After Shocker Saturday form did hold Sunday on the men’s side, though not necessary the women’s which I will get to in a moment. Rafael Nadal, Gael Monfils, Fernando Gonzalez, Juan Martin Del Potro, Jo Tsonga, Marin Cilic all breezed. Only Gilles Simon – who retired to Juan Carlos Ferrero – was really the lone casualty in a very mild upset.
The one major takeway is the Nadal is again ailing, this time the concern is his stomach/abs which required and treatment and taping during his win over Nicolas Almagro. Nadal was not serving near his peak and if he cannot get this issue resolved he’s going to go out, and perhaps as early as Tuesday night when he play my man Monfils!
Turning to today, the crystal ball tells me things could again get dicey for the top seeds. I have a sneaky suspicion that Roger Federer may get bounced today by Tommy Robredo. I’m not sure how or why, just a feeling. Federer, however, has won eight straight over the Spaniard and while my gut tells me something’s up, I’m sticking with the Swiss.
Another Spaniard may not be so lucky. If Fernando Verdasco is in fact 100% healthy – there are some injury concerns swirling – and he can maintain his nerves I think he’ll have enough to fend off the rowdy crowd and John Isner. But either way, it’s a very close match and I’m going to pick Verdasco here.
Also today, I like Robin Soderling to beat Nikolay Davydenko. The Russian Davydenko has quietly not dropped a set. And tonight I think Novak Djokovic gets through Radek Stepanek.
As for the women, the big match yesterday was the unusual 6-0, 0-6, 6-4 scoreline win by Kim Clijsters over Venus Williams. It’s really amazing how quickly Clijsters has returned to the top of game – or it just shows how bad the state of the WTA is right now. If not for Serena, Clijsters would likely walk away with another US Open title. It’s no wonder Justin Henin is in training.
Today I think Melanie Oudin continues her dream run thumping an overwhelmed Nadia Petrova and later on I’ll go with Caroline Wozniacki over Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Tuesday’s big matches are Tsonga v. Gonzalez, Monfils v. Nadal, DelPo v. Ferrero and Cilic v. Murray. And for the women, Serena v. Pennetta, Li v. Clijsters. If there’s no fireworks today on Labor Day I’m sure we’ll see some on Tuesday!
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