Friday, July 18, 2008
Last weekend, I was thinking, "Man, the hard-court season is kind of getting off to a lame start this year. I think this is the weakest draw at the annual RCA Championships in Indianapolis that I've ever seen. Gilles Simon is the second seed? Geez!"
But as the matches have shaken down and it's gotten to the quarters, I'm reconsidering that. There's some guys out there that whose mission it seems is to make a ball split apart at the seams with every swing. Big bangin' will definitely be the order of the day for the rest of the matches.
Past champs James Blake (2006, in what was one of the best regular tour finals I've seen in years) and Dmitry Tursunov (2007) are slated to meet each other in the semis, which if they don't make it to that next step, I'd be surprised. Those two are among the hardest hitters out there so that should be a fun one to watch.
And you know who else is looking good out there? Tommy Haas. The way he had been playing this year wouldn't give any indication that he could take out the two players he did so easily. I'd like to see him take out Simon and make a good run here.
A quarterfinal I think will be pretty intriguing is the Bobby Reynolds-Sam Querrey one. They've both had career years so far and hard court is their best surface. If you haven't watched Reynolds before, check him out: He has a perfect hard-court game. He hits hard, serves big and can get into the net. Querrey, like many big servers, is pretty unpredictable I feel. This has the potential to be a really good one.
Anyway, I've learned that I just can't write off a tournament upon first glance. You never know how it's going to shake out when it gets to the end!
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