Murray: .....but can he beat Federer who thrashed him 6-2 7-6 in Cincinnati? I say there's a very good chance Murray advances to the SF.
That result didn't mean much I think - Canada winners usually struggle physically in Cinci, and Murray was already falling off the form tree in earlier matches (didn't impress much against Almugro, and was awful against Benneteau).
Wouldn't be surprised to see Federer beat him in London though. Murray has really struggled to find any range since his comeback, and isn't mentally match sharp either - every match he has awful wobbles.
Davydenko: I say he wins 2 matches at most and is 50/50 to make the SF; the same as Nadal.
I have a hunch this is another falling off the form tree. Obviously the tank in Moscow meant nothing, but he didn't look too clever in Valencia against Monaco or GGL, and he went utterly error-crazy against Youzhny.
I say Verdasco losses all three matches and absolutely will not make the SF.
Yup. Verdasco is 9/54 career against top10, and has lost 12 in a row. Even an atrociously rusty Murray had relatively little trouble with him, and that in Spain. On top of that, he looked physically wrecked in Paris.
Soderling: He makes it into London due to the withdrawal of Roddick and himself was recently battling injury, but his strong performance at Paris and making the FO finals are big reasons why he's qualified for London. He's going to face a Nadal who wants revenge for his FO loss to Soderling, a red hot Djokovic, and a decent opponent in Davydenko. I think Soderling will go 0-3 or 1-2 and fail to qualify for the SF.
Might depend on whether his third match the opponent has nothing to play for. He's got a great record against Davydenko, winning 5 of the last 6 (the sole loss being in KL this year, when Sod was a tiebreak away from winning in straights). Djoko is difficult for him though, so needs to meet him after he's qualified - however if Sod wins his opener vs Nadal, he likely plays Djoko 2nd, then Davy third.
Wasn't impressed with Sod against Djoko though - Djoko looked like he'd given up and was doing a traditional top player Paris flop. Soderling just suddenly blew up in the third set though, hitting nearly everything long or into the net. Complete mental collapse, worryingly "old Soderling" style. Same story vs Lopez in the Shanghai quarters - same situation too, a sf with Nadal his for the taking, and thus a strong chance at a final.