My new favorite women’s player, Jelena Jankovic, is already through today at the US Open. The Serb drama queen is the first player into the quarterfinals after a three set win over Caroline Wozniacki. As long as Janky doesn’t win her semifinal in NY I’ll continue rooting for her to finish the year No. 1 without reaching the Slam final. I can only hope.
Up next on Stadium is Roger Federer v. Radek Stepanek followed by Andy Roddick and Andreas Seppi.
Up to this point Federer hasn’t looked particularly good at the US Open this year. Sure he’s won both matches relatively easily in straight sets, but both victories came against virtual no names. Today things change against a real name and a real player in Stepanek. I think Roger gets through but not easily, maybe even in five sets. Stepanek beat Fed in two tiebreaks earlier this year in Rome in their last meeting, and another win today complete with a worm dance celebration wouldn’t surprise me. Again, the trend hasn’t been good for Federer on the hard courts.
On the other hand, Roddick shouldn’t have too many problems with Seppi. The Italian’s second serve is among the worst on tour and Andy should be able to exploit that weakness.
Also today we got a good one tonight with Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic. I think Cilic could pull the upset but I’m not going to pick it here. I’ll also take Fernando Gonzalez (assuming his ankle is okay) over Jarkko Nieminen and I think the heat might get to JW Tsonga today so I’ll lean ever so slightly to Robredo. Heat shouldn’t be a problem for either Fernando Verdasco or Igor Andreev, I’ll take the Spaniard in a tough one.
Yesterday we saw Juan Martin Del Potro take a big step forward beating Gilles Simon in five sets. JMDP has done his damage against best-of-three over the summer, against lowered tiered competition, but the win over Simon is impressive indeed and maybe the best during this 22-match win streak.
Kei Nishikori is also a name to lookout for after a very impressive win over David Ferrer. Never mind Ferrer has really fallen off of late, beating the Spaniard in five sets is a great feat for Nishikori who has already had his share on injury issues at just 18.
And of course James Blake followed up on his poor performance in his first two rounds by losing in straight sets to buddy Mardy Fish. Credit to Fish, but my man Gael Monfils ends his run on Monday. Under new coach Roger Rasheed I like the way Monfils is staying within in his game.
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