*I’ll update this site after Wednesday’s order of play is completed since most of the [remaining] guys are playing then.
Well Tommy made the most of the day out of the two Spanish finalists. He was able to achieve his eleventh title (all have come on clay, except one). I know he’s reaching the latter part of his career and he’s come back from injuries, so to capture the Grand Prix Hassan trophy is a big confidence boost.
It wasn’t an easy match by any means for him, which may make the result even sweeter. In fact when Tommy was going to serve for the match, Kevin had a chance to level the score. However Tommy really fought hard to come back and in the end Kevin had hit a bad shot which landed on his side after bouncing on the net cord.
“I’m very happy to win a title again after my injury. It’s just great!
Tommy jumped 29 spots and is now ranked 43 in the world. Would you believe he was actually no. 471 last year?! I’m not sure why he isn’t playing in Monte Carlo, he’s not listed there. Also I guess he was so elated today he decided to start tweeting again, he hadn’t done so since playing in Båstad last year!Unfortunately Nicolas Almagro didn’t have the same success over in the states. He started out the match strong and was even up a break in the first set, but John quickly learned how to break Nico’s rhythm. John played aggressively until he won match point. It wasn’t a good match for Nico, and no-not just because he lost! I really think he was having a tough time playing Johns serve. There were a couple of instances where I saw that Nico was not able to use his backhand weapon at all against the American. In the end Nico was clearly disheartened, but managed to give a weak smile when John said in the ceremony that, “there is a good chance I’m gonna be sitting right beside him in the plane to Monte Carlo tonight”.It’s clearly written on Nico’s face that he was disappointed because of this loss. He was the number one seed here and he can’t seem to catch a break this year. He’s lost twice to David Ferrer (and has never been able to beat hm) and he knows that the upcoming season will be dominated by Rafael Nadal, whom he also hasn’t figured out how to beat. On top of it, he keeps on getting pegged as “Spain’s number three best player” and even though that might not be bad, it’s something that I think is getting to him because he hasn’t won a title for some time now. The competition is really just that fierce. Better luck to him in Monte Carlo!
Speaking of, here is the draw for Monte Carlo. What do you guys think, is Rafa gonna need to make more room on his Monte Carlo trophy showcase? Ha! He’s going for the 9th one. Hey there might be a chance he plays Fernando Verdasco in his opening round.
I’ll post next around Wednesday. Hope this week is a good one for all of you. 🙂