I’m mostly taking Labor Day weekend off, but I figured a short post would be easy enough to do. However, the post I’ve decided to do is a mid-tournament assessment of my tournament preview. I was looking forward to doing this a couple of days ago, but after playing some of my worst tennis of the summer (and that’s saying something) and watching about 10 hours of tennis over the last two days I’m less than enthusiastic about this endeavor. But I will soldier on because this new commitment to writing more often is something I’m enthusiastic about.
Let’s start with the men. I’m going to start myself off with an A at the top because all four men I picked for the final four are still in the tournament and playing very well. I wouldn’t change my picks regardless because I already picked them in writing but I think even looking at the draw the way it is now I’m still comfortable.
|The camera loves to see Nadal shirtless|
In the 6-10 section of the draw, I have to give myself a solid B. I did expect Gael Monfils or Tomas Berdych to get to the quarterfinals and they are both gone. But I also correctly predicted (maybe just wished for) the early exits of Nicolas Almagro and Robin Soderling.
In the 12-16 portion, I’m going to take an A-. I wrongly insinuated that Gilles Simon would be gone by now (instead he scored a big win over Juan Martin Del Potro), but was spot on in knowing Richard Gasquet, Stan Wawrinka, Viktor Troicki and Mikhail Youzhny would impress no one.
|Donald Young had the|
best week of his career
One other thing. My men’s preview was filled with pics of potential rising stars and while it wasn’t only the guys I highlighted, the big story of the first week was how well many of the younger players (especiallyAmericans) played and handled the moment.
|Azarenka lost but|
|I have no idea who Angelique Kerber is|
but she's in the quarterfinals
|Flavia Pennetta is another|
It’s pretty much the same story for the also-rans (which aren’t really also-rans because Serena Williams is in this section). I picked Serena to win and that’s looking more likely every day, but none of the other players I featured in this section played even one shot better than anyone would have expected. Of course, no one could really have predicted Venus Williams’ illness. She’s one of my all-time favorite players so I really hope she is able to manage this and get back on the court.
Even with the crappy grades, three of the four women I picked to get to the semifinals are still in there with a shot at it. I still feel very confident about the three of them.
|Ana Ianovic is trying to make it back to the top|
|John Isner is one of four Americans in the round of 16|
|Nadal is still in it, but not playing great yet|
|Jack Sock lost to Andy Roddick in the 2nd round|
|Juan Carlos Ferrero|
All pictures are from this year’s US Open.