U.S. Open 2012: Predictions for Roger Federer's Remaining Matches
Roger Federer is a man on a mission at the 2012 U.S. Open.
After reclaiming the World No. 1 ranking and seemingly finding his groove again, the Fed Express is on course for another Grand Slam title to add to his collection.
A walkover against American Mardy Fish has placed the Swiss maestro in the final eight at Flushing Meadows—the question now remains as to whether he can go on and clinch the title or whether he will be stopped along the way.
Read on for predictions for every one of Roger Federer's remaining matches.
Quarterfinal vs. Tomas Berdych
Roger Federer will face big-serving Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals after the Czech Republic international was simply too big and powerful for Spaniard Nicolas Almagro. And whilst the Fed Express will enter the match as favorite, don't count out the possibility of Berdych causing a serious upset.
His big serve suits the hard court tournaments and is seemingly in good touch at the 2012 U.S. Open—making him Federer's toughest opponent so far in the competition.
The Swiss maestro should just have enough to see off Berdych, but I think he'll do it the hard way—coming from a set down to win the match in five.
Federer wins 3-2.
Semifinal vs. Andy Murray
That sets up a rematch of both the Wimbledon and Olympic finals this year and one that is bound to gather a lot of interest as Murray seeks to clinch his maiden Grand Slam over the man that has seemingly stopped him time and time again.
Tough to beat Federer here—particularly given Murray's poor serving so far at the U.S. Open. Murray was able to beat Milos Raonic in the fourth round by keeping the points long and by forcing the Canadian to try and go for the winner, but against Federer, that simply won't be enough.
Federer stops the Brit once again in straight sets.
Federer wins 3-0.
Final vs. Richard Gasquet
Yes, I know that I typed Richard Gasquet and not Novak Djokovic. Yes, I know that I'm an idiot. Yes, I know that it's the most stupid thing you've ever heard of. And now that I've got all your comments out of the way, let's move on to the prediction.
Be it through Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round, Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarterfinals or Gasquet himself in the semifinal, Djokovic isn't going to be there in the final of the 2012 U.S. Open, and I'm putting the Frenchman as the man to battle Federer for the Grand Slam crown.
Buoyed by the run of success and confidence, Gasquet will make for a great encounter and a tougher match than many expected. But despite dropping the second set, the Fed Express will roll on and put on a show in the fourth and final set—giving Federer another Grand Slam jewel to his crown and establishing himself once more as the greatest player in men's tennis.
Federer wins 3-1.
I've got Roger Federer as the man to catch at the 2012 U.S. Open and the main danger that all remaining players will be on the look out for.
I'd love to hear your thoughts—is it going to be Federer? Is it Djokovic? Is it going to be someone else?
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