Saturday, March 17, 2007
I know it's March Madness time, but there's another big American tournament going on, also with a single-elimination "knockout" bracket format.
This tourney has already reached the Final 4
I'm referring to the Masters Series (AMS) tourney in Indian Wells, CA, which is a 1-2 hr drive from Los Angeles. There are 9 AMS tourneys on the ATP tour, which are the "2nd tier" of tourneys after the top tier of the 4 grands slam tourneys (Wimbledon, French, US, Australian).
The tourney is wide open since Roger Federer aka Sportsman of the Decade, lost in the 1st Rd, Fed's first loss since Aug 07 WTF!
Without Fed, the Final 4 have a golden opportunity to win a "masters shield" and many ranking points. All 4 players are thorough, and 3 are from the rapidly improving young generation born in 86-87.
Today are the semifinal matches (with some nicknames, the last 2 guys don't have nicknames so I invented one for them)
#2 Rafael Nadal (ESP) aka Rafa aka The Raging Bull
#3 Andy Roddick (USA) (see photo above) aka A-Rod aka the American that many American tennis fans love to hate for no apparent reason
#12 Novak Djokovic (SRB) aka Young Djok
#13 Andy Murray (GBR) aka Great Scot
Natch I'm rooting for my fellow American A-Rod.
I predict it will be an A-Rod v Murray final, with A-Rod taking home the hardware "shield" as IW Champion