The quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Open are almost underway, although two are yet to be determined due to rain delays. Let’s get straight into our predictions.
QF #1: YTD
After Nadal v Ramos-Vinolas was cancelled and Kyrgios v Karlovic was delayed at 3-4 in the first set, the matches have been moved to Friday, meaning that the winners will have to play twice in one day. Nadal should get past his fellow Spaniard, but he may have more trouble in the quarters, having to play a big server.
Give me Kyrgios and Nadal in the quarters with the Aussie taking it in three tight sets.
Pick: Kyrgios in 3
QF #2: Thiem vs Ferrer
Dominic Thiem has had a great year so far, and the youngster is one of the leaders behind Rafa and Roger in the Race to London. Ferrer, on the other hand, is a veteran. The Spaniard hasn’t had the best year, but he’s performed well lately, taking Federer to three sets in Montreal.
Give me Thiem in straight sets. The veteran won’t be able to handle a younger opponent and his booming groundstrokes.
Pick: Thiem in 2
QF #3: Isner vs Donaldson
Perhaps the weirdest quarterfinal of them all, Isner and Donaldson will face each other for a spot in the semis. While Isner may not be that much of a surprise with his booking serve, Donaldson is. At just 21 years of age, the American was handled a wildcard, beating Bautista Agut and Basilashvili to get here.
The youngster may get a set, but Isner’s serve will overpower him, albeit in close sets and possibly tiebreakers.
Pick: Isner in 3
QF #4: Dimitrov vs. Sugita
Another surprising matchup, Baby Fed will take on the second ranked Japanese player in the world in Sugita. The Japanese player is ranked 46th in the world, and this will mark his first Masters 1000 quarterfinal. He has notched some impressive wins, including an upset against in-form Jack Sock. Dimitrov wasn’t any less impressive, defeating Lopez and del Potro en route to the quarterfinals.
Baby Fed may not have lived up to his moniker, but he’ll take this one against a less experienced player.
Pick: Dimitrov in 2
Kyrgios def. Thiem
Dimitrov def. Isner
Kyrgios def. Dimitrov