The final Grand Slam draw of 2014, the US Open, was unveiled earlier this afternoon in New York City, and wouldn’t you know it Roger Federer got another golden draw.
Not only does the 5-time US Open champion not have to deal with Rafael Nadal, who’ll watch from Mallorca, upon quick glance in his quarter the only player to have made the last eight is Richard Gasquet, and he’s injured!
So quite a nice draw for Roger who might have to fend off some big servers early on before second week showdowns against Fabio Fognini and then in the quarters either Gael Monfils or Grigor Dimitrov who each have, I think, easy draws as well. In best-of-5, it’s hard to see anyone beating Roger in that section.
In the semis, it looks like either David Ferrer or Tomas Berdych emerging. Hard to pick which one, though, as both have tricky roads. Berdych opens against former champion Lleyton Hewitt who beat Juan Martin Del Potro a year ago. And for someone not playing particularly well, he’s then got Feliciano Lopez, Ernests Gulbis and Martin Klizan to worry about. Meanwhile Ferrer has Bernard Tomic, Gilles Simon, Kevin Anderson and watch out for Marin Cilic who could sneak out of that quarter.
In the top half, Novak Djokovic is again the No. 1 seed. After a poor summer he needed a couple easy matches and it looks like he got them – an Argentine to start then a veteran in either Mahtieu or Muller. His weekend seed will be Guillermo Garcia-Lopez before week two clashes against the injured John Isner (ankle) or more likely Kohlschreiber, and then JW Tsonga or Andy Murray that marquee quarter clash. Murray, also a former champ, opens against Robin Haase, then possibly Radek Stepanek, Fernando Verdasco before that Tsonga match. Not easy at all for the struggling Scot. And that’s what happens when you fall in the seedings!
In the second quarter, Stan Wawrinka is poised for a return to the semifinals. Milos Raonic is in there. So too is Kei Nishikori who I think can make a run, if he’s healthy that is. If Kei isn’t at 100% it looks like Raonic will at least get to the quarters with a great chance at a semi against the struggling Wawrinka. So another great draw for Milos? You bet.
I’ll have my picks later in the week. But right now if you are Roger Federer or a fan of his, you have to be please. The same can’t be said for Murray. And I think Djokovic will be fine here.
And I see a great opportunity for Raonic and Ferrer.
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