- September 9, 2009
Huge props to the young Croat Marin Cilic! He really took it to Murray, who looked extremely flat and was only able to muster 9 games. Has to be one of the more disappointing losses for Andy in his career, especially coming off such a strong summer hardcourt season with such big expectations on his shoulders.
And Del Po looked very sharp in his drubbing of JCF and I think he will be able to take advantage of Murray’s misstep and reach the semis. Gonzo also came up with a big win over Jo WIlly, and for the last three sets I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone hit more massive forehands. Rafa also looks to be getting very close to pre-injury form. He was very fast, fit and physical against an out of gas Monfils in the last couple sets. I think that Rafa benefits a lot from playing Gonzo (he has beaten him 5 times in a row) it would have been a much trickier assignment against Tsonga.
Fed has just been rolling through the draw and shouldn’t have too much difficulty in dispatching Soderling, a guy he is 11-0 against and has beaten in the last two slams. I also think that the Djoker, who really has been playing well all tournament, should get past Verdasco. So I think we are looking at a Fed-Djoker and Rafa-Del Po semifinals. And can you imagine if Fed and Nadal do both reach the final – they will have met on the last Sunday of all 4 slams – a feat by 2 players that we may never see again.
On the women’s side the anticipation is building up for the Oudin and Wozniacki quarters. Oudin has shown so much heart throughout the event. Incredibly all 4 players that she has beaten have been Russian power players. But Wozniacki plays a counterpunching style that is more similar to Oudin’s, and I give Waza the edge in that matchup. Serena is really looking good and astonishingly about a month ago she said she was focusing on peaking for the second week of the Open. I thought it was funny at the time but it turns out she knew exactly what she was talking about. And lastly the dream run of Kim Clijsters goes on and I think she is the only women left in the draw with a legitimate chance to beat Serena. Can’t wait to see what happens in the upcoming matches, I think were in for some unbelievable tennis.