2013 Japan Open Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

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[3] Milos Raonic (CAN) v Ivan Dodig (CRO) – Mios has been on a role since Montreal.  I would not say that he is knocking on the door of the top 5, but Milos’ recent play is noteworthy.  Milos is not a lock to win this match, but a win would mesh with the recent form he has displayed.

Can Almagro finally put his Australian Open meltdown behind him?

[WC/1] Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) v [6] Nicolas Almagro (ESP)

JMDP looked like he was ready to make a big move after a 5 set Wimbledon semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic and a win in Washington DC.  Then he lost in controversial fashion to Raonic in Montreal.  From there, JMDP lost after double faulting away a match point vs. Isner in Cincinnati and then lost to Lleyton Hewitt at the US Open in 5 sets.  Nicolas Almagro had a golden opportunity to reach his first ever Grand Slam semifinal before squandering many leads vs. David Ferrer.  Both men need this win, but my guess is that Del Potro comes through in a close match.

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