U.S. Open Saturday picks, including Djokovic vs. Querrey

U.S. Open third round

(1) Novak Djokovic vs. Sam Querrey: While this may be a lopsided matchup on paper, you never really know for sure. Querrey has defeated Djokovic before, albeit once in eight career tries (2012 Paris Masters). The American also took a set off the current world No. 1 last year in Davis Cup in a match during which Djokovic sustained a sprained ankle. Based on how this event has progressed so far, Americans need a whole lot of luck–and won’t get it. Djokovic in 3.

(22) Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. (13) John Isner: Remember that scene in “Miracle” in which the coach keeps saying, “Again, again, again, again”???? That’s what this is. These two veterans will be facing each other at this stage of the Open for a third consecutive season. Kohlschreiber won the first two, but Isner looks like a man on a mission–a mission to keep American men alive in the tournament heading into the second week. Isner in 5.

(9) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Pablo Carreno Busta: If you’re a fan of the Grandstand, you have to be loving week one of the U.S. Open. Tsonga and Gael Monfils, two of the undisputed most exciting players in the sport, will have played a combined all five of their matches on the Grandstand when this one ends on Saturday. So far, neither Frenchman has disappointed. Tsonga in 3.

Andrey Kuznetsov vs. (8) Andy Murray: Murray vs. Fernando Verdasco would have been more prestigious, perhaps even snagging the night spot in Ashe. Still, don’t discount Kuznetsov. The guy beat David Ferrer at Wimbledon and his win over Verdasco on Thursday was also impressive. Murray, though, was a completely different player on Thursday than he was during a debacle of a first round. Murray in 3.

(3) Stan Wawrinka vs. Blaz Kavcic: Everything about this suggests it should be entirely straightforward. Then again, Wawrinka’s last match against Thomaz Bellucci should have been entirely straightforward, too. And we all saw how that turned out…. Actually we didn’t, because almost everyone left when Wawrinka was up two sets to love! Wawrinka in 3.

Nick Kyrgios vs. (16) Tommy Robredo: I know Kyrgios beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon and all, but night session on Ashe on Labor Day weekend? Seriously? Seriously? Alas, Kyrgios won’t complain. And neither will fans when they see what this kid brings to the table. This may be be a redux of Robredo vs. Ernests Gulbis at the 2007 Open. Or maybe not. Kyrgios in 4.

(10) Kei Nishikori vs. Leonardo Mayer: There’s not much to say about this one, except that Nishikori should win comfortably–IF he’s healthy. And that’s always  a big IF. Nishikori in 3.

Victor Estrella Burgos vs. (5) Milos Raonic: The Dominican Republic fans have been awesome for Estrella Burgos this week. They will have to be even more awesome for this one because in terms of talent, even Estrella Burgos would admit he is out of his league against Raonic. No offense to the underdog, but Raonic vs. Borna Coric would have been better. Raonic in 3.

40 Comments on U.S. Open Saturday picks, including Djokovic vs. Querrey

  1. I’m going for a couple of bold picks. Mayer to beat Nishikori and Querrey to take a set off Novak. You heard it here first (please forget where you heard it if Kei and Novak stroll home in straights)

  2. WTF??

    Querry IS American, right? Djokovic IS the #1 player in the world, right? Yet they are thrown in to roast in the midday sun while THAT earring-wearing, tattooed, obnoxious, Australian young Johnny-come-lately (can’t even bear to mention him by name….) and T-Rob get the night shade???

    • “Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.”
      (Michael Corleone)

      If they are going to be this obvious with their Fed favouritism, I will find myself backing the Djoker to win this thing whether I like it or not. I hate blatant injustice.

  3. None of the scheduling has anything to do with favoritism, who beat whom, or anything else. It has to do with TV rights. This is the US Open, and CBS, the major network, has the broadcast rights for the day session. (For those outside of the US, CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox, are the 4 biggest networks. ESPN, while huge, is a cable network. College football starts today and all of the ESPN networks will be broadcasting football. The Tennis Channel, which is a niche cable network with a small audience is carrying the night matches. So, bottom line is TV ratings. The top rated players such as Serena and Novak, will be on during the day because that’s what CBS wants and has the rights to, and the lower ranked players will be on at night on the Tennis Channel. Isner and Querry will both be playing day matches so that CBS can show them. Serena and Novak are ranked #1, so CBS will want them too. Bouchard, while a relatively big draw, is not an American, so is playing a night match.

