Sunday, February 28, 2010

Repeat after them

So far in finals weekend action, you have two repeat champs: Venus Williams in Acapulco and Novak Djokovic in Dubai.

I don't know why, but I like seeing Venus play this tournament—and winning it. If you think about it, it really doesn't make sense for her to even go there: The true clay-court season is still a little ways away, she just got back from Dubai, clay's not her best surface and the competition there doesn't provide a great gauge of determining what shape her game is in. I guess there are worse places to play a minor tournament than Acapulco, though! And she's exhibited a lot of fight in going back-to-back with title wins there because I'm sure a LOT of players would be hard-pressed to pull off the Dubai-to-Mexico-surface-switch double that she has the past couple of years. Quite impressive, and kudos to her.

As for Djokovic, this is the first time he's defended a title in his career, which is a great achievement. I went back and took a look at his title haul on the ATP site and found that Dubai is the first locale he's won more than one title at: His previous 15 were all at different stops. The only player that I've known of in the past 20 years that won more than 10 career titles but never in the same place twice was Wayne Ferreira. I'm a little shocked in myself that I didn't know Djoko was following that trek: Those are the geeky tennis stats I live for!

Anyway, congrats to both of them!

(Photo: AP)


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