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Nadal & Stosur Beat Down Verdasco & Zvonareva For Clay Titles.

Although the scorelines were a bit similar, the impressive play by Rafael Nadal and Sam Stosur in winning each of their respective finals today was very much the same as both issued “Serena-like” beatdowns of their opponents. Although the clay court season is still young, both players sent a message that they could be the ones to beat at Roland Garros in May.

As expected all week, Nadal easily won his sixth consecutive Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters title as he defeated fellow countryman Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 6-1 in just under 90 minutes. Continue reading

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Monte Carlo Preview – Why Nadal Must Win No. 6 in a Row.

After a month long swing on the purple courts of Indian Wells and Miami, the clay court season, (when isn’t there a clay court event being played somewhere), officially kicks off with next week’s ATP Masters event in Monte Carlo. With the switch to the dirt, a whole new mindset for fans and the players takes hold as we feel a taste of the exotic just by hearing the cities the players are at. Just this week, we had Casablanca, Marbella, Ponte Vedra (oh wait’s that Florida) but you get the idea.

For those playing in Monte Carlo, it’s a chance to regroup and perhaps regain momentum as the hard courts saw several top players and their games spin wildly out of control. But one player, Rafael Nadal, who looked in control the whole time saw chances at both Indian Wells and Miami slip away to those who weren’t afraid to attack the Spainard head-on. That’s why Nadal must win a record sixth straight Monte Carlo title not only to end his almost year-long title drought but put to rest any lingering questions that he can be No. 1 again. Continue reading

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Does Verdasco Really Put the “X” Back in Sex?

With Ana Ivanovic getting lots of press, both good and bad, for her pictorial in the recent swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated, it seems only fair to show Ivanovic’s former boyfriend and fellow adidas teammate, Fernando Verdasco, in his own suggestive ad campaign for Calvin Klein’s new line of underwear simply called “X”.

The question for Verdasco, and any male tennis player for that matter, is can they really sell underwear, or anything, to anybody? Continue reading

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ATP Crystal Ball for 2010.

2010 will be a transition year for the ATP Tour even though the winners may look the same. Here are my predictions for the ATP men again ranked where I think they will end up at year’s end.

1. Roger Federer. To think that “Fed” won’t win another Slam or two next year is highly unlikely. Federer’s consistency week in and week out will help keep his top ranking intact. But this could be his last year of total domination. The real question for Federer, especially after winning the French Open, is what will motivate him to keep going after winning everything. Maybe a chance at a true Grand Slam?

2. Juan Martin Del Potro. That’s right. The big man from Argentina will be chasing Federer all year. Injuries and still a nagging lack of belief could hinder him but I expect Delpo to win another Slam. Could the French be next?

3. Novak Djokovic. The “Falcon” has returned with the fire and belief that was lost for most of 2009. He could win a Slam but he’ll have to keep up the balancing act between being “the class clown” and his intensity which rubs some fans the wrong way. Look for him to come into Australia with a vengeance.

4. Rafael Nadal. I know. I know. The Nadal fans are going to attack me for this but I believe that the Nadal “mystique” is over and the top guys on tour have finally figured out how to play him. I like him in the French for sure but how his body holds up will be the story next year.

5. Andy Murray. I don’t understand the obsession with Murray. He’s a talented player but it’s been proven if you attack him ala Marin Cilic, Roger Federer you will win. His mental toughness is still an issue and he needs a big shot to help him win cheap points. I’m still not convinced Murray has the game to win a Slam. He’ll get close, maybe even a final, but I doubt he’ll win one next year.

6. Nikolay Davydenko. Is this the year the hardest working man on tour finally wins a Slam? Maybe. He certainly proved in Shanghai and the ATP Finals that he can beat anyone especially with his improved serve and net play. But how he holds up in best 3 of 5 matches is the real question. Plus, will fans finally get behind the “unsexy” Russian? I like his chances in Australia better than anywhere else.

7. Andy Roddick. As the ’09 Wimbledon final was a defining match for Roddick, I feel like 2010 is the last hope for him to win one more Slam. He’s in great shape more or less (unless the knee becomes a bigger issue) and coach Larry Stefanki has got him playing better, but if he’s going to do it, this is it. Maybe the U.S. Open?

8. Robin Soderling The lanky Swede proved his French Open runner-up spot was no fluke as he continued his strong play late in the season. He certainly believes he can beat the top players, but does he have the game to prevail in the later stages, especially against Federer? He might get close this year at the Slams but I don’t see him breaking through yet.

9 through 15. Take your pick. Tsonga, Verdasco, Gonzalez, Simon, Monfils, Haas. All these guys have gotten close but no cigar. 2010 could be their “this is it” moment to finally breakthrough. But don’t count on it. Anyone of them could make a Slam final but Jelena Jankovic has more chances than these guys.

