This week the tour moves onto Del Ray Beach, Dubai and Acapulco! Last week I predicted good showings from Cilic and Wawrinka, who made the final and semis respectively and A-Rod is taking on the new ‘Rocket’, Raonic today in the final in Memphis.
Let’s look at some potential good 1st rounders, upsets and winners:
Del Ray Beach:
An entertaining field, which you’d be hard pressed to pick anyone other than Fish and Roddick to make the final, but plenty of solid players waiting to take advantage of any fatigue. For A-Rod, these US hard tournaments are like shooting fish in a barrel, maybe we’ll see that in a final against Fish?!
Top 1st Round Match: Del Po vs. Ricardas Berankis
Dark Horse: Kei Nishikori
My pick: Mardy Fish
The ‘crown jewel’ of the Golden Swing tourneys and already my man Nalbandian picked up a ‘pubic’ injury and is worried about security. TMI Dave, just say you can’t make it. He played well in Argentina, so getting some good match play in and no shame losing to Robredo on the slowest clay court on planet earth.
Top 1st Round Match: Fernando Verdasco vs. Tomasz Bellucci
Dark Horse: Stanislas Wawrinka
My pick: David Ferrer
One for the big dogs and returning Federer, who loves to win here. Novak Djokovic has had the most success recently and he’ll be looking to continue his new found confidence into this one if he can get over a tough opener against Michael Llodra.
Top 1st Round Match: Richard Gasquet vs. Gregor Dmitrov
Dark Horse: Marcos ‘Bombs Over’ Baghdatis
My pick: Novak Djokovic
Thanks for reading and check back next week for more predictions!