The men's semifinals of the 2012 US Open are set. Last year I correctly predicted 2 of 4 women's quarterfinals and 3 of 4 men's quarterfinals. This year I have correctly predicted 3 of 4 women's quarterfinals, 1 of 2 of the first two men's quarterfinals and 2 of 2 women's semifinals. Below are my predictions for the two men's semifinals.
David Ferrer ESP (4) vs Novak Djokovic SRB (2). The defending champion has clearly become the best hardcourt player in the world over the last two years, winning the 2011 Australian Open, 2011 US Open and 2012 Australian Open titles. Ferrer has done very well to live up to his lofty #4 seeding thanks for the absence of his more celebrated (and talented) countryman Rafael Nadal. Ferrer is widely thought of as the most fit player on tour, although that conversation would probably have to always include Djokovic and Nadal, and a very tough player to beat, especially for his size and weight. However, Djokovic does enjoy an 8-to-5 head-to-head advantage against Ferrer, including 7-to-2 on hard courts and 3-0 in grand slam matches. Djokovic was able to survive a strong challenge from Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals despite excellent play from the 2009 US Open champion. There's nothing to suggest that Ferrer can do what del Potro could not. Mad Professah's pick: Djokovic.