What’s better than a little US Open tennis on my day off courtesy of the Labor Day Holiday here in the U.S.? Well, ta few things comes to mind but for now I’ll tune in for the Tomas Berdych Andy Roddick match on CBS.
On paper, both players are pretty similar – big serves, big forehands. Berdych has the better backhand while Roddick gets my edge in movement, experience and intangibles. But for my money Berdych is the more complete player and this match is one he should win. It’s about time for this big man from the Czech to finally break through for a major win in a Slam.
That said it’s really hard to pick against Andy at the Open. Let’s see what happens.
The second men’s match is somewhat similar. Tommy Haas is a better player than James Blake, but like Roddick, it’s hard to bet against James at the Open, especially against a flaky guy like Haas. If the real Haas shows up he should win as Blake really hasn’t looked that sharp in his three wins plus he’s playing in the sun for the first time in two matches.
So who the heck had Juan Monaco or Ernests Gulbis in the final 16? Or Juan Chela or Stan Wawrinka? I didn’t. Obviously Djokovic and Nadal are the easy favorites i the bottom half, but should one stumble we’ll have a real surprise semifinalist.
I could see Ferrer upsetting Nadal and even Chela giving Rafa a lot of trouble, while Djoko, if healthy, should have no problems navigating to the semifinals now that Lleyton Hewitt is out.
Well, so much for Berdych winning the first set – he’s already down a break to Roddick and mired in double faults in the wind. And now the trainer appears…
As for the women, looks like the winner of the Serena-Henin encounter will take the title over Kuznetsova in the final. I stick with my Henin pick.
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