US Open 2013 – Men’s Semi Finals

The women’s semis went the way of the favourites in straight sets last night.  In the end it was Pennetta who put up more of a fight as Li Na failed miserably to even equal her previous losing efforts against Serena.

 

Today’s matches really should take a similar shape although many are tipping (or hoping) that Wawrinka can continue his amazing form. He out played Berdych after the Czech player had taken the opening set and controlled the match on Thursday against a woeful Murray.

Djokovic leads the head to heads 14-2 and has won their last 11 meetings. Their most recent match was at this year’s Australian Open. Djokovic won it 12-10 in the 5th set.. Wawrinka has had the season of his life since then. He has had a couple of injuries and in particular a back problem that forced him to retire from his home tournament in July. Grand slams are very punishing tournaments.

Djokovic has quietly gone about his business so far. He has lost just 1 set  which was against Youzhny in the quarter final. I’m not reading too much into that. Often in best of 5 matches when a player goes 2-0 up they relax and try to conserve some energy for the next round. The underdog winning the 3rd  set is quite common.

This is Stan’s first slam semi final. He has spent all of his career with an inferiority complex being in Federer’s shadow. He is much stronger mentally now which must be to do at least partly with his new coach but the chance to reach a Grand Slam final is a massive deal and having to beat the world number 1 to get there makes it no easier. We won’t know how well he will deal with this new pressure but we can be certain that Djokovic will be more at ease as he has been in this situation many times.

I don’t think we will have a Swiss player in the final this year but I think he will take at least a set from Djokovic.

Djokovic in 4 sets.

 

Gasquet has screwed up 2 tips for me in this tournament. He finally won a second 4th round match at a slam after countless attempts and then when I thought he would be too fatigued to get past Ferrer in the quarter final when he had struggled against him in the past he somehow came through in another 5 sets match. Enough is enough!

He now faces tournament favourite Nadal in a Grand Slam semi final having played 5 sets in his last 2 matches. If Nadal were to trip when coming out of the locker room, smash his knee up and break his left wrist then Reeshard may be able to take a set.

Nadal leads the head to heads 10-1 with Gasquet’s win being their first ever meeting back in 2003. Nadal retired after losing the first set. Gasquet hasn’t taken a set from the Spaniard since 2008.

Nadal in 3 sets.

 

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