US Open 2014: Day 1 Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD
A Great Slate of Day Matches
If you have tickets, they are truly valuable, and I envy you.
Night Session Predictions at the Bottom
16 T. Robredo vs. E. Roger-Vasselin – This should be a good match, but Robredo’s fitness level makes him hard to beat in three out of five set matches so he gets my nod.  Robredo is defending a lot of ranking points at the US Open, but I doubt the veteran will be fazed by that.
B. Kavcic vs. D. Young – Young has been pretty solid in 2014 so I think he will win a winnable match.
T. Bellucci vs. N. Mahut – A lefty who hits huge topspin not named Rafa vs. a veteran who plays old school net rushing tennis.  It should be fun, but I think Mahut will sneak out a win.
J. McGee vs. A. Nedovyesov – Flip a coin?
 3 S. Wawrinka vs. J. Vesely – The 2014 Australian Open champion and #3 seed could win the whole thing or could lose in the first round.
P. Carreno Busta vs. A. Beck
31 F. Verdasco vs. B. Rola – Does hot sauce have any kick left?  I’m not sure, but he should win this match.
M. Bachinger vs. R. Stepanek – The worm and Czechmate  (make of that what you will) should advance.
S. Bolelli vs. V. Pospisil – This should be a lot of fun to watch if you will be at the event.  New York will have its share of Can-con during the fortnight.
8 A. Murray vs. R. Haase – Hasse is dangerous, but Murray’s return neutralizes his best weapon.
9 J. Tsonga vs. J. Monaco – Tsonga does not get an easy draw despite winning Toronto.
23 L. Mayer vs. A. Montanes – This match should be filled with punishing physical rallies.  If one has tickets, be sure to watch this match.  Still, Mayer is a player who tends to come through when he’s favored.
M. Ebden vs. T. Kamke – This is another fun match.  I wish I was in Flushing Meadows tomorrow instead of teaching in Kentucky.  (Redacted for the purposes of continued employment)
S. Stakhovsky vs. A. Seppi – Prego
21 M. Youzhny vs. N. Kyrgios – MATCH of the DAY!  
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This starts at 11 AM!  I think Kyrgios is not 100% healthy so Youzhny gets my nod.
24  J. Benneteau vs. B. Paire – This should be another awesome match for a fan.
Evening Session Matches
[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) – Nole rolls

Taro Daniel (JPN) vs. [5] Milos Raonic (CAN) – Milos in the 130s will advance.

Michael Llodra (FRA) vs. Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) – Llodra had a nice summer season so I think he wins here.
Bradley Klahn (USA) vs. Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) 
Alejandro Falla (COL) vs. Jeremy Chardy (FRA) [30] – Chardy should win, but Falla is no pushover.
Peter Gojowczyk (GER) vs. Benjamin Becker (GER) – Becker is not going to beat himself so he gets my nod.

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