And he better be! After that disappointing past Sunday I’m looking forward to him retaining this title in front of his family and friends. He’s their hero! He has a tough start though. I know Monfils can come across as a “joke-y,slippery, lover-of-sliding”, but the truth is this Frenchman can cause some trouble! Ferru will feel the pressure of having only beat him 1 out of the 4 times they’ve met. *The Spaniard did beat him this year in Auckland. It’s going to be tough, but he needs to stay consistent with his serve and not let any break chances run away!
Fernando and Feli also had round one exits. I know that Fernando had to withdraw last week (against Ferrer) due to injury. I’m really hoping it’s not an issue still. I mean he worked so hard with Marrero this year and they have a good shot of making it to Barclay’s [doubles] finals. As for Feli, not so sure what happened against Benneteau; he lost easily 3-6, 1-6.
BTW, Feli has now won Corona’s “The Longest Serve” competition for the third time in a row. The distance hit was 78m and was able to beat the American Bryan Bros and John Isner.So far so good for Nico as he was able to beat Pablo Andujar 6-2, 6-3. He won this title in 2006 and 2007. After a somewhat bleak-looking year I know it’ll brighten his confidence if he gets this trophy. I’m not so sure how or why Tipsarevic played Granollers? He retired against the Catalan *2-1. Some internet users are saying coyly, that the Serb did it for $$$ and some say he was honestly injured. Well I’m sure the 2011 champion doesn’t care as long as he’s thru to the next round!
** Looks like Ferru was able to hold it together. One more Frenchman to take care of though! He’ll play Julien Benneteau on Thursday. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but this player poses a real threat. Benneteau is 4-4 H2H with the Spaniard. Besides that, he plays pretty well at the net (and is more consistent than Monfils), so I think Ferrer will have more of a challenge with this guy. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.