ATP Picks: US Open

The Big one in the Big Apple. Here we go!

The 129th edition of this tournament closes a Grand Slam season dominated by the Big 4 again. The US Open Series, the run-up tournaments to this one was won by Mardy Fish who is a legitimate contender these days, so I expect him to go deep here.

Flushing Meadow New York

Flushing Meadow, NYC

Grand Slams can be so unpredictable though. There are easier matches for the top players than a Masters event, but the best-of-5 set format can also allow lesser players to ‘get hot’ and cause the big upset early on.

Some of the fittest players will do well, so I look at old war-horses like Nalbandian and Ljubicic and don’t give them to much to cheer about sadly. I do like the look of the US contingent though both the youngsters and veterans like Michael ‘Iron Man’ Russell, a resurgent Alex Bogomolov and James ‘Breaking Back’ Blake. I think the crowds and their age will get them pumped to win a few rounds. None of the above have good draws but that’s precisely the danger.

Let’s break it down:

Surface: Hard

Defending Champion: Rafael Nadal

My Qualifiers to Watch:
Frank Dancevic, Conor Niland, Jesse Huta Galung

Wildcards:
Steve Johnson, Robbi Ginepri, Donald ‘Duck’ Young, Julien Benneteau, Bobby Reynolds, Ryan Harrison, Jack Sock, Marinko Matosevic

1st Rd Popcorn Matches: John Isner vs. Marcos ‘The Bagman’ Baghdatis,  Fernando ‘Hot Sauce’ Verdasco vs. Jarkko Nieminen, Andy Roddick vs. Michael Russell, Radek ‘The Worm’ Stepanek vs. Phil Kohlschreiber

Potential Draw Wreckers: Ivan Dodig, Denis Kudla, Alex Bogomolov, Alex Dolgopolov, Nikolay Davydenko, Robin Haase, Ernests Gulbis, Kevin Anderson

My pick:
Novak Djokovic

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Thanks for reading and check back next week for more tips, news and musings!

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2 comments on “ATP Picks: US Open

  1. Everyone says that Djokovic will win this year but I feel that it is going to be a battle this year and we do not have a definite final pick. I’ve looked at some games even for the women section and it is a battle. I cannot say for sure that Djokovic will win but I would wish to some extent to have a different winner !

    • If his shoulder problem re-surfaces then I think we’ll get a different winner. The 5-set Grand Slam format will test it, a couple long 5-set matches in the middle rounds can be bad news.

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