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Beijing 2008: Men’s Predictions and Previews

Quarter 1:

Soon to be world number 2, Roger Federer of Switzerland, has a tough first round against Dmitry Tursunov of Russia but, I think Fed is going to be a bit more relaxed now that the race for number 1 is over. That being said, he still has to deal with James Blake of the United States, Gilles Simon of France, and Ivo Karlovic of Croatia. Simon and Karlovic have already beaten Federer this summer. Also in contention is Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, who upset Federer in the 2004 Games in Athens.

Semifinalist: Roger Federer

Quarter 2:

The second quarter has no clear cut favorite, with its highest seeds being Nikolay Davydenko and David Ferrer. Also in this section are Fernando Gonzales of Chile and Nicolas Kiefer of Germany. I feel like we’re going to get a surprise semifinalist out of this group, though.

Semifinalist: Ernest Gulbis

Quarter 3:

Novak Djokovic is the favorite for this section with the biggest challenges coming from David Nalbandian and Mikhail Youzhny. Novak does have an interesting first round encounter with Robby Ginepri, which could spell trouble if the Serb is off his game. Floaters include big hitting Simon Bolleli and charismatic frenchman Gael Monfils. Still, I think Djokovic is through to the semis this time.

Semifinalist: Novak Djokovic

Quarter 4:

New world number one, Rafael Nadal, could face a stern test from Andy Murray in this section of the draw if it holds form. It looks like it most likely will, with the other seeds being Stanislas Wawrinka and Radek Stepanek. Nadal could meet Lleyton Hewitt in the second round, but Hewitt doesn’t have the tools anymore to take down Rafa.

Semifinalist: Rafael Nadal

Gold: Rafael Nadal

Silver: Roger Federer

Bronze: Novak Djokovic

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