Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Canadian mists

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?)

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