US Open 2015: September 3rd Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

Adrian Mannarino (FRA) vs. Andy Murray (GBR) [3] – Murray, minus a 3rd set hiccup, played well in round 1.

Steve Darcis (BEL) vs. Roger Federer (SUI) [2] – I think Federer wins this match in straight sets, but Darcis can be tricky.

Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [5] vs. Hyeon Chung (KOR) – Stan is clearly capable of doing damage in Grand Slam events.  Will he meet Murray in the quarterfinal round?

John Isner (USA) [13] vs. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) – I think Youzhny at his best wins this match, but we have not seen Mikhail’s best tennis in quite some time.

Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) vs. Jack Sock (USA) [28] – I thought Jack Sock might have a huge summer, and he did not.  Sock did do enough to earn a seed at the US Open, and he looks like he should reach at least the 3rd round.

Bernard Tomic (AUS) [24] vs. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) – Hewitt may have a mental edge on any of the younger Aussies based upon his role as elder statesman.

Aljaz Bedene (GBR) vs. Donald Young (USA) – Young has worked his way into a great opportunity at the US Open by battling back versus Gilles Simon.

Tomas Berdych (CZE) [6] vs. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) – Berdych will need to be careful in this match as Melzer is the definition of cagey.

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) [30] vs. Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) – I knocked Bellucci being seeded in round 1.  I won’t make that mistake again.

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [29] vs. Lukas Rosol (CZE) – Kohlschreiber vs. Federer in round 3 seems likely to me, but Rosol does have weapons and an edgy mental game.

Viktor Troicki (SRB) [22] vs. Rajeev Ram (USA) – Rampras can win this match.

Kevin Anderson (RSA) [15] vs. Austin Krajicek (USA) – Anderson is riding a nice winnings streak.

Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) [31] – Mahut will spring a minor upset in my view.

Robin Haase (NED) vs. Richard Gasquet (FRA) [12] – I think Gasquet is in a good space health wise and in terms of confidence.

Jiri Vesely (CZE) vs. Ivo Karlovic (CRO) [21] – Bombs away?

Denis Istomin (UZB) vs. Dominic Thiem (AUT) [20] – Thiem had a very nice European summer season on clay.  His losses in Montreal and Cincinnati seemd to be due to leg weariness.  The format of a Grand Slam having days off between matches and the 10 days he had off after Cincy may have rejuvenated Thiem in time for a nice run in NY.

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