Saturday, May 22, 2010

Seems like old times (French Open men's prediction)

Rafael Nadal. Who else could it be?

I guess you could've said that last year, too, but we all know what happened then. Nothing's ever a given in pro sports, but I do think Rafa is a great choice to win it all, based on his overall ability on the clay courts. Plus, I'm sure there's going to be an extra bit of motivation going in, looking to erase what happened last year.

But the tournament doesn't start and end with him as there is 127 other guys in the field. Here's how I think it'll go, from the round of 16 on:

The Fourth Round:

Roger Federer (1) vs. Stanislas Wawrinka (20)
Ernests Gulbis (23) vs. Robin Soderling (5)
Andy Murray (4) vs. Tomas Berdych (15)
Mikhail Youzhny (11) vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (8)
Juan Monaco (26) vs. David Ferrer (9)
Pablo Cuevas vs. Victor Hanescu (31)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (30) vs. Nicolas Almagro (19)
Michael Berrer vs. Rafael Nadal (2)

The Quarterfinals:

Federer vs. Gulbis
Berdych vs. Tsonga
Ferrer vs. Hanescu
Almagro vs. Nadal

The Semifinals

Federer vs. Berdych
Ferrer vs. Nadal

The Finals

Nadal over Federer

*A side note: You may be saying, "What about Djokovic? Verdasco? Roddick? Gasquet over Murray?" Here's my thinking along those lines: Nole's not match-tough, Verdasco's played too much, Roddick not enough and Gasquet won't be able to handle the pressure.

Anyway, the women's picks are coming next!

(Photo: The Canadian Press)


Taf said...

Ok I have Isner d. Berdych and Tsonga finally making a run and getting that sf spot against Fed. Same final as you, I think we all pick with our hearts and heads quite easily with these 2 guys. I do hope for another fed/rafa 5 setter... the Madrid final tie breaker was disappointing indeed.

van said...

I was a little shocked Fed lost, but Soderling was just hitting so big. That match with him and Berdych will have some fireworks to be sure!