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US Open QR2: Farah def Ouanna 6-4 6-2

out_here_grindin
08-27-2010, 07:31 PM
Robert Farah's sizzling summer continues, now just one win away from the US Open main draw. Ouanna is a major mug now but this is a good win nonetheless.

:)


here is a pic I took of him when I saw him at the NCAA's in May. This after he beat Buchanan comfortably

http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/4180/img0152k.jpg

Filo V.
08-27-2010, 07:48 PM
Great job, Robert. He's tearing through the pro circuit at such an impressive rate. A 150 finish to the season in the rankings isn't out of the question. Hopefully he qualifies and does well in the MD.

bleu_cheese
08-27-2010, 07:54 PM
He was basically undefeated for a while, very impressive start to his pro career. I'll root for him to qualify.

Horatio Caine
08-27-2010, 07:56 PM
Yeah I've had an eye on him all summer...been tearing up the challenger circuit as flyboy says. Definitely a very strong contender for 'Newcomer of the Year.'

Not had the chance to see him yet...anyone care to share some information on his stature, game style etc?

Filo V.
08-27-2010, 08:05 PM
Yeah I've had an eye on him all summer...been tearing up the challenger circuit as flyboy says. Definitely a very strong contender for 'Newcomer of the Year.'

Not had the chance to see him yet...anyone care to share some information on his stature, game style etc?

Pretty tall and stocky, aggressive, takes the ball early off the return, likes to come to net, S&V's more than a majority of players, flat backhand that penetrates and is his major weapon, pretty good forehand, effective slice, good first and second serves, not the most natural athlete or tennis player, but has good and refined skills that make up for it.

Ozone
08-27-2010, 08:23 PM
Never has bad results. Always winning. I hope he makes the MD. Great representation for college tennis and I'd like to see what he can do.

Horatio Caine
08-27-2010, 08:28 PM
Pretty tall and stocky, aggressive, takes the ball early off the return, likes to come to net, S&V's more than a majority of players, flat backhand that penetrates and is his major weapon, pretty good forehand, effective slice, good first and second serves, not the most natural athlete or tennis player, but has good and refined skills that make up for it.

Thanks for the insight mate.

Yeah he sounds like one to watch for the foreseeable future. As you say, he could finish the year inside the top 150 (maybe higher), and if he chooses his events carefully next year he might make a few marks in ATP draws...certainly the US '250s' after the Australian Open can have fairly weak draws. Of course he might choose to play the South American clay swing but from your description it sounds like hard courts could be a better surface for him.

Hopefully he can win his final qualifying match tomorrow...it would be interesting to see him paired with one of the weaker main draw players in R1.

Johnny Groove
08-27-2010, 08:42 PM
What's this? Intelligent tennis discussion? What a gem!

Farah has been in ridiculous form the past few months, and from flyboy's description, I hope he keeps winning so I can watch.

straitup
08-27-2010, 08:45 PM
Robert's been great, please qualify :yeah:

He's a good player, good backhand return and he's shown mental fortitude when in tight situations.

Fee
08-27-2010, 09:35 PM
Is there any angle the US can get to start throwing money at him and get him to switch Nationalities like they did with Sweeting? Please tell me they can't touch him.

calvinhobbes
08-27-2010, 10:01 PM
Is there any angle the US can get to start throwing money at him and get him to switch Nationalities like they did with Sweeting? Please tell me they can't touch him.
Nobody can touch him. He´s from Cali, Colombia, where nationalty is a serious matter - - - - -:worship::worship::worship:

Blackbriar
08-27-2010, 10:04 PM
Ouanna is laughable at best, a dumbed-down tsonga...

Montego
08-27-2010, 11:23 PM
Amazing this Farah.

Summary:


played his first ever pro match in June and went on to win the whole tournament
has been 29-4 since (one defeat through retirement)
has two futures titles and a challenger title
now is in the final round of USO qualies and is probably 50-50 to advance (plays Lojda, so pretty winnable match)


Although he still hasn't played against a Top100 player - it is truly amazing.

malisha
08-27-2010, 11:44 PM
this guys played as a pro in 2004,2005 and 2006...beated Munoz de la Nava in Bogota challenger 2005

returned this year...was he injured or he was just doing something else?

he saved many BP-s today against Ouanna

Smoke944
08-27-2010, 11:45 PM
this guys played as a pro in 2004,2005 and 2006...beated Munoz de la Nava in Bogota challenger 2005

returned this year...was he injured or he was just doing something else?

he saved many BP-s today against Ouanna

Played college tennis at USC during the last few years.

roberthenman
08-28-2010, 12:04 AM
farah :yeah:

Arkulari
08-28-2010, 12:36 AM
he's pretty good in both HC (he has gotten used to it in college) and clay (where he learned to play)

http://static2.elespectador.com/files/images/febmar2010/73f9d44f5f8a50bae30477dae1ff8476.jpg

Hopefully he can make the DC squad, even for a fifth man, Giraldo and Falla will be the singles players but Farah can play doubles with Cabal or Salamanca :)

docking34
08-28-2010, 03:03 AM
Farah plays Dusan Lojda of the Czech Republic, its not exactly like Dusan killed his opponents the last two rounds, but I see him winning this 50-50, so both have a decent chance. Hope Farah can win this, because then he can represent USC better and know whats it like to play with the big boys.

