Predicted Winners in BOLD
This slate of matches has a definite undercard and main event feel.
(6) Gael Monfils VS (8) Dominic Thiem – Although Thiem won his first set versus Novak Djokovic, I believe the more experienced player is favored. Still, I think Thiem has gone too long without a good win given the level of player he is. Monfils on the other hand has played quite well from Washington, DC – present. I think Thiem digs deep and wins in a minor 3 set upset.
(2) Novak Djokovic VS (4) Milos Raonic – The winner of this match has a great chance to advance to the semifinal round. I do not think Milos matches up well with Nole at this stage in each man’s career. Novak’s return is good enough to blunt some of Milos’ best weapon. Once a rally starts, the advantage shifts to Novak Djokovic. That means Milos will need to volley well and also crack a lot of big forehands in the hopes of preventing Novak’s speed and defense from playing much of a role. Unless Milos is crisp in his forehand striking and movement, he will likely have too many errors to execute this approach successfully. I think Novak Djokovic wins in 2 sets.