Nice volleying by Blake...also good forehands too, hopefully he can get the ranking up and make a run next year at a slam.
But real story, WTF is up with DelPo playing so defensive...he's just rolling the ball in play. No big forehand, no ball bashing, just slicing and heavy topspin...he was retrieving most of the match and hoping for Blake errors. Looking like the South American Andy Roddick out there.
Best match of the tournament so far. It's cool when one of these veterans really bring their A-game. Blake served well, his returning was spot on and he also read the game so well. Often took the ball early and sent rocket winners. Delpo might have been rusty but few players would have been able to handle Blake today. He didn't really drop in level throughout the match.
Blake said after the match it was probably his biggest win in 2-3 years. Said he finally felt healthy and confident again and that if he played his 2006 self it would finally be somewhat close again Blake really needed the win and now he got a great shot in the next round too.
Strange as it may sound, I expected Blake to give DelPotro a tough job today, judging on Blake's performance yesterday, which was gutsy & good. I didn't expect this ultimate indoor HC-dissection clinic coming from him, though!
Just once more folks: never ever write off a former top player. These guys really know how to play, and will take advantage of their experience whenever they are in good form and the opportunity knocks.
DelPotro. What can one say... ~sigh~ not anywhere near to his best, but such is no excuse for such a lacklustre performance. Somehow I start believing that he'll indeed never ever return to that amazing form of his in 2009... it looks like his repetitive injuries have damaged him forever, if not so much physically, much more mentally. He has always struck me as a fellow perhaps just a bit too 'gentle' to really have that killer instinct that is necessary on top level sports, and here it showed again.
Juan Martin, you kind fellow, I so hope I am wrong about this! :hug:
Blake is the same player he always was, just older and even less consistent. Anyone able to keep the ball in the court for more than 3 strokes should have no problem, and when Blake actually makes winners, it only last for a few games before he goes back to spraying.
Why on earth did Del Po take a month off? He'd have been much better off playing the asian swing and resting now for Davis cup. Now he lost his his timing, has no points for the last month, and is losing to losers like Blake. Just such a shame. :sad: