Predicted Winners in BOLD
Andy Murray (3) vs. Carlos Berlocq – Murray should win in two easy sets as Berlocq has no weapons to threaten Murray.
Rafael Nadal (5) vs. Ernests Gulbis – Gulbis is on a hot streak and Nadal is maybe not sure about hard courts. Still, Rafa is the smart pick.
Gilles Simon (13) vs. Kevin Anderson – Simon has struggled versus Isner who is the best analog for Anderson I can find. Also, Anderson beat Ferrer who is a good analog for Simon. I love Gilles’ game, but the big man advances.
Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Sam Querrey (23) – Sam beat Nole last fall. Lightening is not going to strike twice.
Roger Federer (2) vs. Stanislas Wawrinka (18) – Stan may seem due to beat Roger , but for the most part this is a one-sided friendly Swiss rivalry.
Tomas Berdych (6) vs. Richard Gasquet (10) – Two of the hottest players in 2013 collide. I think Berdych wins due to having more weapons even if his game is less imaginative than Gasquet’s.
Juan Martin del Potro (7) vs. Tommy Haas (19) – Delpo already got to beat up on Davydenko and Hewitt. I think the oldest man in the draw pulls off a mild upset to avenge the other veterans.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (8) vs. Milos Raonic (17) – Milos has to breakthrough at some point; why not now?