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Marcos Daniel estreia com derrota contra italiano

O brasileiro Marcos Daniel estreou com derrota no Torneiode Viña del Mar. Logo na primeira rodada da competição disputada no Chile na tarde desta terça-feira, o tenista foi derrotado pelo italiano Potito Starace, 66º colocado no raking da ATP, com um duplo 6/4.

Dono do 90º na lista mundial, Marcos Daniel é o segundo brasileiro mais bem colocado no ranking. Ele é superado apenas por Thomaz Bellucci, 84º colocado. Potito Starace dominou a partida realizada no Chile desde o início e precisou de pouco mais de uma hora para despachar o brasileiro.

Marcos Daniel cometeu seis duplas faltas e encaixou apenas 56% de seu primeiro serviço. Já Potito Starace fez somente uma dupla falta e teve 80% de aproveitamento no primeiro saque. O italiano criou nove chances para quebrar o serviço do adversário e foi ameaçado apenas uma vez. Ele conseguiu seis aces e o brasileiro, apenas três.

Sem correr grandes riscos, o tenista europeu eliminou o brasileiro e garantiu presença na próxima fase do Torneio de Viña del Mar. Na segunda rodada da competição, Starace apenas aguarda pelo vencedor do embate entre o francês Nicolas Devilder e o argentino Juan Mônaco.
 

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Marcos and his son David.

 

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Haha I forgot I started a thread for Daniel ages ago.

He won in Marrakech today at the same week that Bogota was played. I sense some voodoo and nobody in GM wants to comment on it.
 

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:woohoo: Marcos Daniel enters RG main draw! Fifth year in a row! :woohoo:

:banana: Let's dance! :banana:

:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

Hopefully he won't have to play Rafa in the 1st round.
 

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http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2009-05-23/200905231243094880593.html

Marcos Daniel, 29 years-old, world ranked 96: Spiritually inspired

Like many Brazilians, Marcos Daniel first dreamed of becoming a footballer. He and his father were regulars on the pitches in Rio Grande do Sul until a serious knee injury put paid to his future as a footballer. But tennis soon filled the void: "I first picked up a racket when I was 12, and quickly came to love the sport. Even when my friends were going to the beach I would stay behind and practice," remembers Daniel.

By the time he turned 19, Marcos had turned professional and signed up with a sponsor. But then a slipped disc struck a terrible blow to his progress. For four years he was virtually unable to move, and the injury nearly pushed him to end to his budding career. Then, on the long road to recovery Daniel found God. He became an Evangelist and joined the Atletas de Cristo (‘‘Athletes of Christ’’) association, alongside the footballer Kakà. "It is thanks to God that I didn’t give up,’’ he says. ‘‘He helped me to keep going and get out of the dark hole I was in. My family were also there for me. I owe them a lot." Since then, "el padre", as he is known by his friends on the circuit, has forged a respectable career for himself, the highlight being an ATP ranking of No60 in September 2008.

Today, Marcos Daniel is ranked world No96 and eager to make up for lost time. At nearly 30 years of age, he feels he still has progress to make. After getting through the qualifying rounds, Larri Passos’ ex-pupil drew the short straw and faces Rafael Nadal in the first round. Not that he is overawed. “I’m really excited about the match! Facing the King of Clay on Centre Court at Roland Garros – that’s great, isn’t it? And you never know… Nothing’s impossible.”
 

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marcos won in bogota :woohoo:
us open, here we go!!!
 

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I can't believe this threas has just 37 posts:eek:

anyway, Marcos won aginst Serra and is in the semis of ATP Gstaad:bounce::woohoo:
 

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great marcos, good luck in the semis :woohoo:
I think now will have more posts here;)



 
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