Janko Tipsrevic – Juan Carlos Ferrero 2
It’s number 20 against number 105 but at these odds you simply have to go with the Spaniard veteran. Both had opponents who withdrew is the 3rd round so neither had to use up all their energy. Whereas Ferrero was once a finalist here, Tipsarevic has NEVER been passed the 4th round in ANY Grand Slam. He’s reached the 4th round twice, both at Wimbledon, and stumbled on both occasions. One time against…Ferrero – who has beaten him in both their previous meetings. How he can be such a big outsider is beyond me.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – Francesca Schiavone 2
Unless Schiavone is injured I fail to see, why Pavlyuchenkova should be the favourite here. Is it really enough to beat Jankovic? They have met 4 times before, most recently during French Open this year, and Schiavone holds a 3-1 lead. She is also 8 places better ranked in the world. Attractive odds on the Italian fighter.
Novak Djokovic – Alexandr Dolgopolov (0-9.5 games) 2
Of course I expect Djokovic to win like everyone else does, but I’m still taking my chances on Dolgopolov to keep the defeat within the handicap. Mind you he reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open this year beating Söderling and Tsonga one the way before losing to Murray in 4 sets. Murray ended up winning by 7 games. Djokovic won by 9 games against Davydenko, and I’m not sure whether Davydenko is a better player than Dolgopolov these days.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Mardy Fish 2
Tsonga is going into this match as the favourite by Fish is absolutely in the form of his life. He reached the quarterfinal at Wimbledon, taking set from Nadal before losing in 4. After that he’s been no less than flying during the hard court season in North America. He won in Atlanta, reached the final in Los Angeles and Montreal before going out in the semifinal in Cincinatti. And that’s the 4 tournaments he’s played! Anyone would be satisfied with a record like that and confidence must be extremely high. Should Tsonga then really be the favourite when you also take into consideration that he has never passed the 4th round at the US Open? He’s reached the 3rd round twice and the 4th round in 2009. I’m happy to swin with Fish tonight.
Caroline Wozniacki – Svetlana Kuznetsova 1
Both have been very convincing so far and has yet to lose a set, but I’m voting on Wozniacki to be the one that continues to shine here at the US Open. She has a 4-2 h2h lead against the Russian, and she has won their last 3 meetings. The latter 2 very convincingly by 6-1 6-3 and 6-2 6-3.
Roger Federer – Juan Monaco
Federer beat Monaco in straight sets earlier this year on hard court, and just like Murray did last night, I’m confident the Swiss will turn it on in style tonight.