Predicting The US Open Men’s Quarterfinals

Ultimate Sports Talk September 5, 2013 Comments Off on Predicting The US Open Men’s Quarterfinals

Tennis2The US Open men’s quarterfinals are upon us, and that means it’s time to take a look at the match-ups, and the betting odds and predictions for who will move on to the semis. It’s been a thrilling 9 days at the Open, and here are the matches we’re set to see play out on Wednesday.

Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Mikhail Youzhny (21)

How They Got Here: Djokovic has enjoyed an incredibly routine run to the quarterfinals, and has yet to face a seeded, or truly, relevant player yet. He has not dropped a set. Mikhail Youzhny continued an inspired run through the field with a 5-set victory over Lleyton Hewitt in Round 4.

Betting Odds: Betfair lists a bet backing Djokovic at 1/14 odds, making him the strong favorite next to Youzhny’s 14/1.

Prediction: Djokovic will drop a set for the first time in this US Open, but he’ll win it in 4.

Andy Murray (3) vs. Stanislas Wawrinka (9)

How They Got Here: Murray has looked very beatable at times, dropping a set in the 2nd Round to Leonardo Mayer and in the 4th to Denis Istomin. Still, he’s through to the quarters with just those two sets dropped. Wawrinka has had to battle, but has looked great doing it, downing Ivo Karlovic, Marcos Baghdatis, and Tomas Berdych on his way here.

Betting Odds: Murray is a 1/4 favorite to Wawrinka’s 4/1 odds.

Prediction: Murray just hasn’t looked that dominant, and Wawrinka is playing arguably his best tennis. Wawrinka will win in 5.

David Ferrer (4) vs. Richard Gasquet (8)

How They Got Here: Ferrer has played 3 consecutive 4-set matches, and at times looked vulnerable in the 4th Round against Janko Tipsarevic. But the feisty Spaniard is used to grinding, and truthfully looks in ideal form. Gasquet had it easy until an absolute battle with Milos Raonic in Round 4.

Betting Odds: Ferrer is the favorite, with 2/5 backing odds to Gasquet’s 1/2.

Prediction: Both seem inclined to play a drawn out match, and no one grinds better than Ferrer. Ferrer will win in 5.

Rafael Nadal (2) vs. Tommy Robredo (19)

How They Got Here: Nadal’s signature Nike attire barely got sweaty in the first 3 rounds as he dispatched opponents with ease. Philipp Kohlschreiber managed to get a set off of him in the 4th Round, but the match was never in jeopardy. Robredo achieved a stunning straight sets upset over Roger Federer in Round 4.

Betting Odds: Nadal is a huge favorite at 1/20 fixed odds, with Robredo at 17/1.

Prediction: Robredo is playing too well not to make this interesting, but in the end Nadal looks almost unbeatable. Nadal will win in 5.