Saturday, August 24, 2013

2013 US OPEN: (Men's Draw Analyzed) Djokovic-Murray SF, Federer-Nadal QF

The men's draw for the 2013 US Open has been revealed and it is pretty good news for the #2 seed and presumptive favorite Rafael Nadal. It turns out the defending champion and #3 seed has been placed into World #1 Novak Djokovic's top half of the draw. So, the Spaniard will only have to face one of the members of the trivalry to win his second US Open title this year. If all seeds play to form, Murray and Djokovic will reprise last year's championship match in the semifinals, while Nadal could face Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. Their semifinal opponent is the winner of the Richard Gasquet-David Ferrer quarterfinal, which is probably the weakest section of the draw.

Both Murray and Djokovic drew pretty tough quarterfinal opponents: Tomas Berdych and 2009 US Open champ Juan Martin del Potro, respectively. Nadal's 4th round match could be tricky; it's a repeat of last week's ATP Cincinnati Master final with John Isner which Nadal won in 2 tight tiebreak set with no breaks of serve.

Interesting first round matches to watch are: Ryan Harrison versus Nadal, Tommy Haas versus Paul-Henri Mathieu, Michael Llodra versus Murray, James Blake versus Ivo Karlovic, and Radek Stepanek versus Stanislas Wawrinka.

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