Wednesday, September 09, 2009

US Open 2009 Men's Quarterfinals Preview

In the order they will be contested:


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Fernando Verdasco could probably beat Novak Djokovic, but he won't because he's too erratic. Djoke seems to be playing within himself and Todd Martin has him attacking the net at almost every opportunity. Then again, Jesse Witten took a set off Djoke, and was up a break in another, so why can't Verdasco win a few sets if not the match? I guess I've talked myself into this being a toss up. But I've got to pick, no? Djoke in 5.


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Roger Federer won't be troubled under the lights much at all by Robin Söderling because Soderling is going to do what he always does when he plays The Name. Maybe he'll take a set, but I've got my doubts. RF in straights.


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Juan Martín del Potro may be breathing a sigh of relief that Marin Cilic brutalized Andy Murray in the upset of the tournament. Haven't heard it called that by the propagandists, though. Maybe I just wasn't listening. What I heard from John McEnroe is that Murray "overtrained". Pitiful. Wasn't it none other than St. Andre himself who picked Murray to win the whole thing this year? I've never trusted Murray in Slams and he's strengthening that mistrust in each Slam he plays. The Croatian can play tennis, but he won't be beating the Argentinean. Del Potro in straights.


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Fernando Gonzalez
will pummel Rafael Nadal with his power, but it won't be enough to keep Rafa down. Rafa's nursing an injury, but it won't be enough to keep Rafa down. The Spaniard is hungry. Rafa in 4.

53 comments:

vw said...

Murray is the Safina of men's tennis.

pompelmo said...

vw, that is harsh. Murray is not "that" good, Safina is not good.

pompelmo said...

Time for the career slam. Go Rafa! Nothing should be enough to keep you down. Show them (him) who is the boss again.

kapil said...

roger will win and will become most grand slams winner

Pamela said...

Del Potro is the only one who scares me. Unless someone takes him 5 sets and wears him out .. I don't know. He hits such a huge huge huge ball. Has anyone seriously taken a look at hard his ball is? I mean his forehand his monstrous, and he's moving better ...

I hope he's mentally frail. :) lol

Helen W said...

Pamela fitness might be an issue for him, partly because of his age. I'm with you in that I am very happy to see Rafa starting to be his old self, but I am also happy to see the growth and improvement in DelPo's game.

oddman said...

LOL, Pamela. I don't think he's as mentally frail as he was last year. The dude is looking sharp.

I haven't seen Gonzo play yet here. Heard rumors he's playing really well. Everything's dicey in the bottom half of the draw, imo.

kapil, Roger already is the 'most grand slams winner'. At least among the men.

I'd go along with Craig's calls, but naturally I'm sweating the Gonzo-Rafa match. Damn, but Rafa looked good last night. So did Gael for two sets. I can imagine Rasheed tearing his hair out. Lots of potential in that young man.

cfdman said...

never thought Gael was going to beat Nadal. he always folds against the top players and i am so sick of his chest pounding, etc. Nadal go lucky he is not meeting Tsonga in the QF's

cfdman said...

saw Gael's match last night and all i can say is what atrocious tennis he played after the second set. missing routine forehands, backhands, etc. he ended up with 33 winners and 63 unforced errors what garbage. he is a true mental midget. can't understand why he did not even play one small hardcourt tourney to get ready.

pompelmo said...

Two Belgian semi-finalists and none of them has the forename "Justine"?

Both of them are Flemish this time.

oddman said...

cfdman, he played a great, smart match against Nadal early in the year, maybe the exo at Doha? Won it, looked very good. They weren't holding back in that one either.

He did go away after the second set. As Cahill said, 'played right into Nadal's hands', with the long baseline rallies. Not against the Spanish PONG, Gael. Rafa took his legs out.

b said...

Craig did you see that Venus got award from ADL?
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1251145147787&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

oddman said...

Woman's intuition here tells me Verdasco's taking this.

Go Nando!

(gotta run, work again...)

Pamela said...

The moment I start to root for Djokovic ... anyway ..

Craig, here's an article about Andy. I know you love him, but make sure you read the last 2 paragraphs, it highlights why I have so much respect for him as a person.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/sep/04/andy-roddick-us-open-tennis

Dapxin said...

as a piece of a crackHead living over this side of the atlantic;

lets jsut say I know it about the McEnroe - he works for the BBC: The king of pop-aganda:)

I want delPo to win this :)

Dapxin said...

nada on wozniaski v Oudin ? I m watching it right now.

here sop://broker9.sopcast.com:3912/77551

Craig Hickman said...

