Last 32 summary

And another 32 losers sent home, but unlike the WTA girls, no higher seeds are gone yet. Nadal is cruising, but I think a Troicki with confidence will be a harder test for Rafa. Then he is guaranteed a big server for R16 in Querrey or Karlovic. I’m giving Querrey the edge, due to good form and home soil.

Blake and Fish clash in R32, which guarantees an American in 4th round. Not a sure thing anymore… Winner of that match will play winner of Monfils-Nalbandian. This will be 5 sets. Both are good at spoiling opportunities, but equally agressive to stay in. Could be the match of the round. I think Monfils could go past Nalby.

Ferrer-Nishikori I would love to watch. This has the potential to be the upset of the tournament. Ferrer has played well so far, but far from the way he should in top 5. Nishikori has played a lot better than Ferrer’s opponents so far and could break him up early which could be enough. Winner here will meat Del Potro or Simon. This is Del Potro’s first REAL test. Canas was hard, but he hasn’t done anything lately so…. Still Del Potro has won the last 21 matches, I would put my cash on him again.

The next section is probably the most predicatable. Sorry for Cipolla and Melzer, but Wawrinka and Murray should cruise past if they want to be top 10 players. Wawrinka-Murray in R16 is a sure thing.

Roddick passed the Gulbis test, but was in deep s… at 1 set down + a break in the 2nd. Passing the two supposed difficult opponents in round 1 and 2, now Seppi seems just a little easier and looks like a straight sets win. Gonzalez has not impressed me. He isn’t playing like in Beijing, nor is he in the right mood. Nieminen is the first real test IMO and could go long if Gonzo isn’t on top of his game. A potential clash with Roddick means, IMPROVEMENT NEEDED!

Tsonga passed the Moya test, although not very convincing. Moya isn’t Moya anymore. He will meet Robredo who seems to be in a hard court love affair. He was able to take down Safin in 4 and could cause trouble for an agressive Tsonga. Close battle, me thinks. Winner here meets Cilic or Djoko. Cilic is Djoko’s first test and could give Djokovic some early sweats. He has climbed big time and is in the same form as Del Potro, only withouth the streak and titles. Seeded 30 and younger than Djoker. Maybe he will be underestimated…

All Russian 3rd round results in a spot for a Russian in a 4th round. Davydenko will beat Tursunov. Period. And Davydenko will meet either Almagro or Muller. Both sort of surprises at this stage, but no jokers. Both have a huge change to get a shot at a QF if they can take down Davy.

On the very bottom, Verdasco vs Andreev, and Stepanek vs Federer. Stepanek has beaten Federer this year and is the first test. He could take a set, but on hard things go too fast for Radek against the Swiss maestro. Verdasco seems to be on a roll and will down Andreev, no?



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