Monday, January 26, 2009

A quarterfinal for your thoughts?

Boy, these are exactly as I called 'em!

Marion Bartoli v. Vera Zvonareva: I might have to stop calling Bartoli "Candy". She looks to have slimmed down a touch, and she's in the quarterfinals of a major again. After she beat the fuzz off the balls against Jelena Jankovic, it's pretty clear that when she's on, she's on. But Zvonareva has been very solid lately. I think this'll be a tight one, but Zvonareva will come out of top. It's about time to her to make a move in a major.
Andy Roddick v. Novak Djokovic: OK, Djokovic did not look very impressive against Marcos Baghdatis. Or Amer Delic. And Andy Roddick has been firing on all cylinders at this tournament. I can't see Djokovic getting aced off a court, though, and that's all Roddick's really got. Novak in four.
Dinara Safina v. Jelena Dokic: This match should be really entertaining. Basically, it's the collision of two really good stories this tournament. It looks like Safina is really maturing these days -- digging deep when she falls behind instead of going all Marat on her racquet. And Dokic, now baggage free, is collecting her own little collection of scalps. I don't even want to call this one, because if I did, I'd have to favor Safina, and what kind of heart would I have to do something like that?
Juan Martin del Potro v. Roger Federer: Look, after watching "Houdini" Federer get out from under Tomas Berdych the other day, I can't see him losing to anyone except the big 3 (or 4. Whichever.). Del Potro's been starting his matches slowly this tournament, and he should really not try that here. Friendly suggestion. Fed in straights.


TopSpin said...

Hi Naf...

Three out of four picks ain't half bad!

I've no doubt whatsoever that Djoko was affected by the heat - trouble is he's pulled out so many times in the past, it's likely to be badly received.

A disproportionate number of bagels for a set of QFs though don't you think? Not that surprised by the Del Potro result - guys a little too one dimensional for my liking: exactly the of player a resurgent Federer enjoys playing.

Naf said...

Hey, TopSpin! Yeah, I wasn't going to brag, but it is pretty impressive, right? :)
Djokovic did have that reputation, but there were a lot of players having issues in this heat, so he might get a bye. I think that generally, he's past that phase in his career.
Fed's sure looking like he's approaching that great form again, a real turnaround after the Berdych match. I did think del Potro would give at least some resistance, though.