Posts Tagged ‘Seppi’

Novak vs. Rafael

May 16, 2008

Federer is sailing his own sea on the top half of the draw these days. Kiefer was just points away from a SF, but allowed Seppi back in to take the much desired top 4 spot in Hamburg.

But the real story is the other SF. Predicted and with the possibility of breaking some sort of records. The winner of Djokovic-Nadal will be the 2nd ranked player. Who cares about ranking?! I do!
The winner will not only get a hold of 2nd rank, but also 2nd seed in Paris. I don’t know if Nadal NEEDS that to win in Paris, but still…

Why is this such a big deal? Nadal has had the throne as the crown prince for 147 consecutive weeks! Longest ever sitting on that spot. After the success in 2005 he has just gotten closer and closer to Federer. Tomorrow could be the big turning point, or it could be a boost into the final against Federer. Regardless of these things, the better player will win tomorrow. I am sure Nadal will give 100%. Djokovic has been solid this week and if there was a good time to upset Nadal, it’s here, and it’s now. Will it happen? No way. I would have thought that the Djoker could take out Federer in Monaco, but it didn’t happen. It will happen some time, but not tomorrow.

I will be prepared to see another Federer-Nadal final on Sunday. Prove me wrong Novak!

Roland Garros T-11 days

May 16, 2008

There are 8 players left in Hamburg and 11 days to another grand slam tournament. What are we seeing?

First of all there are two heros in Hamburg. Montanes is not used to being in QFs of Masters. Better yet, he has not dropped a set yet. Interesting to see if he has a chance against Djokovic. Moya-Nadal is also a classic. Nadal looked far better yesterday and seems to have found the autopilot button. And then there is a NO-seed QF. Local hero Kiefer took out Davydenko in straight sets and Andreas Seppi bageled Monaco. This is without a doubt an important match for both players and might be the one to watch. Last, but not LEAST, Federer-Verdasco. Both players looked far better than they have done so far this year and seem to be on a roll. Verdasco did not play GREAT tennis, but beating Ferrer in straight sets is not bad. Federer on the other hand played one of his best matches this year. He hit 24 winners and only 10 unforced. That’s GOOD on clay for him.

So who will advance?
Federer surely will
Kiefer should be able to get his home crowd to cheer him into a SF.
Nadal should be quick against Moya
Djokovic shouldn’t get too much trouble against Montanes

Conclusion: Federer will be in the final, unless Kiefer is able to pull off an incredible win. The only uncertainty at this point is who will win the other SF? Djokovic or Nadal? I say Nadal….