Ricky Dimon

  • French Open Expert Picks

    2010-05-23 04:57:18

    Expert picks will be running on a daily basis throughout the French Open, and they begin with pre-tournament predictions for the quarterfinals through the final. Join the fun throughout the next two weeks and test your knowledge against the experts for a chance to become one of the featured guest pickers.



    Roger Federer over Ernests Gulbis 7-6(4), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Gulbis' draw should allow him to reach the quarters, but I'm not sure if he is ready for a slam semifinal, especially in Federer's quarter of the draw.

    Mikhail Youzhny over Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(6), 5-7, 8-6. Andy Murray's quarter is wide open, and I think either Youzhny or Berdych will be the one taking advantage. This is one could go either way.

    David Ferrer over Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-2. I am almost certain Ferrer will reach the semifinals. I'm not so sure of his quarterfinal opponent, but if it's Djokovic, the Spaniard should not have too much trouble on clay.

    Rafael Nadal over Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2. Almagro is on fire and he might have enough to make a return trip to the quarterfinals, but he is not going to take a set off Nadal like he did in Madrid.

    Federer over Youzhny 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. This should be mostly routine. In fact, whoever advances out of Federer's tough quarter will almost certainly be favored over whoever advances out of Murray's wide-open quarter.

    Nadal over Ferrer 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. Ferrer will be the first to take a set off Nadal at this year's French Open, but I don't think he is ready to put a serious scare into the four-time champion.

    Nadal over Federer 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2. The Madrid final was straights, and there is a good chance this one will be the same. Nonetheless, Federer has confidence from last year's title and he should be able to make this relatively competitive.


    Roger Federer over Ernests Gulbis 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6(5). Gulbis and Federer are the two standouts in the top quarter of the draw. Gulbis has been playing FANTASTIC clay court tennis, but I expect him to get nervy since this is a slam.

    Tomas Berdych over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 6-4, 6-2. This is supposed to be Andy Murray's section of the draw, but the Scot drew (of all people) Richard Gasquet, who is actually playing good tennis right now. It wouldn't surprise me if Gasquet clipped Muzza in the opener. I picked Berdych over Tsonga, but that's mostly because there is a noted lack of good clay-courters in this section.

    David Ferrer over Novak Djokovic 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 9-7. I expect this to be a real barnstormer of a match. Djokovic is a good clay courter, even an accomplished one, despite his struggles against Nadal on the surface...but I think Ferrer's going to edge this one in 5 tough ones. The Spaniard is on fire this spring.

    Rafael Nadal over Nicolas Almagro 7-5, 6-2, 6-2. Almagro has been outstanding this year - he even took a set from Nadal in Madrid...but this ain't Madrid. Nadal is in scary form right now...I doubt Almagro is even going to get a set off his countryman.

    Federer over Berdych 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4. If this match comes to fruition, it could be a lot closer than people think. Berdych can trouble Federer, especially since Fed's form hasn't been questionable this spring. Still, it's a best of 5 match, and Berdych isn't known for his resolve. Federer should advance to yet another final in Paris.

    Nadal over Ferrer 7-6(7), 6-4, 7-5. Unfortunately for Ferrer, the script for this has been written again and again and again. He is not going to beat Nadal on clay. He'll make the match competitive. It might be entertaining and even feature some great shot-making, but at the end of the day, there is only one winner.


    Nadal over Federer 6-4, 6-3, 7-5. Just as it is with Ferrer, the script for this has been written and refined many times over the years. Unfortunately, the match is probably not going to be pretty - Fed/Nadal matches on clay rarely are. It will be tense, but that's because of who is playing, not because of how they play. Anything other than a Nadal victory would be a complete upset.

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Ernest Gulbis over Roger Federer in 4(if it goes to 5, Gulbis will not have any chance)
Tsonga over Murray in 5
Ferrer over Djoker in 4
Nadal over Veradasco in 3

Gulbis over Tsonga in 4
Nadal over Ferrer in 3


Nadal over Gulbis in 3( Nadal winning without losing a set and regaining No.1 ranking)

janadevchp , 5/23/10 10:03 AM

i like the predictions....


vrael , 5/23/10 11:31 AM



Federer over Montanes 4-6, 7-6, 6-2, 6-4

Murray over Youzhny 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-2

Nadal over Almagro 7-5, 6-4, 6-2

Djokovich over Ferrer 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-7, 7-6


Federer over Murray 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

Nadal over Djokovich 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2


Nadal over Federer: 6-4, 6-3, 7-5

Ramara , 5/23/10 5:30 PM

My final pick already gone :-(

janadevchp , 5/23/10 6:05 PM

Here are my revised and final picks :P

qtr finals

Federer over soderling in 4
nadal over gonzalez in 3
Djokovic over ferrer in 4
Youzhny over gasquet in 5


nadal over djo in 3
federer over youzhny in 3

FInal: nadal over federer in 4

vamosrafa , 5/23/10 6:22 PM

Sorry if this is the wrong thread to post this but here it goes.
I saw todays matches and to me RG does seem to be as fast as last year and perhaps even more, almost nearing madrid in speed. Is this really or is it my illusion.
Also why is nadal scheduled to play on tuesday .All the other top seeds will play their 1st round matches by tommorrow.

iMaFaN , 5/23/10 10:28 PM

because Nadal is in the bottom half of the draw

RickyDimon , 5/23/10 11:02 PM

But also djoko will play tomorrow and he's in the bottom half, Ricky.

bolbol , 5/23/10 11:11 PM

Well, the original plan was for Roger to play today as the defending champ, which would have given them one top seed today, two on Monday and one on Tuesday, but Rog declined the honor - I think he generally disapproves of starting the tournament on Sunday - so they put The Sod in today. Most, maybe all, of Rafa's quarter start on Tuesday.

Ramara , 5/24/10 12:26 AM

Ricky, please comment on the court speed. i am hearing a lot abt it but ur opinion and cheryl's will clear the matter for me.thanks

vamosrafa , 5/24/10 12:47 AM

vamos - haven't seen enough yet. Also, not particularly interested TBH!

RickyDimon , 5/24/10 12:53 AM

bolbol - half of the bottom half is on Monday. So Nadal is in the half that is on Tuesday.

RickyDimon , 5/24/10 1:00 AM

bjawad , 5/24/10 11:40 AM

Heavy thunderstorms forecast for Tuesday and rain Wednesday and Thursday. This should slow the court down a bit.

ed251137 , 5/24/10 12:10 PM

i don't know where to ask this,but i'll ask this here..
do you when is the yani lacko match gonna start??
i want to see how it goes..

clayking , 5/24/10 12:36 PM

It is scheduled for Court 16 (after the Lopez match which is still being played). No live stream available, only live scoring.

ed251137 , 5/24/10 1:05 PM

Lacko-Yani will be on court after the Berdych-Aguilar match

and, of course, Berdych and Aguilar are well on their way to playing the day's longest match

RickyDimon , 5/24/10 1:07 PM

i would love to see lacko's face after the match ends...just to find out if hez still happy n smiling ;)

vrael , 5/24/10 1:12 PM

and lacko wins it..
4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-7, 12-10..
and in the whole match, he converted just one break point..
the match was close to 5 hrs..

clayking , 5/24/10 2:47 PM


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