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Todd’s Tennis Takes – Seeds Dominate Sunday

All but 2 seeds win in 16 men’s matches on Sunday at Indian Wells…Raonic beat Fish (13), and Garcia-Lopez (22) lost to American hopeful Ryan Harrison, the 18 yr old out of Louisiana who now resides in Texas. And in the 14 victories for the seeds yesterday, only 4 of those wins went 3 sets. Ironically, the two youngsters (Raonic only 20) who beat seeds will play eachother next. Assuming Raonic wins (he’ll be heavily favored), it sets up a very interesting matchup for him in the Round of 16 with Federer.

In today’s action, by far the match of the day is Alexandr Dolgopolov (20 seed, ranked 23rd) vs. Juan Martin Del Potro. Dolgop has followed up his Aussie Open QF appearance with a final in Brazil (lost to Almagro) and a semifinals loss to Ferrer in Acapulco. Del Potro has gotten stronger as the year has gone on, coming back from his wrist injury.  Since a 2nd round loss at the Aussie (to Bagdhatis), he has 2 semifinals losses in San Jose (Verdasco) and Memphis (Roddick), as well as a tournament win at Delray Beach where he never lost a set. Both these guys are 22 but the similarities end there. Del Potro is a 6’6″ giant who has already won a slam (2009 US Open) while Dolgop is a skinny, 5’11” speedburner with a wicked array of shots and an unpredictable style. He does pack a surprising punch on his serve though, able to reach 130mph with his very unorthodox style of jumping into every serve. It should be a good match, 3rd one up on Stadium Court #2. My heart says Dolgop, but my head says Del Potro in 3 sets.

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2 Responses to “Todd’s Tennis Takes – Seeds Dominate Sunday”

  1. Hi Todd,
    Enjoyed your stroll around the grounds at Indian Wells on Sunday. Some interesting notes on players most people don’t get a chance to see. In fact several I haven’t seen, and I was pleased to get your “input”. I was there as well, but spent most of the day up in Charlie Pasarell’s suite revisiting some old tennis friends. Did get a chance to watch the Roddick Blake match.
    Good to hear from you again after our long hours in LA during the Aussie Open. Keep me on your “hit list” and hope our paths will cross before too long.
    Cheers, Bear

  2. Thanks Barry, always good to hear from you. My stroll was actually Thurs, the first day the men played. Hopefully you’re still there and will get a chance to see Dolgop vs/ Del Potro today.
    No doubt it would be fun to work together again…maybe the French. Take care,

    – Todd


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