Ricky Dimon

  • Expert Picks: Monte-Carlo third round

    2010-04-15 03:26:18

    Expert picks are back in earnest for the spring clay-court swing, and they begin with the third round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Join the fun and make your own predictions in the comments section for the right to become a guest picker later in the week!

    Novak Djokovic vs. Stanislas Wawrinka

    Ricky: Current form says Wawrinka. Head-to-head history (which Djokovic leads 7-2) says Djokovic. This one is a complete toss-up for me, but Djokovic has to get hot at some point and Wawrinka has to cool off at some point. Right? Djokovic 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3).

    Cheryl: I think Nole is going to have his hands full with Stan the Man. Wawa is in better form than Djokovic; and don't forget that it was here last year that Stan beat Federer for the first time. Wawrinka 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.


    Kelli: Wawrinka has taken Djokovic to three sets on clay a couple of times, including a semifinal meeting right here last year. The top seed has won their last five meetings though, and with runner-up points to defend, I don't see him bowing out of this one. Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

    Tommy Robredo vs. David Nalbandian

    Ricky: Nalbandian needed almost three hours to get past Mikhail Youzhny on Wednesday. It was a solid display, but this time the Argentine will be going up one of the best clay-courters in the business. Robredo 7-5, 6-4.

    Cheryl: Nalby played some really lovely tennis against Youzhny on Wednesday. I think Robredo is going to have a tough time dealing with the pace from Nalbandian's backhand. The Argie for another upset.Nalbandian 7-6(4), 6-2.


    Kelli: Nalbandian may be fighting some fatigue after his battle with Youzhny, but Robredo doesn't possess the same ability to keep the Argentine under pressure. Nalbandian delivered a 6-1, 6-0 beating to Robredo in Monte Carlo two years ago, and while I don't think he'll repeat it, he should win in straights. Nalbandian 7-5, 6-3.

    Fernando Verdasco vs. Tomas Berdych

    Ricky: This is the new Tomas Berdych, and the new Tomas Berdych just beat Verdasco in Miami. Verdasco is not a clay-court specialist like many Spaniards, so not even the surface change will be able to stop the new Tomas Berdych. Berdych 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-2.

    Cheryl: I'm not usually one to pick Berdych to do anything on clay but lose dismally, but I like his chances here against Verdasco. The Spaniard has been positively dreadful of late and Berdych...well...hasn't been. Chalk one up for the Czech. Berdych 6-4, 6-4.


    Kelli: Berdych has had Verdasco's number in 2010, taking back-to-back meetings in Masters events. He is a completely different player now, and although their clay-court clashes have gone the distance, I don't think this one will. Berdych 7-5, 6-2.

    Albert Montanes vs. Marin Cilic

    Ricky: Cilic needed almost three hours to get past Igor Andreev, but the good news is he had a day off in between matches. That might not be enough against an absolute clay-court wizard like Montanes. Montanes 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

    Cheryl: I can't pick Montanes over Cilic; simply cannot do it, even though I know Montanes is the better clay-courter. I'll throw caution to the wind and pick the Croat. Cilic 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-3.


    Kelli: Cilic isn't the most comfortable on clay, but he will have settled since the scare against Andreev. Montanes didn't play all that well in the last round, but he may take a set from the fourth seed. Cilic is on a mission to make a name for himself here, so I'm giving him the edge in three. Cilic 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

    Ivan Ljubicic vs. David Ferrer

    Ricky: Ljubicic beat Michael Llodra in his Monte-Carlo opener so he seems to over the back problem that forced him out of Miami. The veteran Croat is actually very good on clay, but he is still not the same caliber dirtballer as Ferrer. Ferrer 6-4, 6-4.

    Cheryl: This is an intriguing little matchup. I'm going to go with the traditional clay-courter and pick Ferrer to win; but I think Ljubo might make him work hard for it. Ferrer 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.


