The Men’s Draw
- Both finalists from 2012 No.1 seed Djokovic and No.3 seed Murray are in the top half, along with No.5 seed Berdych and No.6 seed Del Potro.
- No.3 seed Nadal, No.4 seed Ferrer and No.7 seed Federer are in the bottom half
- Nadal could play Federer in the Quarter-finals and Ferrer in the Semi-finals
- Top half potential Round 4 matches are:
- Haas-Del Potro
- Bottom half potential Round 4 matches are:
- Based on recent form, the top four seed least likely to make the semi-finals has to be Ferrer. Fourth seed Ferrer has not had the best preparation for the US Open, winning only 1 of 3 matches on hard courts in the lead up tournaments (ATP Masters 1000 events in Montreal and Cincinnati). Don’t get me wrong, I love Ferrer and hope he makes it through but there is a good opportunity for either Raonic or Janowicz to make the semi-finals.
- Top four seed with toughest draw: Each has a claim, but we think it has to be Nadal. Potential matches against Harrison, Pospisil, Verdasco, Isner and Federer will make for a tricky route to the semi-finals.
GSG’s Round One Men’s Matches to Watch
- Goffin v Dolgopolov
- Hewitt v Baker
- Murray v Llodra
- Wawrinka v Stepanek
- Robredo v Matosevic
The Women’s Draw
- Defending champion No.1 seed Serena Williams and No.3 seed Aga Radwanska are in top half
- No.2 seed Azarenka and No.4 seed Errani are in the bottom half
- Potential Quarter-finals are:
- S Williams v Kerber
- A Radwanska v Li Na
- Wozniacki v Errani
- Kvitova v Azarenka
- The top four seed least likely to make the semi-finals has to be Errani. This quarter contains Wozniacki, Vinci, Kirilenko and Kuznetsova, but no clear favourite.
GSG’s Round One Women’s Matches to Watch
- S Williams v Shiavone
- Flipkens v V Williams
- Jankovic v Keys
- Watson v Halep
What other matches are you looking forward to at 2013 US Open?
Until next time
Grand Slam Gal
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