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Fascinating first day at US Open 2019. Let’s review the key highlights from the top half;

• All favorites (Djokovic, Federer and Medvedev) won comfortably.
• All the players projected to reach fourth round survived the first round apart from Raonic who withdrew. (Stan, Basilashvili / Reilly Opelka, Goffin, Coric / Dimitrov)
• As predicted Fognini exited early.
• Unexpected defeats – Hurkacz and Querrey (expected both of them to reach round 2)
• Many close encounters, including 7 five setters.
• Best moment of the day – Sumit Nagal winning the first set against Roger. Huge moment to the Indian youngster. However, this is nothing significant with respect to Federer’s chances as some fans think. If you remember, he lost the opening set of Wimbledon 2019 to Lloyd Harris, and we all know how that ended:smile2:
• Matches to watch in second round – Coric vs. Dimitrov, Garin vs. de Minaur, Pouille vs. Evens

My predictions remains the same for the tournament.

https://medium.com/the-sports-niche/us-open-2019-predictions-can-novak-djokovic-win-his-third-grand-slam-title-of-this-year-f7f0af2e2c35
 

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What a day! Full of surprises and upsets! Key highlights from the bottom half;

• The favorite, Rafa eases through to the second round beating Millman.
• Bautista Agut, Thiem, Khachanov, Tsitsipas, and Auger-Aliassime bowed out in the first round!
• Third quarter of the draw is wide open and this leaves Kyrgios, Monfils, Rublev, and Berrettini with a great opportunity to reach a US Open semifinal for the first time.
• Fourth quarter remains as projected apart from the loss of Khachanov.
• 10 five setters (that’s a whopping 31.3% of the total of 32)
• Matches to watch in second round – Zverev vs. Tiafoe, Isner vs. Struff, Chung vs. Verdasco

My initial predictions for fourth round, quarters and semis are affected by the early losses of Bautista Agut, Thiem, Khachanov :(

Who do you think will reach the quarters from this half? My choices are;

Kyrgios/ Rublev vs. Monfils
Tiafoe vs. Nadal

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Thiem was ill and had a good opponent.
I am really surprised and disappointed with RBAs and Khachanovs losses.
With FAA its too strange when you look at the result, maybe something bothered him (haven't watched the match).
Tsitsipas had probably the hardest Round 1 opponent:
Here we have to be honest that Albot, Carballes Baena or Nagal were just a lot easier and he would have beaten those three as well.
 
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What a day! Full of surprises and upsets! Key highlights from the bottom half;

• Third quarter of the draw is wide open and this leaves Kyrgios, Monfils, Rublev, and Berrettini with a great opportunity to reach a US Open semifinal for the first time.

https://medium.com/the-sports-niche/us-open-2019-predictions-can-novak-djokovic-win-his-third-grand-slam-title-of-this-year-f7f0af2e2c35

Monfils reached the SF in 2016 when he was ridiculous as ever in his defeat against Nole
 

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Thiem was ill and had a good opponent.
I am really surprised and disappointed with RBAs and Khachanovs losses.
With FAA its too strange when you look at the result, maybe something bothered him (haven't watched the match).
Tsitsipas had probably the hardest Round 1 opponent:
Here we have to be honest that Albot, Carballes Baena or Nagal were just a lot easier and he would have beaten those three as well.
Couldn't agree with you more.

I think Thiem played a tournament or two more when he went back to clay after Wimbledon. He will have to manage his schedule better if he wants to do well consistently throughout the year.

RBA and Khachanov threw away great opportunities to reach US Open semis!
 

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With FAA its too strange when you look at the result, maybe something bothered him (haven't watched the match).
Shapovalov was all over FAA's serve. As well as Shapo played, if you get a free hit off pretty much every one of your opponent's serves, then you can dominate the match easily.

But as well as that, Shapo really did play well.
 

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Day 3 Summary

A day dominated by rain.

• The favorites Djokovic and Federer advanced to third round.
• Roger looks rusty and vulnerable against Džumhur. The starts remind me of his 2017 campaign which might provide a good opportunity to Pouille and Goffin in the next couple of rounds.
Key take away is Novak is struggling from a left shoulder injury. Even though, Londero failed to take advantage, Stan and Medvedev might make use of this opportunity. Then again, Djokovic won couple of grand slams in 2016 playing with a shoulder pain so I’m not writing him off at this point.
• Coric withdrew and only 10 seeds remaining in the top half of the draw with 11 matches to be played today.

Get ready for a busy day folks.
 

