The rain wiped out a pretty awesome schedule today at the Toronto Masters tournament. It's not like the matches will never happen, though! So I'm just going to say a quick thing about a few of them before they actually get played:
• Roger Federer (1) vs. Gilles Simon: The King takes on last week's Indy champ in his first match since Wimbledon. A good test to work his way back into that tournament-winning mind-set right off the bat. R-Fed in straights.
• Jesse Levine vs. Rafael Nadal (2): Also playing his first match since capturing the big W, Rafa should get a nice workout here but nothing too stressful.
• Nikolay Davydenko (4) vs. Tommy Haas: It's always wild to me when you see matches like this and they're second-rounders! It's a testament to the depth in the game and the strength of Masters tournaments. Nik has a better head-to-head against Tommy, but I'm going with the German in the upset here.
• David Ferrer (5) vs. Robby Ginepri: These two play so similar to each other. If it were earlier in the year when he had that hot streak going, I'd pick Ginepri. But since that's a thing of the past, I'm going with the Spaniard.
Here's a couple of upset picks I'm throwing at you: Soderling over Verdasco and Andreev over Berdych.
And that's just a few of the great matches on tap for when the rain stops! (That sounds like an ad; I wonder if I can get some money from the tournament?)
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.