Here are my predictions for the men's quarterfinals at the US Open for 2014. Last year I correctly predicted 4 of 4 women's quarterfinals and correctly predicted 2 of 4 men's quarterfinals.
Novak Djokovic (SRB)  vs Andy Murray (GBR) . This mouth watering match-up between major champions is a reprise of the thrilling 2012 U.S. Open championship match which was won by Murray. In fact, both major titles that Murray has won have come at the expense of Djokovic, despite the fact the Serb leads their head-to-head 12-8 overall (10-6 on hard courts). So, really, the fact that this match is a quarterfinal and not on the final weekend probably helps Djokovic. Murray has only beaten one top 10 player since winning Wimbledon last year, and that was Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the round before. Djokovic is coming off a bad summer of results after finally capturing his 7th major title at Wimbledon over Roger Federer. However, Djokovic has been the best hard-court player in the world for the last four years, reaching four consecutive finals in New York and winning three titles in Australia. He is playing in his 22nd consecutive quarterfinal and is the #1 player in the world. With all these intangibles in his favor, why bet against him? Mad Professah's pick: Djokovic.
Stan Wawrinka (SUI)  vs
Tomas Berdych (CZE)  vs Marin Cilic (CRO) . For some reason these two players tend not to have close matches in the eight career meetings, despite their similarity in appearance and style (both are above 6-foot-5 with gigantic serves and powerful groundstrokes on both sides). Berdych leads their rivalry 5-3 and has been a permanent fixture in the Top 5 for the last several years and has a breakout run to a major final at Wimbledon 2010. Cilic did very well to get past Gilles Simon in the 4th round despite losing to the wily Frenchman in four previous final-set matches. Berdych has been having a relatively bad year (for him) with only one title (Cilic has two) but actually in the majors he has not been doing badly, with two quarterfinals and a semifinal run so far. What stands out is the third round loss he suffered to Cilic at Wimbledon. Cilic is one of the most motivated players on tour, since last year he couldn't even play this tournament because he was suspended for an inadvertently failed drug test. I think the Croat will use that perceived injustice to fuel him to his very first major semifinal berth. Mad Professah's pick: Cilic.
Roger Federer (SUI)  vs