So there’s that.

I liked this from Fish too:

He’s so tall. He’s a tall 6’ 6”. He has long arms and it feels that any penetrating ball I hit is still in his strike zone.  I’ve got to almost shank a ball almost over his head to get it out of his strike zone. It seems like his strike zone is five feet… and pretty much any ball on his forehand is a deadly shot.



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He Won, He Won #4

Posted by gauloises1 on February 23, 2011

Delpo beat Richard Berankis 64 61 in Delray Beach. He plays Gabashvili next after Basher upset Isner in the first round. They played last week and Delpo won in straights. The news you need to know.

Oh, and it was his 150th ATP match win. Let us celebrate.

Singles – First Round
[2] M Fish (USA) d B Phau (GER) 50 ret. (illness)
[5] K Anderson (RSA) d [LL] D Young (USA) 67(5) 76(4) 62
[6] J Tipsarevic (SRB) d I Karlovic (CRO) 76(14) 76(1)
D Sela (ISR) d [Q] M Matosevic (AUS) 36 61 62
I Dodig (CRO) d I Kunitsyn (RUS) 64 26 63
[Q] B Kavcic (SLO) d [LL] R Farah (COL) 61 64
[Q] R Sweeting (USA) d I Andreev (RUS) 62 63
K Nishikori (JPN) d B Dabul (ARG) 62 76(5)
J Del Potro (ARG) d R Berankis (LTU) 64 61
[Q] A Falla (COL) d [LL] J Hajek (CZE) 61 20 ret.(illness)

Doubles – First Round
[1] E Butorac (USA) / J Rojer (AHO) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / I Zelenay (SVK) 63 64
A Fisher (AUS) / S Huss (AUS) d [WC] J Sock (USA) / D Young (USA) 63 46 10-7
B Becker (GER) / M Kohlmann (GER) d I Dodig (CRO) / I Karlovic (CRO) 76(1) 76(3)
M Ebden (AUS) / S Groth (AUS) d [WC] J Cerretani (USA) / A Shamasdin (CAN) 63 64

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Linz Went To Memphis And All I Got Was This Amazing Delpo Footage.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 22, 2011

So as you may or may not know, the legendary Linz was at the Memphis 500 last week doing some behind-the-scenes camerawork, and she sent me this fantastic video of Delpo being interviewed by The Koz of

That’s right, Linz was that close to that much adorableness and somehow survived the experience.

Courtesy of Racquet Required, Linz was also on hand to film Delpo’s pressers after his win against Ivan Dodig and a more dejected Delpo after the semifinal loss to Roddick.

A big hand to Linz’s camerawork, Racquet Required and The Koz for the videos.

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