Sunday, August 31, 2008

And THAT’S why I picked Mardy Fish for the quarterfinals!

At last!

He’s actually still a round away, and who’s to say Gael Monfils won’t stop him before he gets to the elite eight? But Mardy Fish has FINALLY gotten deep in a draw that I expected him to before the tournament started.

If you were to look back through the archives here at Tennis Talk, Anyone?, my Grand Slam quarterfinal predictions are littered with Fish picks, but he’s never come through. I just had a feeling, though, that since he’s been playing pretty well over the past couple of weeks that when it got to the third round, he’d be able to take out his buddy, James Blake.

Fish played well (honestly, I’d count him among the top 15 fast-court players in the world), but I think Blake was flat the whole tournament, and I have a feeling as to why that’s the case: That Olympics experience really hurt him. And truth be told, I don’t think it’s the whole racquet-tipping fiasco. Those match points lost against Fernando Gonzalez have to be killing him, despite the positive spin he’s been putting on his Olympics experience. I mean, how do you beat Roger Federer and basically come away with nothing to show for it? That’s too bad, but here’s hoping he shakes it off. And here’s to Fish for a great win and finally making me look like I know what I’m talking about!

(Photo: AFP)


Naf said...

Way to brag, Van! Seriously, Blake's flaky. Instead of playing the ball, he is establishing a reputation of playing his opponent (Fish) or his situation (Agassi at the Open). But it's nice to see Fish building on this year's success.

van said...

Hey Naf, I had no choice: I had to do it!

I think Blake's one of the best in the biz, ability-wise, but I also think that Olympics loss is going to weigh on him for a while, and I figured Fish had a big enough game to hurt him.

While I'm bragging about my Fish upset, though, I see that Davydenko blew Tursunov off the court,, which was another one of my upset picks. Oh well, you can't get them all!