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Written By: achangeofends - Aug• 02•10

So, by now you all know that I spent the weekend in Washington DC checking out the quallies and a lot of practice sessions at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. There were a few players I didn’t get to see this weekend because they were in the finals and semi-finals of other tournaments.

Sam Querrey successfully defended his title in LA in a final against Andy Murray that I was fairly sure he was going to lose. This gives Querrey some excellent momentum going into Washington and the rest of the US Open Series. Sam hasn’t posted stellar results at majors so far, but he is pretty amazing at the smaller tournaments. Like I said, Sam is scheduled to play in Washington this week and should post a decent result. I don’t see him winning it though. I’ll discuss the draw a little later. Quisner (Sam and John) are also scheduled to play doubles this week in search of their second title. They’re still a long way off the Bryan brothers’ record breaking 62nd title this weekend at the Farmer’s Classic in LA. Bob and Mike may have broken the Woodies title record, but they still have to win four more slams to become the all-time men’s doubles Slam title holders. All in, LA proved to be a great weekend for Americans. The Bryans are also in action this week at the Legg Mason Classic and will be looking to pick up title number 63.

Speaking of Americans, Andy Roddick is seed number 2 in Washington this year. He was won this tournament several times and was denied the title last year by Juan Martin del Potro. Andy needs some wins this summer if he has any hope at the US Open. He arrived in DC yesterday and took in some early morning practice. I was pretty devastated that I missed him. If you’ve read the rest of my posts, you probably know that I’m a big Roddick fan, so I say this in the nicest possible way. Andy isn’t getting any younger, and the competition isn’t getting any easier. If he plans on winning another Grand Slam, it’s going to have to happen soon. Other Americans in the DC field include Kevin Kim, Ryan Sweeting, Mardy Fish, James Blake, and Rajeev Ram.

In terms of the draw, things shouldn’t get interesting until around Wednesday when most of the seeded players will be on display. The top 16 players at the DC tournament are given byes through the first round. In Quarter number 1, it looks like we’ll be seeing Tomas Berdych and John Isner. A possible upset could come from Richard Gasquet, who’s coming off a final in Umag. However, I would take Berdych and Isner in this quarter.

In Quarter number 2, we’ve got Fernando Verdasco and Marcos Baghdatis. I don’t have a lot of confidence in Baghdatis and this Ernests Gulbis could pose a serious threat. That kid can work some magic. Michael Llodra is in Verdasco’s half of the quarter and he’s had a pretty good year as well. I would say Verdasco/Gulbis for the quarters.

In Quarter number 3, the draw shows Sam Querrey and Marin Cilic. I’ve discussed Cilic before and I think he’s in a bit of a slump. He’s so young and has so much talent. I wish he’d just believe a little more. Mardy Fish is in Cilic’s piece of the draw and he’s had a pretty spectacular summer to date. He could be tired out, or he could be just getting started, but I’ve got to say that Fish looks to be in great shape so I like his chances. Querrey will have to deal with Lleyton Hewitt, but I this Querrey should make it through.

Finally, Quarter number 4 includes Andy Roddick and Stan Wawrinka. David Nalbandian would face Wawrinka in the second round assuming he makes it through Rajeev Ram in the first round. Nalbandian hasn’t played a Grand Slam since the 2009 Australian Open, but posted some awesome results in Davis Cup this year. Andy Roddick should make it through Gilles Simon, who hasn’t been really good for a while now. Coming back from injury has not been easy for Gilles and from what I saw at two of his practice sessions, his confidence just isn’t there. He’s missing the easy shots and it’s making him angry. Radek Stepanek is the other seed in this quarter, but this is one of his first tournaments back from injury and getting married. I doubt practice has been at the top of his to-do list, so I think it will take him a while to get back into the tour groove.

Update: If you’d like to see my photos from the event, please follow the link below.

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