Sunday, November 29, 2009

World Tour Finals Final


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The one who defeated Roger Federer en route to this final should take the title.

Oh, wait. They both did that.

Okay. So. The one who returns serve most aggressively should take the title. Nikolay Davydenko, who returns to his second year-end final in a row, is capable of serving into the corners when you least expect him. But Juan Martín del Potro won't be as frustrated by the Russian's delivery as he was by the Swede's so he should find himself with more looks to break through. But Kolya returns serve about as well as anyone, leads their head-to-head 2-1 with both victories on indoor hard courts, and gave the reigning US Open champion quite a shellacking at this event last year. Still, the Tower of Tandil is a different player now than he was a year ago.

I've no doubt both of them can hoist the tour's final 2009 trophy, so I'll take another third-set breaker, a tub of popcorn, and may the most composed man win.

26 comments:

Helen W said...
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Helen W said...

The Mighty Monogram vs the Silent Assassin?

Sigh.

Craig Hickman said...

Huh?

I'm dense this morning.

Helen W said...

The commies' talking about the various players. Missed their cutsey titles for DelPo and Robin.

Craig Hickman said...

The Tower of Tandil vs. the Nordic Lug?

Karen said...

LOL - coffee, coffee and more coffee.
Morning All. Already you can see what Kolya will do to Delpo. Keep him moving all the time. DelPo's transition game is a bit like mine - dismal

Helen W said...

First blood to Kolya!

oddman said...

Yukking it up over here! The Nordic Lug - guffaw guffaw - sorry, I think the Nordic Slug would work too. But he is a bit faster than that, no?

Craig Hickman said...

I'll make excuses: del Potro had the night match. ;)

Craig Hickman said...

del Potro gave him that serve. That's what he gets for standing so far back. Does he really think DavyD is going to serve flat out wide in the ad court?

Craig Hickman said...

I missed the first set. Has del Potro's forehand been this spinny all match?

Karen said...

Craig, yes he has not been able to flatten it out much in this match. In addition, like I said Kolya is not giving him time to set up for the shot, hence it coming in as floating which allows Kolya to set up for his IOFH and to also take over the net. Very good match. No excuses, Kolya is playing great tennis. Lest we forget DelPo had a day off which Kolya never had

Craig Hickman said...

DavyD doesn't do it for me, Karen. I'm rather indifferent to his game. He's playing alright, but the overall quality of this match is subpar.

Dapxin said...

miserable weather
in london,
and thats the first
time I 'd find
the weather so;
It beat me,
from my work,
home,
beat me to the shops,
and here I am
grabbing n00dles.
and wondering
which of this duo,
will be brave.
------
holla every1

Craig Hickman said...

As for del Potro's forehand, he's simply not moving his feet today. he seems timid and lethargic. His backhand is a mess too. I don't see his troubles as having anything to do with DavyD's groundstrokes. If you don't move your feet, you can't play your game.

Karen said...

See what I told you Craig. Look at how he moves. He takes away time from everyone. Just beautiful to watch.

Karen said...

I was wondering why Sharapova was on my tv, then I realised why - whatever

Craig Hickman said...

Karen, if you play night matches and then you have to play a day match, your rhythm is screwed.

Del Potro can't even move. I'm not giving DavyD credit for that.

No semifinal should be played at night if the final is playing during the day.

I said that yesterday before I even knew who would be in the finals and I still mean it. It's unfair to the winner of the night match.

Karen said...

Brilliant, just absolutely brilliant. First Russian to do this.

Karen said...

Craig, I get your point, but you have to give Kolya some credit. He played a night match the previous night, had no rest, and came back in the day and played a match against someone he had never beaten, did that, and came back and took out a very hot player. He deserved this victory.

Helen W said...

Well but Craig, the organizers expected Federer to win the first match yesterday, so it had to be played first, no? Or is there some rule as to how they scheduled the semis?

IAC, as you say, it's vastly unfair.

That being said, good for Kolya -- the biggest win of his career. And note the warm handshake at the net -- in stark contrast to that of the great sportsman yesterday, no?

Craig Hickman said...

I don't have to give DavyD credit for the reason why del Potro couldn't hit a groundstroke with any conviction today.

DavyD is the fittest player on the tour and is the last man standing this year. He gets credit for that, but I was taking issue with your assertion that because he takes the all early, del Potro had no chance to set up his shots. Del Potro couldn't move. Period. Blame him for being "unfit" if you want, but it had just as much to do with the scheduling as it did his opponent. If the semifinals yesterday were back-to-back, the quality of play and the result today may have been the same but we'll never know because they weren't.

Karen said...

Aaah -

Craig Hickman said...

Helen W,

It is the biggest win of DavyD's career and yet for some reason it doesn't feel like it. Probably because he lost a match this week. I enjoy seeing all the players in each group play one another, but there's something amiss when you can win a title after losing a match along the way. It would have been the same for any of the semifinalists, but that doesn't necessarily make it fulfilling.

oddman said...

The contrast in their movement was striking, imho.

Davy looked like the Energizer Bunny out there, getting to everything, making Juan Martin look slow. Killer shots when Delpo connected though. That would leave a mark - ouch!

I also think his youth has a bit to do with it - still growing - maybe not in height, but his full adult physiological development won't happen for another couple of years. I was amazed at how much Djokovic has matured physically in the last few months. Delpo, big as he is, still looks like a big gangly kid at times. He should only get better.

Congrats to Davydenko!

Mad Professah said...

muthaf***ing time delay on the muthf***ing west coast! It's not aired until 11am on the tennis channel here.

Good on Kolya, though. I'll look forward to see how he takes out del Potro.

If the Russian can do it, there should be many other tour players who can as well.