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US Open Draw 2013; Federer and Nadal in same Quarter

The US Open draw is out and the most predictable news is that Roger could potentially meet Rafael Nadal in the Quarter Finals which would be their first ever meeting at Flushing Meadows.

The biggest shock is seeing the Number #7 seeding next to Roger's name as he hasn't been outside the top 4 at a slam for over a decade but after the season so far it's to be expected.

However even though Roger has slipped down the rankings the draw has been pretty kind to him here and I can see no real obstacles prior to the Quarter Final.

Of course I said the same at Wimbledon where a Fedal Quarter Final loomed large but both guys lost early and there's nothing to suggest the same won't happen here; it only takes one player to catch fire and suddenly you're faced with a dangerous opponent.

Arthur Ashe isn't the quickest court out there these days but it still plays relatively fast allowing a big server or powerful baseliner to do some damage as we've seen with Berdych and Del Potro in years previous.

Key Facts about the Draw:

  • Federer could face Nadal in the Quarters
  • Djokovic & Murray would meet in the Semi Finals
  • The top seed prior to the QF Roger could face is Nishikori
  • Mardy Fish has withdrawn which is a loss for the American fans
  • Murray will start his title defence against Llodra

Full US Open 2013 Draw

[1]Djokovic v Berankis
Becker v Rosol
Kubot v Nieminen
Sousa v [25]Dimitrov
[24]Paire v Bogomolov Jr.
Smyczek v Duckworth
Zopp v Granollers
Ram v [16]Fognini

[12]Haas v Mathieu
Lu v Gimeno-Traver
Goffin v Dolgopolov
Mahut v [21]Youzhny
[29]Melzer v Donskoy
Sijsling v Qualifier
Hewitt v Baker
Garcia-Lopez v [6]Del Potro

[3]Murray v Llodra
Hanescu v L.Mayer
Qualifier v Klizan
F.Mayer v [28]Monaco
[20]Seppi v Malisse
Lacko v Qualifier
Kamke v Johnson
Istomin v [15]Almagro

[9]Wawrinka v Stepanek
Blake v Qualifier
Baghdatis v Qualifier
Brands v [17]Anderson
[31]Benneteau v Przysiezny
Stakhovsky v Chardy
Vesely v Kudla
Lorenzi v [5]Berdych

[8]Gasquet v Russell
Qualifier v Qualifier
Struff v Rufin
Bedene v [32]Tursunov
[23]Lopez v Qualifier
De Schepper v Klahn
Andujar v De Bakker
Qualifier v [10]Raonic

[14]Janowicz v Qualifier
Sock v Qualifier
Andrey Kuznetsov v Sela
Cuevas v [18]Tipsarevic
[30]Gulbis v Haider-Maurer
Qualifier v Qualifier
Bautista-Agut v Bellucci
Qualifier v [4]Ferrer

[7]Federer v Zemlja
Giraldo v Berlocq
Zeballos v Mannarino
Pella v [26]Querrey
[19]Robredo v Matosevic
Haase v Qualifier
Ramos v Tomic
Qualifier v [11]Nishikori
[13]Isner v Volandri
Ungur v Monfils
Montanes v Roger-Vasselin
Altamirano v [22]Kohlschreiber
[27]Verdasco v Dodig
Williams v Davydenko
Qualifier v Pospisil
Harrison v [2]Nadal

Full printabel .pdf draw available here.

Federer's Projected Opponents

Federer US Open 2013 Practise

  • Round 1 – Grega Zemlja
  • Round 2 – Carlos Berlocq or Santiago Geraldo
  • Round 3 – Sam Querrey
  • Round 4 – Kei Nishikori or Tommy Robredo
  • Quarterfinals – Rafael Nadal or John Isner
  • Semifinals – David Ferrer or Richard Gasquet
  • Final – Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray

A Look at the Draw

Just Do It

I got bored of overthinking draws long ago as they never plan out as expected, whenever Nadal lands in the same half or quarter fans tend to panic and fear the worst but it is what it is. Could it be fixed? Probably, money is at stake and that often causes strange things to happen but we just have to take it on the chin.

It's about time these two played at Flushing Meadows anyhow and I'll be excited should the matchup happen. Theoretically it should be Roger's best chance at beating Nadal in a slam but of course both recent and long term history say otherwise as Nadal is on a stupidly hot streak and has won 8 of the last 9 matches on outdoor courts. This makes Roger the underdog but I quite like that label and it could even work in his favour.

