As the AO tennis tournament goes on, let’s take a look at some of the upsets that have come about.
First off, in the men’s first round, we see that Tommy Robredo (seeded 16) was bumped out in straight sets by Santiago Girlado of Colombia. Early on in this match, it looked like Robredo was never really in it. Robredo threw out 6 double faults and twice as many unforced errors. Virtually unknown Giraldo, making his first AO appearance, showed strong poise against the veteran and basically dominated Robredo. I hope Robredo isn’t hurting too much today after that poor showing.
Another shocking loss on the men’s side of tennis, would have to go to Robin Soderling’s early exit to Marcel Grandollers. They played a lengthy five setter (3.5 hours) resulting in a 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 finish in favor of Grandollers. Soderling pretty much played piss poor putting up a losing 67 unforced errors and nothing else to really speak of. Will this be Nadal’s chance to break free of his nemesis?
Other losers of the men’s side go to: Querry (losing to Rainer Schuettler), Radek Stepanek (loss to Ivo Karlovic – We saw that one coming), Berdych (Rd. 2 loss to Evgeny Korolev), and finally James Blake (Rd. 2 5 set loss to DelPo). It looks like players are falling through the cracks here and there, but all in all the rest of the field is starting to pull ahead. Tonight’s matches are going to be pretty great (Top half is scheduled to play).
The tennis winning predictions for round 2 are as follows:
Novak Djokovic (3) vs. Marco Chiudinelli – Obviously we’re going to go with Nole on this one.
Lleyton Hewitt (22) vs. Donlad Young – This is a toss up, Hewitt is looking in good form, however; Young is playing rather well down under. Our gut says Hewitt 100%
Roger Federer (1) vs. Victor Hanescu – Uhhh….Federer
Marcos Baghdatis vs. David Ferrer (17) – This tennis match will most likely run pretty long. Baghdatis a finalist in 2006 should do well but Ferrer is a fighter, so no call on this.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10) vs. Taylor Dent – Dent’s showing at the US Open inspired all of us in the tennis world but I don’t think he’s got what it takes to defeat Tsonga.
Janko Tipsarevic vs. Tommy Haas (18) – Ohhh Janko, such a good player yet so little heart….our hearts are with Haas on this one, sorry pal.
Fernando Verdasco (9) vs. Ivan Sergeyev – Verdasco please. Hard hitting lefty is going to run with this one.
Illya Marchenko vs. Nikolay Davydenko – Pretty sure Davydenko is going to kick some ass, after all he has been lately.
So all in all, it’s turned out to be a great tennis tournament, as always. We haven’t yet put our formal finals predictions, but that will happen over the weekend.