Surprise wins have started, finally!

When you see the match-up Andreev-Ginepri, you think this will be a quick and painless deal for the Russian. Ginepri started by losing the first 6-4, but went on and won it in 4 sets. Is Ginepri up for the next challenge? I think so. Winner of Serra-Hanescu doesn’t sound too bad.

The biggest surprise for me yesterday was Ferrer’s stunningly easy win over home favorite Santoro. I thought this would be a 4 or 5 set event. 0, 1, 0!!! 1 game in 3 sets for tiny Santoro! Too bad, becasue I don’t think he has too many shots left.

Gulbis-Blake could have gone either way, but Gulbis showed slightly more willingness to win it. Besides, Blake needs for his forehand to work perfectly for him to to anything on clay. It did, but not enough.

And for the biggy: Nalbandian is out! Lost in 5 sets against Chardy. Yes, I know…who?!?
Why so many experts are saying Nalbandian is one of the biggest underachievers is beyond me. One slam final but almost no consitency in a 52 week run. I believe #3 is his best ranking, but he has never held it for more than 5 months. 2006 was his best year, the only year he stayed inside the top 10. But his ranking is not very good measure. Like now, for instance, the only reason he is a happy camper INSIDE top 10 is because of a fantastick 2 months last fall. Without that he would be outside top 20. Nalbandian must find some consitency and purchase it.

Today, on the other hand, I wait even more upsets and ordering of one-way tickets to London. (or Halle) There are a few interesting matches which I don’t know what may happen.
Although Djokovic is a huge favorite and will most likely win easily, there is something about Wayne Odesnik. He has played great so far, beating Canas and then Lee. Good players. He might be the only American who seems to be slightly more comfortable on clay. His best result this year, by far, is SF on clay in Houston. Being #106 isn’t he best confidence boost when going in against the big Serb, but hey, not impossible as long as he has a racket and some shoes.

Youzhny-Verdasco is looking like a 5 set thriller, but I can see Youzhny winning this. He has gone through with ok speed so far.
Almagro-Murray: this will be the real test for both. Almagro is far better on clay than Murray, on record, but Murray has won his matches with ease. This could be close if both play at their highest level. That is not always the case for either of them.

BTW, for those who count sets; Federer lost first set against Montanes yesterday. Nadal hasn’t lost any yet. Not very interesting but worth mentioning.


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