Predicted Winners in BOLD
Roger Federer (5) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber – This match is a hard one to predict. If Roger plays at the level he did in Gstaad, I think Kohlschreiber pulls the upset. I think Roger will play better than he has in his past 3 events and pull out a tight win.
Grigor Dimitrov vs. Brian Baker – Dimitrov is by no means a lock, but he is the favorite. His biggest issue seems to be linking victories together.
David Ferrer (3) vs. Ryan Harrison – Ryan Harrison has benefited from adding Jay Berger to his team. Still, Ferrer should advance.
Radek Stepanek vs. Julien Benneteau – This is an Intriguing match. Stepanek did not have to expend a lot of energy vs. Fognini yesterday so I think that gives him an edge.
Pablo Andujar vs. Benjamin Becker – Andujar should be able to grind out a win with his superior ground game.
Ernests Gulbis vs. Mikhail Youzhny – Flip a coin. Who shows up? Both guys are talented and wildly unpredictable. Gulbis played well in Montreal so I will pick him based on recent form.
Gilles Simon (15) vs. Vasek Pospisil – Canada rising
Edouard Roger-Vasselin vs. Jarkko Nieminen – I’ll stick with a veteran in a 50-50 match.
Kei Nishikori (10) vs. Feliciano Lopez – Feliciano had a solid Wimbledon, but otherwise he’s been struggling.
Florian Mayer vs. John Isner – Isner needs this, but he is far from a lock to win.
Milos Raonic (12) vs. Jack Sock – I like Milos to win even if Rafa administered a reality check.
Stanislas Wawrinka (9) vs. Andreas Seppi – Stan needs this one to reverse his slide.
Tommy Haas (11) vs. Kevin Anderson – Haas is a slight favorite, but my gut says Anderson sneaks through in 3 sets.
Benoit Paire vs. Nikolay Davydenko – Davydenko looked solid in practice yesterday and played well in Montreal so I will pick him in a 50-50 type match.
Tommy Robredo vs. Thomaz Bellucci – I’d love to see Bellucci move up the ladder in men’s tennis, but that move has to happen soon. Robredo is a total professional who is fit and prepared. He should win this match.