Holy. Third set tiebreak, one hell of a match, and Nalby just squeaks one out by the skin of his teeth. It really is so different seeing a grind of a match on clay than hard courts, I think we often forget. Hard courts, for the men anyway, is all about big blows, big serves, big demoralizing forehand winners. Clay is just chipping away at your opponent, in rallies, in games, mentally. Once again, welcome back Workhorse Dave, you put on a hell of a show and the crowd loved every minute of it.
Sorry of my lack of updates outside of, well, Dubai and Nalby basically. I’ve been busy with the Olympics, as I hope you have been. Not to mention the lack of streams for Memphis has naturally left me with nothing interesting to say about it. Let’s take at some draws, shall we?
Memphis ATP… CURLS UNITE. Why hello Ernie. Beating Robert Kendrick, fine, but The Sex? Ah yeah. 20 aces, served 69% and won 80% of the points off his first serve. I’m feeling like this is a good combonation of stats. Really kind of hoping Tree/Ivo happens, because that will just be ridiculous. Dick’s stock continues to fall as he barely outlasts Lames in a third set tiebreak. Berd’s also in it, and will take on Ernie in the quarters if he wins.
Memphis WTA… Masha/Mel rematch please and thank you. That is all.
Marseille… that’s a whole lot of Frenchies! Poor Gilles dropped out and we don’t get to see Jo/Gilles, but we’ll likely see Julien/Gael with the winner playing Jo. There’s a whole bunch of random Frenchies up top too, though Sod continues to have a pretty solid path to the final.
Buenos Aires… How about JCF? You so bossy. The guy has lost 9 games in 2 matches, a solid result regardless of who you’re playing. Whether or not Montanes is a winnable match for Nalby remains to be seen. Winnable probably, will he win it? Fitness might have a lot to do with it, which could be a good or a bad thing for Nalby. Ah, so exciting having no idea. How’s about Ferru/Nalby and Pico/JCF semis? Yes please.