Who Will Win In Atlanta This Week?

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Who Will Win In Atlanta This Week?
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Each week during the U.S. Open Series, I will take a look at the tournaments and make my predictions. First up is Atlanta. Andy Roddick took a last-minute wild card and is the top seed of this event, which also features John Isner, Lleyton Hewitt, Mardy Fish, Taylor Dent, and James Blake. It's a good field and should be an interesting start to the U.S. Open Series.

Here are my picks.

 

First quarter
I really like Andy Roddick to come through this section, probably beating Xavier Malisse in the quarters. Roddick should be fired up after a disappointing Wimbledon, and there isn't a whole lot in his section to threaten him.
Pick: Roddick

 

Second quarter
Horacio Zeballos is the favorite in this section as far as seeding goes. Horacio who? The winner of the Taylor Dent-James Blake match (top first-round matchup) will play Zeballos in the second round and beat him. I'll take Taylor Dent with the way Blake's been playing. This is a very tough quarter with both Robby Ginipri and Mardy Fish in this section as well. Fish has been playing well, coming off a tournament win in Newport (on grass). I'll go with the hot hand to keep things going.
Pick: Fish

 

Third quarter
This is another interesting quarter with Lleyton Hewitt as the top seed in this section. Janko Tipsarevic and American Donald Young (still waiting for him to reach his potential) in this quarter. I like Tipsarevic to get through and play Hewitt in the quarters. However, in the quarters I'll take the Aussie, Aussie, Aussie to win.
Pick: Hewitt

 

Fourth quarter
Big-serving John Isner is the top seed in this section. Fresh off his 71-69 win in the fifth set marathon at Wimbledon, Isner is back in action this week in his home state. Benjamin Becker is also in this section, but I like Isner to get through and make the semifinals.
Pick: Isner

 

Semifinals
Roddick vs. Fish
This will be a battle between doubles partners (they are playing together this week) and very close friends. It's summertime, which means it's time for Roddick to look really strong, only to fall apart at the U.S. Open.
Winner: Roddick in three sets

Hewitt vs. Isner
Isner has been appearing at the ESPY's and on David Letterman. He has to be exhausted from everything he's been doing since Wimbledon (as if the match wasn't exhausting enough). I'll take Hewitt to tear him down and advance to the final.
Winner: Hewitt in two sets

 

Final
Roddick vs. Hewitt
Roddick will pick up the first of several titles, I think he'll win this summer. Unfortunately, the ones he covets the most will still be out of his grasps.
Winner: Roddick in three sets

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