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Day 4 Summary

Long day at Flushing Meadows. Let’s review the key highlights of the top half;

• Medvedev, Goffin and Stan are through to round 3. Even though, Medvedev and Goffin have challenging Spanish opponents in Feliciano López and Carreño Busta, Stan is almost certain to set up an interesting fourth round clash with the Djoker.
• Evans downed Pouille to set up a match with Roger, which I think would be better for Feds compared to Pouille.
• Matches to watch out in third round – Medvedev vs. Lopez, Goffin vs. Carreño Busta, Nishikori vs. de Minaur

From the bottom half;

• Rafa had a walkover, and he will meet Chung after he won his second consecutive 5 set encounter against Verdasco
• As projected Isner is through to round 3 and looks good to set up a round 4 clash with Rafa as Cilic is still struggling.
• Rublev and Kyrgios win their respective matches to set up an interesting round 3 encounter.
• Other key players Berrettini, Monfils, Shapovalov, and Schwartzman progeressed without any concerns as Zverev struggled past Tiafoe.
• Matches to watch out in third round – Rublev vs. Kyrgios, Monfils vs. Shapovalov, Isner vs. Čilić

No major surprises today from Men’s draw, however I expect some surprises tomorrow :)
 

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Day 5 Summary

Things are settling down at Flushing Meadows as we are approaching the business end of the tournament.

• Favorites Novak and Roger cruised past their third round rivals to set up interesting fourth round encounters with Wawrinka and Goffin respectively.
• Medvedev managed to beat a tough opponent, after an erratic performance which included obscene gestures at the crowd and lashing at ball boys for no reason. However, he has a relatively straightforward route to quarterfinals as Basilashvili bowed out against Koepfer.
• Surprisingly, Nishikori was beaten by a spirited Di Minaur. This means Dimitrov has a chance reach a Grand slam quarterfinal for the first time since 2018 Australian open.
• Matches to watch out in third round – Djokovic vs. Wawrinka, Federer vs. Goffin, Dimitrov vs. Di Minaur

First half of the draw will be very interesting going forward.
 

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Day 6 Summary
Things are falling to pieces in the bottom half of the men’s draw.

• Nadal cruised against Chung to set up a meeting with Cilic who defeated Isner. Nadal has not been tested yet and he will face his first tough opponent when he meet the 2014 US Open champion.
• Rublev was impressive yet again and dispatched Kyrgios in straight set. Based on his form I would not be surprised if he reaches a quarterfinal or a semifinal this time.
• Monfils downed Shapovalov in a close 5 set encounter and now in a good position to reach the quarters.
• Schwartzman eased through to the fourth round along with Zverev, Berrettini and Andújar.

Tomorrow we will have two blockbuster clashes at Ashe with Roger taking on Goffin and Novak meeting Stan.
 

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Day 7 Summary

Big day at the US Open in terms of results, however all matches were somewhat one sided.
• World No 1, Novak Djokovic finally retired after fighting for two close sets against a rejuvenated Stan Wawrinka. Given his shoulder issues this was on the card for the last couple of games. Given the level he played in the tournament, I don’t think the injury is as serious as 2016. Let’s hope he will be back at his best by October.
• Roger Federer cruised against Goffin (who might be carrying a shoulder injury as well). Based on his performances in last couple of rounds Fed can be considered as the favorite to win the title.
• Roger will meet Dimitrov, who easily defeated de Minaur in straight sets. Interesting to see how a player once called as “Baby Fed” will fair against the maestro in great form.
• Medvedev ended the spirited run of the qualifier Köpfer. The Russian can post a huge challenge to Stan and Federer in the next couple of matches.

Top matches for tomorrow will include Rafa vs. Cilic and Zverev vs. Schwartzman.
 

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Day 8 and 9 Summaries

Couple of important days at the US Open

• Roger Federer bowed out of the tournament after a close five set encounter to “Baby Fed” Dimitrov. Therefore, we will see a new Grand Slam finalist in this year’s US Open.
• Dimitrov will meet Medvedev who disposed Stan in four sets. The tall Russian is having an excellent couple of months in North America and now has a 19-2 record since Washington and is the favorite to reach the maiden US Open final over Dimitrov.
• In the bottom half Monfils will start his quarterfinal as the favorite against Berrettini.
• Nadal will be against a spirited Schwartzman. Nadal is the clear favorite to win the title now after Roger and Novak are gone and is the only grand slam winner remaining in the hunt. If he plays the way he did against Cilic in the last couple of sets it will be very difficult to stop him from winning his 19th Grand Slam title.
 
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