Friday, July 18, 2008

Indy stars

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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Shelia said...

Hi Van!

First, have a great weekend!

I've been quite impressed with Tommy Haas since last year. He has really been playing well. Not enough to to get to a final as yet, but he looks really good.

With regard to the U.S. Open warm ups/U.S. Open Series, if you recall, even last year, more and more because of either Davis Cup or their fear of over playing prior to the U.S. Open, more and more players aren't playing the U.S. Open Series,

There are those players who won't play any differently whether or not they play the Series. But overall, I think that they would be a lot better off by playing it.

UTP said...

The big guys are saving themselves for the US Open...but Federer needs to come out on tops ...he needs the roll to take to the US OPEN...

van said...

• Hey Sheila, sorry for the delayed response! You're totally right: Competition evenly spaced out before a big one only helps you.

• Hi utp. I hear ya on Federer. The Open's gonna be pretty tough for him. Hope he can get it done again!