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Sao Paulo Challenger Wednesday Wrap-up

So, an actual full slate of singles play took place at the Sao Paulo Challenger today (well, almost, haha), and – on the off chance that my nauseatingly-detailed tweets weren’t enough for you (or you missed all of my 140-character gems entirely) – I will now provide a nauseatingly-detailed recap of Wednesday’s action out of the goodness of my heart.  And at no extra cost to you, dear reader!

Well, I woke up and was writing my snarky preview about how there’d be no tennis today.  When all of a sudden, on a whim, I decided to launch livestreams and scoreboards and stumbled upon a minor miracle: after days of deluge, there was play in Sao Paulo! Hallelujah and praise Jesus (that’s the guy with the squeegee’s name, I’m pretty sure: Jesus Silva, no doubt).

We joined the action with Federico Delbonis (one word, the ATP spells it wrong – thanks Marcos for the tip!) leading Tiago Lopes 7-5, Guillermo Alcaide over Daniele Giorgini 6-3 2-3, Giovanni Lapentti in a first set tiebreak with Ricardo Hocevar, and Joao Souza warming up with Matteo Trevisan on the postage stamp-sized livestream.  It wasn’t long before the seventh seeded Delbo had closed out his match in dual 7-5 sets, while Alcaide wrapped up his match in three, winning 6-3 4-6 6-3.

A Little Delbo Room – Federico Delbonis, clearly practicing on Petr Korda’s home court

As it should have done after several days delay, the tennis was coming faster and furiouser than Vin Diesel on a Wayne Odesnik hypodermic cocktail.  Before I knew it, Souza had come back from a set down to win the second set 6-3 with a hearty cry of “Vamos!” for good measure.  Trevisan was then sprayed/rubbed and otherwise fondled (and possibly deloused) in the legular region, MTO-style.  And before I knew it (again), Souza had closed out the match (this time with a hearty cry of “Allez!” – such variety!) 4-6 6-3 6-1, much to the delight of the local crowd.  But the real question we need to ask here is: why did things keep happening before I knew them?  A disturbing trend, to be sure.  Anyway, the 3rd-seeded Souza will play Giovanni Lapentti, who beat Ricardo Hocevar 7-6(6) 6-4 in the 2nd round. Lapentti leads their head-to-head 3 to 2.

And then the still-Swedish wildcard Christian Lindell made it into my livestream crosshairs against the always-Argentinian Andres Molteni.  Lindell dictated play early, serving 4 aces, ruling rallies and racing to a 4-1* first set lead.  Molteni was muttery.  Meanwhile, on another court, I notice that Uladzimir Ignatik has bageled eighth seed Paul Capdeville in the third set, getting the upset 7-5 3-6 6-0.  Later I learned that Capdeville had been sick and cramping in that final set.  Oh.

Also meanwhile on another court, Horacio Zeballos was upwarming for his match against Julio Silva.  Why the second seed was scheduled to play a Brazilian on any court other than Court Central left me mystified and bewildered.  I mean, I know they’re backlogged with matches, but only 4 total contests were even scheduled on the main (and streamed) court today, with 5 matches on all the others.  Surely they could’ve made some room for their second seed, no?  No.

Regardless, Molteni started to make a good go of it on Court Central while he was there (and why not?). He charged back in the 2nd set, served to force a tiebreak, and found himself at triple set point 6-3*. Lindell held to 5-6*, but then Molteni netrushed and Lindell melted, making an error of induction on set point numero tres.  Second set to Molteni to the 22 year-old Argie, 76(5).

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Ok, peoples. I suppose I should forge forth with some Sao Paolo Challenger analysis as if it’s a tournament that’s going to actually, you know, happen. You know it won’t, and I know it won’t, but – like we’re a good action movie audience – let’s suspend our disbelief and just pretend for a while. Cmon, it’ll be fun!

As of right this now, the event is, of course, a shambles. Rain, rain, rain. And after that? More rain. The Bradesco Prime Cuppers have been scrambling to find indoor accommodations for their backlogged (and waterlogged) matches, but can’t find many tennis clubs that both a) will yield court time to them and 2) have regulation ATP-acceptable courts. As a result, we’re still awaiting main draw action in the middle of the week.

