Predicted Winners in BOLD
I went 6-2 with my June 1 Picks
2 Rafael Nadal vs. Eduardo Schwank – Rafa rolls
A big serve during Raonic’s blue period
13 Juan Monaco vs. 19 Milos Raonic – This may be the toughest match for me to predict. Monaco is a fighter who will spill his guts to win. Raonic’s serve is the best in the business. Monaco beat Isner on clay in Houston so he should have some frame of reference. Still, I am going to pick Raonic in a mild upset. I don’t think either man can beat Rafa in the round of 16, but I do think each man is unlikely to play frightened if he gets the chance to face Nadal.
12 Nicolas Almagro vs. Leonardo Mayer – In the seco0nd Argentine vs. Spaniard match of the day, I think the Spaniard wins. Almagro has quietly had a great year to this point, and I think he advances.
29 Julien Benneteau vs. 8 Janko Tipsarevic – I could see this match go either direction, but Tipsy is in the top 10 for a reason.
4 Andy Murray vs. Santiago Giraldo – Murray should win unless his back is in terrible shape.
17 Richard Gasquet vs. Tommy Haas – Gasquet beat the future of one-handed backhands in Grigor. Haas is the past of one-handed backhand excellence. I think Gasquet wins even if I have a rule to always doubt Gasquet.
Paul-Henri Mathieu vs. Marcel Granollers – I think if Mathieu has enough left in the tank after his marathon vs. Isner he will win. Given that Mathieu is a fitness not, I think he will be fine. Given that Mathieu has an injured (broken?) toe, I think Granollers has a chance.
27 Mikhail Youzhny vs. 6 David Ferrer – This is an intriguing match. I think Ferrer has to win based on steadiness, fight and fitness. Youzhny has the game and variety to disrupt Ferrer’s desired metronome-like rhythm for rallying. Still, in three out of five sets the consistency of Ferrer should prevail.