Posts Tagged ‘St Petersburg’

Ball girls most popular

October 24, 2007

I have perhaps 20-30 loyal readers a day, who I think and hope are interested in tennis. This past week I have had a record of readers, which I think is great. But the most popular post is without comparison the one with the ball girls from Madrid! That’s fine but please read the rest too!

Anyway, I predict that the title of this post will bring me around 50 hits today.
Yesterday the three ongoing tournaments brought some upsets.
The most talked about is Ferrer’s first round exit in Basel against Calleri. Ferrer is probably somewhere in the outskirts of Shanghai already, but he needs to get those few points to make it official.
Federer opened with a 2-1 victory over Berrer. A lot of talk once again about the extremely small difference between the best and the rest.
Gonzalez and Karlovic look strong and seem to be two players with potential to stay in Basel for a few more days.

In Russia, no surprises. Murray seems to be back and will be fighting for the title for sure.
In Lyon both Clement and Mahut fell short against Becker and Hartfield respectively in their home tournament. Ljubicic and Monaco are through and go for the title.

Some goodies for today:
Berdych – Lopez
Nalbandian – Wawrinka
Roddick – Santoro
Ancic – Youzhny

Happy watching for those of you who get it on the tivo

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Lyon, St Petersburg and Basel…

October 23, 2007

… to decide the race? May very well be. Ferrer needs just a few points to qualify and is 3rd seed in Basel. He should be ready for Shanghai. I think it’s too hard to see who the other two players are, but Gonzalez has a good opportunity in Basel as well as 2nd seed. The last spot is quite open. Haas is in trouble, after seemingly pulling out of Lyon.

In Lyon there’s Roddick, Robredo on opposite ends. Gasquet, Ljubicic, Monaco++ joins them. Other players to look out for is Grosjean (possible 2nd round against Roddick), Tsonga (already in 2nd), Mahut better at home?, Clement better at home?.
Lot of question marks, but I think Roddick has a good chance at the title, if Gasquet plays the Wimbledon match again, he could steal it from him.

In Basel, Roger Federer plays for the 2nd time in a row. He has “rested” a lot this year so this is a surprise actually. Strong players meet in Basel: Gonzalez, Ferrer, Blake, Berdych, Canas+++
In addition, there’s Kiefer, who jumped like 60 places on the ranking this week, Karlovic is always a threat, Nalbandian is back and dangerous, Wawrinka is at home but need to overcome Nalby in the first round. Lopez, Dancevic, Baghdatis, Nieminen…. a lot of good players.

In Russia the prize money is clearly largest this week, but the player field is the least attractive. Davydenko, Murray, Youzhny, Starace, Tursunov, Verdasco and more are top seeds. Then there’s Volandri, Gulbis (in 2nd), Bjorkman, Ancic, Mirnyi… and many more

My predicting skills are evidently poor but here goes nothing:
Lyon: Roddick?
Basel: Federer?
St Petersburg: Murray?