Capitala World Tennis Championship: Well, well, well, looks like I’m 2-for-2 in predictions in 2010. Robin Soderling will be facing Rafael Nadal for the title after Soderling beat Roger Federer and Nadal beat David Ferrer. Perhaps surprising to your casual fan but I fully expected this result.
Ferrer’s best days are behind him. He may have scored a good win over Nikolay Davydenko but having to beat Nadal is still no easy task. The big difference is that if Davydenko is not at his best, you can beat him even if you miss. That’s not the case with an off, on, half off, half on, or flickering Nadal. So Nadal will be facing one of his most dreadful foes and this is probably the best match he could have hoped for so early in the season. It’s not going to determine much in the long run but it will be nice to see where Nadal really is at the start of this 2010 season.
Soderling beat Federer 6-2 in the third. Was this another final set collapse? Since it was an exhibition, no. No matter what people say, Federer does not fight anywhere near the death to win exo’s the way he fights in real tournaments. But this is a great start for Soderling who’s already showing his 2009 was no fluke and he’s going to continue playing great. This could also be advantageous to Federer because even though I said Soderling would beat him next time they played, this could very well be the only time. Federer literally dissected Andy Roddick in the first ATP match they played after losing the Kooyong final back in ’07.
All in all, nice to see some good matches from the get-go and I’m sticking with Soderling beating Nadal for the 2010 Capitala World Tennis Championship.
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