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Montanes def Starace 7-6(8) 6-4

finishingmove
04-27-2009, 03:09 PM
potato showed the crowd their money's worth

Action Jackson
04-27-2009, 03:11 PM
Betfair commentator was going off.

Fun match for sure, clever drop shots from Fat Albert. Starace was too passive on the big points.

Albert down 1-5 in the TB and Starace smashed his racquet after he lost the 1st set.

Clay Death
04-27-2009, 03:12 PM
potato showed the crowd their money's worth


good win for Albert. i am happy for him. Starace has some work to do.

Spadea TT
04-27-2009, 03:17 PM
Ridiculous how Potito lost 1st set (that sp on 8-7 :mad:), then broken to love in 1st game of the 2nd... Good chance missed for him.

Henry Chinaski
04-27-2009, 03:54 PM
Betfair commentator was going off.

Fun match for sure, clever drop shots from Fat Albert. Starace was too passive on the big points.

Albert down 1-5 in the TB and Starace smashed his racquet after he lost the 1st set.

yup. Potato dominated the early part of the breaker playing aggressive tennis and had 2 big forehand winners in the first 5 points. too passive after that as you say and he missed a great chance on set point at 8-7 when he played the short ball tentatively cc into fat albert's fh rather than putting it away down the line. albert came up with a good pass to save the set but he shouldn't have been given the opportunity. that was pretty close to a match point really because it's almost impossible to recover from losing a 1 hour 25 min set in those conditions. they had to delay between points several times because there were sand storms on court.

Action Jackson
04-27-2009, 03:59 PM
yup. Potato dominated the early part of the breaker playing aggressive tennis and had 2 big forehand winners in the first 5 points. too passive after that as you say and he missed a great chance on set point at 8-7 when he played the short ball tentatively cc into fat albert's fh rather than putting it away down the line. albert came up with a good pass to save the set but he shouldn't have been given the opportunity. that was pretty close to a match point really because it's almost impossible to recover from losing a 1 hour 25 min set in those conditions. they had to delay between points several times because there were sand storms on court.

The few Italian fans that were present, were trying to get him going, then he went into passive. That short forehand for sure he should have drilled that down the line, because under pression Fat Albert is going to make the forehand, whereas with the backhand it's a good rally shot, though on the pass it isn't as good.

Those conditions won't be forgotten in a hurry and he lost serve at the start of the 2nd set hangover from blowing chances in the TB.

rocketassist
04-27-2009, 04:03 PM
Good match I thought. Plenty of traditional clay court tennis and exchanges.

Starace though, can push Nadal and Fed on a good day but suck so hard on a bad one.

Bilbo
04-27-2009, 04:08 PM
starace should retire from life

GlennMirnyi
04-27-2009, 04:16 PM
Starace should definitely retire from life.

Henry Chinaski
04-27-2009, 04:36 PM
Good match I thought. Plenty of traditional clay court tennis and exchanges.
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yeah I watched a couple of games of Blake Crivoi before I realised this was available on interactive and it was a god-send. players dealt with the conditions well and there was plenty of good point construction and fight on display.

bjurra
04-27-2009, 04:43 PM
starace should retire from life

If every player you asked to retire from life actually did so, Benjamin Balleret would be top 50.

roberthenman
04-27-2009, 04:54 PM
good win Albert :clap2:

Smoke944
04-27-2009, 05:39 PM
If every player you asked to retire from life actually did so, Benjamin Balleret would be top 50.

In all honesty, this may have been one of the funnier posts I've ever seen on MTF :lol: :yeah:

Afleet Alex
04-27-2009, 06:15 PM
yup. Potato dominated the early part of the breaker playing aggressive tennis and had 2 big forehand winners in the first 5 points. too passive after that as you say and he missed a great chance on set point at 8-7 when he played the short ball tentatively cc into fat albert's fh rather than putting it away down the line. albert came up with a good pass to save the set but he shouldn't have been given the opportunity. that was pretty close to a match point really because it's almost impossible to recover from losing a 1 hour 25 min set in those conditions. they had to delay between points several times because there were sand storms on court.

actually Potato played a great set point. He ran Montanes all over the place before ripping a cross-court forehand approach. Albert just barely got there in time and had to go for broke from several yards outside the court, which he did to perfection with a down-the-line forehand pass.

Potato saved a match point at 5-4 in the second with similar heroics, but lost the match two points later.

meihaditalab
04-27-2009, 09:16 PM
horrible weather. But some pretty good rallies considering the "shitty" weather

GlennMirnyi
04-28-2009, 12:14 AM
Starace is a waste of space and oxygen.

Henry Chinaski
04-28-2009, 12:28 AM
actually Potato played a great set point. He ran Montanes all over the place before ripping a cross-court forehand approach. Albert just barely got there in time and had to go for broke from several yards outside the court, which he did to perfection with a down-the-line forehand pass.



true up to a point but a bit of an exaggeration there. if the fh approach was ripped it would've been a clean winner. looked like a slight brain cramp to me and he didn't hit it as hard as he could've. it wasn't a big choke or anything just poor shot selection on the biggest point in the match.

finishingmove
04-28-2009, 01:01 AM
match of the day definitely

albert got a night session with djokovic now.

Guy Haines
04-28-2009, 03:33 AM
Some excellent clay tennis at the end of this one. Like night and day in comparison to Crivoi-Blake.

Starace is all out of sorts though. He played like a loser.