US Open 2015: August 31st Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD in What Should be an Awesome Day of Tennis for the Fans

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Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] vs. Joao Souza (BRA) – This is not the easiest first round match, but Nole is a heavy favorite.

Borna Coric (CRO) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP) [8] – I know Coric beat Rafa last fall, but Rafa needed an appendectomy.  Rafa minus his appendix advances here.

Kei Nishikori (JPN) [4] vs. Benoit Paire (FRA) – I am tempred to call an upset here, but Kei won DC and played well enough in Montreal until Andy Murray rag dolled him.

Marin Cilic (CRO) [9] vs. Guido Pella (ARG) – The defending champion may not be around for long, but he will at least reach the round of 64.

Marco Cecchinato (ITA) vs. Mardy Fish (USA) – Fish should slip the hook for a round or two (this may be my lasy fishing pun for Mardy Fish).

Radu Albot (MDA) vs. David Ferrer (ESP) [7] – Ferrer started the year on fire and lately looks like a player on his last legs.  I still like Ferrer here.

Milos Raonic (CAN) [10] vs. Tim Smyczek (USA) – Milos is short on match play since having minor foot surgery inthe spring.  Tim could pull an upset, but Milos is the favorite.

Fabio Fognini (ITA) [32] vs. Steve Johnson (USA) – Steve Johnson is a favorite to win this match in this setting.

Simone Bolelli (ITA) vs. David Goffin (BEL) [14] – The Shire’s finest tennis player will advance.

Michael Berrer (GER) vs. Tommy Robredo (ESP) [26] – Robredo has had a few rough moments as of late, but I think he advances in 4 or 5 tight sets.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [19] vs. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) – Can the veteran spring an upset or is it curtains?

Illya Marchenko (UKR) vs. Gael Monfils (FRA) [16] – With Monfils anything is possible, but I like his chances.

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) vs. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) – Jerzy showed signs of life in Cincinnati and North Carolina.

Sam Groth (AUS) vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) – Wow … how to pick this one? Groth has an absolutlely monstrous serve.  Dolgopolov has so much variety he sometimes loses track of his strategic goals.  Dolg played quite well in Cincy so I will take him in 5 fun sets.  If the Ukrainian goes on walkabout, Groth could maul him though.

Matthew Ebden (AUS) vs. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [17] – Dimitrov has had a lousy year, but has been presented with a soft draw.  Can he redeem his 2015 in NY or will Ebden continue his 2015 decline?

Fernando Verdasco (ESP)  vs. Tommy Haas (GER) – Hot Sauce wins the match every ticket holder should take time to watch.

Tommy Paul (USA) vs. Andreas Seppi (ITA) [25] – Tommy Paul still might be having a better summer than Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [23] vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) – Agut could use a few wins in NY.

Jeremy Chardy (FRA) [27] vs. Ryan Shane (USA) – I like Chardy to win this match.

Vasek Pospisil (CAN) vs.  Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) – Pospisil proved at Wimbledon he can be a threat in singles and doubles.  This is not the easiest match, but I think the Canadian advances.

Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) vs. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) – Everytime I pick against Lu I am wrong, but Kukushkin has a lot of game.

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) vs. John Millman (AUS)

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) vs. Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [18] – FLo should win.

Florian Mayer (GER) vs. Martin Klizan (SVK) – This could be a very fun match to take in on sight.  I’ll take Kilzan in 4 fun sets.

Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs. Marcel Granollers (ESP) – This is a 50-50 match.  Enjoy it.

Lucas Pouille (FRA) vs. Evgeny Donskoy (RUS)

Marsel Ilhan (TUR) vs. Radek Stepanek (CZE) – The Worm lives to fight another day.

Elias Ymer (SWE) vs. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) – This should be fun, but I think Ymer sets up a round 2 clash with Rafa.

Joao Sousa (POR) vs. Ricardas Berankis (LTU) – Sousa is tough, but he is no lock to win.

Pablo Cuevas (URU) vs. Dudi Sela (ISR)

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) vs. Pablo Andujar (ESP) – I like Andujar in this 50-50 match.

Filip Krajinovic (SRB) vs. Alejandro Gonzalez (COL) – Ajde

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