Who Will Win The Big Showdown?

London is now the site of the third major tennis event of the year with the Masters Finals. It used to be there were three big events in NYC, the Open, The Forest Hills event and the Masters. Now there’s only the Open. Tomorrow night I’m going to the Garden for a Seniors event with Mac, Rafter, Pete and Andre and the most drama I’m expecting is, hopefully, Andre will get on Pete for looking like an ape or being a lousy tipper and they’ll come to blows, or at least both rush the net and make ugly gesticulations at one another.

But in London, they’re hosting the 8 best players of the year. Yes, Djoko was pictured wearing a Dwight Howard-looking pair of odd glasses. Yes, David Ferrer is coming into the event the hottest player on the planet not named Serena. Yes, Roger Fed is now officially on the downside. Yes, Djokovic not only wears funny glasses, but he’s also reeling, after losing to Sam Querrey in Paris.

For the first time in a while, there won’t be any Americans in the field. I’m picking Berdy to pull this one out. He’s looking very confident, even as he lost to Ferrer in Paris, and plus, he has the smoking-hottest girlfriend in the Top 8, a big factor you can’t discount. In tennis, whoever has the best-looking wife/girlfriend/paramour in his box usually wins.

Who do you like?


  • Mitch · November 4, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Berdych lost to Simon in Paris. Ferrer’s run hasn’t been that impressive and I don’t think he’ll have the gas to make it out of the group stage.

  • Tom Michael · November 5, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Berdych and Ferrer will have their focus set on the Davis Cup final. And so they are eliminated as contenders to win the World Tour Finals.

  • Dan Markowitz · November 5, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Simon, Ferrer, I get the two mixed up except for the fact that Simon’s two legs are the size of Ferrer’s one. And Mitch, you don’t call beating Dolgo and Jerzy in consecutive finals “impressive?” This guy’s built like Harold Soloman and I’d hazard to guess Solly never won a major indoor tournament in his life.

  • Mitch · November 5, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Ferrer’s been on a good run and winning a Masters title is a great accomplishment for him, but except for beating Tsonga, he hasn’t really had any surprising wins. He’s played well, but the guy is where he is because he rarely loses to lower-ranked players. The last couple of weeks are just evidence of this impressive consistency, as opposed to some sort of shift or breakthrough.

  • Dan Markowitz · November 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    That may be true, Mitch, but the top guys–Djoko, Murray and Fed haven’t been playing well either. I’m not saying Ferrer is going to win, but the top 3 guys aren’t a shoo-in.

  • Scoop Malinowski · November 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Djokovic will be fired up for this to regain #1 ranking.

  • Mitch · November 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Djokovic has the year end #1 ranking locked down already. I agree that the top 3 aren’t a lock to win this, which makes it more exciting this year.

  • Steve · November 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I’m going with Del Potro.

  • mat4 · November 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm


    when I look at his wife, I got a feeling that Tipsy could make the surprise, here.



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