What a line-up we have at Madrid Open (formerly Madrid Masters) today. We have lots of top players in action, Nadal, Federer, Murray Ferrer, Berdych, Tsonga, to name a few. The most interesting match-ups in my mind is another battle of the double-handed backhanders (yesterday we had Tommy Robredo vs Tommy Haas in a well-played match) with young hot-shot Grigor Dimitrov taking on Stanislas Wavrinka, in-form Tommy Haas playing clay-demon David Ferrer and hard-hitters Verdasco and Tsonga pairing up in a heavyweight contest.
Federer and Nadal are also playing of course, but as a heavy favorites. Murray and Simon will be a battle of the wits before power, but the H2H record with Murray leading 10-1 should speak clearly in favor of Murray although he has had a tough clay season so far.
My winner picks from the matches below: Andujar, Berdych, Nadal, Verdasco, Federer, Ferrer (although I root for Haas), Wavrinka (Dimitrov should be tired after beating Djokovic), and Murray.