I'm watching it, dap. I had to choose between Melanie and the President.

Craig Hickman said...

I don't think Malanie can do it this time. She's ornery and tired and Wozniacki isn't Russian.

Dapxin said...

I just got onto the president myself...god bless the brains that came up with the computer.

Tuned onto the two. one audio, one video. fabulous.

Dapxin said...

she's making all sort of schoolkid errors now. and is all over the place

Craig Hickman said...

"Steady, unremarkable tennis."

That's how Mary C described Caroline.

Perfect.

Craig Hickman said...

She's devastated.

Getting here wasn't good enough for her.

I like that.

Dapxin said...

me too craig. Me too!
That teaches unteachable things! loss! See her soon.

btw, so Wozniaski plays who ?

Now I geddit, "clearing-the-way" thing some of ya been hammering on from day 1. lol.

Bring this one for the Serena. minceMeat.

PeytonAllen said...

Personally, this was better for Oudin than making the final and getting hammered by Serena or Kimmy, which is what would've happened.

First time I've been able to see her play and she's got game. Like Justine, so small out there. She has a future. She's gonna have to be in serious condition her entire career and maximize what power she has.

Good effort, she just got zero errors today.

HoiHa said...

Yes I feared it was bridge too far for Oudin and I though Wozniacki looked tough against Kuzzie. But watching Oudin again today she also reminded me of Michael Chang - if she ends up with half of Chang's heart she will be just fine.

Anyone think the Sod has a chance in hell against Raja? I have a feeling we might be in for a surprise here - I see either fed losing or the Sod getting pasted - we will know pretty soon I think one way or the other - I don't see this going the distance either way.

Michael said...

HoiHa has the answer, provided by the Federer Bagel Express. Too bad Oudin lost. I had to miss it because I was busy losing myself.

Dapxin said...

Is it that Soderling is so bad or Federer is too good ?

Either way, it just doesnt spur me. I will never know why.

What else is on tv? thats good?

Michael said...

Soderling should play with his smashed racket - he'd probably do better with it.

Dapxin said...

how are the commentators so pathetic when doing stuff on RF?

I see the point of "the worshipful" now.

I 'd have to record when the bbc folks come over the radio again.

PeytonAllen said...

Fed has a notion to play 4 sets. We'll see if Soderling does too.

PeytonAllen said...

New York would lose its mind if we saw Nadal/Fed. Could you imagine that Final? I think he's the only guy who can stop the Fed Express right now. Rafa will win tomorrow in another tester, but its even money against Del Po.

I think the Joker has a chance. Outside of Murray and Nadal Novak's 4-8 record against isn't bad. Most have been close. And the '07 Open final he should've been up 2 sets to love. The question to me is does he believe. I think he's too emotionally fragile. The Open crowd gets on him last year and he wilts. He loses a heart breaker in Madrid and he wilts. Does he bring it mentally Saturday?

I missed Fed being challenged by the Top 4 in Paris and London. Now we see it. A chance for the hunters to take their shot.

The most interesting storyline is still a 2nd career slam in a year. What a spin on their rivalry that'd be.

PeytonAllen said...

Come on Soderling deserves this set.

PeytonAllen said...

There you go kid. Why to fight back and not take it lying down.

FINALLY!

Blimp on the map or do we have late night magic?

Dapxin said...

get under his skin. Play him. Fight him like you are gonna die.

He is not god. interesting now, this is.

PeytonAllen said...

Dapxin,

If he gets an early break, does the crowd turn on Fed? If so, how does he respond?

Dapxin said...

aint you watching?

Dapxin said...

for goodness sake, where every1 gone to?
Keep talking about this peeps. Please

Dapxin said...

soderling is serving bombs. well done. keep it up

Karen said...

Well, that was not good for my heart. No way he beats Djokovic. Novak has too much belief right now. I think this USO is either going to Nadal or Del Potro. Whoever wins that match, wins the tournament.

Dapxin said...

soderling.self-deconstruct!

If only every guy out there will play like Rafa, this chap isnt half as good as they make him...

but I exit my bit of an uneducated rant now.

sum: the monogram wins.

PeytonAllen said...

Karen,

You're already giving up on Roger's chances of winning? Come on. There's only two men that have beaten him in slams. And the other just retired.

Congrats to Robin for fighting. Never could break, although alot of that has to do with Fed's serving. But, man that sitting 2nd serve and the backhand up the line measured for an easy winner. Wow. He was in a fifth set but gave it back.

