Ok, pick time. Ladies first. I’ll go out on a limb and take the Williams sisters, Serena and the nude dress-wearing Venus, to romp. I also like Caroline Wozniacki and in a little bit of an upset i’m going to go with Vera Zvonareva over Victoria Azarenka.
The men’s draw is again the main event today with four players scheduled who have been to the finals: Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, Jo Tsonga and Novak Djokovic.
Roger Federer v. Lleyton Hewitt
We all know how dominant Federer has been over Hewitt in recent times. After losing seven of the first nine against Lleyton, Federer has since won 14 straight! Unfortunately for Hewitt fans I think that marks hits 15 tonight in Melbourne. But I feel Hewitt’s going to be involved and effective in the rallies and he’ll trouble Roger enough to scrape out a set. It’s Federer in four.
Novak Djokovic v. Lukasz Kubot
Who the hell is Lukasz Kubot. Well, he’s a 27-year-old from Poland who got through thanks to a walkover from Mikhail Youhzny. In fact, both guys haven’t beaten much of anyone thus far. Djokovic has wins over guys named Gimeno-Traver, Chiudinelli and Istomin. For Kubot, it’s Zverez and Giraldo and I should add that he beat Roddick last fall. That said, I like the experience of Djokovic here. He can’t lose this match! It’s the third-seeded Serb in straights.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v. Nicolas Almagro
JW Tsonga is real wildcard of the tournament. If he gets hot there’s virtually no stopping him and right now he’s hot. So I think he overpowers Almagro who really hasn’t beaten anyone of any real quality thus far. The two have never played so anything’s possible, for me it’s Tsonga in straights.
Nikolay Davydenko v. Fernando Verdasco
Davydenko is hot man, that we know. He’s won 12 straight and he’s got multiple wins over Federer and Nadal in recent events. If his name wasn’t Davydenko he’d probably be the overall tournament favorite, but… The Russian also owns Verdasco winning six of seven encounters. Verdasco has a big game and he must have good memories of Melbourne having reached the semifinals a year ago. But the trend is your friend and I’m going with Nikolay in four.
As for upsets, i don’t think Novak could lose. No way. And I have a tough time seeing Verdasco winning three sets over ND. Hewitt could really trouble Federer and pull the upset – I give him a chance especially if Roger is misfiring like he did against Andreev in round one. I also think Almagro could win if Tsonga comes out flat.
If all goes well, we should get our dream top half quarter with Federer v. Davydenko, Djokovic v. Tsonga. Here’s to hoping dreams come true!
Enjoy the tennis everyone!
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