U.S. Open 2009: Del Potro Feasts On Cilic, Oudin Ousted

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U.S. Open 2009: Del Potro Feasts On Cilic, Oudin Ousted
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It's a bit of old news at this point, however Wozniaki played stellar (smart) tennis to dismantle a clearly nervous, and perhaps emotionally drained Melanie Oudin in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. While I'm probably in the minority here, at least in North America, I was rooting for Wozniaki all the way. Cinderella should pay her dues too. Wozniaki clearly has, and is THE one ready for the break through in my mind. Melanie Oudin is just a kid, a great talent, and the future of American tennis, but still just a kid. Give her time to mature, she'll get there, and without dropping F-Bombs on International television.

With Juan Martin Del Potro's "crushing" of Cilic, at least in the fourth set (6-0), he sets up the probable clash against Rafael Nadal. I'm going to be in the minority here again, but I'm rooting for Del Potro all the way, and I'm even expecting Del Potro's break-through. Folks, he's that good, plays that big, and this is one hell of a stage for the big man to do it. It won't come easy (if it comes at all), because Nadal is playing some sinister tennis out there. He's come along just fine, and I could be dead wrong with this prediction, but what the heck, lay it out there!

For Del Potro to be successful he's going to have to do several things out there against Nadal:

  1. Serve big - High percentage stuff.
  2. Keep it short - Nadal's knee or Del Potro's curious fitness? I'll assume Nadal will have the advantage here, so Del Potro needs to play big all the time.
  3. ATTACK!!! - ...Nadal's second serve in the theme of keeping it short. Open it up out there, long rallies, long match will give advantage to Nadal.

I'm always getting ahead of myself, and here I'm doing it again. Perhaps Gonzalez thinks so too.
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