Making the call on this week's ATP singles finals
AEGON Championships - London, UK
Andy Murray Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
2nd seeded Andy Murray and 5th seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will square off in London at venerable Queen's Club for the 2011 Aegon Championships title.
Despite his well-documented difficulties at Wimbledon, Murray won this title in 2009, thumped grass-lover Andy Roddick 6-3, 6-1 in yesterday's semifinals and holds a 4-1 head-to-head edge over the big Frenchman including a victory in their only tour level meeting on grass. All signs point to a first title of 2011 for World No. 4 Murray.
Champion: Andy Murray
Gerry Weber Open - Halle, Germany
Philipp PetzschnerPhilipp Kohlschreiber
The German grasscourt tourney started with the tournament director blasting 5-time champ Roger Federer for his last minute withdrawal. Well, what the event lost in star power, they made up with having two Germans make the final. Kohlschreiber and Petzschner are fine players, but the second coming of Boris Becker these veterans are not. Petzschner dismissed top-seed Tomas Berdych, while Kohlschreiber ousted No. 2 Gael Monfils en route to their finals meeting. The 27 year old Germans named Philipp have played 3 times, Kohlschreiber leads 2-1, but Petzschner won their last meeting. They have also each made the semifinals in Halle, last year for Petzschner, '09 for Kohlschreiber. This is a pick 'em on paper if I've ever seen one, but Petzschner won the dubs last year at Wimbledon and extended Rafael Nadal to five sets in singles. Advantage: Philipp
Champion: Philipp Petzschner