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What the top four have reason to smile about so far @ US Open?

Posted by tennisplanet on September 1, 2010

Nadal:

Berdych is out? Potential semifinal opponent. Even though he was a clear thorn in Nadal’s path to the title here, Berdych may have actually helped Nadal by providing a tougher resistance to Murray in the quarters thereby utilizing some of the fuel from Murray’s tank. Berdych was on course to meet Murray in quarters. So unless Murray goes out early too, it could prove to be just half of the strike Nadal wanted.

However, if Murray goes away too, Nadal’s biggest threat then could be Ferrer / Nalbandian in quarters – with a manageable Federer or Djokovic in the final.

Federer:

Soderling, Federer’s potential quarterfinal opponent, has already played his first five setter in the opening freaking round against some tomato can, with Cilic still to come before he faces Federer. That spent energy has to amount to something against the ‘hardly sweats’ Federer if they do meet.

Melzer, Federer’s 4th round opponent, has played a five setter too. Not enough? Hewitt, predicted to face Federer in the third round did the same with a slight difference. He is out of the freaking tournament. Hand the trophy to Federer already?

Djokovic:

Baghdatis is out? But all that and more may already be erased with these two following happenings: Djokovic first match was a close five setter and Azarenka was floored – partly due to heat.

Murray:

Berdych, quarterfinal prospect is out.

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8 Responses to “What the top four have reason to smile about so far @ US Open?”

  1. Dee said

    Haha! I think I jinxed him. Poor Berdy!

  2. Growltiger said

    Interesting draw this year. Anybody here know if the draw is really a “draw” or are the players “assigned” once the top seeds are “seeded”. Djokovic’s drawing Troicki (top 100) first round is like a three day old fish unless he actually “drew” Troicki out of a hat. Same with Berdych drawing a player in the 30’s who is very hot right now. Was it a real “draw” or did the tournament directors clear the way for their faves?

    Normally, in the semis if the seeds hold tru, 1 is scheduled to play 4 and 2 to play 3 — this gives the fans the best possible finals. (1 against 4 on paper isn’t as much of a match as 1 against 3). This should hold true no matter who the players are.

    But as Jenny pointed out yesterday (I think it was Jenny) ONCE AGAIN they’ve put 1 (Nadal) playing 3 (Djokovic) and, also as Jenny pointed out, they usually “kill” each other. As mentioned here by a lot of fans, Murray currently is a fair haired boy with the association (I root for him, too, so this is not sour grapes). Did the “fix” the draw to give Murray and Federer the best possible chance to win, giving Nadal and Djokovic to each other so that whoever wins is exhausted?

    I’d love to see Murray and Federer in the final after Murray’s two dismal performances in former US Open final and Australia. I think he’s ready and we fans would have a great match to watch.

    • Jenny said

      LOL GT – not ‘guilty’ on those occasions! I only tend to study the draw in terms of players I support hard-core and potential matches I want to watch.. I don’t look at how the draw is reached, only that the 1 and 2 are on opposite sides! I hope you’re feeling more positive about Novak’s chances now, that kid fought through the heat and his demons against a tough opponent, in my mind a real positive.

    • Sol said

      “But as Jenny pointed out yesterday (I think it was Jenny) ONCE AGAIN they’ve put 1 (Nadal) playing 3 (Djokovic) and, also as Jenny pointed out, they usually “kill” each other. As mentioned here by a lot of fans, Murray currently is a fair haired boy with the association (I root for him, too, so this is not sour grapes). Did the “fix” the draw to give Murray and Federer the best possible chance to win, giving Nadal and Djokovic to each other so that whoever wins is exhausted?”

      Uh, Growltiger, Djokovic is in Fed’s half and Murray is in Nadal’s. So, the answer will be no, nobody fixed the draw to allow anyone to win anything. Whoever wins this USO would have deserved it.

      • Jenny said

        I don’t see any fixing either, there’s far too much public scrutiny, it isn’t done behind closed doors, plus a respected designated player oversees many big draws. It really will be the best man on the day and we all have to accept it.

      • chieko said

        I was confused for a moment. Thanks Sol san. I am sure you are correct. 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3. I guess if Federer san did not return to the no. 2 spot by winning at Cincinati tournatment that it would have the other way.

  3. Vr said

    Are you craaaaazy TP? Why is this handed over to Fed. Other guys have their tough opponents knocked out and Fed still has Sod. Big deal if Sod had a 5 setter. next one was a walk in the park With Rod and davy and Berd out, would venture that fed may have the ‘toughest’ road ahead…

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