US Open 2016: August 31st Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Jiri Vesely (CZE) – I think Novak will win and look better than he did versus the bomb serving/drop shot happy Jerzy Janowicz.

[4] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Andreas Seppi (ITA) – Seppi should produce some fun rallies with Seppi.  Still, Rafa will likely win.

Louis Armstrong Stadium

[20] John Isner (USA) vs [Q] Steve Darcis (BEL) – Isner’s serve should be enough to pull through this match.

[26] Jack Sock (USA) vs [Q] Mischa Zverev (GER) – Sock is almost an underdog in this match as far as I can tell.  Perhaps Sock’s good vibes from Rio will propel him to some increased singles success, but Zverev has power to spare.

Grandstand

[23] Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs Vasek Pospisil (CAN) – I would not expect a lot of subtlety in this match.

[5] Milos Raonic (CAN) vs [Q] Ryan Harrison (USA) – Harrison used to draw top 5 seeds in the first round.  This is progress I guess.

Court 5

[18] Pablo Cuevas (URU) vs Nicolas Almagro (ESP) – A fun match with good rallies should be the result.

[7] Marin Cilic vs Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) – I like Marin’s chances here.

Court 11

[31] Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) – This is a tough call.  I will go with the seeded player in a 50-50 type match.

Court 12

Guido Pella (ARG) vs. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) – A Youzhny renaissance?

Court 13

Ernesto Escobedo (USA) vs. Kyle Edmund (GBR) – I tend to get Edmund’s matches wrong.

[15] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) vs Federico Delbonis (ARG) – La Guerra Civil de Buenos Aires?

Court 17

[9] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs. [WC] James Duckworth (AUS) – Jo-Wilfried should win.

[10] Gael Monfils (FRA) vs. [Q] Jan Satral (CZE) – I think Gael wins this match and sets up some big matches down the road.

P6/Old Grandstand

[32] Benoit Paire (FRA)  vs. Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) – If Baghdatis keeps this match to ball striking and hands, I think he wins.

[24] Lucas Pouille (FRA) vs. [Q] Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) – I think Pouille wins fairly easily, but my gut says this could be closer than my head thinks it will be.

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