Ferrer Downs Verdasco in Acapulco

March 5, 2012

ATP Tennis News

Photo courtesy of AFP/Getty Images.

Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco – David Ferrer was crowned champion once again in Acapulco after a straightforward win against friend and compatriot Fernando Verdasco 6-1 6-2 in an all-Spanish final.

It was an easy victory for the top seed who dispatched of a tired looking Verdasco in only 70 minutes and his belligerent shots and outstanding form staved clear of any break points in his own service games.

The match itself failed to ignite any major fireworks as from the onset it appeared to be a very one-sided contest with Verdasco looking weary and tired, still plagued by problems with patellar tendonitis in his left knee.

Unfortunately for the Spaniard the crowd appeared displeased during the match as they assumed Verdasco was not putting in his full effort.  I have attended matches in the past where players have been booed and I always find it an uncomfortable experience to hear such heckling as it has no positive effect in helping to rise the level of play, but actually reduces the afflicted person more inward.

In Rotterdam a few weeks ago in the final between Roger Federer and Juan Martín Del Potro, the Swiss star could not have been more adored in a tennis event. His every move and every strike of the ball were applauded so enthusiastically; the man could do no wrong. However, the loyal following of Federer temporarily switched contingency to cheer on Del Potro after a lackluster first set.  This seemed to have a more positive effect on the Argentine as his strength grew from their cheers as he rose to the occasion and offered a more competitive second set.

Photo courtesy of AFP/Getty ImagesThe point is, when a player is not playing at their very best – particularly during a final – they do not need an unnecessary, harsh reminder of such as they feel bad already.  The sound of disapproval has the reverse effect and unfortunately for Verdasco it did not lift his game or his spirits during the match and the ceremony:

 “I could not have played worse. If I make the finals next year I will try to play better.”

It was a ceremony of two very contrasting faces. The sadness and disappointment of Verdasco was evident for all to see during his brief presentation speech and the triumphant smile of Ferrer could not have been more different as he was delighted to win the tournament for a third time.

The Spanish duo will now head to the United States for the first Masters 1000 series of the year at Indian Wells and will prepare this week for the transition from the dusty, red dirt to the unforgiving hard courts under the blazing sun.

Lisa-Marie Burrows

Twitter: @tennisnewsviews

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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