Look what I missed while I was sleeping, James Blake blowing a first set break to eventually lose to 19-year-old Ernests Gulbis, and David Nalbandian caving in after a 2-set lead against French newcomer Jeremy Chardy. Or maybe it was a good thing i was asleep.
Gulbis has a lot of potential, and I like his game. And on clay that’s not much of a surprise that he gets by James, but Nalbandian can’t be choking a two-set lead to a kid from France. That can’t happen if you are David, but it did.
And with my Janko pick long gone, I think Gulbis may be the guy to get out to the quarterfinals to face Novak. And with Nalbandian out Nicolas Amagro is the favorite to meet Rafa, though I think it won’t be easy for the Spaniard to get by Andy Murray tomorrow.
As for the rest, tough to say with the weather. Roger Federer though has to be feeling good. No rain problems for the Swiss thus far and his draw still looks like cake. Plus the wetter court conditions should suit him.
After a shaky start, Djokovic looks to have righted his game, and unless Mathieu can really harness the power of coach Mats Wilander I can’t see anyone stopping Novak until the semifinals.
Nadal, who’s on court now, has had the toughest tournament of the Big Three. With all the rain and having to beat that Thomaz Berllucci guy – too bad he opened with Rafa, he could have done some damage with a friendlier draw! – and the current struggle he’s in right now with Nicolas Devilder, Rafa’s expending some serious energy. And I think he’ll have to play again tomorrow if he wins – that’d be his fifth straight day on the schedule!
I love that my man Gael Monfils got through. I like his draw as well, though he is more than capable to lose to anyone. I also like Igor Andreev doing a lot of damage. He should go far. And I’ll still lean to Dayvdenko, though this injury of his might be a problem.
Then again all this is up to Mother Nature and the rain I guess. Let’s hope it stays away long enough so we can get some good tennis in.
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