Tuesday, 2 September 2014


Fair dinkum Gael Monfils is a tough man to predict as far as form is concerned. Who would have tipped him to beat Dimitrov in straight sets ? Just goes to show that there is very little between say a three setter and a five . Look at the score line in that match, 7-5, 7-6, 7-5. This is the sort of score that had everything falling into place for one player at the crucial stages of each set. The second set was obviously the deciding factor in this match. If Dimitrov had won it then it was back to a 50/50. 8-6 in a breaker is tight tennis.
I am sure Dimitrov will get to work on his serve in the coming weeks as you cannot expect to win the tight ones with a first serve percentage of 57. That is putting way too much pressure on the second.
I tipped Nishikori and Cilic to get over the line against Raonic and Simon in my last chapter, both victors in 5 sets, these guys just find a way in the end. I cannot tip Berdych at all, a player who can seem to be red hot with form then lose unexpectedly, another player tough to pick.
I thought Bautista Agut would push Federer however the quicker surface in New York does the clay court specialists no favors, they rely on the ball coming through slower. Novak, well he is simply Novak, doesn't miss a ball unless pressured and Murray is playing well. Tsonga was disappointing in losing another tight three setter that could've gone either way in the first two sets. So to the Quarter's.......
Novak in 5 over a rejuvenated Murray
Federer in 4 over Monfils
Berdych in a tight match against Cilic but only due to Cilic's energy level factor after his epic against Simon
Nishikori to make his first Semi at a Slam with a win against Wawrinka, this match will be a ripper.......
Tough picking quarters as all players are hitting it well at this stage but it's a challenge trying to find a winner amongst the best......

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