Sunday, February 8, 2009

Tough Draw For Nadal in Rotterdam

World number 1, Rafael Nadal, will return to the tour this week at the ATP 500 tournament in Rotterdam, after his short break following his Australian Open triumph.

The top seeded Spaniard will compete in both singles and doubles (partnering Ignacio Coll-Riudavets), and will be looking to improve on his performance in Rotterdam last year, when he lost in the second round to Andreas Seppi. In fact let's hope the tournament doesn't suffer a similar bizarre scenario like last year, when all seeds crashed out before the quarterfinals.

Nadal will open his singles campaign on Wednesday against Italian hopeful, Simone Bolleli. The draw has not been very kind to Nadal, who could possibly face Tomas Berdych in the second round, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarters, and Gael Monfils (5th seed) or Nikolay Davydenko (3rd seed) in the semis.

Berdych has always been a tough opponent for Nadal, especially on hard courts, and Monfils has eliminated Nadal from the Doha quarters earlier this year.

The other side of the draw features second seed, Andy Murray, who faces former top 5 player, Ivan Ljubicic in the 1st round. Also in that half of the draw are Gilles Simon (4th seed) and David Ferrer (6th seed).

Who else should we watch out for?!?!

Well Mario Ancic is trying to make a comeback and it's not going so bad for him as he reached the final in Zagreb but lost to Marin Cilic in the final today (Sunday). There's also the serving machine, Ivo Karlovic, and the man with the beautiful backhand, Richard Gasquet, whose season so far includes 2 semifinal appearances in Brisbane and Sydney, and his 3rd round Australian Open 5-set loss to Fernando Gonzalez is considered one of the best matches so far this year.

Who do you think will do well this week in Rotterdam??! You can see the full draw here...

1 comment:

Simon said...

I am not really sure who will go far in this thing but am sure Nadal ain't goin so far. If he's smart he should lose early and save some energy for the clay.