Picspam: FeVer! … In the morning. FeVer all through the night.
Fenando Verdasco has made up for his lackluster American hard court season by defeating US Open series winner/dud Sam Querrey in the final, 6-4 7-6.
Verdasco has developed a habit of choking lately (well, not just lately). After cruising through the first set and getting an early double-break in the second, Nando bizarrely lost momentum. The Samurai fought back to level the set and force a tiebreak. Querrey then led briefly in the tiebreak at 4-2, before a timely double fault and some tenacious play by Nando closed out the match in straight sets for him.
Nothing against Samurai, but seeing him win the US Open series gives me the same feeling I had when Safina ascended the No 1 throne – totally unimpressed. Querrey is 1-5 in finals this year.
AP Photo/Bob Child
Equally unimpressed I was with Nando’s Federeresque mid-part, and try-hard “FeVer” monogram.
I do love his smile and his shiny teeth though…
AP Photo/Fred Beckham
What a lovely way to burn….
On the women’s side of things, Caroline Wozniacki became the first woman since Venus in 2002 to defend the women’s title in New Haven, defeating Elena Vesnina 6-2 6-4. It says nothing, however, about her actual chances at the Open.
CWoz possesses JJ-like consistency away from the slams, but inevitably always falls third or fouth round at a major to some other bright young thang with bigger weapons and more gusty play than her. That’s unlikely to change unless she develops more shots that resemble what one would call a ‘weapon’.
I’d love to see her make a semi at the Open though. She is the ultimate “bright young thing” after all.
Fever with thy flaming youth,