Terrific Tuesday: Looking Back and Ahead

josh millarSenior Analyst ISeptember 3, 2008

It was indeed a terrific Tuesday at the US Open, a day session that saw two of the world’s best play back-to-back thrilling five set matches, an upset and a hungry American.

Novak Djokovic was the first to set the tone with his five set match against Spaniard Tommy Robredo

Djokovic looked sluggish in the first set losing it 6-4

In the second set, he suffered what appeared to be a hip injury. The injury seemed to focus the youngster and he went on to win a tough five setter match.

However, Djokovic is tired and hurt and it won’t get any easier. He’ll face Andy Roddick in his quarterfinal.

Roddick and his serve looked sharp again last night and his forehand was solid.

Roger Federer had a tough five set win Tuesday against Igor Andreev. I like the work ethic of this man. He provided a tougher test than many of us thought he could, alas, Federer one the “big points” in the match.

Despite his win it was certainly not the Roger Federer we once knew. What was once a labour of love seemed more simply a labour?

He struggled mightily on this day, as he seemingly has all season, but there was one positive on this day.

Federer showed emotion. He shouted, pumped his fist, things we would not expect from Roger Federer, but what it does is it turns into a mental game with his opponents, showing them he wants it and maybe, just maybe make his opponents doubt themselves.

Looking ahead

Novak Djokovic is hurt and has a tough quarter against Roddick, the winner will have most certainly battled to move on.

Rafa Nadal has a seemingly easier quarter, but alas strange things happen under the lights at Flushing Meadows. I still think Nadal will survive.

Roger  Federer has the easiest quarter of all against qualifier Gilles Muller who played five matches in the quallies and his last three matches have been five set affairs.

I still think it sets up well for Roddick who is the freshest man remaining.

Speaking of being fresh , on the women’s side the Williams sisters play each other in a quarterfinal match tonight. This match because of the unique circumstances may result in greater mental rather than physical drain.

The winner will likely face Dinara Safina, who’s been hot this summer.

No matter the scenario, things are set up well for another Russian Elena Dementieva whose confidence is sky high.

Business is picking up at the Open.  Enjoy!