Dubai: Djokovic d. Youzhny 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
That trophy’s a ship, but viewed side on it’s very Burj-ul Arab no?
Yes that distant wail that could be heard over the horizon for the best part of today was the sound of the moaners and haters crooning in unison. Myself at their helm.
"It's a very mental game," said the Serb. "People don't realize how much tension you have to go through throughout the match. It took a lot of energy for me. Stopping and playing, and coming back and then again stopping the match last night because of the rain."
"Today was another good example of how much I believe in myself and how much I fight till the end," added Djokovic, who gained swift revenge for Youzhny's straight sets victory in the semi-finals of the Rotterdam Open earlier this month.
I’ve said all I want to say about Djoko coming out on top against a field of also rans on Twitter – the fact remains he still had to go out there and win it.
The fact also remains however, that I’d like to see him kick butt at the Masters 1000’s and Slams -- something I don’t deem him unqualified for -- and a front on which, outside of clay, I remain fundamentally dissatisfied.
Acapulco: Williams d. Hercog 2-6 6-2 6-3
Mexico seems to agree with V. Only at Wimbledon itself is she more radiant.
After that unceremonious outage in Oz, she’s gone from strength to strength, winning her second successive title in two weeks
As Mr Wertheim pointed out in the TwitterSphere earlier, Dubai, Acapulco and the Billie Jean Cup in Madison Square Garden on March 1st makes a total of three events in 8 days.
Meditate on that thought for a while the next time you want to accuse her of only caring about the Slams.
Acapulco: Ferrer d. Ferrero 6-3 3-6 6-1
After beating his compadre in Buenos Aires last week, Ferrero fails to make it three in a row.
No matter. I treat Ferrero's return and the news of Ferrer winning titles in South America, as a sign that our stock of functioning clay courters not named Nadal is in nothing less than full working order.
I’m sizing the next few months up as Armageddon on clay.
Kuala Lumpur: Kleybanova d. Dementieva 6-3, 6-2
I’m almost relieved to see Dementieva lose at a tier two/three event.
Maybe it’ll prompt her to attend to that less ennobling Grand Slam record of hers.
Kleybanova gets all sorts of wierd grief about her size – but she’s too good a player not to have won a title.