Notable completed Matches
#1 Rafael Nadal defeats Marcos Daniel 6-0, 5-0 (retired)
#27 David Nalbandian defeats Lleyton Hewitt 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (9-7)
#5 Andy Murray defeats Karol Beck 6-3, 6-1, 4-2 (retired)
#4 Robin Soderling defeats Potito Starace 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
Juan Martin Del Potro defeats Dudi Sela 7-6 (13-11), 6-4, 6-4
Thoughts: No surprise to see Nadal easily pass through the first round, even though he’s recovering from the flu. Nice to see Del Potro settle down after a rough first set, and even better to see him on the court. Great match between Nalbandian and Hewitt, reminded you of before the Nadal-Federer rivalry took over tennis. As expected, Soderling and Murray ran right through their opponents.
Notable Day 3 matches and predictions
#8 Andy Roddick vs. Igor Kunitsyn
Prediction: Roddick in three sets
#2 Roger Federer vs. Gilles Simon
Prediction: Federer in four sets. Simon is 2-0 vs. Federer.
#9 Fernando Verdasco vs. Janko Tipsarevic
Prediction: Verdasco in four sets
#3 Novak Djokovic vs. Ivan Dodig
Prediction: Djokovic in 3
#6 Tomas Berdych vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber
Prediction: Berdych in four sets
Match to watch:
Federer vs. Simon
Why: As said above, Simon is 2-0 against Federer, and quite possibly the great Fed might be a little tired from playing two days ago. Keep an eye on it.