    Kelli: Ferrer has burned up the clay this year with more than a dozen wins. He holds the edge against Ljubicic as well, 4-1. The 2010 Indian Wells champion usually plays well in Monte-Carlo, but the Spaniard will be too tough to wear down. Ferrer 7-6, 6-4.

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero

    Ricky: Ferrero obviously has a huge advantage on clay, but the beatdown Tsonga put on him in Miami is hard to overlook. This one will be much closer, but I don't think clay will make up the entire difference in firepower. Tsonga 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3.

    Cheryl: UPSET ALERT. Okay, it probably isn't much of an upset. Ferrero has been on fire this year on the dirt. Tsonga is unlucky to draw him so early. Ferrero 6-4, 6-3.


    Kelli: Ferrero has never beaten Tsonga, but their two previous meetings came on quicker surfaces. The Spaniard owns two clay-court titles in 2010 and I think he'll be able to pull this off, as Tsonga's power is less of a factor on a slower surface. Ferrero 2-6, 6-4, 7-6.

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if you want to be a guest picker later in the week, pick all 6 matches; whoever gets the most is the winner. Exact scores will decide ties.

or just pick for fun and see if you can beat ANY of us. I'm betting not!!

RickyDimon , 4/15/10 4:02 AM

My picks:

Djokovic 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(7)

Nalbandian 7-5, 7-6(4)

Berdych 6-4, 6-4

Cilic 6-4 7-6(5)

Ferrer 6-4, 6-4

Tsonga 7-6(7), 7-6(5)

Champion7 , 4/15/10 4:46 AM

Djoker 6-3,2-6,7-5

Robredo 6-7(5),6-4,6-3

Berdy 7-5,5-7,6-3

Cilic 4-6,6-4,6-4

Ferrer 6-7(4),6-4,6-3

Ferrero 5-7,6-3,6-4

chr18 , 4/15/10 5:25 AM

Wawa 6-4 6-7 6-3
Nalby 7-6 6-4
TheBird 6-4 6-4
Montanes 4-6 7-6 6-2
Ferrer 7-5 6-2
Tsonga 6-7 7-6 6-4

stu , 4/15/10 5:27 AM

Djok 6-4 2-6 7-5
Nalbandian 7-6 6-3
Verdasco 7-5 4-6 6-4
Cilic 3-6 7-5 6-4
Ferrer 6-3 6-4
Ferrero 6-4 4-6 6-4

kaitepai01 , 4/15/10 5:40 AM

nice picks so far, everyone. Still waiting on VamosRafa...

RickyDimon , 4/15/10 5:57 AM

wawrinka 7-6(6) 3-6 7-5
nalby 6-4 3-6 6-3
verdasco vs berdych.. toughest to choose..
but verdasco 2-6 6-4 6-3
montanes 7-6(7) 7-5
ferrer 6-4 3-6 6-3
ferrero 6-4 3-6 7-5

clayking , 4/15/10 6:39 AM

Wawrinka 75 46 63
Robredo 76 62
Verdasco 64 67 64
Cilic 64 64
Ferrer 76 64
Ferrero 62 62

farhang1983 , 4/15/10 7:02 AM

These are my picks:

Wawrinka: 7-5 3-6 6-4
Nalbandian:6-4 3-6 7-5
Berdych: 6-4 4-6 7-5
Cilic: 4-6 6-3 6-2
Ferrer: 7-6 6-4
Tsonga: 6-4 3-6 6-2

tj600 , 4/15/10 8:19 AM

wawrinka 6-4 3-6 6-3
Robredo 6-4 6-2
Veradasco 6-3 3-6 6-4
Cilic 6-4 6-3
Ferrer - 6-4 6-4
Ferrero 3-6 6-4 6-3

janadevchp , 4/15/10 9:24 AM

stu and clayking are the only ones to correctly pick Montanes to beat Cilic, clayking just slightly edging stu by predicting straight sets.

nadline , 4/15/10 12:24 PM

DAMN IT. verdasco won. :S

tj600 , 4/15/10 1:23 PM

i own the Golden Racket with Tsonga over Djoker (Australian Open)

now i own the Silver Racket with Montanes over Cilic!!!

