Is that a Robin in there? No but really: there’s a bird in his trophy. Swedish fella Robin Soderling played hometown hero yesterday when he fought his was past a tough David Ferrer 6-2 6-2 at the Swedish Open in Bastad. It was Soderling’s second title in three years in front of a home crowd, winning his fourth tour tournament of 2011. Soderling improved to an impressive 10-4 against Ferrer.
Furry fury. We guess Feliciano Lopez wanted to just head to the Colombian mountains, grow a little beard and unzip his JOma jacket — ahhh, the life! But FiLo played some tennis, winning in Bogota over Colombian Carlos Salamanca 6-4 6-3 at the Seguros Bolivar Open.
That’s really her trophy. Remember that Andy Roddick commercial where he buys two tickets for the return flight? (Note: He doesn’t have to do that much these days.) This picture reminds us of said commercial. Here the folks in Bad Gastein, Austria, must have been upset that Maria Jose Sanchez Martinez took out their home girl Patricia Mayr in the final (6-0 7-5) so they gave her this giant, ridiculous trophy to PUNISH her. We think it may have worked.
The Spaniards take Germany. Leave it to two Spanish fellas to be the last standing on the red dirt in Germy. Juan Carlos Ferrero won his 16th career title (yeah, really!) and made it a doubly good day for Joma by taking out countryman Pablo Anujar in the Mercedes Cup while most of the German sports world (and the rest of us) had our eyes focused on the women’s world cup thriller. JCF beat Andujar 6-4 6-0. More notably, it scored JCF a lead in L. Jon Wertheim‘s “Best of Three” post on SI.com this evening.
TSF Vault: Trophy watch
Hometown hero. Colombian gal Mariana Duque beat Bolivian Maria Fernanda Alvarez 7-6 (6) 4-6 6-3 in an all-South American final at the Bogota Open. Below: In Palermo, Italy, Anabel Medina Garrigues denied Polona Hercog a rare back-to-back title run on the WTA, beating the Slovenian, 6-3 6-2. It was AMG’s fifth title in Palermo, making her one of just four active female players to hold such a distinction at any given tournament (joining the likes of Kim Clijsters and the Williams sisters).
(soderling, lopez, martinez sanchez and duque all via Getty Images; jcf via mercedes cup/paul zimmer/atp; medina garrigues via xxiv snai open/wta)