Thursday, August 29, 2013

US Open Day 4 Matches to Watch

The US Open saw some great action on a rain-truncated day 3, but it also meant some of the matches I picked to watch yesterday are actually going to be played today. I pick three more matches that have caught my eye on the day 4 schedule.

Flavia Pennetta vs. Sara Errani (4)

Before Italian females starting reaching grand slams and winning them, Flavia Pennetta was the original trailblazer for her compatriots, when she made back-to-back quarterfinal appearances at the US Open in 2008 and 2009. Pennetta is still a supreme fighter on court, not that different from last year's French Open finalist Sara Errani. The fourth seed is excellent defensively, with her ability to change the pace of rallies by varying topspin and flat shots a strong asset. This match between two opponents who respect each other will be decided by fine margins, as both give it their all.

John Isner (13) vs. Gael Monfils

Isner enters the US Open as the highest ranked American in the men's draw. The responsibility is not likely to faze the big serving Isner, who made a statement of intent with a thrashing of Filippo Volandri in the first round after a fantastic run in Cincinnati. At his peak, Monfils ability to run down balls and supreme fitness would make him more than a match for Isner, however on the fasters surfaces at Flushing Meadows the home favourite should progress against the Frenchman.

Bernard Tomic vs. Daniel Evans

Many in the tennis community are still waiting for Tomic to breakthrough after his Wimbledon quarterfinal appearance in 2011, however the Australian's temperament has triumphed over his tennis too many times. On song, Tomic can combine a fearsome first serve with excellent variety from the baseline. Tomic should have too much for British qualifier Evans, who put in the performance of the first round when he serve-and-volleyed his way past eleventh seed Kei Nishikori. However, Tomic did have a five-setter in the first round, and if Evans can get on a role, an upset isn't entirely out of the question.
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