I don't want to get ahead of myself but should they both meet then I believe it's Roger who has to do something different if he wants to come out on top, he must come in with a clear gameplan but be willing to adapt and change mid match should the moment require it. Maybe even serve underarm if he has to 😛

Prior to the quarters all of Roger's early matches are extremely winnable and should allow him to move through the gears slowly heading into the second week which is clearly a positive.

There's nobody who hits a really heavy ball in this 1/8th who is able to dominate Roger from the back of the court; after Hamburg and Gstaad it's hard to be ultra confident as a fan but I'd say all the early matches are clearly on the Federer racquet.

Not only that should Roger make the semi final he'd likely have to face Gasquet or Ferrer, that one is a buffet match basically; help yourself into the final which would be excellent for the physicality / fitness side of things.

First Quarter

In my opinion this is the toughest quarter and Djokovic has some tough matches should he want to make the anticipated semifinal against Murray. Dimitrov could be the third-round opponent and then we'd then have Del Potro in the Quarter Final.

Much depends on Del Potro's fitness and physical condition as to what whether he can win or not but as we saw at Wimbledon he can certainly cause Djoker a whole host of problems. I do think though that Djokovic maybe out for blood here after a string of tough losses in recent months so he's my favourite if they meet.

Quarterfinal prediction: Djokovic vs. Del Potro

Second Quarter

Defending champion Murray has a fairly easy start with Michael Llodra in the first round and then he would face winner of Victor Hanescu -Leonardo Mayer neither of whom should trouble him.

Nicolas Almagro would be the fourth-round opponent who is talented but I don't believe he has the required mental strength to win against someone like Murray.

Stanislas Wawrinka, Kevin Anderson and Tomas Berdych are all in the bottom half of this quarter and all those guys have serious firepower. Berdych looked very solid in Cincinnati albeit losing to Nadal as usual but I'd make him the favourite to make the quarters.

Quarterfinal prediction: Murray vs. Tomas Berdych

Third Quarter

This is easily the dullest section of the draw as we have David Ferrer, Raonic and Gasquet all looking for a spot in the semi finals. Ferrer is out of form, but he could come in rested and has a fairly easy route to the quarters.

Raonic comes in after making the final in Montreal but for me he's too inconsistent and lacks good enough movement to make it that far.

I think Gulbis could be the surprise package and I'll pick him to the make the semi finals. I also think a qualifier could come through here into the second week which makes it interesting.

Quarterfinal prediction: Ernests Gulbis vs. David Ferrer

Fourth Quarter

Rafael Nadal is on yet another crazy streak that almost beggars belief, he's just dominated in Montreal and Cincinnati and I think you have to make him the favorite to win the Open.

He starts against Ryan Harrison, who shouldn't be a problem but I'd like to think he could raise his game for his home fans. The fourth round is the interesting one with Isner a potnetial opponent.

Isner lost in the Cincinnati final to Nadal before pulling out of Winston Salem with a sore hip so much depends on his physical well being as whether he can put up a challenge.

Then of course was have Roger, under the radar somewhat with pretty much every tennis journalist putting question marks against his name and doubting whether or not he'll even beat clowns like Sam Querrey.

I agree that he's out of form after a tough year and nothing is a given these days but I think after looking pretty good in Cincy he should make the quarters.

Quarterfinal prediction: Federer vs. Nadal

Final Thoughts

Federer Moet & Chandon

Really I'm just looking forward to sitting back and seeing how the tournament pans out. Due to the time difference I won't be sipping on Moët & Chandon like Roger (but let's face it, nobody even likes champagne anyway, they just pretend to) so it will be more likely Water or Tea to keep me awake.

The draw looks good, the conditions usually suit the Federer game so I think he's in with a good shout of having a successful tournament. Winning it? Unlikely. The bookmakers rarely get it wrong and he's not even third favourite so that tells a story but you can never rule him out completely.

I have a feeling he'll get unprecedented levels of support this year due to the lack of good Americans and just because of the tough year he's had. That could make it pretty electric out there which would be very good to see especially if we get the Fedal quarter final.

As to when Fed's tournament starts I'm not sure, the US Open has the stupid system of playing the first round over 3 days so it could be a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

I will of course be blogging throughout the tournament and hoping I'm forced into doing more match reports that at Wimbledon 😀 Allez la Suisse!


Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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    1. Goran Ivanišević said that Roger can win title at US Open this year and disproving the claims of sports analysts that are Murray, Djokovic and Nadal only favorites on this tournament. He is absolutely right!

  1. Yes, Jonathan the Fed/Nadal match-up was predictable. I think they have now being drawn in 4 different tournaments this year. Obviously it’s for money.

    I actually really like the draw. Yes we shouldn’t underestimate the other players but I think Roger should be able to get past his first 4 opponents without too much hassle. Hopefully this is the case so that by the time he meets Nadal he’ll have fine-tuned his game and he’ll be in good shape (assuming he doesn’t play a marathon match or something like that). But of course they both have to get there first 😛

    I would like for Roger to at least get to the QF and defend his points. Though I hope even more special things happen here so I say Allez! 😀

  2. Well here’s hoping you indeed will be forced into writing more blog posts than Wimbledon. I’m excited and and a little nervous! Love the pics in your post and as for me, I will be sipping a white wine (Riesling, with a little sparkle). Cheers! 😀 C’mon Roger!

    1. I’m not so nervous for USO yet, although I hope Fed is, would mean he cares. Looks in decent shape from his practices so hope he can play freely.

  3. It’s high time Roger Federer gave Rafael Nadal a proper ass-kicking, ain’t no better place to do so than at the US open! This could be memorable.

  4. Ben Affleck as Batman. Roger plays Nadal in the QF, again. Ah ha ha ha a ha ha ho ha a he he a ha oh ah ha…

    And I thought my jokes were bad.

    1. Don’t think I have seen one person happy with that casting. I’m not a big Batman fan though really so not that bothered.

      The most shocking thing I’ve seen this week however is Courtney Stodden in the Celebrity Big Brother House – nightmare!

      US Open can’t start quick enough.

      1. Ok so clearly I am not with the zeitgeist! Who is Courtney Stoddern? Fed to make QF’s at least! Isner to finally upset Nadal! Berdych to beat Muzza!
        What a joke to gift Ferrer and Gasquet! Hardly deserved! Clearly the US organisers aiming for a fedal match up once and for all, although wanting Isner to spoil the party!! Ok so I am dreaming! Nadal, barring a knee upset, will win the whole thing! Unfortunately! Oh, and Sloane to upset Serena! Sorry Katyani if u r listening!

      2. The Batman movies are really good, Jonathan. Have you watched any of them? Or, perhaps you meant you’re not a big fan of Batman “the troll” who lurks here on the blog 🙂

        I don’t know who Stodden is and I couldn’t care less about that abomination called “Celebrity Big Brother”. Sorry if I offended anybody 🙂

      3. Susie, I’d really like Stephens to beat Williams though I’m a fan of neither.

      4. @Susie – some American tramp that got married when she was 16 to a 53 year old. Also had some hack job plastic surgery. + Hope your predictions come true!

        @Sid I’ve seen them yeah but just not a huge fan. They are all watchable but some people can watch them over and over again, I can’t though.

  5. Great post John, I dont have to many spectations either, and I also think that Nadal will win sadly the USO; it will be a very big surprise if Roger beats Nadal and even more if he wins the USO.

    Lets wait and see.

  6. Hi jonathan,

    Decided to follow you on twitter in order to receive the notice of new posts 😉 Usually I get it one day later by email so never had a chance to get the first honour.

    Yes, I quite like this decent draw for Fed, too. Shouldn’t be so tough for the first week. Okay it’s challenging but isn’t it time for him taking a wim from Nadal at a slam for a change? A bit unfortunate that he has just come out from the downswing and Nadall is on his incredible run, though. Not much expectation but I even fancy his shot of the title, too 🙂 Allez!

    1. I will follow you back. Might be seeing a Wanda Slam win soon enough then as Twitter is the first place I post 🙂

      Dull will falter again at some point, maybe it’s at the USO. Guess we’ll see.


      1. Tough I don’t twit, just follow 😉

        Ahaaaa! Now I’m panicking some unknown people started following me…why? How I can stop it?

  7. Ps I believe the organisers are also committed to getting thru round 1 in 2 days!!! Hopefully!! Other interesting question is where they will put Roger? From a crowd/safety point of view still has to be a main court! No one watches Ferrer or even Berdych! Stadia are never full!

    1. Hope so Susie. 3 days for 1st round is poor.

      I think Fed will play some on Armstrong this year. But will be on Ashe for some too for sure, he’s still the main draw for the fans.

