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ATP Week Ahead: Brisbane, Chennai, Doha

Posted by gauloises1 on January 3, 2010

Brisbane

Draw here.

Top seed Andy Roddick has a nice ride for his newly-recovered knee and should sail (to mix a metaphor) through to the quarter-finals, where he should meet either Richard Gasquet or Jurgen Melzer. The second quarter is a little less predictable, with Tomas Berdych and the unbelievably seeded Nose Job mixing it with Fish, Baghdatis and Llodra, but I don’t se any of them troubling Roddick unduly this early in the season. The third quarter features an all-American first round clash between Querrey and Blake, but if Gael Monfils can avoid being upset by Taylor Dent in the first round, I see him coming out on top. And defending champion and second seed Radek Stepanek has perhaps the easiest quarter, with the toughest opposition likely to come from quixotic Jeremy Chardy or a possible meeting with swine-flu survivor and wildcard Bernard Tomic. My money is on Roddick to win the title, though.

Chennai

Draw here.

Definitely looking a little underpowered in comparison to the other tournaments this week, Chennai still offers the potential for a clash between Robin Soderling, the top seed, and defending champion Marin Cilic in the final. I’d be astonished if the newly mentally-solid Soderling didn’t make the final, with his toughest test likely to come in a potential Abu Dhabi rematch with third seed Stanislas Wawrinka. Marin, on the other hand – bless him – isn’t quite as reliable and has a trickier quarter with the likes of Rajeev Ram, Rainer Schuettler, last year’s finalist Somdev Devvarman, Janko Tipsarevic and wildcard Carlos Moya knocking about, all of whom are capable of both the sublime and the ridiculous (often within the space of a single match). Soderling for the title.

Doha

Draw here.

This is where the big boys are hanging out this week, presumably lured by the climate or something. Roger, Rafa and Kolya are the top three seeds, with a definitely perceptible drop to the likes of Troicki, Montanes and Karlovic. Hard to feel a big sense of suspense about this, really. Can Kolya overcome Dr. Ivo and repeat his WTF victory over Federer? Probably not. Will anyone, up to and including Mikhail Youzhny, stop Rafa? Probably not. Will Ernests Gulbis make it to the second round? Probably not. Will Daniel Koellerer refrain from being a dick? Probably not. You see my dilemma. Rafa for the title.   

2 Responses to “ATP Week Ahead: Brisbane, Chennai, Doha”

  1. Mlle. Marseillaise (a.k.a Joan) said

    I didn’t even have time to miss tennis over our blink-and-you’ll-miss-it offseason but I’m so excited that it’s back. I’ll definitely be consumed by Brisbane over the next week (that is if I find half-decent streams.)

  2. linz said

    I thought I had another week or so to get ready for REAL tennis and all of a sudden almost all of my favorite players are playing (most importantly Andy, obviously) and I’M NOT READY!!!! I just 30 minutes ago started trying to drunkenly figure out the schedule and time difference and it’s a complete disaster already. *Sigh* Hopefully I will get all of the kinks out of the way before the AO.

    I hope you’re right about the Roddick prediction, but I have a really, really big feeling that you are not =(

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