Saturday, November 22, 2008

Davis Cup Finals: Smart Call From Sanchez Vicario

I gotta say hats off to Spain Captain, Emilio Sanchez Vicario, for going with his gut and picking Feliciano Lopez over Fernando Verdasco for the second singles rubber of day 1 of the Davis Cup finals, despite Verdasco's higher ranking (16).

Lopez, ranked 31, stunned world number 9, Juan Martin Del Potro, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-3, in front of a crazy home crowd in Mar Del Plata, to level the tie at 1 point apiece for Spain and Argentina.

Argentine hero, David Nalbandian, had clinched a point for his side earlier on Friday, when he easily beat Spain's David Ferrer, 3, 2 and 3.

Spain are playing in the finals without their mean machine, Rafael Nadal, who is suffering from tendinitis, and are looking to end Argentina's unbeaten run at home which dates back to 1998.

Saturday will feature the doubles rubber where left-handed duo, Verdasco and Lopez, are expected to face Argentina's Agustin Calleri and Jose Acasuso.

* UPDATE: Nalbandian has been chosen to partner Calleri for the doubles rubber instead of Acasuso.

"It was a relatively short (singles) match. I'll be ready (for the doubles). I feel good," said Nalbandian.

1 comment:

John said...

A tremendous start for Nalbandian but a disappointing ending for Del Potro. That is how you can summarized the overall performance from Day 1.

David Nalbandian was just perfect on every aspect of his game and he could do no wrong. Ferrer did had his moments where I felt that he could pull something, but Nalbandian gave him no room for revival. This was the one of the best performance
from Nalbandian that I've seen in a while.

I have to admit that I was expecting Del Potro to give us a 2-0 lead. But I can put the blame entirely on him as he was carrying a minor injury during the game. I'm sure he will look back with plenty determination to win on Sunday.

Now here comes the moment which I fear the most. Just like what happened, it will be the double event that might be crucial for Argentina on their Davis Cup quest. I hope Nalbandian/Calleri can pull something out of this but Spain will have plenty of confidence following Feliciano's win. We'll see how things goes.

In the meantime, please check out my re-cap on the matches from Day 1. Of course, your feedback is highly appreciated.