Monday, May 14, 2018

Weekend Tennis Roundup


Petra Kvitova's other prize is Coach Jiri Vanek, right ...

You'd have to have ice in your veins not to be overjoyed for Petra Kvitova this weekend, who outlasted Kiki Bertens to win a record third title in Madrid. The two-time Wimbledon champ, who also won last week in Prague, outlasted her Dutch opponent 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and 52 minutes to become the first woman to win the tournament three times. (She also won in 2011 and 2015.) It was just 17 months ago that Kvitova had a a life-threatening encounter in her Prague apartment -- and now she has won four titles in 2018 alone (St. Petersburg, Doha, Prague, Madrid), compiled a 30-6 win-loss record, as well as 7-1 versus Top 10 players and 12-2 versus Top 20. Could this finally be her year in Paris?

I was less excited about the men's results. Dominic Thiem was on fire, knocking Rafael Nadal out in straight sets in the quarters, only to lose to Alexander Zverev in similar fashion in the final. While you can't fault the Swiss Miss for winning another Masters 1000 title, would it have killed him to have beaten John Isner in Miami instead of my boyfriend in Madrid? 

If looks could ...

Juan Martin del Potro -- who is suddenly No. 6 in the world -- brought his low-energy brand of tennis to the event, losing to sexy Serb Dusan Lajovic in a third-set tiebreak after being up 4-0 or something. 

Novak Djokovic handled Kei Nishikori nicely, only to lose to Kyle Edmund in three (on clay!). Edmund surprised me by following up with an easy win over David Goffin before losing to Denis Shapovalov in three tight sets. Not sure if any of this means anything for Paris ... Nadal and best-of-five still seems unstoppable.

Everyone's in Rome now ... has it really been 11 years since I ran into Roger Federer at a restaurant there?

Vroom vroom!

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