P1011037Besides the Simon comeback and win against Hewitt, there wasn't a great men's match played today. Most were 3-setters, but tomorrow offers perhaps more. Daniel Brands is a powerful German who might give Nadal some trouble. Of course, the sexiest match of the day, particularly for the French, is Monfils against Berdych. The 26-year-old Frenchman has dropped to his lowest ranking in years, No. 81, but he did get to the finals last week in Nice only to lose to Montanes and he won a French Challenger the week before that. Berdych is playing his best tennis ever on the clay, reaching the semis in both Madrid and Rome. He did reach the semis of the French in 2010 taking down Murray, but I like Monfils in this match to confound the big Czech and take him out of his rhythm and win this match. Two other matches I find of interest of Jesse Levine, the Canadian-American-Canadian lefty who is playing Nishikori, the Japanese-American-Japanese player. (Btw, what has happened to Japan's No. 2 player, coached by one of my favorite guys on tour, the sublime Davide Sanguinetti. Soeda got killed today and has been dropping matches in a Marion Bartoli fashion of late). Levine at No. 90 is actually the Canadian No. 2 and hasn't won a match in a main draw since he beat Kudla at IW, but somehow I give him a chance against Nishikori, who's No. 15. Not much of a chance, mind you, but a chance.Isner opens against Berloq and this could be a tough won for the big North Carolinian, who won a total of one match (ouch!) in four European clay court events this year. I like Berloq in this one because he has a one-handed backhand and I'm astounded that at 30 he's No. 71 because Spadea once creamed this dude. Gasquet opens against Stakhovsky, who I have to say, what's with this dude? I loved his game when he beat Harrison at the 2010 USO, but since then he's been a sideshow on tour. On today's matches, I saw some of the Raonic-Malisse battle and Raonic looked good. He's been coached in the past week by Brad Gilbert and Ivan Ljubicic, and he plays a clean game. Killer Cahill at one point said he didn't think Malisse was in too good of shape, but I don't think Malisse has ever been in good shape. Raonic is one of those supremely-talented young guys who breathes confidence, but his game reminds me of Tyler Hansbrough's of the Indiana Pacers. Of course, Raonic is a lot better tennis player than Hansbrough is a basketball player, but if you had to pick a Hollywood basketball player you'd pick Psycho T and the same applies for Raonic in tennis, but I don't think it's ever going to fully pan out for Raonic. Maybe because I heard he stated that he likes Victoria Secret models. It's like if you mention that, you're not cool enough to make it to the top.