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Daily news Tuesday
After a first sunny and warm day here in Cordoba is it time to have a look at what happened on court today. Of court there was at least a lot of nice chat, heavy drinking and few sleep, so I guess some players will go off the court before the end of the week because of exhausting.
Tytta. and Zackbusner, the clear favourites for winning this Spanish title did what they had to do. Tytta, always loved for her nice short hair which sometimes gets her confused with a boy, came onto court in style, completely in white. It worked because her opponent was only watching at her still white clothes (what's your secret for playing on clay and keeping it clean
) when she hit the ball for a drop shot on matchpoint in the tiebreak of the third set. But it seems like she's not so invincible as everybody thought she was. Next up is hallso who defeated Acemaker in a thrilling match. Hallso used hawkeye in the right way, converting 30 points into his advantage and finally winning the match easily in 2. Tytta is warned for hitting the line!
Zackbusner, the second one coming onto court, needed his German spirit to score in the last minute! After having 5 matchpoints against, which he all saved by hitting the net, Mr-Piojoso tried the same on matchpoint for his opponent, but he failed. And yeah, Zack did the Ivanovic move, kissing the net after winning, but I think he overexaggerated a little by really hugging it!
Next up is rvugt, a doubles specialist in challenger circuit, who hit on matchpoint a ball around the next into the field, which left his opponent standing stunned for 5 minutes.
The biggest surprise came from court 2, where the nr. 3 seeded played against karo_em9, who normally plays small roles in challenger tournament. It seemed to become an easy victory for gaynor, but one break wasn't enough to win a match where he made error on error. Karo_em played a nice match, but Gaynor played horrible, so far for his spanish dream! For karo_em the next round might seem easy, but Dmitriy might be a worse opponent than gaynor in the way he kicked the ass of his doubles partner today.
JMG, our second German, like always there are too many of them, fought of his first opposition in an easy way. He had a slow start, but after coming back from 3-0, there was no problem for the hard working German. Next up, marr, who might be still tired from his marathon match against sgrii. This might be a chance for JMG, but marr showed some nice tennis on the outside courts, so never say never.
All double matches unfortunately had to be finished tomorrow. Although some teams made good starts, the double teams Dmitriy/Mishka Logvi and rvugt/insieme are leading by one set. This is specifically good from rvugt/insieme as it is their first time playing together. The rest of the matches were without some real excitements at the end of the first set.
The beginners luck award
Insieme for having 5 out of 6 on his first day in TT
The 'I don't care what other people think' award
karo_em9 and gaynor who made it too 4 diffs in the 6 matches, so picking 4 underdogs
The 'I'm going for save' award
Digor and Hotzenplotz for going for the favourites in 2 sets, so the match had to go to PTS
The 'favourite Spaniard' award
Sanchez de Luna who got more picks than Piccari who played more at this level
Pick of the day
Machado by JMG, lucho_coria, karo_em9
Lopez Jaen 25 vs Prpic 7
Menendez 30 vs Cerovic 2
Golubev 28 vs Silva 4
Sanchez de Luna 23 vs Piccari 9
Fornell 32 vs Jose Leal 0
Guccione 29 vs Machado 3
Preview on the first round
After a disturbing start of the tournament tomorrow the MD will start. On Sunday afternoon, all players were called out onto court, where they heard after playing one set, that they didn't need to play anymore. In the end, they finished the match in a friendly matter and lots of free beer from the organizers in the evening made it a very special day in the end. And of course, all qualifiers were happy for making it into the MD.
Tomorrow the Wimbledon losers, as the players are called here, will go onto court. But Wimbledon losers doesn't mean bad players. There are 6 top 50 players here in Cordoba and 13 top 100 players. So some fireworks can be expected tomorrow.
The big favourite is Tytta!. the current nr. 5 of the world. But the pressure on his shoulder is really high if he takes on newby starluk, currently nr 240. When you see starluk walking around, he really enjoys everything here and he will go onto court without any pressure.
The next candidate for the title is ZackBusner, the nr 2 seeded now FiBeR unexpectedly performs very well on Wimbledon. The Germans are always ready for a good match and you have only won after the last ball is played! Mr-Piojoso, making his first entrance here, should have been informed about that. Speaking Spanish might help him to get the crowd on his site!
Gaynor, who as his name suggests, doesn't come from England, will be ready for revenge after his early loss on wimbledon. It looks like he got an easy draw with karo_em9, but the double specialist might take out a trick!
Another German is fourth seeded, JMG who is always a dangerous outside to come far. Although he doesn't have an easy draw for his first round, meeting Bolar Bolabi his doubles partner. Of course they know each other very well, and that might be a bad thing for JMG.
One of the biggest surprise before this tournament is Vamos Israel, asking very late for entering the tournament. So he was out on Sunday playing qualification, but then, as some guys did very well on Wimbledon, could go back to the dressing room without problems.
We will see who will be the black horse, nothing is certain on this tour!