Thursday, 10 May 2012

ATP Madrid: Quarter-Final Predictions

Novak Djokovic
Roger Federer v David Ferrer
Federer had a much easier third round match compared to his second round nailbiter against Milos Raonic.  He beat Richard Gasquet, 6-3 6-2 and will now play Ferrer in the quarter-finals.  The Spaniard saved several match points to beat Nicolas Almagro, 7-6 3-6 7-6 in a tremendous tussle.  Ferrer has never beaten Federer in their 12 previous matches so he faces an uphill task to break the pattern.  I have a lot of admiration for Ferrer and would love to see him win, but I just cannot see it happening!
Prediction - Federer to beat Ferrer in 2 sets

Juan Martin Del Potro v Alexandr Dolgopolov
Del Potro continued his superb recent form to defeat Marin Cilic's big serving game with a 6-2 6-4 victory.  He will play Dolgopolov who upset Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-5 3-6 7-6 in an epic third round round match.  This sounds a very exciting match on paper with the raw power of Del Potro and the raw variety of Dolgopolov.  Del Potro has won their two previous encounters and ultimately I think he will prevail here too, but this should be fun...
Prediction - Del Potro to beat Dolgopolov in 2 sets

Tomas Berdych v Fernando Verdasco
The big talking point of today's action was Verdasco beating Rafael Nadal with a staggering comeback from 5-2 down in the third set to record a first ever victory over the world number two.  His quarter-final opponent, Berdych produced an equally impressive performance as he dismantled the game of Gael Monfils, 6-1 6-1.  It will be interesting to see if Verdasco can back up his triumph today... personally, I say no!
Prediction - Berdych to beat Verdasco in 2 sets

Highlights from Almagro/Ferrer

Highlights from Tsonga/Dolgopolov

You can view my original predictions for Madrid here... i've lost my winner, but was pleased to predict Dolgopolov to the quarters.  Novak Djokovic will play the winner of a still outstanding third round match between Janko Tipsarevic and Giles Simon, which is currently into a third set.

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