Seven Upsets You Can Bank On In the First Round of Open
The fun begins in just a few hours. Another Open is upon us and Opening Day is always a little like Christmas morning–not that I celebrate Christmas, but I live in America–waking up to find the great presents awaiting our perusal. So with that in mind, here are seven upsets you can go to the bank on in the first round:
1. Donald Young beats Roger Federer–fooled you! What do you think I’m an imbecile. That’s not my first pick. This is>>
1. Rhyne Williams beats Andy Roddick–out with the old, in with the new, I always say. Williams was basically unheard of until the qualis and he can just as quickly go back into his Futures/Challenger hole if he gets mauled by Roddick, but I say the youngster has too much game for Roddick now.
2. Go Soeda beats Mardy Fish–Soeda’s stock has been rising. I saw him play Ollie Rochus up at Newport and he lost in three close sets, but then the next week in Atlanta, he beat his higher-ranked compatriot, Kei Nishikori. Fish has been playing well, but I sense Soeda will break down his forehand.
3. Jesse Levine beats Alexandr Dolgopolov–just so you people out there in Prose-land don’t think I only pick against the Americans, I like Jesse-boy in this duel. Dolgo has been thudding since winning Washington D.C. this summer, and Jesse’s got fight, he’s got some quirkiness of game as does Dolgo, of course, but I like Jesse in this battle.
4. David Goffin beat Tomas Berdych–basically, Berdych has been horrid this summer. I know he reached the Winston Salem finals, but the guy is ready for the taking and Goffin is a peach-faced assassin.
5. Bradley Klahn beats Jurgen Melzer–again, I’m going with the American. That’s three in these upset picks. I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy. Klahn impressed me against Serra in the last round of qualis. It’s lefty vs. lefty here and again, I say, out with the old and in with the young. Besides, Melzer’s been hideous this year.
6. Gilles Mueller beats Mikhail Youzhny–someone told me they watched Youzhny practice at the Open last week and he looked none too engaged. Now that’s hearsay I realize, but hey, Youzhny almost lost to DY in the first round of Wimbledon, and besides, I’m all about hearsay.
7. Ernests Gulbis beats Tommy Haas–I know Haas is the favorite flavor of the summer, making a heralded comeback at 34, but I like Gulbis’s backhand against Tommy’s and I think Gulbis plays some of his best tennis at the Open for a match or two. I’m betting this is one of those matches.