With the final grand slam of the year set to commence today, let’s take a look at the draw and make our predictions.
This is Rafa’s quarter, but it may not be the Spaniard to come out of it unscathed. From the always dangerous Fognini to Berdych, Monfils, and Dimitrov, Rafa’s quarter is not exactly a cakewalk. Take into consideration the fact that he hasn’t had the best hard court swing in the last months, and the chances of him meeting Fed in the semis becomes increasingly unlikely.
As much as I want a Fedal, I don’t think Rafa has what it takes to make it there. Look for someone like Dimitrov to ride his good from into the US Open semifinals.
Prediction: Dimitrov def. Nadal
This is Federer’s quarter, and it’s kind of strange to see the first and second seed in the same half of the draw. Fed fans certainly won’t be happy with Murray’s retirement following the draw as it means that Cilic will be left with a very easy draw that should have been Federer’s.
While we still don’t know if Federer has fully recovered, it seems like the Swiss has the chance at a 20th grand slam title. He’ll face the likes of Tiafoe and Lopez, and the most difficult challenge will come in the fourth round against Kyrgios (if the Australian can keep his head straight).
Thiem and Del Potro are waiting for him, but they shouldn’t have what it takes to dethrone the Swiss Maestro.
Prediction: Federer def. Del Potro
The German youngster, Alexander Zverev, is in this corner, and it looks to be a favorable draw. Kevin Anderson, Jack Sock, and Sam Querrey all reside in this quarter, and each have their booming serve and/or groundstrokes, but Zverev has proved again and again that he is the real deal, winning two Masters titles this year.
It should definitely be a fun quarter to watch, one full of upsets and curiosity, and it could also decide the finalist. The fourth quarter boasts no one impressive other than Cilic and Tsonga, both who have their own problems right now, and Zverev is looking like the favorite to reach the final.
Prediction: Zverev def. Sock
By far the easiest quarter of the draw, Cilic has replaced Murray after the Brit pulled out, and he’ll have an incredibly easy road to the semifinals. The only concern is whether or not his injury will affect his chances.
The quarter also boasts Tsonga, Pouille, and Ferrer; the first two haven’t had much success this year, but the latter has had some impressive performances in the latest hard court swing, and he could challenge for a spot in the semifinals.
This quarter is up for grabs, and it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top.
Prediction: Carreno Busta def. Pouille
Federer def. Dimitrov
Zverev def. Carreno Busta
Federer def. Zverev