The Buenos Aires semis turned out just fine, despite the absence of Rafael Nadal and even though attendance has been a struggle. Of the three tournaments this week, in fact, it probably suffered the least carnage; the top two seeds made it to the final.
The wait continues for a return to the courts by top Canadians Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil.
After Raonic’s ankle sprain at the Australian Open, and Pospisil’s back issues that began in his first tournament of the year in Chennai, India – and both missing Davis Cup – they’re still MIA.
The seeds held, except for two: Caroline Wozniacki and Australian Open champ Li Na. But without the world’s best two, definitely something missing.
No Argentines in the quarters of the Buenos Aires tournament for the first time since 1970. Rough times, with David Nalbandian retired and Juan Martin del Potro no amigo del torneo.
Meanwhile, Fognini vs. Andujar. That’s pretty. It’s no surprise both speak lovely French.
Not the same kind of killer lineup as Wednesday. But if you’re an early bird, Dimitrov and Gulbis cannot be dull. Haas vs. Janowicz also has sparks potential.
There was some carnage yesterday in the bottom half of the seed pool. But the big guns remain.
Juan Martin del Potro vs. Gaël Monfils. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Marin Cilic. And if that weren’t pretty enough, Tommy Haas vs. Fernando Verdasco. Pretty good for a Wednesday.
Some thoughts on that, and other Fed Cup business, from captain Sylvain Bruneau.
It would have been fascinating to see how Genie Bouchard would have held up against the slice-and-dice craziness that is Monica Niculescu. But it wasn’t to be.
However, the big hitters, the top seeds, are starting to take the court. Kvitova vs. Venus; poor little tennis balls.
The luck of the Fed Cup draw went Canada’s way this morning at the ITF’s offices in London.
The only team they could potentially meet against which they would be guaranteed a home tie without winning a coin flip was Slovakia.
And they drew Slovakia.
They managed to get most of the first day’s rain delays by adding another court to the schedule in Buenos Aires. But they were expecting thunderstorms all day and night on Tuesday, and the schedule was packed.
In the end, play only began at 4:30, and many matches had to be held over.