Apparently the men’s quarters at the Rogers Cup is some sort of historic milestone as it’s the first time that all top eight seeds have made it in an ATP event since 1973. What it does offer is a chance to break down the top eight players in the world and their chance for the title.
Nadal vs. Del Potro
So far, Nadal has had a dream tourney in the sense that he only played seven games against David Ferrer and won rather easily against Phillip Petzschner today. Now he faces Juan Martin Del Potro fresh off of his win of the Legg Mason tournament last week.
I think this match all depends on JMDP. If he can hold up physically, then he should edge Nadal who I don’t think is 100%. But a lot could happen if it goes to a third set. So I’ll say Del Potro in three.
Roddick v. Djokovic
This could go either way. Djokovic has cruised so far while Roddick had a tough three setter against Verdasco. Unless it gets really hot, or there’s some weird medical issue, Djokovic should win. But for some reason I like Roddick. So I’ll say Roddick in three.
Murray v. Davydenko
This will be the rubber match as both players are 4 to 4 lifetime against each other. Who wants it more? Davydenko, who after the whole gambling controversy and foot injury, wants to prove he’s still in the mix. Or Murray, who has shot at the number two ranking and loves the hard courts? Why am I seeing Davydenko in two tiebreaks?
Federer v. Tsonga.
Federer in two quick sets. Next.