Predicted Winners in BOLD
Andrey Rublev (7) vs Daniil Medvedev (4) – This battle of the Russians is pitting two red hot players against one another. I like Medvedev to advance, but wow I also like Rublev’s game and chances. I think Medvedev’s amoeba tennis wins so long as he keeps adapting even if Rublev grabs a lead.
Rafael Nadal (2) vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas (5) – Rafa’s form makes me think this pick is a bad one. Still, I suspected Rafa’s run would end in the quarterfinal round when the tournament began. Tsitsipas will have to serve well and dictate play without frustration when Rafa turns defense to offense. I think Tsitsipas honestly has about a 35% chance to win this match, but my gut says he comes through.
Rafa has been rolling. My pick is probably a bad one here.