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ATP Week Ahead: Rotterdam, Costa do Saiupe, San Jose

Posted by gauloises1 on February 8, 2010

One 500 in Europe and two 250s in the Americas this week …

Rotterdam

Draw here.

Even with Murray not returning and the withdrawals of Nadal and Tsonga, this is a really fun draw. Top seed Nole has a quota of dangerous floaters (Stakhovsky, Chiudinelli, Tipsy) but no-one that should cause him any real problems, including probable quarterfinal opponent Robredo. In the second quarter, Monfils should be OK despite having reinjured his knee in Johannesburg, unless of course Youzhny’s healthy and on good form. I’d anticipate maybe a Nole-Youzhny semifinal.

In the bottom half, the third quarter is the real question mark: seventh seed Ivan Ljubicic has a tricky encounter with Julien Benneteau in the first round, while Robin Soderling has had an abysmal start to the year and there are real questions over the state of his recurring elbow injury. Someone totally random could easily come out there. And the fourth quarter is loaded, with Troicki-Melzer, Baggy-Blake, and Kolya-Lopez all meeting in the first round. Still hard to bet against Mr. Consistency, Kolya, though.

Predicted champion: Novak Djokovic. He really should.

Costa do Saiupe

Draw here.

With defending champion Robredo not returning, the top four seeds are Juan Carlos Ferrero (Boss! looking to get off the mark in 2010), Albert Montanes, Igor Andreev and last year’s finalist, Thomaz Bellucci. Richard Gasquet is hanging about in Boss’ quarter, looking to cause trouble no doubt, and Victor Hanescu could do well if he can get past last week’s revelation Joao Souza.

Predicted champion: Montanes. He’s got a really nice draw.

San Jose

Draw here.

Actually a brilliant draw for a 250; the top eight seeds are Roddick, Verdasco, Steps, Haas, Berdych, Kohlschreiber, Querrey and Chardy. Last year’s finalists Steps and Mardy Fish should meet in the second round, with the winner potentially having to contend with Taylor Dent or Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals. Top seed Roddick should handle the winner of Mayer-Gulbis in the second round without too much trouble and I wouldn’t count on Berdych upsetting him in the quarters, so should be a safe bet for the semifinals at least. In the bottom half of the draw, Verdasco has a smooth path, while the third quarter is packed with players who could do anything but probably won’t …

Predicted champion: Verdasco. His draw is very nice. 

4 Responses to “ATP Week Ahead: Rotterdam, Costa do Saiupe, San Jose”

  1. linz said

    Where’s Johny? Shouldn’t he be in San Jose? I didn’t pay attention to anything last week, so I might have missed the memo (I often do).

    These few weeks of the season always confuse me. So random.

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

    Rotterdam last year was when I was introduced to the sex on legs miracle that is Grigor Dimitrov. I miss him.

    While I wait for him to reappear, I watch this video to keep myself company.

  3. Nic said

    On San Jose – did you see this?

    “The tournament had been looking to score US Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro, but the Argentine No. 5 wanted more appearance money than Andre Agassi commanded just a few years ago prior to his retirement.”

    http://tinyurl.com/y93y6c9

    Well la-di-da mister big shot :P. Actually I don’t mind. Dude has a bung wrist and has a team that’s wise enough to pick and choose his tourneys.

    • gauloises1 said

      Hmmm. I doubt Elf’s appearance fees are that exorbitant.

      Anyway, I’m happy for him not to go near San Jose. Didn’t he lose to Steps there last year? Or … Mardy Fish???

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