RickyDimon , 4/15/10 2:05 PM

Ha ha Ricky ... so far, it is a very Spanish affair in Monte Carlo.

smr , 4/15/10 2:51 PM

Ricky, you can't award YOURSELF the silver racket.


cherylmurray , 4/15/10 2:55 PM

heyy guyss ...sorry for joining in late...had to attend lectures :D

rafa match is already over but i had predicted the score in another thread yesterday...

rafa 6-2 6-2
ferrero 6-4 7-5
wawrinka 6-4 3-6 7-5
robredo 6-4 6-4

ferrer won 7-6 6-4 , its a pity i am late but honestly i wud have said ferrer in 2 :D
@ricky ..LOL..silver believe it or not swear to GOd my pick was Montenes in 3 ! he won in 2 , unlukily i didnt have time to login so i missed sum picks

anyway i am here to join the fun :D

vamosrafa , 4/15/10 3:18 PM

sorry ferrer won 6-0 7-6

vamosrafa , 4/15/10 3:37 PM

the experts picks have started from the 3rd rnd this time and we have all 3 of our competitors ready and fit to rumble :) so I will be conducting the full-fledge predicting competition once more , just love doing that :P

* I request all three of the competitos (especially Kelli) not to miss any day of predicting so that we have a 3-way race to the title....

*RickyDimon is the top seed and the current holder of the prestigious golden racquet (for how long rikcy, for how long? lets see :P )

vamosrafa , 4/15/10 4:24 PM

Djokovic: 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(7)

At least, I HOPE it's that exciting!


Arvis , 4/15/10 4:29 PM

since I already know I am going to win (no thanks to Robredo!), I am more interested in the competition to become the guest picker

RickyDimon , 4/15/10 4:30 PM your confidence Mr.Dimon but i am sure ur rivals would have something to say abt that :P i expect cheryl and kelli to hit back strongly, btw i am backing cheryl to score a point with a wawrinka victory over djokovic :) lets see

vamosrafa , 4/15/10 4:37 PM

ferrero wins. 6-1 3-6 7-5

tj600 , 4/15/10 5:21 PM

5 of the eight quarterfinalists will be spaniards, n alto nalbandian is argentinian, hes still spanish-speaking. all the spaniards/spanish speaking people always dominate the red-dirt.

tj600 , 4/15/10 5:24 PM

Tsonga was just a bad pick by me. Stupid.

Robredo, though, no way i am taking responsibility for that one!!! He had no business losing it.

RickyDimon , 4/15/10 5:26 PM

the former king of clay shows his class..
its official..
tomorrow.. the king on clay vs the former king on clay..
the matador vs the mosquito..
and the icing on cake???
so far all my winner predictions have been spot on.. :P
P.S. ricky, you have got 2 wrong.. so no silver racket for u.. :)

clayking , 4/15/10 5:27 PM

tj-600, and yes gonzo is also a spanish speaking player and normally very solid on clay.

ahrm ahem RICKY ..Ferrero wins and you lose a point ! :P

vamosrafa , 4/15/10 5:27 PM

i read somewhere that even Federer can speak "spanish conversationally" i guess speakin it is a necessityy to do well on clay :P

tj600 , 4/15/10 5:35 PM

not really tj...
i'm sure jim courier can't speak spanish, can he??

clayking , 4/15/10 5:37 PM

the rackets arent for overall, they are for specific picks - ie, Tsonga at the Aussie Open

and i have THREE misses, not two

through five matches:

Kelli and Cheryl are 3-2, I am 2-3

RickyDimon , 4/15/10 5:38 PM

through 5 matches

clayking: 5-0

Kaitepai01: 4-1

farhang1983: 3-2

janadevchp: 3-2

Champion7: 2-3

chr18: 2-3

stu: 2-3

tj600: 2-3

RickyDimon , 4/15/10 5:44 PM

I WOULD be 3-2 if I had gotten here in time... maybe. It's hard to say, in retrospect.


