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Brazil F38 Futures Update!

The words “travel” and “travail” are formed from the same root because, back when their etymology was fresh, it was once a horrific pain in the ass to travel anywhere of length (traveling of width wasn’t nearly as difficult). Now it’s just a mild pain in the ass, comparatively. But back before technology had somewhat tamed our poor, defenseless planet, before one could jet or ride somewhere, way back when/then… only soldiers or slaves usually deigned to travel any distance, because you might get killed by Nature or Huns or something equally as terrifying as Nature and Huns (though that is hard to fathom, I know).

All of which leads me to this trivia question for you (answer at bottom of this article):

Q: How many non-Brazilians made it into the 2nd Round of the Brazil F38 Futures event in Sorocaba? Did you get it right? (Note: only the answer “Brazilch” is correct. Answers like “zero” or “none” will not be accepted.) Regardless, the point of this whole pointless exercise is that no travelers made it out the first round in Sorocaba alive. Granted, this stat is less impressive when one learns that only three foreigners made the trip in the first place, but still: now only homegrown homeboys (and homemen) are left; to the Brazilians go the spoils!

So, what’s happening among the about-to-be-spoiled Brazilians, you ask? Fantastic question! Really, no, it is. You should be quite pleased with yourself. That’s what this whole article is for – to answer that fantastic question of yours. Do read on.

Well, to start with, 7th seed Danilo Ferraz is seeing dimishing returns in his tennistical journey of late, posting consecutive SF, SF, QF, and R1 showings in Futures 34, 36, 37 and 38. He lost to Charles Costa (no relation) (to anyone) in the first round. And third-seeded Rodrigo Guidolin was the only other seed to not make the quarterfinals. He lost to a person who had never posted an ITF-recorded win at any level (juniors or pros) before, Luiz-Guilherme Deneka (who promptly lost in the next round, of course). Way to go, Rodrigo! It says in his bio that he enjoys going to the cinema, so at least he’s got more time to do that now.

In the quarters, 6th seed Thales Turini continued his Streak of Recent Relative Hotness, defeating top-seed Daniel Silva 6-2 6-2 and extending his record to 12/3 in his previous 15 matches. He’ll meet Deneka-defeater Ricardo Siggia, the 8th seed, in the semis. But all of that is academic, because I think the winner of this tournament will emerge from the other QF, which is a rematch of last week’s final. That’s right: it’s Leonardo Kirche vs. Fernando Romboli, The Revenge!

Pictured: Andre Miele and Fernando Romboli, who apparently won something once

If you’ll recall (and you probably won’t, because I didn’t write about it), the 21-year-old Romboli had gone into last week’s final with an 0-3 head-to-head record against the 25-year-old Kirche, only to make like Donner and blitz him 6-1 6-0 in the final. I’ll be interested to see whether that result was an anomaly, or if the former #3 world junior – who had wins over people like Roberto Bautista-Agut, Thomas Schoorel, Benoit Paire and Grigor Dimitrov – has finally turned a corner against his older foe.  Can Romboli finish off his 48 win, 19 loss season (so far) with a 2nd consecutive tournament victory and reach the 50-win plateau? Watch this space for more. Or, alternatively, go and enjoy your holiday. I’ll probably be here when you get back.

A: Brazilch

The Futures Are The Future

Or the present. Or something. Either way, I have it on good authority.

Because, believe it or don’t, there are still three $10,000 ITF Futures tourneys taking place this week, so deep into the so-called “off season”. They are:

Chile F9: like last week’s Chile F8, this one is also happening in Concepcion, albeit at a different club. So: travel savings ahoy for the players, I guess!  The top seed for this particular shindig is 21-year-old Chilean Guillermo Rivera-Aranguiz, owner of a #361 singles ranking, a nifty 44-14 win/loss record, and even niftier personal interests; according to his ITF bio, he enjoys “Cycling Singing”, you see.

Now, I’m not sure if this means singing while riding a bicycle or if it means he likes the kind of singing that goes in a round, like when one person starts singing, “Row row row your boat,” and then another person starts in with a “row row row” rendition while the first singer has continued gently down the stream.  Either way, it’s bound to be a fascinating tournament. 

Other entrants include: 20 y/o Chilean up-and-comer Christobal Saavedra-Corvalan, the musically-named former #20 combined junior in the world, who defeated 2nd seed Roberto Ortega-Olmedo handily, 6-2 6-3 in the first round; 8th seeded Tandilese Nicolas Pastor, the Chile F7 finalist, who beat Martin Rios-Benitez 6-7(0) 6-1 6-4 in R1; 7th seeded Roland Garros Boys’ champ Agustin Velotti; and the even-more-musically named Joaquin-Jesus Monteferrario, the Argentinian 6th seed who beat Chile’s Nicolas Gustavo Kauer 6-4 0-6 6-3.

Brazil F37: Jeez, just how many F’s per year does Brazil get anyway? (A: 38) They’ll be lucky if they don’t have to attend summer school over the holidays.  Anyway, this ‘un takes place in Guarulhos, a suburb of Sao Paulo. Featured future luminaries include (but may not be limited to): Second seeded Daniel Silva of Brazil, who is the de facto top seed now that erstwhile top-seed Argie Facundo Bagnis had to withdraw.  Silva, a 22-year-old lefty ranked #315 in the world (and formerly ranked #18 in juniors), defeated yet another Argentinian up-and-comer (how many are there anyway?) (A: 38), 18 y/o Facundo Mena 6-1 7-6(4) in the first round; last week’s Brazil F36 finalist Eduardo Ribeiro-Neto, who meets Brazil’s Ciao Nunez in R1; and last week’s Brazil F36 semi-finalist Danilo Ferraz, the Brazilian 8th seed who took out Marcos Remondegui 3&3 today.

Cuba F1: Cuba’s first and last Futures tourney of the year, which takes place in Havana. Top seed Victor Estrella of the Dominican Republic is looking to complete an inspired end-season run, coming into the tournament having won 15 straight matches and 3 straight tourneys.  A good showing here would put the 30 year old into the Top 200 for the first time in his career.  Estrella actually outranks the second seed Julien Dubail of Belgium by almost 300 places on the ATP Rankings list.  So I think Estrella has a pretty good shot at doing this.  But I’ll keep you posted.

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