(1)Roger Federer – Alexandr Dolgopolov
Janko Tipsarevic – Denis Istomin
Radek Stepanek – Thiemo de Bakker
Santiago Giraldo – Jürgen Melzer(5)
(4)Andy Roddick – Sam Querrey
Xavier Malisse – Andrey Golubev
Qualifier – David Nalbandian
Marco Chiudinelli – Marin Cilic(6)
(7)Ivan Ljubicic – Florian Mayer
Viktor Troicki – Michael Berrer
Yen-Hsun Lu – Richard Gasquet
Qualifier – Tomas Berdych(3)
(8)John Isner – Michael Llodra
Stephane Bohli – Marcos Baghdatis
Qualifier – Qualifier
Ernests Gulbis – Novak Djokovic(2)
It’s been a while since my last post. Hope you are all well and had a fine Halloween weekend. It’s nice to see that Djokovic showed up for this one, but it is a along way to go before a final rematch of last year. I’d love to see that happening though so that Roger can avenge Djokovic for last year’s loss, and also once more for the US Open loss. There is a lot being made of the fact that Djokovic beat Roger in a major. People are all of a sudden writing off Roger to win more majors, saying that the young guns has now finally caught him. Isn’t it funny how Roger has continually beat guys like Djokovic and Murray at slams, but now that he lost one match he is written off? He did after all have match points, and you know what my thoughts is about the fact that Nadal was waiting in the final. Roger needs to quash these critics once more and put Djokovic back in his place.
The people who writes Roger off are not being very smart. He has showed before that he can come back from a slump, and it looks like he is doing so once more just now. He has played very consistently since Montreal and if he keeps this form going, he will be a big threat once more next year in Australia. He is only 29 and still in great shape as well. Only a fool would say he can’t win any more slams. Looking at the draw, it is quite a bit stronger than Stockholm since it is an ATP 500 event. Roger will be facing the Ukranian Alexander Dolgopolov tomorrow in the first round. The two have never met before. Dolgopolov is a pretty good young player who has broken into the top 50 already. I think Roger should be fine though given his form of late. Then he will face the winner of Tipsarevic and Istomin who is competent players in their own rights.
In the quarter finals he will probably face De Bakker or Melzer. The semis looks like it could be Roddick, and hopefully the final will be Djokovic. It’s a decent strength event, but given Roger’s form and his history at this event, he has got to be the overwhelming favorite to take home the silverware for a fourth time. This is Roger’s home event and he just loves to win it. If he wins it he will also have won an event at every level of the ATP Tour this year.
In other news Roger has got his home page redone. The old site didn’t look too professional, so I’m glad it was done. The site still have some bugs but I’ms sure those will be ironed out soon. What do you think about it?
Ps: You would have noticed I didn’t do Fedporn Thursday again. A lot of people asked me to do it again, but as a guy I just don’t feel very comfortable doing it. I love Roger, but not in that way. Hope you understand.