It’s not a true marquee matchup, but I’ll be interested in tonight’s result between Andy Roddick and Leonardo Mayer from San Jose.
Roddick (perhaps better known in some circles as SI cover girl Brooklyn Decker’s husband) was actually down big yesterday in the second set to Ryler Deheart before he recovered and won 6-1, 7-6.
The 22-year-old Mayer figures to be a much tougher foe than Deheart. The Argentine has a prototypical clay game but play wells on all surfaces. At 6’2” he’s got some pop and I’d be surprised if a year from now he’s not in the Top 40 or higher.
The winner, which I think will be Roddick, gets Tomas Berdych tomorrow night. Also today Fernando Verdasco is in action against Ben Becker with former junior No. 1 Ricardas Berankis awaiting the victor Friday.
Ongoing at the moment is a good matchup between two big-serving Americans, Sam Queerey and Taylor Dent. Indoor tennis should favor Taylor in that one.
In Rotterdam, Novak Djokovic has already reached the semifinals. The Serb straight-setted Marco Chuidenelli earlier today and then already received a walkover from Florian Mayer in his scheduled quarterfinal round. On Saturday Novak will face either my man Gael Monfils or Mikhail Youhzny.
In the other semifinal looks like a Nikolay Davydenko v. Robin Soderling showdown. I like Davydenko there and then again in the final. In best-of-3 he’s been the man!
There’s also some wet clay action in Brazil. Juan Carlos Ferrero is already in to the quarterfinals. The red-hot Tomasz Belucci is scheduled to play his second rounder today once the rain clears.
I wrote last week on Rafael Nadal’s future. Well, Uncle Toni spoke and he says Rafa will be back on the tennis courts next Monday. He said next month’s Indian Wells was a go for Rafa with the Davis Cup still a possibility.
On one hand it’s good news that Rafa’s recent knee injury wasn’t that bad. On another, I have to wonder if a few weeks to heal a tear is enough time. What’s the rush?
And if you are wondering Roger Federer’s next event is in Dubai which begins a week from Monday. Federer’s Australian Open victim Andy Murray returns in Marseille next week along with Jo Tsonga and Juan Martin Del Potro.
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