Daxpin, agreed. There's a lack of fighters in Fed's generation, but the man is uber talented. I won't even deny he's an all-time talent. I think the era comparisons are impossible to make, but he's a Giant no questions.

I'm perfectly fine with Fed not winning another major. Rafa's injury gave him the two he needed to topple Pete, but you know, its up to the tour now to have the balls and fight back. Soderling started playing the right chords for an upset but lost the tune. If the Joker wants to be #1 you don't feel sorry for yourself for being born at the wrong time as he's suggested recently. You play your ass off.

Karen I still think you only have one man to worry about, but the Del Po train is coming down the tracks whether it be this year or next.

Dapxin said...

I dont blame the guy. He has to be who he is and, play who he has to play.

I actually started watching Tennis, after one of those wimbledon wins he pulled over andy Roddick.

The guy can play; But he is not unBeatable as the propagandists(lol) preach.

No one is just ready to beat him. It took Nadal x3 wimby loses but once he got there, it was reachable....thats my point.

Dapxin said...
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PeytonAllen said...

Dapxin,

Agreed. Everything is timing. He's great, that's an understatement, but to win 15+ slams it's timing.

From 2003 to 2007 his only real competition on all courts were the players of his generation. The best of which were: Hewitt and Roddick. While both would have won more in the absence of Roger, their games haven't stood the test of time.

Nadal wans't ready to win on anything but clay until last year. But, that's life. I think he has to beat Rafa in slams to prove he's the bees knees. To slam the door on the GOAT discussion for those who believe in it he needs to win more slams with Murray, the joker, Del Po, and Nadal now all entering their primes.

So far he's done just that. While its' an issue to me that he has losing records against the two most talented guys sans Fed in the game today, I can't fault Roger for Rafa's injury or Andy Murray not having a ticker in slams.

Roger has flrted with early losses in every major this year, but nobody has been able to pull the trigger. To Fed's credit he plays so well when the match is on the line. He makes you earn it.

And as Soderling proved tonight when guys have to think about whether or not they can beat Fed, they don't.

If Fed can win 17, 18, or 19 slams you really can only compare it to Usian (sp) Bolt. Just redefining what we thought was possible.

Dapxin said...

I saw that story over twitter-feed and its pathetic!

it reall is.

persimmon said...

Why does the Fed have to wear blue socks? It looks ridiculous!

Craig Hickman said...

b,

I deleted your last post only because it was a link to an article so disgusting, I want no part of it on this blog.

Keep the links to newsworthy stuff you find interesting coming though and post them without hesitation.

Craig Hickman said...

Oh. One last word on that link:

Remember Caroline is the propagandists' dream. You think the Oudin camp didn't know SI was going to run with that article before she took the court last night?

Sure they did. Melanie may have been ornery simply because she couldn't find her game and got no errors from her opponent, but she may also have been ornery because of knowledge of that article.

pompelmo said...

Fed's losing records against Rafa and Murray may be misleading. While Fed reaches the final no matter what, Rafa is beeing taken out by somebody else if he is not at his best. So Fed always faces Rafa at his best. When he is not at his best, he is not there across the net. There is somebody else.

As for Murray, he is a nobody. His all wins are best of three matches and if your game works against a particular player but cannot win any slam, that doesn't mean much. It only makes you David Nalbandian.

b said...

Hi Craig,

Yes, they must have known as the article mentions that they had contacted the family and the coach for comments on the story...... I'm sure that could have put her in a terrible mood....

While I understand you erasing the link I do wish you had left my comments on the matter, which indictaed how i felt about it "inexcusable" and just deleted the link........

Between Oudin and caroline, of course press will go for Caroline..... and Oudin stands little chance against Serena.... However, is it true that Melanie got on court interview after losing while Caro had to wait?

Craig Hickman said...

b, I can't just delete part of a comment. But here's what you wrote:

"Clearly SI had been sitting on the story a while... Probably they would have posted it earlier (i.e. before her run) had she not been America's Great White Hope..... but I find it inexcusable to get into this for any player, especially at this point in their career..... especially a minor....

Even though I am sick of the media hype/ etc etc publishing this, especially so soon, is really inexcusable....

Poor girls.... "

oddman said...

OK, this last quarterfinal match is just ridiculous. Rain delays... it's friggin' 11:00 pm there in New York. What a freakin' gong show the USO is.... un-effin'-believable.

40 mph winds... (expletive) - I'm outta here.

(another expletive)

oddman said...

Rafa and Gonzo getting eff'd over by the rain delays. Unreal.

Is anybody else sick of JMac repeating endlessly 'that's why this is the hardest slam to win'?