Predicted Winners in BOLD
Samantha Stosur (7) vs. Laura Robson – Robson has been on a roll; Stosur is the defending champion. I Robson keeps winning.
Victoria Azarenka (1) vs. Anna Tatishvili – Vika should advance.
Maria Sharapova (3) vs. Nadia Petrova (19) – 2-3 years ago Petrova would have been a slight favorite, but today Maria advances.
Petra Kvitova (5) vs. Marion Bartoli (11) – If Kvitova can handle the unique style of play presented by Bartoli, she should win.
Juan Martin del Potro (7) vs. Leonardo Mayer – JMDP should win.
David Ferrer (4) vs. Lleyton Hewitt – I’d love to pick Hewitt, but Ferrer is likely to advance here. With Roddick retiring, will Hewitt be next? If so, when?
Richard Gasquet (13) vs. Steve Johnson – Gasquet keeps shedding his flakey image.
Janko Tipsarevic (8) vs. Grega Zemlja
Andy Roddick (20) vs. Fabio Fognini – Roddick’s farewell is extended again.
Novak Djokovic (2) vs. Julien Benneteau (31) – Nole is the favorite to win this event based upon his draw and his status as defending champion.
John Isner (9) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (19) – I think Kohlschreiber’s variety and low bouncing slice backhand will be enough to clip Isner in a close match.
Alexandr Dolgopolov (14) vs. Stanislas Wawrinka (18) – Dolgopolov certainly can win this match, but his unorthodox style running into the very workmanlike play of Wawrkina is a fascinating match-up. I think Stan wins due to persistence and steady purpose on the court.