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  1. Jonathan @ peRFect Tennis
    Jonathan @ peRFect Tennis January 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm |

    Del Clowntro’s fitness is a joke these days. He spent the run up to Melbourne playing Exhos in Uruguay or something, not working hard.

    His record in matches that go deep is shocking barring his fluke Slam in 09. Needs to sort himself out if he wants to be in contention. Has all the talent.

    1. Ophelia
      Ophelia January 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm |

      Er, didn’t Federer play in only exhos too before the Australian Open? Just pointing that out…

      1. Jonathan @ peRFect Tennis
        Jonathan @ peRFect Tennis January 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm |

        To compare Federer’s pre tournament preparation with Del Potro’s is nonsensical. The guy just won his 250th match at Grand Slam level. He knows what he needs to do to be in the right shape. Clearly Del Potro doesn’t.

        1. Ophelia
          Ophelia January 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm |

          I was just implying that it might be too simplistic to chalk del Potro’s loss up to fitness alone. A “fluke” or out-of-shape opponent doesn’t push Federer to a 19-17 final set at the Olympics and then overcome the physical and emotional exhaustion to beat Djokovic for the bronze shortly afterwards. And let’s not forget that del Potro played fantastically for the first two rounds; it wasn’t as if he looked unfit from the get-go. It could very well be that del Potro was mainly just unlucky to run into a hot opponent on one of his off days. It happened to Nadal at Wimbledon against Rosol, Federer at the US Open against Berdych, and even Djokovic at Indian Wells against Isner. Or it could be that del Potro is more vulnerable on his off days than the top players because he relies on his forehand to a greater degree than the top players rely on any part of their game. A lack of fitness just doesn’t seem to be the main reason he lost to me.

  2. Ophelia
    Ophelia January 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm |

    On one hand, Chardy was playing phenomenal tennis for much of the match and probably would have pushed any Big 4 member farther than they would have liked. On the other hand, WTH happened to you, del Potro? You were playing such great tennis for two rounds, and then your forehand suddenly drops off the face of the earth and you practically hand a break to Chardy in the final set when you should have had all the momentum on your side after managing to pull the match even?

    Still, one match does not a pattern make. A “fluke” doesn’t win Olympic bronze after losing a marathon heartbreaker the day before or beat Roger Federer twice indoors. If del Potro continues to lose to lower-ranked opponents in the next couple of tournaments, *then* we can begin to really worry, and Chardy deserves more credit than he’s been given.

    That said, it does invite comparison to Murray who turned in a surprisingly flat performance against an inspired opponent too but still won in straights because he played the big points better and could fall back on his serve and movement even when his weapons were misfiring, unlike with del Potro whose game relies heavily on his forehand.

  3. harini
    harini January 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm |

    That Delpo match was the first I’ve watched this entire AO (thus far). It was hard to watch the last few games of the final set because he came back when he was so close to losing in the third. To have fought back so hard and then to let it all go away…it’s depressing. I still am waiting for Delpo to have a phenomenal season, but as JJ said above…it’s probably never going to happen 🙁

    Was Gasquet’s last QF the one in 2008 Wimbledon? Where he lost to Murray? *Bad Memories* Here’s hoping Gasquet gets to his second QF at the AO this year.

    I really wanted to watch Sloane Stephens and Laura Robson, but sleep took over. And Gael vs. Gilles! That’s a devastating scoreline…oh Gael, I miss you! If I had to pick which Frenchies to win, definitely would have picked Gael over either Gilles or CHARDY.

    I’m surprised Marin is still playing to be honest. Although that might be because I haven’t watched tennis avidly in so long that I forget that players do come back from injury. I think Marin was out with some injury when I fell off the tennis world, and I figured he was going to be Ancic’ed.

  4. Karen
    Karen January 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm |

    Lindsay, I agree with you regarding Azarenka. I love her and love her in your face attitude, but she just needs to tone it down. How can you question someone’s injury when you withdrew from a match because of a pedicure gone wrong? Even worse, during a recent after match interview with Davenport, she stated that she was out there to win not check statistics. She is so rude and I wonder sometimes if it is a case that she insecure or she feels threatened when people question her? Does she believe that she does not belong or what? I just don’t get it. I hope that the fact that she has hired someone to do PR for her is a way for her to neutralise all the bad press that she gets, some of which is unwarranted but some of it is oh so deserved.

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