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Del Potro, Davydenko, Baghdatis Advance, Aussi Open Predictions

Photo Credit: Rick Stevens
The round of 64 brought in some noteworthy results with Juan Martin del Potro, Nikolai Davydenko, and Marcos Baghdatis all advancing. What does this mean for the way this Aussie Open will play out? Let’s take a look.

First, del Potro was taken the lengths by American veteran, James Blake, in an intense, 6-4,6(3)-7,5-7,6-3,10-8 battle. It was nice seeing that Blake still has the firepower and speed to test the top players, despite poor showings in the last few Slams. His best result last year was making it to the fourth round down under. While it’s nice to see Blake’s effort, it puts into question del Potro’s level, especially given the nagging wrist injury. I see the quiet giant playing some more scrappy tennis until a defeat by either Marin Cilic or Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round.

While del Potro squeaked through in five sets, Davydenko eased into the next round with a 6-3,6-3,6-0 win over the Ukranian, Illia Marchenko. It looks like Davydenko has been having the easiest time in advancing out of the top contenders. His almost certain quarterfinal match against Roger Federer should be a good one. Hopefully, the Russian, who blazed through the draw at the year-ending event, can again find his form against the world number one to make it a competitive match-up.

Baghdatis, the 2006 Australian Open, looked down and out against David Ferrer, the seventeenth seed in the first two sets. However, the rambunctious Baghdatis charmed the crowd as he did in 2006, and upset Ferrer in five sets, 4-6,3-6,7-6(4),6-3,6-1. With his recent win over Richard Gasquet at the Medibank International, the Cypriot has the confidence, and the personality, to keep on smiling a little longer. My prediction: Baghdatis defeats Lleyton Hewitt to make it to the fourth round, before falling to Federer.


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