So...I haven't given any blog love in a week. With all the Tennis going on...the week just kind of flew by. Speaking of flu (how's that for a smooth transition), the Indian Wells tournament definitely had a bug going around and has taken out 10+ players in total so far. I think the official count is 13 but I lost count and wish I had been keeping a list of names. The tourney is nearing the end but its not the end yet!
Now that the tournament sits at the QFs for the men, I have two favorite players left in the draw. And they are facing each other. It's #2 seed Rafael Nadal vs Wildcard David Nalbandian. This will be their 6th meeting. The last time that Nalby beat Rafa was '07 Paris Masters. An indoor tourney where Nalbandian won the Final 6-4 6-0. All 3 of Rafa's wins over Nalbandian have been 3 set matches. I'm hoping for that exact kind of match on Friday. Though, I'm a big fan of Rafa...I have to say my heart is on Nalby. He's currently ranked 74 and he is so much better than that. It would be great if he can keep this level up and maybe be seeded by the time Roland Garros is here.
Nalbandian's road to the QFs: Started with a 7-6(4) 6-0 win over Starace. Next up was the 24th seed Marin Cilic that Nalby took down in straights in two tiebreaks.In the 3rd round, he faced another favorite of mine and beat the 10th seed Janko Tipsarevic 6-3 3-6 6-3. Then there was today. His R16 against (6)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Tsonga was serving for the match at 5-4 in the 2nd but then dropped his serve and Nalby went on to hold and then break again. Then pretty much coast in the 3rd. And now we arrive at his match against Rafa. I just want to see David Nalbandian continue to ride the wave.
Nadal's road to the QFs: One word ---> EASY. Rafa has not dropped a set on the way to the QFs. His legs are probably fresher but I'm going with my heart on this one and choosing Nalby!
The women's SFs are tomorrow. I'm too sleepy to do a proper write-up but in short...I hope Maria Kirilenko wins her SF.