Predicted Winners in BOLD
This is a great slate of matches!
Tommy Robredo (16) vs. Nick Kyrgios – This is a classic match-up of a very solid, prepared and fit veteran facing a more powerful and talented young player. Kyrgios’ firepower could overwhelm Robredo, but if fitness becomes a factor I think the match swings to Robredo’s favor. If this is a 3 set match, I think Kyrgios wins. If it goes 5, I think Robredo wins. My guess is it goes 4 and the winner is pretty hard to determine. I have been leaning toward a youth movement and mini-changing of the guard at the US Open this year so I think Kyrgios is a slight favorite.
Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Sam Querrey – Querrey is looking like a top 30 player again and that is a welcome sign after all of hit injury issues. Still, Nole is #1 and likely to advance for a multitude of reasons.
John Isner (13) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (22) – MATCH OF THE DAY ALERT – This is not Ali-Frazier III, but for the 3rd straight year these two collide at the same spot in the US Open draw. If one remembers, Isner lost in 2011 to Andy Murray in the US Open quarters in a close 4 set match. Last year Isner had a great hard court season and looked poised to make a deep US Open run. That did not happen and Isner has never replicated his 2011 US Open showing because of Kohlschreiber stopping him twice. I think history will repeat itself again. Kohlschreiber should be able to hold serve versus Isner. Isner holds versus almost anyone. That means the rest of each man’s game will decide this match. Kohlschreiber has great variety, and I think that makes the difference. The next big question is how will Isner’s friends behave. Last year, Kohlschreiber and an Isner supporter at court side got into it late in the 4th set. This adds another layer to the match.
Of course Isner won this one in 3 incredible sets