3 finals, 3 surprises

The tournaments that follow Wimbledon will never be the most popular for the top players. Even Davydenko stayed at home for these. This only means that lower ranked players have a unique chance to get a title (maybe their first)

In Stuttgart Del Potro and Gasquet have played consitently and good throughout the week and will battle it out for the title. Gasquet seems to have found his winning form after a good week in Wimbledon and now on clay in Stuttgart. Gasquet seems good enough to win it.

In Gstaad an upset of Wawrinka, made Hanescu reaching his 2nd ATP final in his career. Things are looking good before heading off for the court for him, because Garcia-Lopez and Andreev still have a set to play. Not optimal preperation for a final. Based on how well Hanescu played yesterday, Andreev and Garcia-Lopez could be in trouble today.

In Bastad, def champ Ferrer was upset by a rejuvenated Robredo. I never thought Robredo would be good enough to beat now #4 Ferrer. He probably knows that clay season is almost over, so get all the points you can get pal. Another surprise is Berdych. Not known for his fantastic clay results, he has beaten Johansson, Starace and Verdasco to reach the final. If his game is working at 100%, I don’t think Robredo has enough firepower to respond.

In Newport (grass), there were mostly clay haters. You would think that Fish, Mahut, Isner, Young and other Americans have a chance when the highest ranked player is Fish at #39. But no! Who will win?! Fabrice (closing on age 80) Santoro! He will have to defeat an unknown name from India.

Next week US Open series starts in Indianapolis. I don’t think this “series” means too much for most players, because Blake is the only player inside top 20 who plans to attend the party. I think most “important” players, even Davydenko (haha) are resting before an intense start to the fall season. Two masters back-to-back next weeks and then someone will head to the grey skies of Beijing, while others stick around to the much cleaner skies of Washington and well… not LA.

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One Response to “3 finals, 3 surprises”

  1. uohaa Says:

    I look forward to returning to your blog, and learning more from you !

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