Brilliant Picks I Didn’t Make

Sep 1, 2010

It’s early, but a few things are already obvious about what picks have the potential to look very smart at the end of the tournament.

Rafa’s R16 opponent will be one of three people: #15 Ivan Ljubicic, #23 Feliciano Lopez and unseeded Sergiy Stakhovsky.  Personally, I think this will not be Ivan. So whichever of Lopez and Stakhovsky comes through to R16 will prove to be a brilliant pick. I don’t have those guys.

Unseeded Jeremy Chardy, with a nice win over Ernsts Gulbis, has an easy match before facing David Ferrer in R3.  Likewise, unseeded Thiemo de Bakker has an easy R2,  but then Soderling.  In addition, unseeded Tommy Robredo has a winnable R2 match against Benneteau, then Berdych.  Stakhovsky has a reasonably tough first match, then #15 Ljubicic and then probably Lopez in R3, but at least those are all matches he could win, and if he does, he’ll be the pick everyone will wish they made.  But I don’t have ANY of those guys.

#19 Mardy Fish was obviously a good pick going in — except for having Baghdatis in the third round and Djokovic in the fourth.  Not any more, as Bags went out to Arnaud Clement!  Now Fish turns out to be an excellent pick, especially with the Djoker having trouble breathing and serving.  But I don’t have Fish, either.

Another good pick, #22 Juan Carlos Ferrero has an easy second round and then #13 Jurgen Melzer and should be favored, then — oops — Federer.  Still, that’s R16, which isn’t bad for #22.  Obviously, no Ferrero either.

Written by: Don

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