US Open Tennis 2012: Predictions for the Weekend's Events

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US Open Tennis 2012: Predictions for the Weekend's Events
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We all have them. Some keep them to themselves. Some of us boldly put our thoughts on paper or on the Internet.

I chose cyberspace over a fish wrap.

The U.S. Open is one of the tennis' grandest stages, where a player is certain to bring us to our knees with joy or make us jump to the heavens in excitement.

That 2011 champions Samantha Stosur and Novak Djokovic have lost a spot or two in the world rankings tells us this could be a weekend that sees players move toward greatness or toward the airport and a flight home.

This being a two-week tournament, anything is possible, even a move by unseeded players who were once golden in our eyes but have fallen from grace because of injury, talent, fortitude, or all three.

Here are some things to watch for this weekend.

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