Thursday, November 19, 2009

Andy Murray in London

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals - Player Draw

Some tournament in London starts Sunday with Fed, Murray, Del Potro and Verdasco in one group and Rafa, Djokovic, Davydenko and Soderling in the other. Informed sources are yet to decide which to refer to as the Group of Death – hint, it’s the first one.

(Some doubles players crashed the draw ceremony too - surely they won't be allowed to play?)

Two go through from each group so let’s assume Federer and Murray and Nadal and Djokovic make it. Why not. Verdasco will look pretty and play hard and win lots of fans and just fail to qualify. Davydenko will win one match and attract absolutely no attention whatsoever. Soderling will stake it all on trying to beat Rafa again and when that fails he will limp off. Del Potro will either win it all or lose every match. Probably the latter.

Nadal will qualify for the Semis but manage to reinjure some part of his body and put his Davis Cup participation in doubt. Federer will probably lose to Murray again but that’s all. Murray might actually win a tournament in his home country England, but will disappoint a nation as usual. Djokovic can win it all and probably will.

Simona Halep got revenge for losing to one Kichenok sister (Lyudmila) in Minsk last week by beating the other (Nadiya) in Opole. Both Kichenoks qualified for the 25K tournament, Lyudmila topped the seventh seed Orlova in the first round and will play Halep again, assuming they both win their next matches. Also in Opole: Zahlavova won, Piter lost, Curtis lost and Milevskaya won.

25K in Esperance in Oz has the usual winners: Molik, Rogowska, Golds in the women’s event and Ebelthite and Klein in the men’s but 16 year old wunderkind Jason Kubler lost.

The delighful Janko Tipsarevic is engaged, RP has retired and Bepa has a new website.

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