Thursday, 6 September 2012

US Open: Mens Quarter-Final Predictions for Day 11

Janko Tipsarevic v David Ferrer
The quarter that posed so many opportunities for the dangerous floaters has seen the two highest seeds make their way through to the quarter-finals.  Janko Tipsarevic, who has attempted to cause a storm on Twitter this week with remarks about the WTA tour, has enjoyed a surprisingly straightforward passage through to this stage with straight set wins over Brian Baker and Philipp Kohlschreiber along the way.  David Ferrer should never be underestimated and he has proved that once more by successfully making his fourth Grand Slam quarter-final of the year.  Ferrer has passed some tricky tests in Richard Gasquet and Lleyton Hewitt, but has only lost the one set on his way to the quarter-finals.  This should be a tight match, but I have to give the edge to Ferrer with more experience at this stage of a Grand Slam and a superior mental toughness.
Prediction - Ferrer to beat Tipsarevic in 3 sets

Juan Martin Del Potro v Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic has enjoyed a completely serene progress through the draw and will no doubt face his toughest test of the fortnight so far.  The Serb defeated Stanislas Wawrinka in the 4th round, but was not forced to work hard as Wawrinka retired in the third set.  Juan Martin Del Potro awaits for Djokovic who ended the brave efforts of Andy Roddick in his final ever match, 6-7 7-6 6-2 6-4.  Del Potro was labelled as a real dark horse, but after seeing his draw I did not fancy him to get past the next hurdle.  The Argentine did enjoy a great win over Djokovic in the bronze medal match at the Olympics, but Djokovic was far superior when they met once more in Cincy.  Djokovic has been imperious so far and I predict he will overcome a solid effort from DelPo in the quarters.

Prediction - Djokovic to beat Del Potro in 4 sets

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