My analysis.. I've actually never done one before so bear with me. No predictions because I'm never rightKey First Round Matches
- Santoro vs Isner: can the crafty Frenchman take out John the Steel Drivin' Man? (wasn't that a fantasy character like Paul Bunyon??)
- Querrey vs O. Rochus: Little Oli seems to have a good record over the big guys. I'd like to see Sam try to out hit the guy who can get to almost everything.
- Safin vs Gulbis: young vs old.. amateur vs experienced... this will be a telling match for both players
- Tsonga vs Murray: imho, the player with the best chance to take him before the 4th round** From here on out, it's pure speculation and (probably wrong) predictionsKey Second Round Matches
- Federer vs Santoro/Isner: two of the players who provided some of Fed's most entertaining matches at the USO in the past few years. This'll be fun to watch no matter Fed's opponent, but I expect him to get through
- Baghs vs Safin: great match, lots of backhand rallies
- Gasquet vs Lopez: Richie can do poorly against big serves. The Lopez forehand/Gasquet backhand rallies will be beautiful.
- Roddick vs Young: this is what Young (and American tennis fans!!) have been waiting for.. the chance to see if he can roll with the big dogs. Not sure if he can handle Andy's serve and power, but it'll give him experience.Key Third Round Matches
- Hewitt vs Baghs/Safin/Gulbis: repeat 06 Wimbledon quarterfinal, 05 AO final, and never before played
- Roddick vs Korolev: technically, Zhenyia has to get past Kohlshreiber in the 2nd round, but I'm a Korolover and I hope he gets through so I can finally see him play live!!
- Mathieu vs Moya: imo, the winner will have great chance against Rafa in the 4th roundKey Fourth Round Matches
- Federer vs Berdych: this is where it'll start to get difficult for Fed and by difficult I mean he'll probably have to save a break point or two.
Fed'll have no problem returning serve and will move on to his next victim.. I mean, opponent.
- Blake vs Gonzo: what's similar between these two players' games?? imo, everything. big hitting, big forehands, big backhands, and a lot of running... i'm expecting a long 5 setter
- Murray vs Richie: if Tsonga doesn't take him, this'll be my favorite 4th round match besides the ones above and below this. Murray was just a set away from qualifying for the TMC in 2007. Gasquet wants to prove his #8 seeding isn't a fluke.
- Moya vs Nadal: Chennai 08 semi.. nuff saidQuarterfinal Matches
- Federer vs Gonzo: I hope it will be closer than their final
- Gasquet vs Davydenko: Richie makes it to his second career GS semi
- Djokovic vs Nalbandian/Ferrer: I haven't mentioned any of these guys because I already penciled them into this round. If Gonzo can't take him out, the winner of this match will be tough for Feds
- Roddick vs Moya/Nadal: a Roddick/Nadal quarter would easily be the most hyped out of them all, but if Rafa's on fire and Andy's serve is off, it'll be a quick flight back to Texas. If Rafa is showing any weakness, and Andy is playing like he has been in Kooyong ( he has been playing well there!!) this be a veeeeeeeery competitive match
That's where I'm stopping. Overall, this will be a very good Australian Open (including the women's top half, only the top half).