French Open Men's Semis Tomorrow, but I Hate Tennis Cake Winner Declared Tonight
When I wasn't looking, Worthy Opponent Surinder Singh took the I Hate Tennis French Open Cake Contest in the men's bracket.
The Tourneytopia brackets offered online by Tennis Channel are so difficult to navigate, I never found the one for the menfolk that I had set up. What you can't find, you can't follow. Women's draw cake champ Caitlin Thompson spotted it, and forwarded the link.
It offered redemption for Worthy Opponent Surinder Singh, my frequent doubles buddy, who did poorly in the women's bracket.
The men's draw was a different story. It was a cakewalk for Singh, who correctly predicted all four semifinalists: Djokovic/Federer, Ferrer/Nadal. I'm a whopping 36 points behind him (as I often am when I play him) because I thought John Isner was going to kick Ferrer's ass in the Round of 16. Isner was a Wasner, not making it past the second round.
Thompson doubled down on that error, thinking Isner and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga would be semifinalists. We know how THAT turned out. We spent Tuesday afternoon together at her desk at WNYC, watching Jo-Willy blow 4 match points against Djokovic.
Fumbling around in the basement is Facebook buddy Jessica Silver, who admits not knowing a thing about tennis (but who has, in the spirit of friendship, Liked my Hate). She had Stan Wawrinka/Fed, Isner/Nadal. Ouch.
Truth be told, I was her bracket advisor. Don't believe everything you read on the Internet, Jess!
So, haters, who's going to final tomorrow? We can pencil Nadal in. But will he get his 7th consecutive French Open victory, or will Djoko/Fed deny him?
I think Fed can put away Nole. This write-up of their rivalry reminds me that he's the one who ended Djokovic's perfect run of 41 consecutive wins in their semifinal Roland Garros match last year. He gets to play spoiler this year for Djokovic's attempt to be the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Slam titles in a row. Djokovic's last two matches have been 5-setters. Maybe he's just a little weary, enough to give Federer an opening.
Federer and Nadal have met in 8 Slam finals, an all-time record. I say, let's make it a 9th. And Nadal will win, in 4. I get to lick the frosting bowl if I'm right.