Horacio Zeballos, who prefers clay, is Marcos’ second-round opponent. Horacio shares the same coach with Gaston, Ale Lombardo. last April, while being in Barcelona i watched his match against his good friend Cuevas. and, was happy with the outcome since i’m a Pablin’s fan. gosh, only to see Pablin falling to Navarro in the next round. here’s my awesome collection of cute stuff photos.
a few days ago in L.A., Horacio discloses the three toughest opponents he faced this year.
anyway, the match can be tough, but definitely winnable for Marcos… then again every day is a challenge and you just never know what to expect when you walk ... you might get an early exit… take it fast, Marcos!!!
Marcos and Stan won doubles 46 64 10-8. i’m really happy for them (yup, Stan is another fave of mine. actually, i have 23 faves…). great win over purely doubles specialists that was. as i could not find a livestream, the live scoreboard was the only option. obviously a close match and the match statistics reveal many things, but miss the most important info. you know, any activity with continuous properties is hard to be designed to behave like discrete-event system due to its complexity and fluctuations. and, anyway, it’s a long story… surely Peter Lundgren, Stan’s new coach, was there and Marcos didn’t feel awkward going into the match. by the way, great decision was made by Stan after splitting with Dmitri Zavialoff. keep the great work up guys and too bad Stan most likely plays David. just hope he doesn’t torture him until he extracts what David has, if you know what i mean.
so, Marcos’s gonna play singles and doubles on Wednesday. his physical fitness has been questioned, but the psychological momentum effect can help him to sustain excellent performance… in a random squelchy way. so perhaps Eduardo was just too cerebral for Marcos’ persona and his cool came across as aloof, but that's another story...
Top-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych was tested in his first appearance since the Wimbledon final, before prevailing against Russian Dmitry Tursunov 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-1 on Wednesday night at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C.
World No. 8 Berdych made a shaky start to his first competitive match in a month, dropping his opening service game, but immediately recovered the break. After winning the first set tie-break, the Czech failed to maintain the momentum as he lost serve again to start the second set – ultimately proving enough for Tursunov to level the match.
Berdych quickly extinguished Tursunov’s hopes for an upset, breaking open a 5-0 lead in the decisive set before claiming the victory in two hours and 17 minutes. Tursunov, a former World No. 20, had been sidelined from last July to this past May with an ankle injury and had earned his first match win in more than a year on Monday.
The 24-year-old Berdych is in the midst of a career-best season, highlighted by runner-up finishes at Wimbledon and the Sony Ericsson Open and a semi-final run at Roland Garros. At the All England Club, he upset Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic before falling to Rafael Nadal in the final.
Berdych will look to reach his ninth quarter-final of the season when he next faces No. 16 seed Andrey Golubev, who advanced with a 6-2, 7-6(7) win over Belgian Kristof Vliegen. Berdych defeated the Kazakhstani in straight sets in the first round of Wimbledon.
Golubev, 23, made an impressive run last month at the ATP World Tour 500 clay-court event in Hamburg, defeating World No. 6 Nikolay Davydenko en route to the title. Afterwards, he moved up 45 spots to a career-high No. 37 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings.
Argentine David Nalbandian continued to look sharp in his first main draw appearance since April. After conceding just four games in his first-round win over Rajeev Ram on Monday, the former World No. 3 eased past seventh-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1, 6-3 in 68 minutes.
The 28-year-old Nalbandian, who underwent hip surgery in May 2009, is contesting just his fifth tournament since returning to action in February. He posted the best results of his comeback at the Copa Telmex in Buenos Aires and Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, reaching the quarter-finals.
Last month, he turned in a heroic effort in the Davis Cup quarter-finals, winning his singles rubbers against Nikolay Davydenko and Mikhail Youzhny to clinch Argentina’s 3-2 win over Russia.
After the exits of seeded players in the first four matches Wednesday, No. 9 Marcos Baghdatis made his way safely through to the third round as he edged past Argentine Horacio Zeballos 7-6(3), 7-6(5) in one hour and 58 minutes. Baghdatis fired 17 aces and won 86 per cent of points behind his first serve.
Baghdatis went winless through the grass-court swing, but reunited with former coach Guillaume Peyre last week in Los Angeles and won his first match since Roland Garros (d. Sweeting, l. to Tipsarevic). The Cypriot won the hard-court title earlier this season at the Medibank International Sydney.
the scoreboard was the only option once again. so, any attempt to make comments or suggestions about Marcos' game would be utterly nonsensical. well, obviously Marcos needed two tie-breaks to defeat Zeballos, used seventeen (17) aces and 86 percent of his first serve points won to capture his second match victory after Roland Garros. i was expecting a tough match, and was prepared for that. if Marcos can keep it up, he can turn around his latest bleak victory numbers in time...
Illya Marchenko, the up-and-coming Ukrainian. Sergiy Stakhovsky (beaten by Marcos in Bukhara seven years ago) and Oleg Dolgopolov (recently beaten by Marcos in Tashkent), are the other two... Marchenko, who prefers indoor hard courts, is definitely a player of solid potential. theoretically, though, talking about class and experience, Marcos is a lot better player than him. but, it remains to be seen if he deserves to be real favorite to win this match-up.
Kolya has a clear opinion about Marchenko's game after defeating him in the second round of this year's Australian Open: sapronov-tennis.org/?p=press&type=interview&id=932 nope, i don't speak Russian. it's been translated from Russian into English by an Ukrainian tennis fan for MTF... so, here's Kolya's answer to the second question: Q: How do you estimate your opponent’s game in the second round of the AO? What are his perspectives? Did he surprise you with something? Kolya: Marchenko played quite good, he played good all the elements, hit down the lines. If he continues playing such game, his results will continue growing rapidly. Now I’m not surprised that he has reached the semifinal of the Kremlin Cup last year. His level in today’s match was very high. About game elements, I have to note, that Marchenko plays very good crosses from both backhand and a forehand. There are only some players in the tour who are able to hit crosses from both sides. Maybe, Djokovic, Del Potro… I often play at the baseline, knowing that the opponent will play to the center of the court and I’ll have an opportunity to attack. There were moments, when Marchenko used his crosses, playing deep, unexpectedly for me. Sometimes I had no choice and play conveniently for him, gave him opportunities to attack. If he continues playing that way, he’ll become very dangerous opponent.