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Old 08-23-2014, 06:33 PM   #1
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Best player of the week: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez - would have won if he hadn't got tired vs Querrey IMO. Singlehandedly lost his and Oswald's doubles match though.

Worst player of the week: Leonardo Mayer - Just terrible. Nothing else to say. Dzumhur was unimpressive too.

Nicest player of the week: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez - took a selfie with my friend, talked at length with people who wanted an autograph, laughed at himself when losing, generally just came off a nice guy.

Least nice player of the week: Jerzy Janowicz - Came off a complete jerk, telling Sousa he touched ball yet not conceding the point, didn't sign many autographs, made ushers basically clear the court because he couldn't stop yelling at Sousa even after he won. Awful coaching team didn't help, yelling "davai Jerzy" every time his opponent was near them. It's a crime it looks like he'll win after Sousa match

Best performance of the week: Dustin Brown vs Alejandro Gonzalez- Brown was just untouchable. Everything he hit was gold. Gonzalez looked totally helpless, laughing and shaking his head as ridiculous winners whizzed by.

Worst performance of the week: Marcel Granollers vs Yen-hsun Lu- Got to court late, missed nearly every shot in the groundstroke part of the warm up, sliced everything throughout the match. Looked like he was at least sort of trying (he was running full force at least) but he wasn't playing normally at all. Especially odd as he looked good against PHM. Seppi against Lu and Mayer against Goffin also contend here.

Comeback of the week: Florin Mergea & Joao Sousa- Down 7-1 in a supertiebreak to Young and Monroe, they proceeded to save 4 match points, including a clean 90 MPH+ backhand full stretch first serve return winner by Mergea. Great fight, most dramatic match of the week except the Janowicz-Sousa catastrophe.

Best match of the week: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez vs Donald Young- Amazing match, best one I've seen live for sure. Both played well, GGL hit some enormous forehands, Young's defense was great. Young saved 2 MPs in spectacular fashion only to double fault on one of his own, after which GGL hit two great shots to win it 8-6 in the tiebreak. Other contenders are Mergea/Sousa- Young/Monroe, Haase-Kukushkin, and Garcia-Lopez- Brown

Worst match of the week: Andreas Seppi vs Federico Delbonis- This was some incredibly ugly tennis. There was a lot of grinding and yet also mountains of unforced errors. After splitting the first two sets, a very lengthy start of the third allowed Seppi to lead 2-1, after which Delbonis kind of gave up. Other contenders are Querrey-Anderson, Rosol-Harrison, Seppi-Lu, Delbonis-Klizan. And Janowicz-Querrey probably, but didn't see that live.



Other thought:

Garcia-Lopez's game is much prettier than it looks on TV

Delbonis's game is very ugly, much more so than it looks on TV

Robredo tanked hard, and Granollers either tanked or was drunk/injured/horrible

Donald Young is a mix of unlucky and choker. Nice game though.

Every match with Seppi in it is horrible.

Janowicz has an extremely impressive game, is unfortunately also extremely unlikable.

Philipp Oswald is cool.

Anderson's game isn't as bad as it looks, Querrey's is even worse.

Officials have something seriously against Joao Sousa.

Sousa himself has an extreme temper, but is also an incredible fighter.

Florin Mergea's wife (I think) is really attractive and really passionate, best supporter there was.

Janowicz's coaching box is ridiculously annoying, Delbonis's coach takes very extensive notes, Lu's just seem happy

Leonardo Mayer is really really bad when he's not on

Donald Young completely carries his doubles partner (Monroe)

Sam Groth's serve is ridiculous. Looks much more impressive than Isner's or Querrey's

Kukushkin is incredible on the run, not very good when he isn't

Paire is completely crazy

Haase makes pretty heavy use of delays after his opponent wins the second set.

Granollers mysteriously partnered Andujar in doubles. His play at net made this more mysterious.

It's hot. Ridiculously hot.

Rosol made the final without playing a single good or even okay match

It's a nice tournament overall, though the matches seemed to progressively get lower quality. Hope to go again next year.
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Very nice boy gets the least nice player of the week tag lol.
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Its the southern USA in August. Were you expecting snow?

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It's a nice tournament overall, though the matches seemed to progressively get lower quality. Hope to go again next year.
You should come to Cincy next year!
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I'd say Garcia-Lopez, Oswald, and to a lesser degree Sousa gained me as a fan. Janowicz lost me as one. Mohammed Layhani is awesome, the bald umpire from Egypt was not popular.
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Jerkzy's a jerk. NID.
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The matches probably got worse as the week progressed because the players are just geared towards practicing for the U.S. Open. They don't want to leave everything on the court at Winston Salem.

If you want to see players give their all (for the most part) and get the most value for your money, go to the U.S. Open and get a grounds pass ($58.00). And you can see WTA matches too. Some of them aren't bad. You can even take the train right in to NC City and hop on the 7 train to the Tennis Complex.
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I have to admit that lukas was very lucky to make it into the final with the retirements of harrison and isner
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thanks mate

BTW - just learned here that Seppi is playing with a Pro Kennex racquet didn't know, huh..

p.s. is it the GF in the second album? nice young lady
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Every match with Seppi in it is horrible.




Nice report and observations though.
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thanks mate

BTW - just learned here that Seppi is playing with a Pro Kennex racquet didn't know, huh..
He's had it a while, hasn't he? Or was it another little-known brand he had before?
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Sorry I have a sample size of three matches so perhaps not always true The Delbonis-Seppi match was brutal though, and he was abysmal against Lu. The Mahut match was only fairly bad if that is any comfort.
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Very nice report, emotion.
Thanks a lot. Interesting read.
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Glad Cheatzy didn't win in the end.
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He's had it a while, hasn't he? Or was it another little-known brand he had before?

On and off. Right now...sorta not really. Not "Facebook official" in a couple months though
yeah, Seppi might have had it for a while now, it just never crossed my sight and i was quite surprised today.

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