US Open Tennis 2013: Breaking Down Wednesday's Quarterfinal Action

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US Open Tennis 2013: Breaking Down Wednesday's Quarterfinal Action
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Day 10 of the 2013 U.S. Open features some of the best players in the world in both the men's and women's brackets as both are set to commence quarterfinals action. 

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal looks to continue his hot streak against Tommy Robredo, while the women's bracket features a major showdown between Victoria Azarenka and Daniela Hantuchova. 

At this point in the tournament, there are not any matches that should be missed. As is the case with any match, the quarterfinals feature both favorites and underdogs, but anything can happen as fans witnessed when favorite Roger Federer went down early against Robredo. 

Here's the full schedule and a breakdown of the pivotal matches. 

US Open Day 10 Schedule
No. 10 Roberta Vinci vs. Flavia Pennetta 12 p.m. EST
No. 2 Victoria Azarenka vs. Daniela Hantuchova 7 p.m. EST
No. 8 Richard Gasquet vs. No. 4 David Ferrer 2 p.m. EST
No. 2 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 19 Tommy Robredo 9 p.m. EST

US Open Calendar

 

The full television schedule and match schedule can be found on the tournament's official site.

 

Victoria Azarenka vs. Daniela Hantuchova

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No. 2 Victoria Azarenka survived a bit of a scare in the previous round against No. 13 Ana Ivanovic and now has to regain her composure to take on the well-rested Slovak, Daniela Hantuchova. 

Hantuchova cruised past Alison Riske in the previous round and has an extra day of rest thanks to inclement weather. 

Azarenka and Hantuchova have met four times in the past, but their all-time record is deadlocked at 2-2. 

This is the highlight of the women's bracket because there is a solid chance the No. 2 seed could go down. Both have proven to be evenly matched in the past and Azarenka has a combination of a weak showing and shorter schedule working against her. 

Prediction: Azarenka: 6-4, 6-1

 

Richard Gasquet vs. David Ferrer

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Richard Gasquet and David Ferrer have a long history in Grand Slam events, but Ferrer has absolutely owned the head-to-head showdowns to the tune of 8-1. 

No. 8 Gasquet is riding a bit of momentum after staving off No. 10 Milos Raonic, but history does not bode well for his chances. 

Ferrer obviously enters as the favorite as the No. 4 seed and having put together a jaw-dropping run in recent years as USA Today's Chris Chase points out:

Despite the dominant record in favor of Ferrer going into the matchup, most of the contests have been close, with the exception coming in last year's U.S. Open where Ferrer won in straight sets.

Gasquet himself is riding quite the hot streak and playing at perhaps his highest level yet, but overcoming Ferrer will be a mental feat as much as a physical one.

Only one thing is certain about the showdown: Two similarly ranked players with a long history will enter the match and give fans a stellar performance. 

Prediction: Ferrer: 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

 

Rafael Nadal vs. Tommy Robredo 

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Upon first glance at the showdown between the Spanish duo of Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo, it is important to point out that Nadal leads the all-time series 6-0. 

Dive a bit deeper and it turns out that statistic matters little. Federer was 10-0 against Robredo entering the tournament, but Robredo emerged victorious and robbed fans of a highly anticipated, but clearly not guaranteed, quarterfinal showdown between Federer and Nadal. 

Another reason the 6-0 stat does not matter? The last time these two faced off was in 2009. In that gap of time, the two have stayed familiar with each other by teaming up in doubles action. 

In other words, Nadal and Robredo are set to deliver a classic. Should Nadal emerge the winner, it will be business as usual as he remains undefeated on hard courts in 2013 during his dominant tear. 

Should Robredo down the red-hot Nadal, the two-match stretch could go down as one of the best in tournament history. 

All bets are off as to who wins. Instead, simply kick back and enjoy the show. 

Prediction: Nadal: 4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4

 

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