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Swiss battle 8 7.62%
Cilic vs Soderling 20 19.05%
Murray vs Berdych 32 30.48%
Youzhny vs Tsonga 9 8.57%
Gabashvili vs Melzer 10 9.52%
Djokovic vs Ginepri 8 7.62%
Verdasco vs Almagro 16 15.24%
Nadal vs Bellucci 2 1.90%
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Best 4th round matchup?

Which of the 4th round matches will turn out to be the best match? Which one will you make sure to see at all costs?

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They all suck.
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Re: Best 4th round matchup?

There are a good amount of good matches. Verdasco vs Almagro will probably be the best

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Most of them kind of suck because they appear to be pretty one-sided. Youzhny-Tsonga/Cilic-Soderling should be good though.

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Soderling-Cilic although i hope its not too good, the Sod needs to conserve energy for his QF.

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youzhny-tsonga match and murray-birdman match should be good
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youzhny-tsonga match and murray-birdman match should be good
Yes I was between those two. Also Federer-Wawrinka could be interesting if Stan brings his A game and NinjaFed does not make an appearance. The bottom half will probably be except for Nadal-Belluci, but you never know if Ginepri and Verdasco can recover quickly and make things exciting.
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In all honesty, I guess I'm looking forward to Murray-Berdych, Federer-Wawa, Almagro-Verdasco and Djokovic-Ginepri (I still think Djoko won't make it to the semis).

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I'm personally looking forward to Melzer-Gabashvili I can't even say that with a straight face. I think all of them have the potential to be good except that one (who knows, maybe it'll have Monfils level drama), Nadal-Bellucci, and maybe Djokovic-Ginepri.
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The Swiss battle will be very interesting given the history between these two players and their friendship. Furthermore one must bear in mind that this is Federer's worst surface and Wawrinka's favoured one, with Wawrinka's victory sole victory over his compatriot being on the clay of Monte Carlo in 2008. Federer will feel confident after his recent straight sets win over Wawrinka in Rome but I feel that this match will be more competitive. At any rate, I'm looking forward to a feast of single handed backhands in this match!

I feel that Cilic vs Soderling would be a better matchup on hard courts rather than clay. It's an interesting one given that they both have strong serves - perhaps by virtue of their height - and powerful baseline game with relatively flat groundstrokes (Del Potro also comes to mind and Cilic has played very competitively against him). Added to that is the fact that they've never played each other before so this is one I would not like to miss.

Murray vs Berdych could go either way in my opinion. Murray may consider himself lucky to still be in the tournament after edging past Gasquet in the first round after being two sets and a break down. He has lost a set in each of his next two matches and clay is clearly not his strongest surface. But despite all this he has been playing well and has regained the form that deserted him after the Australian Open. But Berdych has had a good tournament so far and looks strong. It could well go to a final set to decide the outcome.

Like Murray, Tsonga is also a little fortunate to still be playing after surviving a 5 set encounter with
Brands in the first round. Again, clay is not his best surface but in my opinion that makes the match more exciting. He will have the French crowd behind him but Youzhny has looked solid; take his match against Troicki for example. I'm looking forward to the variety of play in this game.

Gabashvilli vs Melzer is interesting in its own right because with all due respect I don't think many people would have predicted that they could make it this far. But both players deserve to be here on the basis of their matches against Roddick and Ferrer respectively and are playing arguably the best tennis of their careers. A lot could come down to their mental approaches to the match.

Djokovic vs Ginepri is likely going to be a one-sided affair. No disrespect to Ginepri - he has had a wonderful tournament so far. But he is yet to win a set against Djokovic in the 4 matches they have played against each other and it would likely take a strong effort from him to reverse this negative streak. I don't think we'll see the bagels we saw in Roland Garros 2005 but will consider himself fortunate that he is not playing Ferrero instead.

Verdasco and Almagro seem to have a propensity to get involved in tight matches - no less to their compatriots. I'm sure Verdasco may be tired after his long 5 set match against Kohlschreiber, but Almagro may not be so fresh either having played and won his doubles match with partner Santiago Ventura. Looking forward to the long rallies between Verdasco's lefty forehand and Almagro's single-handed backhand!

And finally that brings me to Nadal vs Bellucci (yes, I know Bellucci is a lefty too). The Brazilian is very much the dark horse in this year's competition. He's in a not too dissimilar position rankings-wise to where Soderling last year, although I very much doubt that he will be able to repeat Soderling's heroics at this stage of the French Open last year. Partly because Nadal is having quite simply the best clay court season of the open era thus far. It's difficult to see who can stop his seemingly inexorable campaign towards his 5th title on the clay of Paris. The interesting statistic will be how many games Nadal loses. But this is tennis and stranger things have been known to happen - and I'm sure he will not be taking anything for granted.

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Definately gabashvilli and melzer.

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Wow, I expect better from you. There are some matches here worthy of quarter-finals, especially Verdasco-Almagro, but I think I would most like to see Federer-Wawrinka. It's interesting that Djokovic now has potentially the easiest draw to the semis (after Ferrero and Ferrer were eliminated):

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The matches that I am really looking forward to are:

Federer - Wawrinka

Although I think Federer has too much game and variety to lose to Wawrinka, if Wawrinka's backhand fires and forehand works consistently, he can certainly push Federer (and maybe win a set).

Murray - Berdych

Considering his draw (Gasquet in the first round), I thought Murray might get knocked out by now. However, he has proven me wrong and I hope this match is not a let down either (I think Murray's defense will get the job done this time)

Soderling - Cilic

This should be good on a hard court but I really think they can do great especially with those big forehands and backhands. Looking forward to it.

Nadal - Bellucci

This should be Nadal's biggest test before the semi final (if Djokovic makes it that far). Nadal's cross court top spin forehand goes directly into Bellucci's strength (his forehand) so he shouldn't have problems dealing with that shot. Also, Bellucci has a solid backhand. This match up is something that I look forward to.
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