Thursday, November 19, 2009

Groups dynamic

First, sorry it's been a few days: A lot of baby action has been happening around the house!

Now that that's out of the way, I'm ready to ride out the rest of the season and beyond!

The ATP World Tour Finals are a matter of days away and the round-robin groups have been set up. I think it's hard to find a favorite in either group, except maybe Roger Federer in Group A. He should be able to handle Juan Martin del Potro and Fernado Verdasco (recent loss to Julian Benneteau notwithstanding). I'm going to call his match with Andy Murray a toss-up.

In Group B, the hottest player on the planet (or any other one, for that matter), Novak Djokovic, is in the same side of the draw with Rafael Nadal, Nikolay Davydenko and Robin Soderling. I'm wondering if Djoko's good run of form can continue: He's played a LOT of matches the past few weeks. Nadal and Davydenko don't know the meaning of "quick points" and could give his legs a test.

It should be a bunch of great matches, even in the round-robin phase.


Deb195 said...

Hey Van, Didn't know you had youngins... no need to explain as I've been there myself a few times now. Super duper excited about both days. Upset that Roddick isn't in but firmly believed since summer that Soderling deserves a chance here! He should get the opportunity to show that beating the king of clay at the French wasn't just a one off performance. I hope he does well...

Good luck with the baby; talk soon!

TopSpin said...

Hi Van!

Agree with Debs about Soderling - as miffed as I am about Roddick's absence, it's hard to think of a more deserving player to take his place.

As for group A, I think you're right, it is a toss up between Murray and Fed, though I'd back Fed to have more overall wins in the RR stage.

In group B I share your view that Djoko might find it difficult to keep it going. Not sure he'll encounter much resistance from Nadal though. I reckon Davydenko and Soderling represent a greater threat.

Though I have to say I wasn't much impressed by the way Robin went out in Paris to Djoko - he looked positively hung over - maybe we'll get the match here we should have got there...

van said...

Hey Deb! Yeah, I have a 13-month-old and she wears me out, but it's a great experience! And hey, TopSpin, how are you? Looks like you were both spot-on about Soderling. I didn't think this run was coming with him having injury problems heading in.