The Calm Before the Final Storm

Written By: achangeofends - Nov• 18•10

Hi guys. So, I haven’t completely fallen off the face of the earth, but close to it. Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and apparently that means tons of exams for this college senior. Luckily, this ridiculous workload coincides with some downtime in the tennis world. Anyway, things are heating up again next week and I’ll be home for break, which means plenty of time to catch up on my tennis. It also seems that the fates are against me here, as I’ve written this article twice and it’s accidentally been deleted.

I’ll come up with something a little more in depth, but my initial thoughts on the WTF are as follows…

Group A: Rafa and Nole are clear favorites here. I hate to count him out, but Tomas Berdych has had some pretty lackluster results post-Wimbledon, and that’s putting it lightly. I don’t see him beating Rafa in the round robin or and Nole’s going to be a tall order. I’m on the fence about Andy Roddick. On one hand, he hasn’t had the best year and barely made it to London. On the other hand, Roddick fought hard for that last spot in London and has been doing quite well. Plus, the guy’s been in eight consecutive world tour finals, although he’s never made it past the semifinals. I’ve got to go with the crowd and pick Rafa and Nole to come out of Group A.

Group B: Poor David Ferrer is super underrated. He manages to push the best players right to the brink, but always seems to falter at the end. No one’s really giving him a chance next week. When you’re talking about the Top 8 players in the world, everyone has a chance, but it’s true, Roger Federer’s chances are a little better than David Ferrer’s. Robin Soderling had a great run last week, winning his first Masters 1000 title in Paris. Hopefully, a week is enough recovery time and he’ll arrive at the O2 refreshed and well rested. With his Paris win, Soderling supplanted Murray as the world number four, so Murray may be hungry to gain some extra points on his homecourt. Last up, Roger Federer. Enough said. Clearly he has a chance at the title. I have no real rationale for this, but I’m going to say that Federer and Soderling come out of Group B. Don’t hold me to it.

In other news, I will be covering the semifinals and finals of the Champaign Challenger in Illinois this Friday and Saturday. Check back for updates.

Finally, remember to keep looking for my articles over at TennisGrandstand. It’s a great source of tennis news from different view points since there are several writers.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2011-2017 A Change of Ends All Rights Reserved -- Copyright notice by Blog Copyright

Theme Customization by Fitr Theme Options