I always pretend that Nico is actually not Spanish. I intentionally exclude him whenever I think about the Armada because he is the only member of the Armada that I affirmatively dislike. Well, him and DB Chuck, but that no one considers that guy Armada anyway. Anyway, I have no concrete reason to hate on Nico. He just seems like a prick of the highest order, with his whooping and hollering and seemingly aggressive behavior towards his opponents and towards umpires.
All that is to say, the Armada got slightly prickier today as Nico put an end to Fernando's epic (all the best and worst ways) clay court season. I think we were all ready to take Fer out back and put him out of his clay court misery before RG even began but I'm bummed it had to come at the hands of Almagro.
As for Fer, what to say? Everyone knows he should have never played Nice. Hell, his schedule over the course of 2010 is exhausting just to read. Who knows what would have happened if he hadn't played Nice. But if you were to ask me a month ago if I thought Nico would be Fernando at RG, I would have laughed in your face.