• Dolgopolov, Volandri move through in Acapulco

    2/22/11 3:57 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Dolgopolov, Volandri move through in Acapulco The Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov dispatched of Paul Capdeville to move comfortably into the second round.

    Alexandr Dolgopolov def. Paul Capdeville

    This one hour and twenty minute match was as much about service breaks as it was about holds. The straight set affair featured a whopping 7 breaks of serve, 5 of which were surrendered by Chile’s Paul Capdeville.

    Alexandr Dolgopolov did not serve particularly well; the Ukrainian put in an anemic 47% of his first serves in, but Capdeville was sufficiently poor on the return that Dolgopolov didn’t really pay the price.

    The first set was at least competitive, with Capdeville getting broken for the second time while he was trying to send the set to a tiebreaker. But the Chilean pretty much fell apart in the second set. He only held once; the other game he won was actually a break of Dolgopolov’s serve.

    Filippo Volandri def. Frederico Gil

    There wasn’t much big serving in this first round encounter. Both Filippo Volandri of Italy and Frederico Gil of Portugal are best known as clay court baseliners; between the two of them, they served one ace for the entire match. The match statistics on return reflected the poor serving.

    Between both players, they earned a shocking 28 break point chances in three sets and two hours and twelve minutes and 12 breaks of serve.

    Volandri finally managed to shore up his serve in the third set. The Italian only dropped serve once and snagged a pair of service breaks to move into the second round.

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FYI- Raonic is out of Acapulco.

Kelli , 2/22/11 7:13 AM


Did he pull out or was he defeated?

Nativenewyorker , 2/22/11 7:23 AM

He withdrew from the event due to fatigue.( rom-acapulco/)

tj600 , 2/22/11 8:24 AM


Thanks for letting me know. Somehow, I am not surprised after how much he has played.

Also, it's nice to see you here again. I haven't seen you in some time. We used to get into some interesting discussions! Welcome back!

Nativenewyorker , 2/22/11 8:44 AM

Milos Raonic Withdraws from ATP Acapulco 2011
Shane Lambert - 22 Feb 2011

Canadian staff writer Shane Lambert explains why he thinks Raonic's withdrawal from ATP Acapulco is a smart move.

On Sunday afternoon I looked over the draws for ATP Delray Beach, ATP Acapulco, and ATP Dubai to see where the various ATP Tour stars were headed during this busy week on tour. When I saw Milos Raonic in the ATP Acapulco draw I was shocked as the Canadian 20 year old had been to two finals in two consecutive weeks.

Why should his presence in a draw therefore be shocking?

Not only is playing in three tournaments in three straight weeks generally a waste of time, especially after you've done well in the previous two weeks, but it's also conducive to injury. Raonic would have entered the ATP Acapulco draw seriously disadvantaged against the rest of the field as he has played in 9 matches in the last 2 weeks, winning 8 of them.

Other players that have been idle or that have gone out in earlier rounds in the last 2 weeks would have had an edge over Raonic and it was my feeling that he was going to go out in the second round of Acapulco to Alexandr Dolgopolov, simply because the Ukraine's top player would have entered the match much fresher.

However Raonic is taking the week off, a smart move, and we'll look through the draws in the upcoming tournaments to see where he is heading next, likely Davis Cup matches in March.

nadline , 2/22/11 9:13 AM

From his Twitter ( I can't wait to arrive to acapulco already, its one of the shortest trips I've had this year but its def feeling like its taking forever...

acesfull , 2/22/11 1:24 PM

Smart Raonic, not playing for three consecutive weeks, unlike someone with the initial RN, who with broken knees, still played for three consecutive weeks in 2009, from Monte Carlo to Barcelona and then Rome. Though winning all three, he became knackered and suffered his first shocking loss at RG. Still didn't learn a lesson and in 2010, played for three consecutive weeks on the hard courts - from Bangkok to Tokyo and then Shanghai; and still managed to win one of them (Tokyo) but lost early in the third one. The young man thinks he is superman! Hopefully no more of these playing for three consecutive weeks issues from him, except maybe the FO followed by Queen's club.

luckystar , 2/22/11 2:09 PM

be careful luckystar. some people don't like you saying that rafa should have planned his schedule better!

homos , 2/22/11 2:39 PM

I suspected he might withdraw. A win and a final in successive weeks is too much tennis. Much better idea to rest up for IW and Miami.

cherylmurray , 2/22/11 4:05 PM

Not sure Dolgopolov should be in the poll, he's quite a bit older than the others, isn't he Delpot's age?

deuce , 2/22/11 8:27 PM

@homos , 2/22/11 2:39 PM
---some people don't like you saying that rafa should have planned his schedule better!---


Withdrawing from the planned events (like somebody named Fed is doing) is not 'planning the schedule'.

Augustina08 , 2/22/11 9:11 PM

LOL you would know of course Augustina. Did Roger tell you or you just know schedule planning isn't on his mind? Rafa and Roger should consult you about how best to perform and save themselves on the tour.

Certainly playing tournament after tournament through pain and injury resulting in being absent for months and title-less for 11 months is definitely perfect schedule planning according to you.

We know Augustina, you are always right and you know it all, even better than the players themselves lol and have to always have the last say. I'm sure you'll have a great come back for this post.

jean , 2/23/11 2:30 PM

@jean , 2/23/11 2:30 PM
---Did Roger tell you...---

Players release their schedules before a season starts.
Rafa's schedule is available on his homepage. I have seen Fed's one in the media.

Augustina08 , 2/23/11 6:38 PM

Jean, I think you are being unfair to Augustina. She is right. It is not called planning one's schedule if you withdraw from an event you had planned to attend.

vij , 2/24/11 3:01 AM

You mean players aren't allowed to change their plans - whether they reveal it or not? Are you guys mind readers?

jean , 2/24/11 7:04 AM

We do not need to be mind readers. As Augustina has pointed out, both Fed and Nadal have published their planned schedule. What is your definition of a planned schedule?
I feel I am missing something in this discussion.

vij , 2/24/11 10:29 AM

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