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If the tennis season revolved around February’s South American clay court circuit, 30-year-old Juan Carlos Ferrero would be its Roger Federer. He beat Davis Cup teammate David Ferrer in three sets in Sunday’s Copa Telmex final in Buenos Aires, making it his ninth straight match victory and second title in as many weeks.
I think I know JCF’s secret to late-career success – check out that little muscle he’s developed near his elbow.
Gotta love the Ferrer-o duo. At least I do:
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Another veteran beat a countryman in Marseille, with Michael Llodra taking out Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-4 in the all-French finals of the Open 13. Benneteau upset both Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his last two matches, setting up the final with his doubles partner. There were no hard feelings afterwards; Benneteau/Llodra beat Julian Knowle/Robert Lindstedt in the doubles final. Llodra becomes the first player this year to sweep both singles and doubles titles in the same event (via ATP.com)
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Llodra, who was runner up last year to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, upset Marcos Baghdatis in the second round and Robin Soderling in the quarter finals to get back into the final this year. The Frenchman credited his extreme discipline for his success:
“I was supposed to take part in a Chateau-Latour tasting today with friends, including Amelie Mauresmo, and I was really upset to miss that one. . .Maybe that’s the reason why I played an almost perfect match (vs. Soderling.)”
How’s that for self-sacrifice? Llodra sums up his mystique:
“My game may not be as consistent as the best players’ but, except for Federer, none of them can say: ‘Great, I’m going to play Llodra.’“
Quotes via Yahoo!
Now is as good a time as any to link to my old Michael Llodra appreciation post from back in the day – here. And then there’s “Why I’m Not Crazy About Julien Benneteau” – written before he took out Roger last year in Paris, must have been a premonition – click here.
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How’s this for a coincidence? All three ATP finals this weekend were contested between countrymen. Memphis was treated to a U.S.A. vs. U.S.A. special, with Sam Querrey beating good buddy John Isner in a big serving scoreline: 6-7(3), 7-6(5), 6-3.
And another coinky-dink: as of post time, the doubles team of Querrey/Isner are in position to win the Memphis doubles title vs. Hutchins/Kerr. Just like the Benneteau/Llodra did earlier in the day. Spooky.
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