Two notable things have somehow been able to happen amidst all this calamity: 1) last week’s Brazil F1 winner Gastao Elias has made it through qualifying, and b) 17 year-old Tiago Fernandes has not; Fernandes lost a heartbreaker (and a tiebreaker) to Andrew Lauret 6-4 4-6 6-7(4) in the second qualifying round. (Lauret, in turn, lost to Henrique Cunha, whose name always sounds exotic and dirty to me) (which says a lot more about me than it does him, I’m afraid.)

We interrupt this preview for a Special Update: Holy crap, peoples! I suspended my disbelief for a moment, launched the livescores and the livestream, and they’re actually PLAYING in Sao Paulo right now! Tennis, even! Livescore here, and livestream here.

Federico Del Bonis up a set on Tiago Lopes (as well he should be), Guillermo Alcaide up a set but down a break to Daniele Giorgini, Giovanni Lapentti with a first set TB over Ricardo Hocevar, and Matteo Trevisan vs. Joao Souza on serve early in the livestream.

Pictorial evidence of an actual dry court in Sao Paulo

We now resume my preview:

I predict Del Bonis will take the first set over Lopes (as he should), Alcaide will start strong but then struggle, and Lapentti will take a close first set. Stay tuned for more!

Once again, you probably thought I’ve become such a Brisbaniac that I’d forgotten about the Challengers, right? Wrong! Allow me to smack you upside the head with my spectacular Sao Paulo Challenger preview.  Allegedly an outdoor hard court tourney (the weather is abysmal and they may have to move indoors), this $100,000 Challenger hosts a field of tremendous quality and depth, as one would expect from most 100K’s. Let’s take a look at the draw and break it down, OCD-style:

First Quarter: Top seed Ricardo Mello (ATP #76) has drawn a qualifier in the first round, as has 2011 Player to Watch Tsung-Hua Yang, whom Mello is slotted to meet in the 2nd round. Which is all well and good, except for the fact that Brazil F1 champion Gastao Elias lurks in the quallies and might have been granted enough meteorological reprieve to be firing at full strength in the main draw. Elias is a truly dangerous floater, and I feel that his placement in the draw might eventually factor in the outcome of this tournament. With three qualy spots in the top quarter of the draw, they’re likely to find this Portuguese party crasher in their midst. Teen phenom Tiago Fernandes also lurks as a potentially potent qualifier.

Have you never been Mello?

As for the only match whose participants are now known, I find Juan-Pablo Brzezicki vs. Joao Sousa (Portuguese “s” variety) an intriguing first round match. The 28 year-old Brzezicki is having a late career renaissance of sorts, playing well in the two Buenos Aires Challenger events last year, making the semis of one (l. Maximo Gonzalez) and the finals of the other (l. Diego Junqueira). Sousa, meanwhile, is coming off a 57-win season that saw the 21 year-old’s ranking rise from #443 to his current #244 (that’s almost 200 places, for you non-math whizzes). Can he continue his rise against the former Top 100 JPB in their first career meeting? We gonna see.

In a related story, I can’t see the name “Joao” without thinking of Flava Flav:

Is something wrong with me? (Please don’t answer that.)

Second Quarter: Joao Souza (Brazilian “z” variety) vs. Matteo Trevisan is another interesting first rounder. The sixth-seeded Souza (ATP #111) prevailed in their only previous encounter, 6-4 4-3 ret. in last May’s Alessandria Challenger, but Trevisan was a #1 world junior in 2007 who is a really good ball-striker. Now ranked #276, can the oft-injured (he retired from five matches last year) Italian start to make his mark in 2011? Some say he’s too short to make it in the big leagues. I say let’s wait and see what this season holds.

On zee next drawlines we find the popular Ecuadoran Giovanni Lapentti vs. Ricardo Hocevar (popularity undetermined). These two have a history, and that is: Hocevar leads their head-to-head 4-2, but little Gio has won the two most recent meetings, both last year, one on clay and one on hard courts. I’d look for Mr. Lapentti (G variety) to continue his winning ways here.  Daniele Giorgini and Guillermo Alcaide have a history as well, and it’s fairly ancient; Giorgini squeaked out a three-setter in 2005, which means absolutely nothing at in today’s terms. Alcaide had the better 2010, and is better on hard courts, so I’m expecting the Spaniard to come through this one. If he does, he’ll probably meet seventh seed Federico Del Bonis in the 2nd round. The 160th-ranked Argentine 20 year-old meets 650th-ranked wildcard Tiago Lopes in his first round.

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