David Ferrer and Kei Nishikori captured their 20th and third career singles titles, respectively, this weekend in Buenos Aires and Memphis. Ferrer was just doing what he's been doing the past few years, winning tournaments, while Nishikori's victory solidified his up-and-coming status.
Their games are pretty different, to say the least, from that of the ATP's other weekend winner, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. David and Kei would never be confused with Jo-Willy, with their games being built on picture-perfect groundstrokes, great returns, superior court movement and a great court sense.
I refer to them as "the throwbacks" because the way they play has always been, and always will be, a part of the pro game. The equipment might get more technologically advanced and the game might get even faster, but it seems there will be room for guys like Ferrer and Nishikori to threaten the top players. They probably won't be Slam winners anytime soon, but titles will be won.
And it looks like these two will be leading the way for a time to come.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.