It's been a loonng time since someone outside of the "Big 4" of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray won a Masters 1000 event: 2010, in fact, when Robin Soderling won in Paris.
But with Federer knocked out the other night by Andy Roddick, one obstacle has been removed for the guys left in the quarterfinals. Next up, to attempt their own bit of hole-punching in the draw, will be Janko Tipsarevic taking on Andy Murray, then Jo-Wilfried Tsonga goes against Rafael Nadal.
For Tipsarevic and Tsonga, those are both--dare I say? I do dare!--very winnable matches. Tipsarevic and Tsonga are arguably at their best on hard courts, and have a handful of wins against their respective opponents. I don't want it to sound like I'm cheering for or against any of those four, though, as I like all of them. (It's just a big love-fest here at TTA?!) And it's not that Miami needs any extra drama this year as it's had plenty of great storylines.
But maybe one or two more wouldn't hurt. Or am I just being greedy?
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.