Originally Posted by Challengerslover
Completely unplayable matchup. Lacko started competitive, but then he slowly realized there is zero chance. He has still that slight injury, so maybe itīs better to save some energy for AO, when it really matters. Ferrer is crazy, what a robot. Even his serve is very good. Lacko was hitting some 205 kmh serves, but they were routine for Ferrer who was returning them with a great length. As the match went on, Lacko got disinterested and started to play crap, but it didnīt matter, loss was just unevitable.
As I said earlier, Lacko is playing really well when heīs confident and is feeling the chance in a match. Obviously not the case here against a superior opponent. He just canīt play against these top players, itīs sad. Not even giving them a small challenge. Hoping for favorable AO draw, he has to avoid TOP 20 in first 2 rounds and then he could make some damage.
Very much agree, it may sound bad, but maybe it's good he lost so quickly, at least he saved his ankle and may travel to Australia sooner, QF is nice because Ferrer was unbeatable. But Lacko should concentrate on beating players he should beat, by the way this year he is doing it well so far /not saying he should've not trying to beat top players, of course he should, but sometimes more important are matches with lower ranked opponents. For example, I consider his wins over Lorenzi and Belluci as very good, same with Garcia Lopez and Troicki in Doha.
I really do hope that ankle won't bother him or he won't hurt himself more badly, his schedule after Australian Open is very tight, he hasn't got really a time for recover. He signed in Heilbronn CH as well, but if he reaches R2 in Australia, he should consider pulling off from there, as there are tough Davis Cup matches after that (not speaking about Zagreb, Rotterdam and Memphis).
So at the end of a day, it's good Ferrer won, he's way better player and I hope he can win here and reach SF at AO.