There's a heavyweight battle set to kick off at the ATP tour stop in Rotterdam between Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in the semis, which Andy Murray and Mario Ancic have already advanced to.
Both Nadal and Tsonga have had a pretty good start to the year, to say the least. Rafa's coming off winning the Aussie, while Jo-Willy just won in Jo'burg last weekend. I really couldn't give you a prediction for this match that I'd feel confident in making. I know, I know: I'm usually so fearless with my calls (or crazy!), but this one's tough. I guess I'd have to go with Tsonga with them being indoors and all. But I also feel Nadal's always going to make adjustments when he's playing someone that's taken it to him before. Either way, it should be a good one.
While I'm here, though, (which I really haven't been all week: sorry about that!) I just want to mention something that I was kind of happy to see: both Nadal and Serena Williams playing so soon after winning a Major. Of course, players are welcome to do whatever they want and play when they want. Based on taking the Aussies, both of the number ones have put themselves in a pretty good place to be from a ranking and dominance perspective. But getting out there shows that they're not content to rest and want more, which is what you always want to see as a fan of any sport.
And oh, what the heck: I'll go with Tsonga in three. I don't know if I could've lived with myself without making some kind of call!
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