Saturday, August 14, 2010

Showdown In Canada!


The stage is set!

A somewhat-rare phenomena has occurred at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada. The top 4 men's tennis players in the world have advanced to the semifinals in the annual prelude to the U.S. Open.

Very rarely do all 4 top seeds ever make it to the semifinals of any event, as more often than not, a higher seed pulls off an upset and advances to the semis. I guess we can say this is equivalent to all 4 top seeds in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament making it to the Final Four.

So no doubt the tennis fans in Toronto are getting a rare treat.

It'll be: World No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. World No. 4 Andy Murray in one match and World No. 2 Novak Djokovic vs. World No. 3 Roger Federer in the other match.

In the end, we may see some ranking changes as a result of these showdowns.

Its safe to say Nadal will not lose the No. 1 ranking no matter what happens. He is too far ahead on points for this to happen.

But No. 3 Federer could leapfrog No. 2 Djokovic by winning their semifinal match and definitely if he goes on to win the tournament. Djokovic is only a few points ahead of Federer in the current computer rankings. In fact, they are almost virtually tied for the No. 2 spot.

No. 4 Murray could leapfrog Federer for the No. 3 world ranking if Djokovic beats Federer and Murray goes on and wins the tournament.

And make no mistake about it folks, all four players would want nothing more than to win the Rogers Cup. It'll set them up nicely for the upcoming U.S. Open, both mentally and in seeding position.

And the upcoming U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam left and we know they all want to win that one.

So grab your popcorn and let the battles begin!

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