Firstly, an update on how Nicolas Almagro did last week. He won
Almagro is currently one of 3 men, (the others being Llodra and Roddick) to have won 2 titles already this year. And he's performing the best out of all the Spaniards, being the only one to win a title this year. Vamos España, hurry up and win more titles! By the way, Almagro beat David Nalbandian 6-1 7-6. Almagro has been one of the standout performers in the Latin American clay court swing, and hopefully he can carry on that brilliant form into the US hardcourt season.
As for this week. There was a tournament in Las Vegas, but who cares about that one really. No Spaniards played in it.
In the Dubai tournament, the Spaniards had a bit more luck. Fernando Verdasco defeated Germany's Rainer Schuttler 7-6 4-6 6-1 in the first round, but lost to Andy Murray in the second round, 6-3 3-6 7-5. David Ferrer did very well this week, beating Tommy Haas 6-3 6-0 (though I doubt the scoreline would be anything like that if Haas wasn't injured), then Ferrer beat Olivier Rochus 3-6 7-5 6-1. He then lost against compatriot Feliciano Lopez 6-4 6-3. Rafael Nadal got through a few rounds, beating Kohlschrieber who's been in some good form recently 6-3 6-1 6-4, then disposing of Ledovskikh 6-4 6-0. But he lost to the eventual champion, Andy Roddick 7-6 6-2. It's horrible to say this, but former world number 1, Juan Carlos Ferrero did the worst out of all the spaniards this week, losing in the first round to Andy Roddick 6-2 6-4. Ferrero has a habit of losing to the eventual champion, but he also has major problems dealing with the Roddick serve, which was out in full force this week. Hopefully Roddick stays well away from Ferrero, since I can't see Ferrero beating Roddick anytime soon.
The surprise of this week was Feliciano Lopez. He's such a weird player, he's either totally useless or completely brilliant. This week he was the latter. He beat Tipsarevic 6-3 4-6 6-4, then Berdych 6-4 7-5, then Ferrer 6-4 6-3. In the semi-finals he toughed it out against Nikolay Davydenko, winning 6-4 4-6 7-5. And in the final, in a battle of the big servers, Andy Roddick emerged victorious, 6-7 6-4 6-2. A mighty effort on Feli's part, but nevertheless he should be congratulated on a brilliant week's work.
Next week the tour will move to Indian Wells, and hopefully the Spaniards can kick some butt there!