Wildcards – Sam Querrey. Querrey certainly had a decent 2009 and I can see him getting into the top 15 but winning a Slam feels out of reach.

Marin Cilic – Could the super tall Croat have a Del Potro like year and finally break into the top 10? Watch out for him at Wimbledon where his big serve and volley game should pay dividends.

Lleyton Hewitt – With his health restored, Hewitt finds himself back in the top 20 again. Can he finally win the Australian Open? Sure, if Federer gets knocked out early.

Richard Gasquet – Now that he’s back on tour, 2010 will be the year when we find out if he has what it takes to get back into the top 10 or just be the punchline to one of the more bizarre storylines of 2009.

James Blake – For all the talent, Blake has never lived up to his potential. Something could happen, but I wouldn’t be surprised if 2010 is his last year.

John Isner – He’s got the big serve and had a breakthrough win against Andy Roddick at the U.S. Open but he needs a bigger game overall if wants to even crack into the top 20.

David Nalbandian – He finally returns after enduring hip surgery. But has the highly talented Argentine been eclipsed by the younger Del Potro?

Plenty of other players I could mention as well with their own chances at glory next year. Let me know what you think!

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Federer Blasts Through Murray’s Wall.

Roger Federer made good on his promise to hit through Andy Murray and did so with relative ease winning their match tonight 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Federer started slow again with sloppy play, especially on his forehand, as he got behind 4-2 to Murray who served out the set 6-3.

In the second set, Federer broke Murray with aggressive returns to go up 3-2 and that’s when the tide shifted. Federer’s game improved as he cruised to a 6-3 second set helped by 19 winners as opposed to having only 2 winners in the first set.

Murray’s first serve let him down throughout the match as he was only able to muster 46% of first serves in. In the third set, Murray quickly got down 0-40 while at 1-1 and even though he shouted at himself to “focus” it wasn’t enough as Federer chipped and charged on a second serve at 30-40 forcing Murray to hit an errant passing shot wide allowing Federer the break at 2-1.

After that it was off to the races as Federer broke Murray twice more to seal up the final set 6-1. Federer is almost a dead lock for the semis now but Group A is still wide open. In the earlier match, Juan Martin Del Potro saw off Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (1) even after Del Potro was up 5-2 in the final set before finally winning the tiebreak.

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Fed Struggles in London & Day 2 Predix.

For a moment it looked like the erratic play of Roger Federer late in the season would continue as he dropped the opening service game in his match against Fernando Verdasco at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Verdasco, who had never won a set against the world No. 1, finally did through steady play and solid serving to go up 6-4.

In the second set, Verdasco stayed right with Federer throughout. But Verdasco’s sloppy attempt at a smash overhead on the baseline that went awry gave Federer the opening he needed to take the second set 7-5.

After that it was all Federer as the wheels came off of Verdasco’s game while Federer’s forehand finally found its mark allowing Federer to seal the victory 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Tomorrow Rafael Nadal opens up against Robin Soderling while Novak Djokovic, the pre-tournament favorite, takes on Nikolay Davydenko. I actually like Soderling in the first match as recently Nadal has been very vulnerable indoors. Djokovic should win against Davydenko but will be interesting to see how much gas “Nole” has left after winning the last two events in a row.

By the way, kudos to the ATP for staging the ATP finale in London. The arena has been packed for each match and the play so far has lived up to the superstar billing. Hopefully this will finally allow the finals to be the “fifth slam” the ATP has dreamed of.

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ATP Finale Draw – Is Fed a Lock?

The singles draw of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals was announced today from the London Eye. Here’s how it broke out.

Group A
Roger Federer (SUI)
Andy Murray (GBR)
Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)
Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

Group B
Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)
Robin Soderling (SWE)

Even with his recent losses, Roger Federer is probably the man to beat. How he handles del Potro, whose been struggling with injuries, and Murray with a “home” crowd and surface that suits his game will be the question. Verdasco, has an outside shot, but probably is just happy to be there.

Group B has the pre-tourney favorite Djokovic coming off red-hot wins in Basel and Paris. But has he peaked too early? And don’t discount Davydenko who beat Nadal in Shanghai and the always dangerous Soderling who’s glad he didn’t land on Federer’s side.

Predictions: I’m going with Federer and Djokovic winning the most matches in their groups followed by Murray and Davydenko. That could set up a Fed/Davydenko and Murray/Djokovic semifinal. And then I like Djokovic going all the way.

And don’t forget the doubles either which has a battle for number one brewing between the current top seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic against the Bryan brothers.

Let me know what you think?

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