Saturday, January 16, 2010

No 'Djok' this time around (Australian Open men's predictions)


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!

(Photo: Getty Images)

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