Now for something completely different. I know based on my last post many of you think of me as a total idiot. Fair enough. I won’t argue that point, at least not right now.
Instead, I got my schedule of matches for tomorrow, and my ATP notes and my ATP guide, so I figured while I got some time why not make some picks on tomorrow’s Pista Central matches in Madrid. So without further adieu…
R Ginepri (USA) vs (7)T Robredo (ESP)
Robredo’s the fav here, but Robby has played well all week and reached the Madrid SF a year ago. The Spaniards though got hammered in the first few rounds (Verdasco/Lopez/Moya/Ferrero/Ferrer/etc), they need Tommy to get through. That’s a lot of pressure on Tommy, but I’ll take him in three as he did to Robby in Madrid 2004.
(6)A Roddick (USA) vs (11)T Berdych (CZE)
Coin-flip match, though Roddick’s the favorite. The Big Berd has won 11 of his last 14 while Roddick’s been playing tough winning 22 of 27 since hooking up with JC back in July. Whoever returns the best will win. On a hunch, I’ll take Berdman in two breakers.
M Safin (RUS) vs K Vliegen (BEL)
Vliegen hits the ball hard, Safin hits it harder. But this week the Belgian already beat two guys who hit the crap out of the ball (Tursunov/Blake), so he should be grooved against a guy like Safin. Plus Marat might be a bit tired from all the tennis of later. I’ll take Vliegen in straights.
(1)R Federer (SUI) vs R Soderling (SWE)
Cause for concern for Fed fans, in three prior wins over Massu, Roger was unable afterward to go on and win the title. And he’s never won a title in Spain. But R-Fed’s won 29 straight at Masters Series events. Make that 30 after a straight-setter against R-Sod. The Massu curse to be continued…
(13)T Haas (GER) vs (2)R Nadal (ESP)
Best match of the day. After suffering from some shaky form the last few months, Nadal nutted-up with a good win over Fish. Haas, however, isn’t fish. But the German simply hasn’t played like he did at the start of the year – remember that allergy blog I wrote? I’ll stick with the Asspicker in straights.
(15)N Djokovic () vs A Murray (GBR)
The all-future match is a cracker of a first-time meeting. Both have the same number of wins (39), same age (19). Djoko has some attitude, Murray’s got some, too, and he’s the slight fav. Slower court, late at night, I’ll take Djoko in three. He needs the cash more.
There ya have it. I’m on record. Let’s see just how much I know, although admittedly these might not be the toughest picks. Feel free to make your own picks…or just call me an idiot. Who knows, I might deserve it!
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