      Berdscat and Ferrer have zero fan base. I would give my tickets away 😛


    2. They’ll still put Roger on a main court, surely, regardless of his seeding – just like Wimbledon put the matches most in demand on Centre and No. 1, even if they don’t necessarily involve the highest seeds. It’s just unfortunate that he should get overtaken by a couple of players effectively a week before the USO.

  8. We’ve all waited FAR too long for Fedal in NYC and I think making that match is a reasonable target. Anything less would be disappointing given the pretty sweet draw he has. All the matches are on the Federer racquet for sure.

    Very difficult to see Roger winning if Fedal happens but you know what? If he unleashes Goderer like he did to Djokovic at the French a couple of years back you just never know 😀
    Nadal will play his way into the slam as usual so I hope Harrison actually tries in his first round match. He’s got talent but is just so agonising to watch really.

    One guy you didn’t mention is Janowicz. He’s in Ferrer’s 1/8 and could do him 4th round. A Gulbis-Janowicz quarter final would be a lot of fun and that’s in Federer’s half! So if Goderer does show up and finger wag his way to the semis then he really has to make the final.
    So this slam is a real opportunity! Just have to wait and see and as fans ALLEZ our arses off for him. 😀

    1. Hey Tom,

      Yeah about time they met in New York so I’m excited in that regard.

      Harrison has some shots on him, but probably too much of a liability to play consistently well. I hope he just goes for all his shots.

      I forgot Janowicz tbh, not sure if he can make Quarters but we’ll see. Ferrer could probably grind him down.


    2. Personally, I’m not at all convinced that either Ferrer or Gasquet will make it through to their seeded places, but I guess we’ll see.

  9. “Show up and finger wag his way to the semis” That’s hilarious! It will take a bit more than that but I agree that this is probably Roger’s best and LAST chance to beat Nadal at the Majors. I hope that he’ll savor this opportunity and clean Nadal’s clock out! ;-)))

  10. Lool at Fed and Nadal being drawn in the same quarter! Surprises all round :/ I’m not even as distraught as I usually would be – I mean we all saw what unfolded at Wimbledon.Though how amazing would it be if Fed pulled off the (unlikely) victory, pissing on all of his detractors in the process! Djok got a really hard draw IMO- I’m sure he was hoping to avoid Delpo at all costs! The guy has a habit off suckerpunching his opponents (see: Fed’s semi match-up at last year’s Olympics).. Ferrer must be mightily delighted with this draw – why oh why couldn’t they have given Gasquet the clown to Fed? But I think you’re right about Gulbis – he’ll probably snatch that quarterfinal spot. Murray as per usual will peak just in time – I see him emerging as the finalist from the top half of the draw, Djok has struggled for form, losing more close encounters he’d typically win – low in confidence perhaps? As for Fed, I just hope he plays as well as he did against Nadal in Cincy from the get-go. If he fully embraces his label as underdog, then he can play without pressure – and a pressure-free Fed always makes for beautiful viewing!

    1. Yeah Del Potro is someone you don’t want to see, especially Djokovic who’s had some tough matches against him.

      Question marks over Del Potro’s fitness though, looked injured in Cincy.

      I think Djoker is low on confidence yeah, he’s had some bad losses this year but he might be out for blood so can’t rule him out.


    2. Since Del Potro won the US Open in 2009, no player was still able to win a slam when being drawn in the same half of the gentle giant.

  11. Good post. If Federer wins the QF against Nadal using his new but more consistent ‘tactics’, he will be a favourite to win the slam, no matter who ever he meets in the final. I wish Delpo sends Djoker home packing and Berdych beats Murray as usual on hard courts. I wish to see another Federer-Delpo final. If this happens, I just can’t wait to see Federer teaching a tennis lesson to Delpo at US finals. I still wonder why and how he lost against Delpo in 2009.

    1. You’re right. I still can’t fathom how he lost to Del Potro after having schooled him a couple of times in the year. Not to mention the start he had and the nerves that must have been affecting Del Potro.

      I do believe it was because he had just won the French that year, surpassed Sampras that he was playing a bit too casually in the US Open- which was all perfect till the finals, tweener at al, but I do believe it cost him the title. It was definitely one that ‘got away’. Although I don’t blame him- he had achieved two of his lifelong ambitions just a month prior, so a loss in concentration is to be expected.

