US Open Tennis 2012: 5 Reasons to Watch Quarterfinal Action

Benjamin J. Block@BenjaminBlock21Correspondent IISeptember 6, 2012

US Open Tennis 2012: 5 Reasons to Watch Quarterfinal Action

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    The U.S. Open has been whittled down to the legitimate contenders for the trophy and for most fans, the tournament begins now.

    A lot of pretenders were exposed in the early rounds and sent packing.

    One player who made an unexpectedly early exit was world No. 1, Roger Federer, as he was ousted in his quarterfinal match Wednesday night against Tomas Berdych.

    The women's semifinal matchups have been determined, and we know that Andy Murray will face Berdych in the men's semi's.

    Here are five great reasons to stay tuned to Thursday's quarterfinal action.

Juan Martin Del Potro

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    Before Federer lost in his quarterfinal match Wednesday night, del Potro had made some of the biggest news in this major.

    He put American tennis icon Andy Roddick into retirement.

    Del Potro validated to fans that the three year drought of not contending in or winning a major was in large part to injuries, not lack of talent.

    Delpo now faces Novak Djokovic in the quarters and since Federer is out and there's no Nadal to worry about, this match should be one for the ages.

    According to this Reuters article by Julian Linden, Djokovic recognizes what he's up against in del Potro:

    "Del Potro is a quality player, somebody that when he's physically fit he can challenge anybody on any surface," Djokovic said.

    "It's quarter-finals. There is no really clear favourite anymore. I have to try to play my best."

    For all intents and purposes, this match will have the feel of a final, you won't want to miss this action.


The Other Quarterfinal Match

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    If you like to watch two guys who over-achieve at times, but are capable of delivering spectacular tennis, you will love this next matchup in the round of eight.

    The Spaniard David Ferrer takes on the other Serbian, Janko Tipsarevic.

    Ferrer has really benefited from the No. 4 seed in this U.S. Open, thanks in large part to his buddy Rafael Nadal not playing.

    In hindsight, Ferrer should have had a much tougher draw than he did, but the high seed allowed him to bulldoze his way to Thursday's match with Tipsarevic.

    Janko makes it to the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open for a second consecutive year, equaling his best result in a major.

    If Tipsarevic can move on, there is the potential of an all-Serbian semifinal, but only if Djokovic can beat del Potro in the other quarterfinal.

    There's a lot on the line for both Ferrer and Tipsarevic.

Djokovic Support

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    If the action on the court isn't enough reason to grab your attention for the Djokovic vs. del Potro quarterfinal, maybe the gorgeous Jelena Ristic is?

    She's always by Novak's side, especially at the majors.

    The cameras are sure to pan in her direction whether Djokovic smashes a winner or smashes his racquet.

    She alone is enough reason to stay glued to the television Thursday.

The Supportive Wife

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    It is said that behind a great man, is a great woman.

    Maybe the beautiful Biljana Sesevic has a lot to do with why Tipsarevic has been playing such great tennis?

    She is sure to be there again today, supporting her husband.

    It's a foregone conclusion that we will see her reaction to every point as the match goes down to the wire.

    Not a bad reason to stay tuned today.

Famous Faces in the Crowd

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    The celebrities love to come to the U.S. Open tournament, especially when the quarterfinals arrive.

    It's just another reason to watch these highly anticipated matches because you never know who's going to be sitting court-side.

    The television cameras are always just as interested in finding these famous faces in the crowd as they are capturing the action on the court.

    This Newsday article has tracked some of the more well-known tennis fans that are visiting these championships.