Roddick Leads San Jose, Djokovic in Rotterdam; ATP Previews
ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Surface: hard indoor
Seeds: Novak Djokovic, Nikolay Davydenko, Robin Soderling, Gael “Force” Monfils, Tommy Robredo, Mikhail Youzhny, Ivan Ljubicic, Viktor Troicki
Floaters: Julien “United Colors of” Benneteau, Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer, Marcos Baghdatis, James Blake, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez
Notes: (2) Davydenko opens against F-Lo, who is fresh off his Jo-Burg title on Sunday; other openers of interest are (7) Ljubicic vs. Benneteau, (8) Troicki vs. Tuna Melzer, and Blake vs. Baghdatis; Two Aussie Open “fails” looking for redemption at Rotterdam — Djokovic who lost after struggling with the shits, and Davy-stinko who choked after dominating Federer; only Youzhny (2007) has won the title among the seeds; top seeds Nestor-Zimonjic defend their title in doubles; Llodra, unseeded this year, also won the singles title in 2008.
San Jose, Calif., USA
Surface: hard indoor
Seeds: Andy Roddick, Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, Tommy “Obviously!” Haas, Tomas Berdych, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Sam Querrey, Jeremy Chardy
Floaters: Ernests Gulbis, Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, Mardy Fish, Taylor Dent, Rajeev Ram, Yen-Hsun Lu
Notes: Wildcards to Americans Ryan Harrison, Devin Britton, German Lars Poerschke (?); Roddick opens against a qualifier then the winner of Gulbis and Leonardo Mayer; other openers of interest are (3) The Worm vs. X-Man, Fish vs. “Iron” Mike Russell, (6) Kohlschreiber vs. Ram, (4) Haas vs. (WC) Britton, and (2) Hot Sauce vs. Lu; the SAP Open is the second-oldest men’s professional tennis tournament in the United States, first held in 1889; the Bryan brothers have never won San Jose in eight appearances; returning champs in the field are Stepanek (2009) and Roddick (2008,’05-04); Monday night exo — Pete Sampras vs. Verdasco — why?
Brasil Open 2010
Costa do Sauipe, Brazil
Seeds: Juan Carlos “The Mosquito” Ferrero, Al Montanes, Thomaz Bellucci, Igor Andreev, Victor Hanescu, Pablo Cuevas, Horacio Zeballos, Richard “Coke Kiss” Gasquet
Floaters: Nicolas Massu
Notes: Not a lot of floating talent, and Dickie Gasquet buried among the seeds; Ferrero is 0-2 this year; Andreev is 0-2 career in Costa do Sauipe; Bellucci was runner-up to Tommy Robredo last year; Massu (2006) only returning champ in the field; Guga won this event in 2002 and 2004. Yawn.
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