  4. RT @TennisReporters: “Assume Raonic to win 76 76 76 but he has 2 learn to get returns. Maybe can win maybe without returns, but vs Big guys he’ll lose. Like v Fed”

  5. I find it truly amazing that Querrey seems completely incapable of playing either forehand or backhands on the run. So SO many errors when made to run even a yard or two either side of the centre point on the baseline.

    • I have to say that Kohls played some outstanding tennis to one more time beat Isner. He’s a giant killer! With the crowd against him, he kept his cool and let Isner blast his 42 aces and still lose!

      Well done!

  6. Kohls wins three tiebreaks to take down Isntner!!!

    3rd year in a row! Live by the sword…

    Congratulations to Meeee!!!!

    (commies to Ricky)

    #YoullLearn
    #GodsCountry
    #djokerNole

  7. Jpacnw is of course correct. Fed draws the biggest ratings which is why he usually plays prime time.

    Still DjokerNole and Murray get to bake in the sum vs guys you’ve actually heard of and can play good tennis.

    #NE1ButTMF
    #NoleFam

  8. RT @runofplay “Fascinating to watch Robredo here. Using all his old-man savvy to bottle Kyrgios up. It’s like watching an accountant shut down a circus.”

    Careful, that’s @hawkeye’s “real deal” you’re calling a circus……

  9. RT @juanjosetennis : “Old man Disco Tommy, hatin’ on youngins.”

    Rock on Tommy! Send the Harlem Globe-Trotter back to wearing sequins and swinging from ropes…………..

  10. Fantastic write-up by Howard Bryant:

    http://espn.go.com/tennis/usopen14/story/_/id/11431647/us-open-first-week-reinforces-questions-american-tennis

    Money quote:
    “In her past 27 tournaments dating back to Washington 2013, she has been eliminated in the first or second round in half of them. She has never reached a final at any tour-level event. Or perhaps she has reached her own hell moment, knowing her current skill set is good enough to have a great life and sell boatloads of Under Armour gear but not nearly good enough to be a top-five or top-10 player.

    Of course, she merely represents the coin of the realm of American sports in 2014, that winning is not particularly important when a player like Stephens is marketed, treated and compensated like a legend without actually being one.”

    The above quote is about much more than Sloane Stephens, I reckon……………

    #AmericanTennis

  11. RT @juanjosetennis: “hard. Harder. HARDEST!!! “OUT!” Nick Kyrgios’ tribute to James Blake continues on Ashe.”

    RT @nadalnews: @juanjosetennis ha! Totally the Blake school of hit hard think later…maybe”

  12. RT @juanjosetennis : “Nick, you might want to tip that old man. Tennis lessons ain’t free.”

    Vamos Tommy!

  13. So so so very impressed with TRob’s game last night. Such entertaining tennis match.

    Kyrgios played amazing tennis especially in the first and both guys played fantastic in the second.

    Tommy has gotten so much better in the last three years and is a true veteran. He waited out the storm and made the right adjustments.

    Kyrgios has the potential game to win majors in the future but not unless he drops the attitude.

    Fun match.

    Here’s hoping TRob can build on his win and take out subStandard in the 4th round.

    #RealDeal
    #VamosTommyCanYouHereMe
    #TeamDjokovic

    • Their head to head suggests Tommy could well do so. He lost to him at the AO but Mr. One Slam Wonder has been going backwards since.

  14. @hawkeye,

    I agree with you. Kyrgios need to lose that attitude, big time! I thought Jerzy was bad when he broke through last year. This guy is even worse! He’s like Tomic x100! Way out of control. The ESPN commies said during the match that his Davis Cup coach fined him for some bad behavior. I hope he learns because otherwise he’s going to amount to nothing, talkent or big game or not.

    I can’t say enough about Tommy last night. He was the consummate professional in that match. He didn’t get rattled when Kyrgios was blasting big serves and winners, just kept it together and figured out how to beat him. Smart tactics that took Kyrgios out of his comfort zone. It’s called having a tennis brain.

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