He folks. Like I promised I would be I am back for the Dubai draw. The first question was whether Murray or Berdych would be in Roger’s half, and it turns out that it is Murray. But given that Roger lost in the third round in Melbourne it is probably not wise to look that far ahead. We have to see first what his form is like before we start worrying about semis and finals. For one thing Roger could face the guy who eliminated him from the Australian Open again in the third round. But before that he has to deal with Youzhny and the winner of Verdasco and Garcia-Lopez. Youzhny has been pretty Youzhless of late but Garcia-Lopez has been playing well. So I wouldn’t look much further than that. But if Roger does happen to get to the third round he can also face Buatista-Agut or Thiem, who is a dangerous new youngster whose game I quite like. If Roger gets to the third round I’d prefer him to face Thiem.
Suiterer looking good
Although having the opportunity to get revenge over Seppi would be nice too. Hopefully Thiem can at least turn his loss in Marseille against Bautista-Agut around. Then like I said if Roger makes the semis it is likely that he will face Murray. Murray made the final in Melbourne but then got routined by Simon in the quarters of Rotterdam. He plays Muller in the first round but if he survives that he should make semis I think. I think it would be better for Roger to face Murray in the semis if he gets that far. Berdych has been in good form of late and he is always a tough opponent for Roger. Moreover, Roger defeated Murray 6-0, 6-1 not too long ago and matches up a bit better against Murray. It would be a tough match anyway and then of course Djokovic is expected to be in the final. Roger always does well in Dubai which is where he trains also, so I hope he can make the final at least.
Roger will be playing doubles in Dubai with DC teammate Lammer
As for the current week Nadal made it into the semis in Rio after dropping the first set to Cuevas, winning 4-6, 7-5, 6-0. He now plays Fognini who I am sure he will beat too. The only guy who has an outside chance of beating Nadal is Ferrer in the final, but stranger things have happened. Nadal has been looking vulnerable so far but that is exactly why he wants to be on clay right now. If he can grind out some more wins and win at least one of the titles in Rio or Buenos Aires he will take a lot of confidence from it. I still think he will once again be a huge force to be reckoned with come the clay court season, especially at the French Open. If he wins a tenth title there then look out. But for now I am mostly interested to see what Roger’s form is like after the early exit in Melbourne. Like I said in my last post I am feeling a lot more optimistic after seeing his schedule and realizing how far he is ahead of Nadal in the rankings.
Maybe he can even win a seventh title in Dubai!
Nice to see him laughing in the end at the silly GOAT term.