» Rafa wins: Career Grand Slam –> World further divides into those for whom H2H’s never mattered less and those for whom ‘more’ never means *more*
» Muzz wins: Maiden Slam -->Monkey falls off his back and into a pond with a broken duck in it.
» Fed wins: Only an Open Era USO record….as if anyone cares about that.
» QF Night Match worth staying up for: Rafa/Nalbie
» QF Death Match worth looking out for: Djoko/ARod (Roddick’s won their past 4 meetings and is 5-2 overall)
Top Guns, supposedly
Big Bad Denizens
Britain’s Got Talent
(First Round Fracas underlined)
|Q1||Rafa, Istomin, Kohls |
|Easy-peasy though I’d still say Rafa’s got no business being around “Upset |
Merchants” Istomin and Kohls this early in the game.
|Ferru/Dolgo, Ernie |
|Ernie and Nalbie. At least one will be gone by round four. Winner plays Rafa in the Quarters.|
|Q2||Muzz, Wawa |
Muzz arrives wrecked in the quarters having dropped far too many sets along the way. Maybe.
|Misha, Xman, Isner |
Berd surrounded by a bunch of nutters-at-the-net. You can’t always fight madness.
|Q3||Kolya, Reeshie, Bellucci |
LaMonf, Tipsy, ARod
|Half full: Reeshie finds a way to round four. |
Half empty: ARod doesn’t
|Baggy, Fish |
Pico, Blake, Djoko
|Djoko breezes through in straights until he has one of those matches against Baggy/Fish|
|Q4||Sod, Falla, Gonzo |
|Sod to survive a R2 5-setter against Fire, before cutting down Cilic in his subprime.|
|Yoyo, JCF |
Fed to avenge Halle convincingly. And to then struggle against Yoyo/JCF – equally convincingly
With firm favourite Kimmie coming in with hip concerns and CazWoz your number one seed, expect anything and everything…and nothing at all.
|Q1||Caz, Navarro, K’vong, Safarova |
Rezai, Benny, Groth/Masha
|Groth could put out Masha in R1. A couple of poor service games, cement-block focus from Groth. BOOM. Could totally happen.|
|Sveta/Date, Kiri |
Shvedova, AChak, Domi, Li
|Remember how Kimiko toughed out a 3 setter over Dina in R1 of RG, and then went out the very next round basically spent? Yeah, try and forget that.|
|Q2||JJ, Kanepi |
I won’t list all the reasons JJ shouldn’t do well here – there’s so many I almost expect her to make something of it.
|ARad, Petkovic/Petrova |
Bepa gets her Coco revenge and Nadia goes down to ARad in straights
|Q3||Franny, 'Courage’, ABond |
|Can Vika’s belief' trump ‘Courage’ itself?|
|Peer, Flavs |
|Will Venus get her Wimby revenge? Does Venus even know what revenge is?|
|Q4||Stosur, Kleybs |
|Can Dina use Demmie/Stosur’s struggles to her advantage? Assuming she emerges in one piece from that New Haven reunion.|
|Bartoli, Ivanovic, Zheng |
Kvitova, Baltacha, Kimmie
Who wants to be brave and predict Kimmie cleans up? (Hint: Not me)