Well, here it is: the first Major of the new decade only a day away from starting. It's been an interesting start to the season so far with veterans (Nikolay Davydenko) and relative newbies (Marin Cilic and John Isner) picking up titles. How will that affect them come Australian Open time? That's what we're here to find out!
Anyway, I was looking at the men's draw and saw so many good potential early-rounders on tap. So I decided instead of my usual quarterfinal predictions, I'm gonna take it back a round further and throw in some NCAA March Madness lingo to boot! Anyway, here's how I see it going down. (And I just want to note that since I said Novak Djokovic was going to win it in my "A Year in Review/Preview" post, I'm sticking with that call.) Seedings in parentheses:
THE SWEET SIXTEEN: Roger Federer (1) vs. Marcos Baghdatis Fernando Verdasco (9) vs. Nikolay Davydenko (6)—this is already my match of the tournament! Novak Djokovic (3) vs. Richard Gasquet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10) vs. Robin Soderling (8) Andy Roddick (7) vs. Tomas Berdych (21) Marin Cilic (14) vs. Juan Martin del Potro (4) Andy Murray (5) vs. John Isner (33) Julien Benneteau vs. Rafael Nadal (2)
The ELITE EIGHT: Federer vs. Verdasco Djokovic vs. Tsonga Roddick vs. Cilic Murray vs. Nadal
THE FINAL FOUR Federer vs. Djokovic Cilic vs. Nadal
THE FINALS Djokovic over Nadal
Should be a great tournament! My women's predictions are coming up next!
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.