This is not a gambling site. These are my picks for the Estoril Open and the BMW Open-Munich for those who play the ATP Tennis Fantasy Season game. The teams entered into the game are ranked by the total prize money won by their team members.

Do not mistake me for an expert. I am just well informed and research oriented. However, if things don’t work out as I predicted, like most experts, I’m sure I can come up with some very good excuses,

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Estoril prize money to the winner: $74, 300. Munich prize money to the winner: $44, 100.


Frederico Gil is ranked 253. I assume Tursunov can take him.

Portas has beaten Marin the last five times they’ve played but it probably doesn’t matter. Monfils is 2-0 against Sabau including once on clay. Monfils is not playing well this year but he’s 1-0 against Portas.

Dlouhy vs. Gimelstob – who cares, Massu should get to the semis.

Moya lost to a qualifier last week and could lose to Zib but I don’t expect it. I will say that I’m choosing Moya on my team early in the season because it looks like he’s on the decline.

Safin vs. Davydenko is a very tough pick. Davydenko got to the semis at Roland Garros last year but he didn’t get out of the first round at Valencia or Monte Carlo. Safin got to the semis at Valencia and has a 2-0 record against Davydenko. When Safin beats Davydenko, it’s his opportunity to tell Davydenko who’s the real Russian number one.

Almagro won Valencia and got to the semis in Barcelona. Luckily I haven’t picked Almagro yet this season and he’s playing better than either Davydenko or Safin.

Robredo vs. Almagro – Robredo got to the quarters at Monte Carlo and the finals at Barcelona. It’s a tossup. I chose experience.

Who wins it? Nalbandian played Munich this week last year and won it. I’m expecting him to start asserting himself here.


1. D. Nalbandian (1) Nalbandian Nalbandian Nalbandian Nalbandian Nalbandian
2. Nicolas Mahut
3. qualifier Wang
4. Yeu-Tzuoo Wang
5. qualifier Gil Tursonov
6. Frederico Gil
7. qualifier Tursunov
8. D. Tursunov(5)
9. Gael Monfils (4) Monfils Monfils Massu
10. Razvan Sabau
11. J. A. Marin Portas
12. Albert Portas
13. Lukas Dlouhy Massu
14. Justin Gimelstob
15. Raemon Sluiter Massu
16. Nicolas Massu (7)
17. Carlos Moya (6) Moya Moya Robredo Robredo
18. Flavio Saretta
19. qualifier Zib
20. Tomas Zib
21. G. Garcia-Lopez Garcia-Lopez Robredo
22. qualifier
23. Carlos Berlocq Robredo
24. T. Robredo (3)
25. C. Rochus (8) Rochus Almagro Almagro
26. Gilles Muller
27. Nicolas Lapentti Almagro
28. Nicolas Almagro
29. Marat Safin Safin Safin
30. qualifier
31. Vincent Spadea Davydenko
32. N. Davydenko (2)


Bracciali vs. Coria is an interesting second round matchup. This is Bracciali’s eleventh year on the tour and he won his first title today in Casablanca. His current ranking of 51 is a career high. Coria is having a terrible time with his serve but he got to the third round in Barcelona before he lost to Almagro, not a bad loss. Bracciali beat Massu in the Casablanca final but had a relatively easy draw so I pick Coria to keep improving.

This is Haas’s first clay court tournament this year (Houston doesn’t count :0) ) and he’s done well in every tournament he’s entered in 2006. On top of that, he got to the semis here last year. He is German, you know. Youzhny is not a clay court monster and Haas beat him in Dubai so I have Haas through to the semis.

It’s too bad Coria and Haas are in the same half of the draw, that would be the best final. Coria breaks down and Haas gets to the final where he beats whoever comes out of the bottom half of the draw.

Who comes out of the bottom half? I have no idea. Besides Coria and Haas, you should probably choose all of your players from the Estoril draw.

There is one insteresting matchup: Pavel vs. Nieminen. Pavel beat Haas to get to the final last year but Pavel has lost in the first round in eight of ten tournaments this year so Nieminen should be able to beat him.

There are five Germans in the bottom half and none of them is worth much on clay. Why doesn’t Munich help it’s own players and have an indoor carpet tournament?

Srichaphan lost to a qualifier in Barcelona and lost to Monaco here last year but it’s not important and neither is Schuettler and Vik because Nieminen got to the semis here last year and should do it again.

Serra got to the third round in Miami this year where he lost to Ancic. Ancic lost to Nieminen in the second round last year but should lose to him in the semis this time around.


1. Guillermo Coria (1) Coria Coria Coria Haas Haas
2. qualifier
3. qualifier Bracciali
4. Daniele Bracciali
5. qualifier Ramirez Hidalgo Rochus
6. R. Ramirez Hidalgo
7. Potito Starace Rochus
8. Olivier Rochus (5)
9. Tommy Haas (4) Haas Haas Haas
10. Ivo Karlovic
11. qualifier Phau
12. Bjorn Phau
13. Simon Greul Pashanski Youzhny
14. Boris Pashanski
15. Jurgen Melzer Youzhny
16. Mikhail Youzhny (7)
17. Paradorn Srichaphan (6) Monaco Monaco Nieminen Nieminen
18. Juan Monaco
19. Robin Vik Schuettler
20. Rainer Schuettler
21. Alexander Waske Mayer Nieminen
22. Florian Mayer
23. Andrei Pavel Nieminen
24. Jarkko Nieminen (3)
25. Florent Serra (8) Serra Serra Ancic
26. Robin Soderling
27. Janko Tipsarevic Vliegen
28. Kristof Vliegen
29. Andreas Beck Beck Ancic
30. Jan Hernych
31. Phillipp Kohlschreiber Ancic
32. Mario Ancic (2)

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