Hi guys. I know I haven’t been posting as much as I promised I would, but believe me I’m 100% into this US Open. It’s just that I’m still adapting to my job and my Ipad hasn’t exactly been playing along. Today is my first off day since the US Open started and I’m often too tired and busy to make a post. But I’m gonna try to make up for it today. And I have the weekend off as well so I will be able to blog about the semis and final. I am also getting HDTV today so I will be able to do some proper viewing. Now lets gets to the tennis. Since my last post Roger beat Verdasco in straight sets as I predicted.
I also said he would get through his first three round without expanding much energy. However, he still had the draw from hell ahead. Fish, Berdych, Murray, and Djokovic. It simply doesn’t get any harder than that, and given Stupid Saturday and the fact that he is 31 years old, he needed something to go his way. Fish’s withdrawal was it. It meant he would get an extra day off. Now I can’t see any reason he can’t win this title. Some people are saying the fact that Fish withdrew will break his rhythm, because next he is playing a tough opponent in Berdych. There is truth to that, but ultimately Fish’s withdrawal is a blessing.
Roger may not be as sharp in the beginning of his match against Berdych, but ultimately the break will have paid off. The match against Berdych may be a little harder, but when the weekend comes that extra day off will pay dividends. Roger will play tonight against Berdych. This is really where the tournament starts for him. I think there is a pretty good chance he will drop a set here. Maybe even two. But he should really try to get this done in no more than four sets. Or straight sets. We know how dangerous Berdych can be, and he has found form just in the nick of time for the US Open. Expect him to play well.
The important thing is that Roger 3.0 can be counted on. Even if it gets close we know he will stay mentally tough and grind it out. But going to five sets won’t be ideal, even though he has had a day off. I’m predicting Roger will win this in four sets. As far as Murray goes he has been looking very good. After a close match with Lopez he has gone on to destroy Raonic in straight sets. He now plays against Cilic who has beaten him at the US Open, but I’m pretty sure it’s not happening this time. I pretty much wrote Murray off before the US Open, but he is for real here. I think Roger will have to deal with a confident Murray in the semis, and Djokovic in the final.
This tournament is starting to remind me a lot of Cincy. And we all know what happened in Cincy. Djokovic has been looking unstoppable, destroying one opponent after the other. He was busy beating on Wawrinka today when Wawrinka withdrew in the third set. So I’m not worried about Djokovic’s form. He looked unstoppable in Cincy, yet Roger still bageled him in the final. Djokovic will now play the winner of Roddick and Del Potro. Roddick used the crowd and Delpo’s nervousness to win the first set in a tie break, but Del Potro started to relax in the second set and won it on the tie break.
He then won the third set 6-2, and they are now battling it out in the fourth. I think Del Potro will win this set and the match. It’s better that way as he will be a bigger test for Djokovic. Djokovic’s draw has been easy and if he faced a 2009-like Del Potro it would be justice. That kind of Del Potro is very dangerous and could even beat Djokovic. In the ‘weak’ quarter it will be Tipsarevic against Ferrer. It doesn’t matter who wins there because they are surely not making the final. I’d actually prefer Ferrer winning that match as he has given Djokovic some trouble in the past whereas Tipsarevic hasn’t.
Well we are down to quarter final stage as soon as the Roddick/Delpo match is finished, which is the business end of the tournament. Hopefully the rain doesn’t interrupt again and Roger gets his match done today. Then he will have another two days off after having three days off. That should be enough rest to get him through the weekend. With Fish’s withdrawal I now feel even more like winning #18 here is destiny for Roger. I can just feel the fear of Fedfans for Djokovic who seems to be in amazing form, but like I said Roger was the one with the tougher draw in Cincy and he came through it to bagel Djokovic in the final.
The fact that he has the tougher draw again here is a good thing because it will test him, so that he is in good form for the final. But Delpo can also test Djokovic if he gets through Roddick. It’s one match at a time now. Berdych will be a test that’s for sure.