We've got some great matchups set for today in Toronto. In the wide open first quarter that included those two despairing top players we picked apart the last few days, Croatian teen Marin Cilic and summer surprise Gilles Simon face off. Simon has to be favored simply because he's on a winning streak.
Nicolas Kiefer will play James Blake, the highest seed remaining in the top half, in the second quarter. Can't trust James to pull this out, but if he keeps his head and plays his game, he really ought to. Kiefer enjoys the summer hardcourts and his game is well-suited to the blue stuff, but he's simply not mentally engaged in big matches anymore. We'll see if he can turn that around today.
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic could be a barnburner. Or a demolition. And I'm not saying who will demolish whom.
And the match of the day ought to be Richard Gasquet against Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal. I've said it before and mean it again, but I believe Rafa's game on the summer hardcourts has suffered from his tough losses in Wimbledon finals over the past two seasons. Well, this year, that monkey is off his back and he's playing with confidence instead of despair. Richie has had success in Toronto and seems in good form after his beatdown of David Ferrer late last night.
Who do you think will make the final four?