It doesn’t happen often (I can’t even recall!), but last night Andy Roddick went down to a younger American player, Sam Querrey. Roddick looked a bit listless in the loss to Querrey who kept his nerve in beating the former World No. 1 in two tiebreaks., 7-6, 7-6.
Roddick said afterward that he didn’t view the loss as a setback to what has been a productive summer, and I agree. It’s hard not to put Roddick among the Big Six at the US Open.
After collecting one his best career wins, Querrey now faces Lleyton Hewitt later today for a quarterfinal berth. If Querrey slaps his forehand like he did last night he should get through.
Also today, Roger Federer is on in just a few minutes against David Ferrer. If Ferrer is 100% healthy – remember he withdrew vs. Rafa Nadal last week in the firs tset – he can give Federer a lot of problems. But if he’s unable to get balls back in play then Federer is going to roll. I’ll guess the latter.
Andy Murray is on against Radek Stepanek. With Juan Martin del Potro passing up on the Cincinnati event and Fernando Verdasco’s upset loss, Murray’s path the semifinals is pretty cush, though today could be a struggle.
Rafael Nadal hasn’t looked great in his return, and he’ll have to play better tonight against Paul-Henri Mathieu. PHM’s game matches up exceptionally well, but it’s the “between the ears” part that is worrisome for the Frenchman. PHM can do it, but I like Rafa.
And Novak Djokovic finds himself on an outer court in probably the best match of the day against Jeremy Chardy. I think Chardy has a great chance to pull the upset.
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