US Open Tennis 2011: No Reason to Worry About Rafael Nadal's Schedule

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US Open Tennis 2011: No Reason to Worry About Rafael Nadal's Schedule
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With rain cancelling Tuesday and Wednesday's US Open matches, fans of Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick etc. might have been worried about just how much it will affect their chances of winning the Open. 

But as for Nadal and Murray, the reasons to worry are slim. Both got through their fourth-round matches in easy fashion early on Thursday. That leaves plenty of rest before the quarters—especially considering how easy they got through the fourth round.

And even though their respective quarterfinals will, if weather permits, be played only a day before the semis, both Nadal and Murray should be able to get through without needing all five sets.

The way Nadal manhandled Muller today should prove sufficient to get through the waning Andy Roddick or the weapon-missing David Ferrer. If either player is to win against the Spaniard, it will be a massive surprise. His serve was on, his volleys were crisp and his passing shots were out of this world. 

Whatever issues he might or might not have had earlier in the tournament, they seem long gone.

Likewise with Murray, who will face either John Isner or Giles Simon in his quarters. Aside from a blip in the second round against Robin Haase, Murray has looked as strong as ever.

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Moreover, both Nadal and Murray will be more rested than their respective quarterfinal opponents. While they both got off the court after two hours of play, Isner-Simon is right now tied at a set apiece and Roddick-Ferrer has only just got started after switching to court 13.

Nobody likes to return Isner's serve, but if anybody doesn't mind too much, it would be Murray, the second-best returner on tour.

And should Simon—a player much more like Murray—prevail, Murray will essentially be the better version.

Of course, both Murray and Nadal would prefer to be in Novak Djokovic's shoes and be done with the quarters by tonight after playing a beatable countryman in the form of Janko Tipsarevic.

But would they prefer to be in Federer's shoes and have to face the only player outside the big four with a somewhat realistic title shot? Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the man in question and he is, by far, the most daunting quarterfinal opponent for any of the Top Four.

I'd say they would rather play Friday and dodge the Tsonga serve and forehand bombs.

Either way, they're professional, they've got a team of physiotherapists at their disposal and they are still young enough to recover quickly.

The rain, luckily, should have little effect on their chances of winning the trophy.  

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