Rotterdam, San Jose, Buenos Aires

Of the three only one tournament will be really interesting. Rotterdam offers 8 seeded players and all of them in the top 20. 4 top 10 players. That’s a good sign for Rotterdam as they go into 2009 being a masters 500 tournament. Popularity doesn’t seem to be a problem for them. One who does have problems is Youzhny, defending champ in Rotterdam, lost last night against the much feared Tipsarevic. That will most likely make him drop out of top 10 again.

Nadal has a tough draw, and will meet Tursunov in the first and possibly Hewitt in the second. Besides that, he could go to a final against Ferrer or Murray. It will be interesting to see how well Murray is able to play doing 2 in 2. Can he win 2 in 2?

In Buenos Aires red clay is the word, and so is the label on most players contesting. Nalbandian is back in action and is already in round 2. Being top seed will probably do him good as he has to contest with Monaco, Moya, Chela and Almagro for the title. Man that’s a clay-filled field!

Not so much clay in San Jose, but not too many top players. Roddick and Blake are on opposite ends with Tommy Haas as the only real threat. Should be mentioned that Delray Beach champ Nishikori is going against Hartfield and could make a Roddick-clash in 2nd round.

And for all of you Sampras fanatics… he will play exhibition (if he hasn’t already) in San Jose. Remember that this tournament is streamed live on B2B, so please… Samprasify yourself!


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