I’ll begin by saying I’m so impressed by Stan Wawrinka. He played an amazing match against Rafa. In the first set Rafa was serving at *5-4. Stan’s backhand was exposed by Rafa, but luckily for the Swiss it worked out for him and he was presented with a break point. During the next point Rafa had misjudged Stan’s forehand and therefore the match was once again even-steven. At tie break time Rafa wrapped up the first set with an effective volley. The second set was equally thrilling to watch. Both men were playing their own games so well; and once again it came down to tiebreak time. Rafa was able to take a mini break lead up; however Stan was able to break back with his powerful groundstrokes. The Swiss had a set point at 6-5, but Rafa wasn’t going to go away just like that-Rafa played the next couple of points brilliantly and moments later the Mallorcan was overjoyed with his win. (At match point Stan had netted the ball). I do have to say it’s a shame that the Swiss has yet to win a set against Rafa. In my personal opinion Stan was the most improved player of 2013. The win today has now given the Spaniard to become the year end number one. What an elite, surreal feeling to have. 🙂 Good for him- the success is definitely sweeter because of Rafa’s inability to play the latter half of 2012.
Okay I gotta admit, the most happiest feelings I had on Wednesday were indeed for Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero. I’ll admit when I first started this blog I wasn’t a huge fan of Fernando. I had my reasons. He seemed to be more into girls/fashion than the sport and had a fiery attitude on court. Plus he used to cuss all the time a couple years ago. Back in 2011 tennis commentators would question the Lopez/Verdasco doubles team. They were unsuccessful and weren’t able to help the Davis Cup team in crucial moments. I’m glad Feli and Fer broke up. Fer found a great player (David M.) who he could maintain a successful relationship with. The two Spaniards were both new to this years Barclay’s games. My oh my, they’re doing AMAZING. I’m rapidly becoming a fan of their tennis style (usually I can’t watch it because doubles isn’t shown on t.v. here).
The Spaniards played an excellent doubles team-Stepenek/Paes-in no way an easy team! Fer/David were able to go up a break when Stepenek/Paes were serving at 4-4; at deciding point Fernando was able to maneuver an effective return. The 2nd set got more challenging, but at tie break time (at 2nd match point) David played aggressively at the net. David and Fernando were the first doubles team to secure a spot in the semis. (*coincidentally Marcel and Marc wont be able to defend this title from 2012 as they lost to Peya/Soares. They themselves has a mucky year, in terms of not winning any titles. I hope they can relax the rest of the year and come back next season with a new game-plan.) I know Carlos Moya, who btw was watching them in the stands, can rest assured he can count on these guys for the Davis Cup tournament in 2014. Fer/David hugged each other at the end of the match and were giving each other fist-bumps, and heart gestures to their sweethearts (I presume). 🙂 I’m so happy for them.
As for Ferru, I have to sadly write this paragraph with a heavy sigh and a sunken feeling in my heart. He lost today to Tomas Berdych 4-6, 4-6. There’s no way Ferru will be able to progress into Barclay’s as he has lost both matches in four straight sets. As for the match itself: 1st set at *4-4 D.F. was serving–>Berdych’s effective grinding led the Spaniard to mishit the ball a couple of times. At *4-4 30-40 the Czech caught his opponent off-guard and was able to hit a winner; David could only see the ball passing by him. In the 2nd set around the same time at *4-4 David was serving. He hit 3 unforced errors in that game alone! It was a mess. 😦 He plays Stan next, but winning that match will prove to be useless in terms of David furthering himself in this tournament. I guess he can try to win just for a personal victory.