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AMS Paris Final

November 4, 2007

Nalbandian – Nadal
Two sweaty Spanish-speaking players are going to battle for the title in Paris. Nadal showed some good form before the Cup, but why he started to play well late in the second set, I didn’t understand. Nalbandian has to keep hitting deep groundstrokes on both sides and very between corners and hard hits on center. Seems like a plan to bother Nadal.
Nadal started playing like himself late against Baghdatis, by running down all shots and playing his super effective defense play. I think that might work today against a similar player to Baghdatis and therefore he should take his 2nd HC Masters title for the year.
Nalbandian can also take his 2nd Masters title, but he will have done it in a couple of weeks.

Nalbandian has everything to fight for as the Shanghai list always has some level of uncertainty to it and the 9th place is golden for him if someone pulls out. Tennis.com seems to belive that Roddick might to it to prepare and keep injury-free before the more important Davis Cup final in December. I still think Nadal will take it…but it can be close and entertaining.

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Great matches on Court 1 today

October 31, 2007

Chela-Wawrinka will be close
Del Potro-Davydenko might be a good one
Ljubicic-Baghdatis (on home turf, sort of)
Nalbandian-Moya

Center Court will host Nadal-Volandri, Gasquet-Tsonga (again), Federer-Karlovic (nth time), Mahut(@home)-Blake(very far away from home)

Also… a question to all experts out there. Does anyone know if anything is confirmed regarding the point distribution for Grand Slams in 2009? Will it be 2000, the only logical thing to do?

Let the last week of tennis begin!

October 29, 2007

For all players but 8. Paris is the end of the road for some 100+ players who play only ATP-level. I thought Federer would take a rest this week, but it seems that he wants to do all of the “mandatory” tournaments this year. If he takes this one too, 2007 has been almost as good as 2006 for the great Roger.

For Federer, the only threat (if he really is a threat anymore) is Nalbandian. We now know Nalbandian can beat Federer, but can he do a “Canas”. Something tells me… NO
Berdych needs to overcome both Ferrer and Federer if he wants to qualify for Shanghai
Murray, the poor bastard, must beat Djokovic to make it. Of course, these are estimates as the last (2) spots for Shanghai will depend on a lot of other players and their performance.

Blake has a tough draw too, so Blake’s way to Shanghai is longer than for example Haas. He has a couple of Qualifiers and Gonzo to shoot down for Shanghai. Ljubicic get Davydenko, which I think he’ll manage and can possibly qualify for Shanghai this year too.

Robredo has a fair chance as well, only big obstacle is Canas who needs to win the whole thing to really be sure for a spot in China.

If Federer and Nadal are motivated enough, it seems like a new encounter between the grand slammers on Sunday. Federer will of course win it…right?

Tennis.com gives an updated week 4 week overview of the race standings. As you can see there are plenty of players who still have a fair chance.
I think that Gonzalez will lose his spot only if he loses first and two other players get to the Final. SF gives 45 points and he is 51 ahead. He will not make it if for example Blake meets Haas in the final and he loses first match….. I think

My prediction is that Gonzo will buy his ticket this evening and joining him later this week will be either Murray or Haas. Hopefully Haas has a stable stomach all week!