Sunday, August 26, 2007

US Open: First Round Matches to Watch

I approached this post by looking at the draw and saying to myself "If I were at the Open, which matches would interest me? Which ones would I try to go see?"

Here they are, in no particular order:

Federer vs. Jenkins - Any chance to see Fed live would be cool, plus I'm an armchair fan of Scoville Jenkins. At least the kid will end up laying on Ashe for his only match, right?
Ferrero vs. Lopez - A battle of sneaky Spaniards...that particular breed that can play well on hardcourts as well as clay.
Karolovic vs. Clement - David and Goliath...worth mentioning just for the size discrepancy.
Gimelstob vs. Roddick - Just like at Wimbledon, Gimel will play his last US Open match against Roddick. Roddick doesn't seem to like him much, and Justin doesn't seem to care. I think this will be entertaining, though, and both of them should be diving onto the hardcourt at least a few times.
Kiefer vs. Spadea - If Spadea plays well, this will be a good match. Kiefer has played well since coming back on tour. The Rapper vs. The Racquet Thrower.
Murray vs. Cuevas - Notable only because it will be a chance to see if Murray's wrist is in shape or not. Cuevas is a qualifier.
Hrbaty vs. Lee - Should be a good quality match, a baseline throwdown.
Haas vs. Darcis - The veteran vs. the new kid. My money is on the veteran, but Darcis has a chance.
Mirnyi vs. Baghdatis - Marcos should win, but may be an interesting match anyway.
Ancic vs. Djokovic - Oh Mario. What a horrible draw!!! Nole should win, but hopefully Mario can make it hard for him.
Wawrinka vs. Korolev - Wawrinka played well in New Haven, but nobody else was really there. A good match.
Tursunov vs. Henman - Bad draw for Henman. This will more than likely be his last US Open match, but Tursunov is capable of giving it away as well. I saw them play each other at Legg Mason in '06, and Tursunov won in straight sets.
Dancevic vs. Safin - Duh.
Tipsarevic vs. Sweeting - The forgotten Serb vs. the American brat. But my real reason? Janko is hot.
Odesnik vs. Udomchoke - DUH!!! GO WAYNE!!!

Schiavone vs. Dechy - Equal to a Tier II or III final.
Vaidisova vs. Kudryavtseva - Notable to see how Vaidisova is playing. Kudryavtseva almost took out Venus in the early rounds of Wimby, so this could be a potential upset. One to keep an eye on.
Mattek vs. Brengle - A battle of Americans, and I would want to at least pop in to see what Bethany is wearing.
Loit vs. Razzano - A battle of Frenchies, plus Loit has a tricky game, and Razzano has played well as of late.
Srebotnik vs. Molik - It sucks that we'll have to lose one of these players in the first round.
King vs. Shaughnessy - More Americans, this time the youngster vs. the veteran.
Dulko vs. A. Bondarenko - Two players that have had close to break out years. Should be a decent match. Dulko just won the tourny at Forest Hills.
Bartoli vs. Glatch - What shape, mentally and physically, will the Wimby finalist be in? Glatch could take advantage here, if she doesn't get overwhelmed (and I don't think she will).

Lots to watch!!! Unfortunately, it will be my first day back at school and I'll more than likely be stuck in meetings all day. *insert frowny face*

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