Predicted Winners in BOLD
Roger Federer vs. Kei Nishikori – Federer has had a mediocre 2013 by his standards. He also has points to defend. I expect Roger to advance, but a loss would not be shocking.
Andy Murray vs. Gilles Simon – In 2008, Simon looked like Murray’s mini-me. This could go either way on clay. I still think Murray advances.
David Ferrer vs. Tommy Haas – A rematch of their Miami semifinal. Haas just won a tournament, but Ferrer on clay in Spain has to be the pick.
Rafael Nadal vs. Mikhail Youzhny – In 2006 at the US Open, I’d pick the Russian. Rafa advances
Tomas Berdych vs. Kevin Anderson – The big Czech should win on clay. Still, Anderson keeps winning matches.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Fernando Verdasco – My first upset pick for May 9th’s slate of matches. Tsonga nearly beat Nole at Roland Garros last year and pushed Rafa in Monte Carlo this year. Still, clay favors Verdasco who needs a signature win.
Stanislas Wawrinka vs. Grigor Dimitrov – This match is worth the price of admission. Wawrinka just won a tournament beating #4 David Ferrer in the final. Dimitrov took a set off of Rafa at Monte Carlo and beat Djokovic in Madrid. I think Wawrinka’s momentum helps him hold off Dimitrov, but the youngster is making waves.
Daniel Gimeno-Traver vs. Pablo Andujar – I love Pablo.