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Quotable Quotes: Florian Mayer Blasts Nicolas Almagro’s “embarrassing” Behaviour in Hamburg

Nicolas Almagro is widely known to be one of the most unpopular ATP players amongst fans, and judging by Florian Mayer’s comments on Almagro following his 7-6(5) 7-6(3) loss to the Spaniard, the feeling is shared amongst his fellow players;

“His behaviour was embarrassing. This has nothing to do with tennis. If I did something like that, I would have felt ashamed. He was quite rightly booed at the end. Spitting and insulting the audience is not right at all”

Some may dismiss these comments as sour grapes from Mayer, but he’s completely right. Almagro was his usual cowardly self out there today - trying to influence linespeople and the umpire, shouting at members of the crowd, attempting to bully Mayer by shouting loud after winning points and laughing at Mayer after every one of his unforced errors, and so on.

It was funny because for the longest time, the crowd were attempting to be as fair as possible towards Almagro. However it got to the point where it would have almost been shameful for them not to stick up for their countryman by booing Almagro, and boo him they did. They booed and jeered his winning points, cheered his errors and double faults and even clapped enthusiastically on missed first serves. Almagro was furious afterwards, and as he left the court to a chorus of boos, he shouted and gestured furiously to the crowd and specific members of the crowd. I didn’t see any spitting, but it really wouldn’t be much of a surprise.

Let’s just hope that Verdasco can put a stop to Almagro’s antics and take out the trash tomorrow when he faces his countryman tomorrow.

Quotable Quotes: Philipp Petzsschner Can Evade Questions Almost As Well As David Cameron

After his disappointing 6-2 4-6 7-6(5) loss to Marsel Ilhan yesterday in Stuttgart, Philipp Petszchner created a bit of drama in the press room as he refused to answer any questions relating to the match, instead pointedly rambling on about his favourite football team Hamburger SV;

We are speechless, what was that?
Petzschner: “I hope that HSV has established the right team for the season and that they make the Uefa Cup. “

What was the match ball?
Petzschner: “Yes, we have a lot of newbies and therefore it is a difficult situation. Yes, uh, but I just hope that people will pursue such as Mancienne and Bruma, and creates the HSV the Uefa Cup next season.

The golf round has been more fun than the game today, right?
Petzschner: “Golf was good. Hamburg is a beautiful city. It was an honor to be allowed to play on the court.

Because no further comments were, Petzschner took the word again. “Then, if no more questions are to soccer, I go again.” He said it and disappeared.

He was, of course, completely crucified by German newspapers and sport publications for this stunt, and rightly so - they’re only doing their jobs and it’s immature to take his frustration out on them. But still, I can’t deny that I found it quite funny.


Video: Fede Del Bonis’ Big Breakthrough In Stuttgart

Not only did Stuttgart witness the comeback of a great champion in Juan Carlos Ferrero - it also saw the rise of a possible future star in Argentina’s Federico Del Bonis.

Delbo couldn’t quite follow in the footsteps of his compatriot Delpo, who stormed to the title in 2008 before embarking on a summer-long winning streak, but he did enough to put himself back into relevance amongst his contemporaries after a poor first half of the year. After upsetting Florian Mayer in the first round, Del Bonis eased into his first tour semi-final before giving Ferrero a tough three-setter in the semis.

It remains to be seen whether Del Bonis has the talent to really become a world beater, but the guy’s forehand is pure brilliance and his backhand ain’t too shabby either, so I wouldn’t bet against him reaching the top 20/30 at the very least.

The Boss Is Back… Again.

Earlier on this month, I randomly hopped onto youtube and spent a ridiculous amount of time just bathing in the nostalgia of Juan Carlos Ferrero’s glory days. He was one of the first players I ever followed, and feels like a lifetime ago that he was lifting up that first and lone Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2003. After the joy and relief that he finally broke the duck, I remember genuinely feeling like he would go on to win many more Grand Slams.

But with countless injuries and bad luck (and no thanks to that ‘Rafa’ dude) ever since, things haven’t quite gone to plan. His most recent setback being him forced to go into hospital for both knee and wrist surgery at the end of 2010, and it looked those injuries had finally finished him off for good as he announced that he would be seriously considering retirement at the end of 2011.

In hindsight, we really should have just laughed taken his comments with a pinch of salt. Why? Because, I mean, it’s just not Juan Carlos Ferrero’s style to walk solemnly into the sunset. At all. And he proved it this week by making a mockery of any retirement plans, storming to the title in Stuttgart in his first tournament after two months out. He took out Youzhny en-route before completely creaming Pablo Andujar in the final, 6-4 6-0. Understandably, he was beyond elated afterwards;

“It’s been a dream for me. Came here training without any expectations and I am now the winner. It gives me great confidence in myself and shows that I can win tournaments again after injury. The knee is responding well and everything is perfect.”

Yup. With Juan Carlos Ferrero back winning and free of pain, everything is perfect. Here’s to hoping that it stays this way.

RAMBLE (and bad title) ALERT: Bastards flail in Bastad.

This morning I caught a glimpse of the Bastad semi-final draw and immediately thought that, with Robin Soderling, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych ranked between 5 and 8 and 11-ranked Almagro rounding off the semi-final lineup, things could get pretty interesting down at the 250 event.

Of course, that was completely delusional of me, and I apologize. Instead, Mr Berdych put in a truly appalling peformance, managing to win only one game in the entire match and was essentially two points away from being double bageled by the top-seeded Soderling. Almagro didn’t fare much better, picking up only three more games than Berdych in his semi against Ferrer, with his defeat actually six minutes shorter than the Czech number one’s.

For both players, it’s yet another failure to add to their list of letdowns against top players in 2011. Almagro, infamous among players and fans alike for his constant use of gamesmanship on tour was in full flow earlier this week - glaring down at opponents, attempting to influence umpires and, in the words of Jonas Bjorkman “walking”. Generally I don’t have as much of a problem with his behaviour as most do, as long as the gamesmanship doesn’t fade into cheating. However, what I do have a problem with is that without fail, whenever it is time for him to play someone of actual prominence, he immediately lays down on the ground and invites his opponent to walk all over him. This was the Ferrer match in a nutshell, illustrated by the fact that even though Ferrer loves to play with his food even at the best of times, the match was over in a flash. The resulting effect is that talented as he is, it makes Almagro look even more gutless - with him essentially bullying the lesser players before handing the match to the higher ranked ones.

As for Berdych, he yet again finds himself easily dispatched by the first in-form player he meets. It’s easy to wonder how he has managed to keep hold of his top ten ranking after disappointing in the defence of all three of his massive results from 2010, but the Czech number one has actually made the quarters/fourth round or better at twelve of his fourteen events so far this year. The problem is that he has become a model of mediocrity, and every time he has found himself in those quarterfinals and semifinals, he has been inevitably brushed aside with ease. These results would be understandable for a player lacking the firepower to really compete against the very best, but for someone with as talented and capable as Berdych? It’s just disappointing.

Looking on to tomorrows final, this time I don’t think it would be delusional to expect an interesting match. Two excellent claycourters with completely contrasting styles of play and also contrasting attitudes on-court. Should be a good ‘un.


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