Friday, April 24, 2009

Face Of The Day

Fernando Gonzalez of Chile  protests during his match against Spain's Fernando Verdasco of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament  on April 24, 2009 in Barcelona. Gonzalez won 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Fernando Gonzalez of Chile reacts protesting to a lines man during his match against Fernando Verdasco of Spain on day five of the ATP 500 World Tour Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell 2009 tennis tournament at the Real Club de Tenis on April 24, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.


I caught a glimpse of the battle of the Nandos and what little tennis I saw between chores and whatnot was excellent.


Singles - Quarterfinals
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [7] D Nalbandian (ARG) w/o (right hip)
[5] [WC] F Gonzalez (CHI) d [2] F Verdasco (ESP) 63 46 64
[3] N Davydenko (RUS) d [9] R Stepanek (CZE) 67(4) 62 62
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) d [6] T Robredo (ESP) 63 64

Doubles - Quarterfinals
[5] B Soares (BRA) / K Ullyett (ZIM) vs [2] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB)
[4] M Bhupathi (IND) / M Knowles (BAH) vs L Arnold Ker (ARG) / F Gonzalez (CHI)
S Aspelin (SWE) / W Moodie (RSA) d R Stepanek (CZE) / V Troicki (SRB) 64 63


Tennisfan said...

Hopefully I would be able to watch both matches tomorrow. Davy doesn't think he stands a chance against Rafa.

""" "Say the odds are 100 percent for Rafa," the Russian joked when pressed to predict how he would fare against the Spaniard who has won the last four editions of the tournament at the Real club."""

Craig Hickman said...

Davydenko played Rafa tight the last time they played on clay and beat him the last time they played.

oddman said...

Yes, I expect a tight match from Kolya-Rafa, I'm glad to read he's joking when he said that '100% for Rafa' comment.

I think the fact that Davydenko hasn't had too much match play may be his undoing.

Pamela said...

To be honest Oddman, I think his 3 set matches versus Rafa's 1 hour drubbing of Rochus and a day off will be heavily in his favor.

I haven't really seen Rafa play since MC so, I can't verify his form. He wasn't playing that great before, but hopefully he's picked it up.

oddman said...

Agree, Pamela, I thought Rafa looked far from stellar in MC, but he's looked better in Barcelona. However, Rochus really wasn't much of a test. I thought Rafa's sliding skills and backhands were better though, and definitely he was serving better. He's moving more like he's realized he's on clay now.

Will be chewing my nails for tomorrow, though. Even though it's crazy statistically to win a bunch of tourneys on clay 5 times, I'd still like to see Rafa do it. :D

Beth said...

I would too, oddman. :-)