Wednesday, September 9, 2009

US Open Men's Quarterfinals Preview - Who are you rooting for?

Novak Djokovic [4] vs Fernando Verdasco [10]

H2H: Djokovic 3-2
Last meeting: 2009 Masters Series Monte Carlo quarterfinals, Djokovic won 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Roger Federer [1] vs Robin Soderling [12]

H2H: Federer 11-0
Last meeting: 2009 Wimbledon 4th round, Federer won 6-4, 7-6, 7-6

Rafael Nadal [3] vs Fernando Gonzalez [11]

H2H: Nadal 6-3
Last Meeting: 2009 Masters Series Rome, Nadal won 6-3, 6-3

Juan Martin Del Potro [6] vs Marin Cilic [16]

H2H: Del Potro 1-0
Sole previous meeting: 2009 Australian Open fourth round, Del Potro won 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

Notes on the quarterfinals

* Marin Cilic is the youngest quarterfinalist in the draw. He is one week younger than Del Potro. They both turn 21 this month.

* For the first time in US Open history, there are no Americans in the US Open quarterfinals. The last American to linger in the draw was John Isner, who lost to Verdasco in the 4th round.

* Rafael Nadal will recapture his number 2 spots in the world rankings come Monday, after Andy Murray suffered a 4th round loss to fierce Croat, Cilic.

* This is the third straight Grand Slam where Federer and Soderling will face off. They played the final at Roland Garros and the fourth round at Wimbledon. Needless to say Federer won both times.

* Djokovic has won the last 3 straight meetings against Verdasco. The last time Verdasco beat Djokovic on hard court was in the 2005 US Open third round.

* This will be the 10th encounter between Rafa and Gonzo. Rafa has won their last 5 meetings including faceoffs in the 2009 Australian Open and the Beijing Olympics last year (Rafa won both tournaments).

* This is Marin Cilic's first quarterfinal showing at a Grand Slam event.

* Federer is bidding for a sixth straight US Open title and a 16th Grand Slam trophy.

* Soderling will be featuring in his first US Open quarterfinal in 7 attempts. Before reaching the Roland Garros final earlier this year, the Swede had never surpassed the 3rd round at any Grand Slam event.

* This is Djokovic's third Grand Slam quarterfinal of the year (also reached Oz Open and Roland Wimbledon). The Serb has made the semis at the US Open last year, and was runner-up to Federer in 2007.

* This is Verdasco's 1st US Open quarterfinal in 7 attempts. His best Grand Slam showing came at the 2009 Australian Open where he reached the semis before falling to eventual champion Nadal.

* This is the second quarterfinal appearance for Gonzalez at the US Open (also reached in 2002). The Chilean also had success at Roland Garros this season where he made the semis.

* This is Rafa's third quarterfinal at the US Open. He made the semis last year before losing to Andy Murray. The Spaniard is shooting for a career Grand Slam in New York this year, since the US Open is the only Major he has not won yet.

* This is Del Potro's third Grand Slam quarterfinal of the season (made QFs in Australia, SFs in Roland Garros) and 2nd straight quarterfinal at the US Open. Of all the quarterfinalists, the tall Argentine has been the most solid so far at the Open.

Check here for Wednesday's order of play.


Sheilla said...

RAFA RAFA RAFA just like you Reem

Anonymous said...

Federer will win the 6 US Open. Not important who people want to win. This is the fact.