Open Semis

For the second year in a row the weather has wreaked havoc on the final weekend. Maybe the USTA might want to think about the possibilities of joining the other slams in getting a retractable roof.  Nadal was extremely fortunate to get his match in before the rain came today. They resumed play at 7-6 6-6 and Rafa didn’t drop a game, winning the tiebreaker and dropping a bagel on Gonzo in the third.  Maybe the day and a half off did some good for Rafa’s ailing abdomen.  We are now down to the final four, and the men will play Sunday. 

Very unusual that Fed and the Djoker haven’t played since Wednesday. That’s 4 days off which is very unusual for a slam. I just got the feeling that Fed will be able to handle the time delay better than the Djoker, so I’m going Fed in 4.  And Nadal-Del Po is a very interesting semi. I think a lot depends on Rafa’s injury. But Del Po has beaten Rafa both times this year on hard court, and the win in Canada was convincing. Everything says that Del Po is the favorite to win this match, but I always find it tough to go against Rafa, plus I may be a little biased because I’d love to see anther Fed Nadal final, so I’m gonna go with Rafa in 4! 

If the rain ever stops today we first have the battle of the two 19 year olds Waza and Wickmayer. Talk about a cinderella story! WIckmayer had never been past the second round of a major. The 6 foot Be lgian has a huge game, but she will be severely tested against the solid Waza. I’ll go with the much more experienced 19 year Wozniacki in straight sets.  And the Serena Clijsters match, we kind of saw this coming when the draw came out, but similarly to the Djoker and Fed Kim hasn’t played since Tuesday. But Serena has been able to play two doubles matches in that time period, so she should be a lot more prepared. It’s not Kimpossible for an upset, but I think Serena, who is by far the best big match player in the women’s game, will win in 3 sets.  The good news is that the weather is supposed to be much better for Sunday and Monday, it would be really weird if couldn’t finish until Tuesday.

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