De Oeiras para o Braço de Prata

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A Carla Suarez Navarro chegou a sexta final da sua carreira e terceira consecutiva em Portugal, até aqui os deuses da bolita amarela saltitona nunca lhe foram favoraveis, tal como os da beleza. “Suarez Navarro had every right to believe she had somehow irreversibly angered the tennis gods. She had been in five previous WTA finals—and she crashed and burned in every one of them. In fact, this was her third straight Portugal Open final. This time, she was up against a struggling but dangerous Svetlana Kuznetsova—the soulful, complex, free spirit whose career has fluctuated as wildly as her moods… Just two points from falling behind 1-5, Suarez Navarro watched as Kuznetsova’s game collapsed in a heap. Her own, meanwhile, improved as she found something like a second wind. Suarez Navarro won 18 of the next 24 points and five games running to end it“. Ela encontrou a fresta por onde passava o fino raio de esperança e agarrou-o. Parabéns!

 O Berlocq, mostrou tê-los no sitio e despachou dois Top 10 duma assentada. “Certain qualities seem to generally define players from certain nations; for the French, it’s all about stylistic variety. The defining quality of a surprising number of players from Argentina has been volatility. Think of it as the Gaston Gaudio Gene—the GGG—passed on from one generation to the next. Gaudio stunned the world when he won the French Open in 2004. Likewise, David Nalbandian promised much, but the GGG ensured that he delivered only in fits and starts. Interestingly, both of those unpredictable players won titles in Portugal—as did their more stable countrymen, Juan Martin del Potro and Juan Ignacio Chela. You almost wish they would just move this event to Mar del Plata or someplace like that. You can now add Carlos Berlocq to the list of inconsistent champions at the Portugal Open. He’s the fifth Argentine to win in the span of a decade, and this idea of Oeiras smiling upon players from that nation is as good an explanation as any for what happened last week.Berlocq, who’s 31, was ranked No. 61 at the start of the tournament. The top two seeds were Berdych and Milos Raonic, and Berlocq had to beat both of them to secure the title. It only adds credibility to what he achieved because, while he had won one previous ATP title in his long career, his record against Top 10 players before this event was 0-19. I can’t think of many journeymen—for that’s what Berlocq is—who might spot Berdych a 6-0 set and then still come back to win. It leaves your mind open to all sorts of theories, the most appealing of which is that Argentines arrive in Oeiras thinking that anything is possible“. Urrava como um orco a cagar um penedo, não foi uma final bonita para os ouvidos. Parabéns!

Comentarios roubados ao Peter Bodo. Até Roland Garros!

Like an apparition

IMG_0613I’ve spent last weekend in the stands of Phillipe Chartrier at the Roland Garros Grand Slam in Paris watching the gratest icons of our generation, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, but also Novak Djokovic, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga among others.

When all of sudden, for a brief moment, John McEnroe emerged from the commentators box for a breath of fresh air during the Federer’s vs Simon match.

Tennis is so flat nowdays. :)

The fighter

No one has taken the mantra of playing every point as if it’s his last more literally than Rafael Nadal. While that type of attitude has been a contributor to his injury issues, his reckless style, tireless work ethic, and nearly unmatched determination will be never be forgotten.

We will never know how great Nadal could have been without the knee issues. To be matter-of-fact about it, his potential was somewhat staggering to fathom. That is why the contorting, electrifying Spaniard with unprecedented topspin has already written his legacy in the sport of tennis, regardless of what happens in the latter part of his career. In the 2009 Australian Open final, at the end of the five-set marathon, Federer cried, and who could blame him? Nadal was a brick wall.

I’m more a Federer fan but the chance of not having Nadal playing at top performance pains me a lot. Get well, ¡vamos Nadal!

Eyes on the ball

Andy Murray “killed the lamb” as we say in Portugal and won his first Grand Slam. And for those not used to watch a final without Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal it was an amazing final, Novak Djokovic gave it all but the scottish was the toughest in the end.

Serena Williams won by a whisker in a thrilling women’s match against Viktoria Azarenka!

Frederico Ferreira Silva with Kyle Edmund won the juniors doubles title at the US Open, the first portuguese ever to win a Grand Slam titke. Congratulations!