2011 US Open Men's Bracket Breakdown: Novak Djokovic's Quarter

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2011 US Open Men's Bracket Breakdown: Novak Djokovic's Quarter
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Djokovic should make it through to the quarterfinal without any major obstacles. He lucked into a fairly good bracket considering his shoulder issues, and should be able to save up a lot of energy for the final three matches.

(For the other three quarters, check these links: Federer's quarter, Nadal's quarter, Murray's quarter)

 

First round matches to watch

Nikolay Davydenko and Ivan Dodig

A classic battle between a one-time star losing a little luster and a rising player coming off his best season.

Gael Monfils and Grigor Dimitrov

Many refer to young Dimitrov as "Baby Federer," which should signal his abilities. Monfils is a whole lot of unfulfilled potential wrapped up into two massive arms and two less-than-massive legs. Both will be trying to prove something.

 

Matchups we're hoping for

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 Richard Gasquet and Alexandr Dolgopolov

Both men should get through the early rounds to meet in the third round. Dolgopolov's whip-like forehand and Gasquet's world-class backhand will decide many of the points, and expect Gasquet's better strategic game and consistency this year to carry him through.

Tomas Berdych and Janko Tipsarevic

Expect Berdych and Tipsarevic to meet in the third round, and expect Berdych to come through in a tough four-setter. This match will be entertaining because Janko is a scrapper, but it is more one to watch to see if Berdych is still in good form for the later rounds.

Tomas Berdych and Gael Monfils

If you like hard-hitting tennis, then get ready to enjoy the massive exchanges in this potential fourth-round encounter. This could easily become a battle of minds and fitness more than tennis shot-making ability. Berdych has the fitness edge, but Monfils is a little tougher mentally.

The winner in this match would face Djokovic, and I have to think that they would take too much out of each other to have enough left against Novak. This would be especially true for Monfils.

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