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My Quarter Final Picks

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

As this is a fantasy tennis website, I thought today I’d run you through who I think will progress to the quarter finals. However, you have to remember that your Grand Slam Fantasy Tennis Team must include 3 players from outside the top 16, one of whom must be unseeded.

If you want more info head over to the main site where you will find some fairly simple instructions to follow.

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Rafael Nadal – has a tough road ahead with Gasquest, Gonzalez, Tursonov, Hewitt and Canas in his section. I think he’ll get through, but it might make that second week very tough, with either Gael Monfils or Gilles Simon his most likely quarter final opponent.

Gael Monfils – will probably play a higher ranked Frenchman, Gilles Simon in the match to progress to the quarters. I think after the diappointement of having to withdraw last year, and his obvious form in beating Nadal in Doha earlier this month, he’s the one to watch in this section of the draw.

Andy Murray – has been gifted with a relatively easy first week and should have little trouble getting through – possibly without dropping a set if you look at his recent form.

James Blake/ Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – want to wait until the last minute for some news on Tsonga’s back before I decide on that one. I’ll take a fit Tsonga every time, carrying an injury…not so sure.

David Nalbandian – comes more »

 

Great British Hope?

Friday, January 16th, 2009

In the eyes of the British public, Andy Murray is Britain’s golden boy. Shirt off and baseball cap screwed on over his curls, the footage of him training helps British hearts to lighten a little. To be the saviour of British tennis, however, is a tough job. To be the saviour of British tennis and win a Grand Slam title, is even harder. I don’t know if Murray is quite ready to pull this off.

To win a Grand Slam requires not just an all round good game, but a flair and a power that ensures beating off every element of competition. These things, I believe, Murray lacks in great quantities. His strokes are good and steady, he plays an all round good game and occasional brilliance at the net will win a point. But it’s boring. And the obstacles at the Australian Open are anything but boring.

There is the heat. Australia’s tourists find it hard to lie around a pool edge reading trashy novels in the heat, never mind playing three intense sets of tennis against the formidable likes of Nadal and Federer. Speaking of these two giants of tennis, they are Murray’s next obstacle. Those steadily improving biceps have got to come up against the small boulders of strength that mark ‘the Majorcan Raging Bull’ Rafael Nadal’s upper arms. The new-found level-headedness might have to face the impossible-to-ruffle Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer.

The Australian Open is one of the purest examples of a Grand Slam tennis tournament. A brewing pot for potential disaster and ruin in the blist more »

 
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