      What I do think about is that had he won that US Open (he really should have), he would have held all 4 majors together. Because he went on to win the Australian Open in 2010. He was already holding the French and Wimbledon.

    2. Yeah very bad match from Fed. He lost it mentally against Del Potro, think he got broken at 5-4 in the second and something riled him, never quite got back on track.

  12. Tough draw again for Roger. I expect him to meet Dull in the Semi Final but as you said, it is what it is. I’m still waiting to see a great performance of Roger in the USO.

    Hey Jon, I’m just arriving in Nottingham today and I sent you a mail too regarding about the hat I won in the RF quiz competition. Can you read it please and reply me?

    Sorry for double-posting.

    Thank you so much

  13. Great analasis of the draw. I agree with you on it all and like you I really want that FeDal match and Nadal is on a good streak but Federer has it with stopping those like the Djokovic streak in 2011 that was put to rest at French open. But I like your idea about Gulbis making it to the semis, that could be great, he´s afraid of nobody and his biggest enemy is him self.

    And your “putting question marks against his name and doubting whether or not he’ll even beat clowns like Sam Querrey” comment made me laugh.

    1. Cheers Mark.

      Gulbis is good, just his forehand is awful to watch, like a windmill shot.

      And yeah I saw some articles like “if he has enough to get past Sam Querrey” I mean I know he’s had a tough year and has lost to some low ranked guys, but they are talking as though Querrey is the favourite. Not impossible he’d lose to him but very unlikely.


  14. Another Fedal match? Oh wow. Such a treat. 😐
    USO thought this might be the last opportunity for their version of the ‘epic rivalry’ and voila! Anyway, it’s nothing unexpected, and can’t be helped so meh to it. I hope Roger gets that far. Based on current form, Nadal will definitely be there although I hope that my loud cheering for all his opponents (from 1000s of miles away) will spur one of them on to defeat him! I really wish that if its not Roger, someone not named Nadal/Murray/Djokovic wins it. Highly unlikely, I know, but I feel like as a Fed fan, after the year that has been, I deserve at least a little respite. Or is it too much to ask?
    2008 feels like a century ago. USO has given us its share of heartbreaks and disappointments much like the other 3 slams, its time it redeemed itself. And there can be no better time to do it.

  15. One of the best draw Roger can have based on his current ranking. I just hope he will be on god mode when he meets Nadal. Its time to turn the tide on this one, conditions suits his game. Just hope he fight hard and ugly for this.

    1. Already a foregone conclusion they both make the Quarters for you huh Dippy 😛

      I hope so to though, he will need to play out of his comfort zone, he may even need to psych Nadal out to win. Can he do it? We shall wait and see.

      1. Talking about psyching-out, I noticed a comment from someone on YouTube re the Cincy match saying that Nadal only does that “boxer warm-up” thing in front of Federer, the implication being that he’s trying to intimidate him. Anyone know if that’s true?

      2. Allison, I’m not sure if he does it only in front of Roger because it seems that Nadal apparently has a reputation for intimidation tactics (and of various kinds). Here is what Roger Rasheed said WAY back in 2007:

        And now Roger Rasheed, who worked with Hewitt for four years, has stoked up the controversy further by claiming Nadal not only breaks the rules during matches but also bullies opponents beforehand.

        Rasheed rapped: “In the locker room Rafa is very intense. He’s always running around and trying to apply the intimidation factor. The referee can come in and say ‘We’re ready to play’ but sure enough he just has to go to the toilet one more time and then sits there making his opponent wait for another minute.

        “Then he goes out and does the same on court – by taking 30 to 40 seconds after very point. That’s part of his persona but it’s up to the opposition and the officials not to let it happen. Whenever Lleyton played Rafa, I’d have a word with the umpire to make sure that after the coin toss he’d warn him about the time issue.

        “Rafa used to get upset about this. He doesn’t like referees speaking to him in this manner. But the rules must be enforced.”

        M̶a̶y̶b̶e̶ ̶D̶u̶l̶l̶ ̶h̶a̶s̶ ̶c̶h̶a̶n̶g̶e̶d̶ 😛

      3. Sid, yes, I take your point, but OTOH I don’t really want Fed to have a path conveniently steamrollered through the draw any more than I wanted Murray to win Wimby that way. I’d rather he earned it.

