We got our first real surprise today out of the Gold Group at the Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai, with Juan Martin Del Potro defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(4), 7-6(5).
I would have picked Tsonga to win that match given form and the possibility JMDP might be looking ahead to Davis Cup, but credit to the Argentine for getting the job done here. Too bad for Tsonga who now falls to 0-2 and now out of the running for the semifinals.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic clinched a semifinal berth with a 7-6, 0-6, 7-5 win over Nikolay Davydenko. After an 0-3 effort in 2007, the Serb has really come to play this year the Masters Cup.
With Djokovic qualified that leaves one more semifinal spot available, and that will go to the winner of Thursday’s Dayvdenko-Del Potro match. For now I like Davydenko.
The Red Group is back on court Wednesday with Roger Federer taking on Andy Roddick and Gilles Simon squaring off against Andy Murray.
For Federer and Roddick, it’s a must win if they harbor any semifinal hopes while the winner of Simon-Murray gets into the Final Four. My guess is we’ll have one Andy winner on the day, and it won’t be Roddick.
Roddick though might become the beneficiary of the wisdom of Paul Annacone in the future. We shall see.
Other news around tennis…
A day after Rafael Nadal withdrew his name from Spain’s upcoming Davis Cup final clash with Argentina in Mar Del Plata, Tommy Robredo removed his name from consideration for the tie. That leaves the final Spanish team with Marcel Granollers, David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez. Call me crazy, but I don’t like that team’s chances against David Nalbandian, Jose Acasuso, Agustin Calleri, Del Potro and the Argentine crowd on an indoor hard court.
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