Roger Federer – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Does anybody beat Roger Federer 3 times in a row? Well, Nadal’s done it. So has Murray and Djokovic. But Tsonga? He has never shown enough stability to place him at the same level as these guys over longer periods of time and he’s in his first quarterfinal at the US Open, whereas Roger Federer has won it 5 times. I can’t get around the thought that he should “allow” Tsonga a third win on the trot. Not after giving up a 2-0 lead at Wimbledon. That definitely hurt Federer and rest assured that he’s be looking to set things straight.
Another way to go in this match is betting on a tie break. They have played each other 4 times in 2011. Once on clay in May where no tie break occured. They have also played twice on hard court and once on grass with a tie break in each match.
Caroline Wozniacki – Andrea Petkovic
They have met each other twice, both in 2011, winning one each, but their first meeting was on hard courts in the USA and that will certainly be useful to Petkovic thinking back to a succesful recipee. I dare not go all the way betting on a win to Petkovic, but I think she can push the Dane. Petkovic reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in January. She also reached the quarters at the French Open. That’s stability and perhaps she’s ready to step it up a gear. She certainly knows her way around Wozniacki.
Serena Williams – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
We probably all know that Serena can crush everyone is her way if she chooses to, but sometimes she does meet a bit of resistance after all. Her last 2 opponents have won 7 games each en route to their defeat and why not bet that Pavlyuchenkova can emulate that? She has met Serena once before, last year at the French Open, where she took the 2nd set after losing the first 6-1. In total she won 9 games before losing the match and her confidence will be high after beating Jankovic and Schiavone during this tournament.