With the US Open starting in just a few days time, there's a lot to look forward to. Can
finally breakthrough to win his first Major after his recent triumph in Murray ? And Nadal's confidence seems to have taken a nose dive after his loss to Djokovic at the Championships. Cincinnati
Djokovic and Federer have been drawn together yet again for the 4th straight year.
Djokovic will begin his campaign against a Qualifier , with Ivan Dodig his likely 3rd round opponent. (Dodig opens up against Nikolay Davydenko) Richard Gasquet might be his fourth round opponent and Tomas Berdych(Monfils - Berdych 4th round promises to be a good match but I see Berdych winning that one ) may have to face Djokovic in the Quarters.
1st Quarterfinal : Djokovic vs Berdych
Federer's first round opponent is Santiago Giraldo whom Federer should be able to dispatch with relative ease. Thomaz Bellucci and Marin Cilic could be his second and third round opponents .
Mardy Fish or Jo wilfried Tsonga could face off against Federer in the quarters but considering the fantastic
hard court season that Fish has had, one will have to go with the American. US
2nd Quarterfinal : Federer Vs Fish
Juan Martin Del potro faces Filippo Volandri in the 1st round and a
potro - Simon 3rd rounder seems likely. Although the Argentine has yet to win back to back matches this summer , I still think he'll step it up a notch and make it through to the Quarters. Del
On the other hand ,
faces Somdev Devvarman in his opening round and Stan Wawrinka may be his fourth round opponent , who beat the Scot the last time they played at the Open. Could it be Déjà vu all over again? Murray
3rd Quarterfinal :
potro Vs Wawrinka Del
Rafael Nadal, whose been struggling especially after his loss to Djokovic in
Wimbledon , couldn't have asked for a better draw. Ivan Ljubicic or David Nalbandian could be his 3rd round opponent and Mikhail Youzhny/ Ernests Gulbis his possible 4th round opponents.
4th Quarterfinal : Ferrer Vs Nadal
1st Semi - Djokovic Vs Federer
2nd Semi -
potro Vs Nadal Del
Final : Federer Vs
Winner : Federer
It may seem that my picks are a bit weird but with Djokovic having his injury woes and Nadal far from his best this could be a great opportunity for Federer.
Federer for his 17th Grand Slam at the USO 2011 !