Before today is over, I need to get in my love for Nalby and Kuz (sorry Caro, it was your home tournament) who took home the Washington and San Diego tournies respectively.
I can’t say enough about Nalby’s game. For me, he proved that he’s both one of the most naturally talented players on tour, and one of the best match players on tour. Sure, there’s something to be said about someone like Rafa who is balls to the wall on every point, but there’s also something to be said about guys who maybe can’t do that, but know how to play the big points.
Even at times where he wasn’t striking the ball as cleanly (like in the Gilles match) or playing his best, he adapted and found a way to win.
And yes, the variety. It makes my pants giddy. Huge returns, powerful forehands, wicked slices, defence… and yes, that disgusting backhand. The guy just invents disgusting cross court angles by using that left arm to take the ball early and rip it. Can you tell I’ve missed him?
And yes, Kuz, who seemed wickedly inspired and in the zone (maybe it was the haircut?) most of the time, and playing aggressively. Specifically, she looked to come to the net a ton and always looked comfortable when trying to do so, especially in the blowout that was the Flavs match. Kuz is much more of a solid, all-around player than she often gives herself credit for. Most definitely one to keep an eye out for over the next two weeks.