    2. As Roger was repeatedly – and as it turned out foresightedly – telling us before Wimbledon, though, we ought to be careful about looking too far ahead. There *are* talented players further down the rankings, and any of them might have a day when they can do virtually nothing wrong. Mind you, I was really annoyed at Nadal at Wimby for getting knocked out in the first round, thinking that he was depriving us of what could have been a tremendous match, so in a way I’m hoping the draw goes to plan this time around.

      1. Oh Allison, I beg you, please for the sake of all the readers here, we want to be deprived of that QF match up 🙂

        Ok, how many of you want a Roger-Dopal QF?

      2. I don’t fancy it anymore, but I don’t mind if it happen 😉
        Am more craving to see Murray vs Dopal as you would refer him to 🙂

  16. Murray to smash his way through. He had a bad run after he won the us open in 2012 but he still reached the Aussie final! He is a big tournament player especially of late and unfortunately for berdych he will lose to Murray when it comes to a big match with pressure. Fed has finally now seen his better days and will not win here but will have a good run, djokovic will go out earlier than expected and murray will take out Nadal this time!!

  17. Hi Jonathan,
    Great preview as usual, and I am with you in regards to Gulbis. This guy since he entered the tour I really liked him! He reminds me of the Great Safin which I was huge fan of him. This Gulbis, in any given day he can beat any guy in the tour and the chance has come for him to shine if he wants to, the draw is open for him. He is moody and it just need one bad moment and he is out 😉
    But I really like his chances if he wants to capitalize, this is an opportunity to go all the way and hit the mark

    Apart from that, I can easily see Roger in the quarter! I don’t really foresee any big threat till QFs. For who might win it all, I guess I will give you that after the first 2 rounds 😉
    As you know the machine need to worm first 😉

  18. This could potentially be Federer’s last stand. If he loses here, Nadal will have beaten him in all four GS/surfaces and deal a heavy blow to his GOAT argument. But if Fed takes him down, then it will be considered the “comeback of the Maestro” and earn him a potential 18th GS.

    I’m looking forward to their match-up. It would be such a disappointment to see either of them lose before the Quarters.

      1. H2H is part of the all round record and that includes Wimby 2008 Final (which many consider to be the greatest match of all time). There’s also the fact that Nadal won Gold in Olympics whereas Federer got Silver. Grand Slam count does matter the most. But if Nadal were to match Federer’s slam count, then the H2H makes a huge difference. You can’t say you’re the best if someone else has the same number of Slams (plus other achievements) and happens to beat you most of the time. Due to those reasons, I think it’s important for Fed to improve his H2H record against Nadal. Especially considering the future.

  19. Hi!
    Can someone resolve my doubts regarding the date (session) of the potential Fedal quarterfinal?
    Is it most likely gonna be the evening session on Thursday, September 5?
    Thanks for any help/opinion! I need to adjust my plans because of that unfortunate draw. 😛

  20. Hello Jonathan, I’m a big fan of Fed express and I’m in New York currently. I would love to see him playing against Nadal but I don’t know how to calculate when they are supposed to meet. Given that they both played today, are they gonna meet in the first day of quarter final, so on wednesday Spetember 4th? I might get tickets for the second evening session on Thursday September 5th, do you think there is a chance that they will play that day? Thanks a lot for your expertise! Come on Roger!! John

    1. Hi John,

      I think it will be Wednesday 4th of September when they play the QF? Not sure though.

      Anyone else have a better idea? USO scheduling confuses me!


  21. It’s an interesting draw, the draw is kind to Fed through to the quarters and with Nishikori losing it’s just gotten even easier, as big a Fed fan as I am i’m just struggling to see how he’s going to beat rafa in a best 3 out of 5 match, but then again let’s hope he proves me wrong! In the first quarter I’d be extremely surprised it wasn’t a del po/djoko quarter-final, Benoit Paire is too erratic to beat Djokovic in a major and I don’t think Fognini could sustain a high enough level to worry Djoko either, especially on a hard court. Haas could be a potential stumbling block for Del Potro but I would expect him to come through it. Murray/Berdych would be interesting given Berdychs leading head to head with him, wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Berdych beat Murray if they play in the quarters, he’s got massive weapons and Murray will more than likely resort to playing way behind the baseline, attacker holds the key to success so that would be an interesting match, despite Ferrers lack of form I can’t see him having too much trouble reaching the semis, Gasquet is too defensive to beat him and mentally isn’t strong enough, Raonic would have a chance but he has too many lapses off concentration and his returning is very poor. Expecting a Rafa/djoko final but hoping for a Fed/Del Po final!!

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