US Open 2015: September 2nd Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

Fish and Rafa in action on Sept 2nd but not against one another a la 2008

[9] Marin Cilic (CRO) vs. Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) – Marin has not had a great 2015, but he did reach the final 8 at Wimbledon and played well enough at events such as DC to expect him to win this match.

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) – Nole is a solid favorite in this match.

[18] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs [PR] Mardy Fish (USA) – I think Fish has a chance. FLo plays a style that is not likely to lead to long points.  Fish and he will try to play offense and the player who does this more often will win.  I expect FLo to win, but would not be shocked to see Mardy in the round of 32 of his final US Open.

[8] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs Diego Schwartzman (ARG) – Diego’s slight frame will make overpowering Rafa unlikely.  His best bet is to try to play long points and test Rafa’s knees etc.  I don’t think this has much chance of working.

[10] Milos Raonic (CAN) vs. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) – If Milos’ back is acting up as some reports state, I think it would be wise to reverse this prediction.

[19] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs. Marcel Granollers (ESP) – This is an excellent match that fans should take in if on site.

[32] Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs. Pablo Cuevas (URU) – I have no idea.  Fabio could win. Maybe he should win, but Fognini is hard to predict and conditions may not be to his liking.  Cuevas is much less likely to play a bad match.

[26] Tommy Robredo (ESP) vs Sam Groth (AUS) – Can the Aussie bully the veteran with his serve?  That is likely to determine the winner.

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) vs. [Q] Illya Marchenko (UKR) – A Ukrainian Collison

[23] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) vs. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) – A Spanish Collision

[27] Jérémy Chardy (FRA) vs. Martin Klizan (SVK) – Chardy has shown a lot of life in 2015, but I think Klizan has a little more game.

Benoit Paire (FRA) vs. Marsel Ilhan (TUR)

[14] David Goffin (BEL) vs Ricardas Berankis (LTU) – This should be a fun match too.

[25] Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) – An upset?

[7] David Ferrer (ESP) vs Filip Krajinovic (SRB) – Ferrer got off to a slow start, but he finished strong on Monday.

[17] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) – This is a great match in my mind.  If Grigor can come out with a win, he may have an open channel for redeeming his 2015 in front of him.

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