US Open 2013: Day 5 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

Second Round
Marcel Granollers vs. Rajeev Ram – Ram’s Samprasesque game has a chance here, but he is not the favorite.  I hope I am wrong about the pride of Indianapolis.

Tobias Kamke vs. Denis Istomin – This should be a good match.

Kevin Anderson (17) vs. Marcos Baghdatis – I’ll take the big man in 4 sets.

Juan Martin del Potro (6) vs. Lleyton Hewitt – 2009 vs. 2001: An intriguing match to be sure, if this were grass …

Alex Bogomolov Jr. vs. Tim Smyczek – If he can recover, he can win.

Andy Murray (3) vs. Leonardo Mayer – This should be routine.

Donald Young vs. Florian Mayer – Based on his first round form, I’ll pick Young to move forward to face Murray in the 3rd round.

Jarkko Nieminen vs. Joao Sousa – Veterans win

Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Benjamin Becker – Nole wins in 3.

Tomas Berdych (5) vs. Denis Kudla – I’d love to see Kudla make this close, but Berdych should win in 3 or maybe 4 sets.

Andreas Seppi (20) vs. Somdev Devvarman – Mild upset

Stanislas Wawrinka (9) vs. Ivo Karlovic – Stan gets Stepanek and then Ivo, who said serve and volley went out of style? Stan in 5

Julien Benneteau (31) vs. Jeremy Chardy – Chardy did well in Melbourne and this is a winnable Francophile match.

Mikhail Youzhny (21) vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov – How does one predict this match?!?!

Tommy Haas (12) vs. Yen-Hsun Lu – Haas advances

Evgeny Donskoy vs. Peter Gojowczyk

3 Comments Add yours

  1. jane says:

    Agree with the majority of your picks: there are a few that could swing either way though.

    LOL on your Youz/Dolgo comment, Dan. Indeed, that is a tough one to predict! With Young, it’s hard to say, too; I guess crowd support could carry him. Not sure about Seppi being upset either. Finally, the Wawa/Karlovic match is a toss up for me. Stan just hasn’t exhibited the kind of form he had earlier this year, when he was looking dangerous. But Karlovic actually looked good versus Blake, lots of slices and coming into net. So I won’t be surprised if Dr. Ivo comes through today.

    Just curious: do you ever do WTA picks?

    1. Dan Martin says:

      I do start doing women’s picks one the draw gets to a point where I know the majority of the players. I loved watching the women at Cincy this year and am trying to get a better grasp on the players outside of the top 30-40, but I figure why make picks that are just guesses? Youzhny did beat Dolgo but if they play 100 times I would guess no one match would fully resemble another.

      1. jane says:

        Cool, I look forward to your picks later then.

        I know – Dolgo must be one of the most unpredictable players on tour, not just from match to match but from point to point! And Youzhny isn’t exactly a model of consistency either. That call is a crapshoot.

        When I left earlier Young was actually leading in set 1 so I thought you were going to get that one right, but I guess Florian wiled the win.

        I see Stan’s up a set on Dr. Ivo as I write…

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