Cincy/Toronto Day 2: Who stole Masha Fierce’s visor?
It was YOU Fernando Verdasco!
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I want the faux hawk back. That birds nest sitting on top of Nando’s head is killing me.
Fernando Verdasco is at the stage in his career where he’s probably thinking to himself – “I’ve made it. I’ve broken through, now what?”
He could cement his place in the top 10, show the world that he’s here to stay, or he could fumble his way back down the ladder a la Blake or Ferrer.
Right now, he looks more likely to take the latter path than the former. The guy has an 8-7 win/loss record since the French Open (27-9 prior), and in most of those losses – (Wimbledon, Montreal and Cincinnati) he hasn’t played badly. He’s just brainfarted spectacularly during crucial tiebreaks.
Losing tiebreaks against Karlovic (Wimbledon) or Roddick (Montreal) is mostly excusable, but losing to Garcia-Lopez 7-6 (4) 7-6 (4)?
Certainly doesn’t do wonders for his confidence heading to the Open.
Be it the birds nest, or the visor, or the brainfarts, Fernando Verdasco is officially depressing me.
Also depressing – here I was, breathing a sigh of relief as Marin Cilic finally won a half-believable match against JCF, the kid promptly went on to lose next round to Ferrer. What’s wrong Marin?
Actually, what’s wrong Daveed? Why do he look like he hasn’t slept for a month? Do something about those panda eyes!
In other matches, ’twas a day for the “oi oi oi’s” as Lleyton, Guccione, and Slammin’ Sammy all scored wins against worthy opponents.
Compared to his loss against Ferrero last week in Montreal, Hewitt was much sharper against Soderling, downing the Sod in a highly competitive 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 victory.
Hewitt and the Yoker were still in the process of recovery from recent injuries, and the rust from Sod clearly showed, as he committed 50 unforced errors. Lleyton, on the other hand, claims everything is going well.
“My body felt a lot better. That was the difference. Yeah, gave me a lot of confidence to be able to actually go out there and compete. Last week in Montreal I couldn’t compete, which is frustrating.”
I wish I could like him, Hewitt, but even Bec is more amusing.
For the other “oi oi’s”, Chris Guccione took out Kohlshcreiber 7-5 2-6 6-3, denying us of potential tennis porn between Jo-Willy and Kohly.
I have 3 words to describe the Gooch: boring as fuck.
Oh wait, and two more: cross-eyed.
Photo by Mark Lyons/Getty Images
Now don’t you dare take out Jo-Willy, Gooch. I’ll have you extradited to New Zealand.
And a final hurrah for Sam Stosur, who’s playing such consistently good tennis against anyone but her finals opponents. With her 6-4 6-3 win over Sveta in just over an hour, Stosur has officially clinched top 16 seeding at the US Open, which means she won’t have to play any of the top seeds until fourth round.
It would do wonders for the atmosphere at the Australia Open next year if Sammy could somehow break through to the top 10 by the end of the year. C’mon girl, you’re so close.
Stosur faces Pennetta next round – who’s up for revenge?