Snowwy
08-28-2010, 04:19 AM
I guess I havent been keeping up with these new players lately, this is the first Ive heard of him :sad:

fran70
08-28-2010, 11:34 AM
This is an impressive performance showed by Farah until now. People should bear in mind that he played his first challenger tournament 5 weeks ago. I hope he can qualify to the main draw . Good luck :yeah:

Action Jackson
08-28-2010, 11:41 AM
Farah plays Dusan Lojda of the Czech Republic, its not exactly like Dusan killed his opponents the last two rounds, but I see him winning this 50-50, so both have a decent chance. Hope Farah can win this, because then he can represent USC better and know whats it like to play with the big boys.

Lojda's forehand will got into Farah's strength which is the double hand backhand. The Colombian is quite streaky, and still has a bit of development in his game, which will get exposed when he plays the better players.

Farah has so far had a good record of qualifying in the tournaments he played.

fabolous
08-28-2010, 11:57 AM
colombian tennis on the rise :rocker2:

Action Jackson
08-28-2010, 12:01 PM
Pretty tall and stocky.

This is not stocky.

http://dailytrojan.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/sports-Farah-by-Eric-Wolfe.jpg

Fee
08-28-2010, 04:44 PM
This is an impressive performance showed by Farah until now. People should bear in mind that he played his first challenger tournament 5 weeks ago. I hope he can qualify to the main draw . Good luck :yeah:

Not according to post #14 of this thread.

Smoke944
08-28-2010, 04:45 PM
Not according to post #14 of this thread.

His first challenger tournament since before college :p

Action Jackson
08-28-2010, 04:48 PM
His first challenger tournament since before college :p

It's good Farah is getting some exposure, but not done in a dickhead way either.

Ozone
08-28-2010, 04:52 PM
Pretty tall and stocky, aggressive, takes the ball early off the return, likes to come to net, S&V's more than a majority of players, flat backhand that penetrates and is his major weapon, pretty good forehand, effective slice, good first and second serves, not the most natural athlete or tennis player, but has good and refined skills that make up for it.
:confused:Have you ever seen Farah play?

straitup
08-28-2010, 04:53 PM
:confused:Have you ever seen Farah play?

I wouldn't call him stocky and I don't think he slices a ton. He does serve/volley once in a while as a surprise tactic though, sometimes he'll come in off a backhand return in a sneak attack

Smoke944
08-28-2010, 04:53 PM
I agree with flyboy's assessment. He isn't stocky but the above pic is a couple years old and he's put on muscle since then. And he does serve and volley a fair bit.

Action Jackson
08-28-2010, 04:56 PM
I agree with flyboy's assessment. He isn't stocky but the above pic is a couple years old and he's put on muscle since then. And he does serve and volley a fair bit.

He will never be stocky, it's not his body type. He doesn't have a bad game, but far from the finished article.

Filo V.
08-28-2010, 05:00 PM
He doesn't slice that much, but when he does, he does it effectively, he has an effective slice. As far as his body, stocky may not be the best adjective, but he's got muscle, he's filled out from where he was a few years out, he's not skinny, he's average I guess. And he definitely does S&V more than most players, which is what I said, obviously not every time, but compared to most players you see today, definitely, he goes to the net more on average.

I've seen him several times, I know how he plays and what he looks like peeps.

Filo V.
08-28-2010, 05:06 PM
Thanks for the insight mate.

Yeah he sounds like one to watch for the foreseeable future. As you say, he could finish the year inside the top 150 (maybe higher), and if he chooses his events carefully next year he might make a few marks in ATP draws...certainly the US '250s' after the Australian Open can have fairly weak draws. Of course he might choose to play the South American clay swing but from your description it sounds like hard courts could be a better surface for him.

Hopefully he can win his final qualifying match tomorrow...it would be interesting to see him paired with one of the weaker main draw players in R1.
No problem :wavey: I think he's got the potential to be good, I mean he is already but good in terms of the top of the game, but how good yet I don't know. Still hasn't played many great players yet. I don't think he's as good as some people think he is but I also think he'll make a good living as a professional, which some people didn't think could happen. Hopefully he does have a great end of the year, get a decent ranking, and can be seeded in AO qualifying and get into some weaker ATPs and make the cuts for qualifying, so everyone can see him for themselves. And if he gets a Riba or Cuevas in the MD from qualifying, then he definitely should be able to make it past R1.

Filo V.
08-28-2010, 05:08 PM
I agree with flyboy's assessment. He isn't stocky but the above pic is a couple years old and he's put on muscle since then. And he does serve and volley a fair bit.

;) Thank you.

See, bitches, I know what I'm talking about! Don't doubt me :angel:

Jimnik
08-28-2010, 05:34 PM
Never heard of him but wish him luck.

Shame Ouanna never does anything decent outside RG.

Action Jackson
08-28-2010, 05:36 PM
;) Thank you.

See, bitches, I know what I'm talking about! Don't doubt me :angel:

You called him stocky, he is not Michael Berrer you know.

Filo V.
08-28-2010, 05:38 PM
You called him stocky, he is not Michael Berrer you know.

True, that was the incorrect adjective. But he's also not skinny. He's has muscle, he's got a developed matured body. He's I guess average size.

fran70
08-28-2010, 08:50 PM
Not according to post #14 of this thread.

Maybe my English is not so good as yours and I didn`t express myself properly. Do you find that victory against Noviski in 1995 relevant about Farah`s experience on the tour and as turning point on his chances to reach the main draw of the USO? ;)

Montego
08-28-2010, 09:08 PM
Farah lost to Lojda :mad:

fran70
08-28-2010, 09:40 PM
Farah lost to Lojda :mad:

That sort of defeats are totally predictable for a player like Farah who will have to get use to more experienced players. It doesn`t mean that Lojda is a better player than Farah but he has the experience that Farah lacks and will take him a while until he can get use to players ranked in the top 300.