3 Finals and Madrid Masters

This week, there was supposed to be a Federer-filled tournament in Stockholm. However, he probably feels that it would be a desperate move to play Stockholm for catching up to the no.1 spot. He has never played a more busy fall season that he had planned this fall, since he started dominating in 04. Madrid, Basel, Paris sounds like a good end to the season for him. Nadal will stay on top to Aussie Open, pretty sure about that.

Stockholm probably appreciates Soderling’s effort to get to the final. He has to overcome a very hot Nalbandian. He has eased past his opponents. It’s beggining to look a lot like Nalbandian season! If he dominates home favorite Soderling, I say watch out Nadal, Federer, Murray, WHOEVER!

In Moscow, I just cannot wait for Safin lifting the first trophy since winning AO in 05. Poor guy. He might be coming back to the top (20-30) with a good end to the season. Maybe he is motivated to hunt for more slams. If he can get to a SF in Wimby, he’s still got it. Got to beat Kunitsyn though. He seems to be on a roll as well, so who knows….

In Vienna, home “favorite” Petzschner will play Monfils. I don’t understand how he got this far, but I’m sure he’s gonna have to play his absolute best against the more “experienced” Monfils. I always love to see the underdog win, but if it’s a one-time thing…. what’s the point?

Madrid Masters is just around the corner and all the top guys are going. (as of mid-Sunday). Nadal is first seed (I like saying that), Federer second (no used to saying that yet)

Nadal will could get Gulbis in 2nd, Fish or Gasuqet in 3rd, Wawrinka, Ferrer or maybe Moya in QF?

Federer has Stepanek or Monaco in 2nd, probably Tsonga in 3rd (I’ll watch that!), Del Potro or Nalbandian in QF? Man, he got slammed with 3 players who all seem to be on a bit of a roll. If Tsonga isn’t injured, that is.

Mr. Djokovic has Karlovic or Soderling in 3rd, Blake or Simon or Safin or Davydenko in a QF. He should be good I think.

Murray, could probably do some damage too. He has Cilic, Verdasco as immediate threats, Gonzo or Roddick in a QF. Roddick could be the only threat as I see it.

My QF picks (a little early I know):
Nadal – Ferrer
Djokovic – Blake (least sure about this one)
Federer – Del Potro
Murray – Roddick


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