Archive for August 17th, 2011
It was payback time for the defending champions, Swiss Roger Federer, as he would play 2009 US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro in their second round match. Del Potro has been out of contention for quite a while because of a series of injuries. Perhaps the most troubling is his hip injury that not only kept him from defending his title at the 2010 US Open, but also has been giving him some troubles recently. We have to acknowledge, just as Federer himself did, that this 6-3, 7-5 win over the Argentine player came when del Potro wasn’t at his best physical condition. He has been out of the professional circuit for over a year now, and despite some good moments in the second set, it’s quite evident that he is far from reaching his full potential.
Roger Federer entered the match with a 6-2 lead their head to head meetings, but like we said, del Potro had won their two most recent encounters. And it’s not just that they are the more recent wins, it’s also a matter of where and when this wins came. The first of the two came in the 2009 US Open final, when the Swiss was two points away from victory, and the later one came at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, just to prove it wasn’t just sheer luck what got del Potro through.
It was an easy win for the Swiss Maestro. Federer needed just a break of serve in each set to clinch the one-hour, 32-minute victory. The Federer Express won 83 per cent of his service points and found himself struggling only once in the second set. But it would last long as Federer successfully saved a break point in the sixth game.
Juan Martin del Potro really doesn’t have much experience in this tournament. Federer on the other hand has won this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 on four distinct occasions. If he collects his fifth, he will surpass Matt Willander for the most wins at this tournament. Del Potro had only been here in the 2007 edition and even back then he left early on when losing to Moya in the third round.
Del Potro has his eyes set on bigger prices. He is soon going to be traveling to the Meadowlands, to get ready for his return to the US Open. “I will try to train hard to be 100 per cent for the Open,” he said. “I love this tournament. I want to be there. I want to just play the US Open this year, and then I will have time to take a rest, to think about this season, and to fix all my physical problems.”
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will both see action later on today. Eight-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic became the first man to advance to the third round. Berdych defeated Argentina’s Juan Monaco 7-6 (2), 6-0. Ninth-seeded Nicolas Almagro, 10th-seeded Gilles Simon of France and No. 15 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a Wimbledon semifinalist, also made it into the next round
It´s no secret: the game of football is build around the quarterback. That’s why they make the fattest checks, that’s why they tend to become the MVP, and that’s why only a selected few can actually make it. Every year talented players emerge from the NCAA and work their way into the NFL draft searching for a break, for a chance to play on Sundays. The NFL is Americas most followed sport and this billion dollar industry is thirsty for talent.
Success while in college is no guarantee for credibility and achievements as a pro. Yes, certainly there have been many players who have made the transition effortlessly, but then again, there have been many players who haven’t been able to live up to their NCAA expectations once they hit the NFL. Well, the graduate from the University of Texas, the leader of the NCAA Championship winning Longhorns, Colt McCoy could be ready to go into the big leagues with a mad drive.
The kid is focused and talented and has a strong work ethic that on the long run could very well pay off. The Cleveland Browns are in a desperate need to find that one player upon they can build a talented team. Knowing that there was plenty to learn and not happy with the NFL extended lockout that kept him from training early in the preseason, Colt McCoy worked his way around the lockout to learn the West Coast system. So McCoy hit the road and began his work earlier then the rest.
That’s why he left in the middle of the summer for Hattiesburg, Mississippi to spent a few days with the three-time NFL MVP and the West Coast master Brett Favre. One of the finest quarterback to have played the game had learned the West Coast system while playing for Browns president Mike Holmgren, then the coach in Green Bay; now he is going to take under his wing one of the newest football promises: one Colt McCoy.
“Since I couldn’t get coached, it was a great opportunity to pick the brain of a guy who played in the system for 20 years,” McCoy said in a press release given out by the Cleveland Browns. “It was a chance for me to get a lot of questions answered. We worked on footwork, progressions, reads and things like that. It was definitely a positive trip.”
And truth be said, McCoy might had actually learned a few tricks and tips because he was looking quite phenomenal in his first preseason game. McCoy looked prepared and comfortable in Cleveland’s new West Coast offense Saturday night. He even managed to outplay Super Bowl star Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and was nearly flawless in the Cleveland Browns 27-17 win. Cleveland’s rookie coach Pat Shurmur recorded a winner in his first NFL preseason game.
Now the big question is still out there: could McCoy play like he did on Saturday when the time comes and it really counts? The regular season is right around the corner, for all we know, if McCoy can keep up his numbers (he completed 9 of 10 passes for 135 yards, one touchdown and compiled a 152.1 passer’s rating against the Packers) in the regular season, McCoy could be exactly what the Browns have been longing for.