The forgotten Bucharest and Beijing

These tournaments are never gonna stand out on the calendar as a result of the bad timing, getting the week after US Open when many players feel like resting. Excluding Davydenko that is. And certainly some 1st and 2nd round rejects from New York.
The Beijing list was still strong with 3 top 10 players and another 2 top 20. The final is played today and is a hispanic clash between Fernando Gonzalez and Tommy Robredo. I think that Gonzalez always stands a better chance on hard court against any player he would meet, so this SHOULD be all Gonzalez. I think Gonzalez takes it in 3, as he has only played one match in two sets.

In Romania, we have the local favorite/hope of Victor Hanescu in his first ATP final. Needless to say, if he was looking for a shot at a title while he’s till on the tour, I don’t think he’ll get toom many chances after this. Yes he is still young (if 26 is young) so there is time, I just don’t know if he has what it takes to make it anywhere else. Opponent in final is Gilles Simon, who has had a good year, with a title and a fairly ok 28-23 record so far. Hanescu has a 5-7 to show so there’s no doubt who’s favorite. Potentially though, Hanescu has been as high as #35, while Simon hasn’t passed #38, which implies that Hanescu might have it in him. This fact together with this tournament so far… beating Mayer, Montanes, Starace, and MONFILS 6-2, 6-3 tells me he wants this title more than Simon. Hanescu in 2 or 3.


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