ATP Week Ahead: Casablanca, Houston
Posted by gauloises1 on April 5, 2010
Claaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. That is all.
Top Seeds: Stanislas Wawrinka, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Victor Hanescu, Lukasz Kubot
Ah, memories. Watching Boss in Casablanca last year finally ending his long title drought was one of my favourite tennis things in all of 2009. But sadly this year he’s too busy attending Ferru’s surprise birthday party to defend his title, so … Stan? Not the same. Although it does seem like a really long time since he’s won anything.
Er, yeah. There are a few potentially really good matches in the draw – Gasquet against a Rochus, Marcel Granollers against Garcia-Lopez, Jarkko Nieminen possibly meeting Hanescu in the second round – but reallyI feel like anything could happen in this tournament. I have no faith in Wawrinka imposing his will on the field, so I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this could be the tournament that sees Gasquet back in the winners’ circle. And I can’t quite believe I just wrote that.
Top Seeds: Fernando Gonzalez, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Lleyton Hewitt
Unlike Boss, Lleyton Hewitt is popping back to defend his title (despite hip surgery, again) and he’s got a nice quarter to get a couple of matches under his belt, although Gonzo should end his run in the semis if he can concentrate for long enough. The bottom half of the draw should yield an all-American semi between Isner and Querrey, unless that HGH works really, really well on Wayne Odesnik, in which case I’m just expecting him to fully Hulk out and tear the place apart with his bare hands. That’s what HGH does, right?