Not bad

Handshake of the brothers // Pic: Yahoo! Images

Fish, Roddick, Querrey and Isner. The four best ranked Americans in the ATP singles rankings. Good players, indeed. Some expectations, mainly when it comes to US tournaments. But on clay?


Fish, Roddick – Team Bromance, or Roddish, Fishney or even Roddilino (Serious, people, Fishdick is just AWFUL). Best friends, two-oh record in doubles finals, Indian Wells champions in 2009. Doubles specialists? They do ok, but far from it. ON CLAY? Ha, you kid me kiddo.

First round, 6/3, 2/6, 19-17 (NINETEEN-SEVENTEEN) over Berdych/Dlouhy. Niiiice. Second match, d. Norman/Moodie, 6/4, 7/6 (9-7). They were the eight seeds. Sweet. Quarterfinals. Bryan Bros, like in a Davis Cup practice. Aaaaand… 4/6, 7/6, 10-4. WOOOOW. Team Lucky Loser ahead – Berlocq (replacing Ferrer) and Nieminen (Monfils). 7/6 (9-7, again), 6/2. HAHAHAHAHAHA.

First clay final of any kind for Roddick since 2005 (Houston). And Fish? Houston 2006 the last time he had decided a title on the dirt. Crazy, noah?

Other half of the draw. Querrey, Isner. Decent clay participations last year (made the first all-American final on clay since the beginning of the 1990s, in Belgrade), but they have developed some kind of allergic to it.

But friendship never ends and works perfectly when you are in perfect syntony. And did I mention they were the defending runner-ups? Well, I said it now. Jamie Murray and Stan The Man were no match for them. Bhupati and Paes? Pfff AMATEURS. Go back to your club in Chennai. Kubot and Marach, the 6th seed? Isner alone could beat them. Furrealz. In the semis? Fognini and Bolelli. Querrey could beat them. Alone and only with one hand.

In the finals, pa-pa-pa-pam… Roddick and Fish vs. Querrey and Isner – gently nicknamed Quisner. Second consecutive all-American doubles final in Rome, the third ever (Flasch/Witsken def. Kinnear/Salumaa in Miami/92).

Not bad for a declining tennis nation. Not bad for a country whose players are a denial on clay.

Not bad AT ALL.


About Pete S. Liguori
Pete was born in São Paulo, Brasil. Loves sports - pigskin fanatic, tennis lover. One of his most famous quotes is "I'm no Tolstoi, but I love the Dallas Cowboys" His favorite quote of all time is "I'll keep playing", unknown author.

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