Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Sleeping in the house of my latest jumpoff.
Re: Qualifying Draw
Marsel v. Bernard. WOW.
Simone has an AMAZING draw. Amazing. Needs to qualify.
Mahut has a difficult but winnable draw. Zemlja, whose his likely R3 opponent, would be very tough. Ebden is capable of beating him also in R1. He can make it but I doubt it.
IF Mischa can get past Raonic, he can win his section comfortably. He has tough players in Guez, Bogomolov and Cook, they are the types of players that can frustrate Mischa. But it's a winnable section.
Berankis has a GREAT draw to qualify. Levine/Kim/Klein would all be pretty tough matches, especially Jesse in the US, but Ricardas is by far the best player with the best form in that draw.
Harrison has a winnable draw. His R1 match should be easy, and his R2 and R3 matches are clay players, or players in poor form. I expect Ryan H. to qualify.
Fede actually has a somewhat winnable draw. Buchanan R1, and then Ito/Collarini is tough but definitely not too difficult. If Kendrick doesn't make it to QR3, Del Bonis could make the main draw.
Mannarino does not have a great draw. A lot of tough players, starting in R1 with Kindlmann. That section will be a tough one. I hope Jan wins it but he probably wont.
Gicquel has a winnable draw, but is he able to win 3 matches in a row? I think Yani has a decent chance at winning that section, as do Alves and Baker.
Stefan has an OK draw, Lapentti is the type of player he should give fits. But De Voest could be an issue, and then Bozo potentially in QR3 would be tough. I don't expect Bozo to make the 3rd round of qualifying, however.
Kei is in a tough section. My surprise pick Kudryavtsev is there, along with Capdeville in R1, and Dancevic, Bohli and Donskoy. He's the favorite for sure but it won't be easy.
All in all, I like the draw a lot, let's get it on!