Arvis , 4/15/10 5:44 PM

all comes down to Djoker-Wawa

if Djoker wins, Kaitepai wins (5-1 plus tiebreaker most correctly picked sets)

if Wawrinka wins, clayking wins (perfect 6-0)

RickyDimon , 4/15/10 5:51 PM

I'm not trying to cheer you up Ricky but Tsonga wasn't a terrible pick ... it was very close. :)

smr , 4/15/10 6:15 PM

smr - true, but thats not really how i judge it.

Having watched how the match played out, I just realized how dumb picking Tsonga over Ferrero on clay was.

Even though Robredo got blown out, there was no reason to pick him to lose to Nalbandian on clay. He just played terrible and Nalbo came up with some special stuff one day after playing for 3 hours.

RickyDimon , 4/15/10 7:12 PM

smr - no need to encourage Ricky. Tsonga was a dreadful pick. :D

Clayking is kicking our collective butts anyway. :worship:

cherylmurray , 4/15/10 7:18 PM

no cheryl..
its kaitepai who wins..
but anyway, i'm happy..
bcoz tomorrow the 2 'claykings' (ok one former and one present) will battle out each other..
big day for "clayking"

clayking , 4/15/10 7:26 PM

yep, congrats to kaitepai

she will be our guest picker, altho clayking should be on alert in case kp does not get them in in time

RickyDimon , 4/15/10 7:39 PM

congrats to kaitepai :) and good job clayking :D

Okay , today was the first round of out 'official' predicting competition of the year and we are back with the scoring fun too, as I think we have plenty of rounds to decide a winner.

After a great day of tennis under sunny skies ,here is how out experts stand at the moment

1.Kelli Demario: 4 points . Excluding a few glitches , the feisty competitor showed wonderful forecasting skills to earn the top spot .

2.Ricky Dimon: the top seed had a Topsy-turvy day . showed moments of brilliance and clearly has the best pick of the day but fell slightly short of matching his rival.

2.Cheryl Murray=3 points : The ever-gritty fighter is on level terms with Ricky and nipping at the toes of the current leader.

*It was only the 1st round so we have 3 more to go. Experts are advised to take full earn as many points as possible in tomorrow's round because things get trickier and tricker as the tournament goes on.

*Kelli Demario is requested NOT to leave the competition MID-WAY ! :)

*lastly , as a reminder : Ricky Dimon just pinned down his grip over the prestigious golden racquet by making the best pick of the day (Montanes over Cilic).Seemingly, taking the G.R away from him is as tough as taking the monte-carlo crown from nadal ! LOL .Stay Tuned for More Action and Drama tomorrow :)

vamosrafa , 4/15/10 9:22 PM

Ricky Dimon= 3 points *

vamosrafa , 4/15/10 9:51 PM

Lol, I'm not going anywhere, promise. :)

DAMN I should have picked Montanes. In my defense, Cilic played very, very poorly until late in the second, but I told that to Ricky last night- he just had a feeling. Ferrero, I knew. On hc, I'd pick Tsonga 100x out of 100, but on clay, vamos Mosquito.

Kelli , 4/15/10 10:45 PM

hehe...its obvious all 3 of you will pick rafa over ferrero , but it will be very interesting to see if any expert gambles by piking nalby over djo , this one might be the crucial pick because i bet u all will be picking ferrer over kokhli ...and ermmm yess u 3 will also favor nando over montanes so nalby vs djo is the most crucial in my opinion :)

Good luck experts :)

vamosrafa , 4/15/10 11:11 PM

here it is (with Kelli's still to come) - everyone feel free to join in the fun in an attempt to become the semifinal guest picker! rt_Picks:_Spanish_Armada_raids_Monte-Carlo_QFs

RickyDimon , 4/16/10 1:01 AM


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