The first weekend at the US Open began with a bang this afternoon with Maria Sharapova ushered out by Agnieszka Radawanska. The loss was the earliest by a No. 2 seed at the Open since 1981 according to an on-air CBS stat.
Apart from that stunner the women’s side has been rather uneventful the first week with the seeds rolling through. Now with the Sharapova loss it would look as though Chakvetadze and Kuznetsova will meet in the semifinals, and I would guess the winner to meet Henin in the final.
The men as usual have had much of the drama in the first week with Novak Djokovic pulling out a tough five-setter yesterday. Tommy Robredo won the last five games over the floundering Mardy Fish – still don’t know how Fish gagged that one.
And of course is was good to see James Blake get the “monkey” off his back with his first career five set win beating Fabrice Santoro, though I’ll admit I missed the fifth set (sorry James, has duties to tend to, but congrats).
That all said, Federer still has looked impressive and I fully expect him to take care of John Isner. Federer will have some looks at breaking Isner while the American will be lucky to see a break point against the No 1. Can Isner win the match? Maybe, but he’ll need to win three tiebreaks to do it.
Along with Isner, Donald Young has looked good, and getting a lucky walkover thanks to an ill Richard Gasquet certainly helps. And hey, playing Feli Lopez is actually a very winnable match for The Donald, who is locked with the Spaniard in the third as I write.
Roddick has looked good today, real good. Not sure yet if that’s an Andy thing or a Thomas thing or maybe a little of both. We shall see if the Fed-Roddick quarter comes to fruition.
And good to see Andy Murray playing decent tennis, though I’m not convinced he’s a serious threat with the that wrist injury lingering in the back of his mind.
Meanwhile the bottom half of the draw has been shredded. If the courts are fast, which some say it is, looks like Ljubicic might get thru, but if it is slow as other contend then maybe Ferrer. I simply don’t trust Rafa and his knee.
Djokovic has complained of injury so who knows with him. It’s a real toss up, so if not Djoko then maybe Carlos Moya.
And I have to mention my semifinal picks, Lleyton Hewitt, Dmitry Tursunov and Sam Querrey who are all MIA, kinda like my picks I guess.
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