cipolla peels roddick's layers

Flavio of the week? We’re curious to see how deep Flavio Cipolla will make it into the men’s singles draw at this week’s Mutua Madrid Open. The Italian qualifier upset Andy Roddick in a performance that tells us the American’s answer to this question; Flavio next plays Michael Llodra, who also knocked out an American, Sam Querrey. In that section, we’re expecting a Nadal vs. Melzer quarterfinal. (Draw: Madrid Open Men’s Singles)

Clothes: Cipolla’s wearing a simple logo tee from Shot.

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flavio cipolla’s new fans

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Perhaps just in shock after experiencing a Federer practice session, but an unusual number of folks were on hand to watch the relatively unknown Italian Flavio Cipolla finish out his drills. No need to twist my arm, though — we’re all about Flavio’s looks (buzzed hair) and signature bright blue Diadora shoes.

Speaking of, can we have a commissioner moment? The tours should give each player name plates to hang near the courts during their practices. This would make it easier for fans to familiarize themselves with the non-“names” of the tour, no?

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