2014/07/31

The Western and Southern Open Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinal Preview

Federer and Nadal

By Kevin Ware

(August 15, 2013) MASON, Ohio – Friday looks to be one of the most impressive quarterfinal days in memory when quarterfinal action begins at the Western and Southern Open. The credentials of the quarterfinalists are mind-boggling. They include seven Grand Slam singles champions, and seven current and former No. 1’s.  But matches aren’t won on credentials alone, so let’s take a quick look at the match-ups in tomorrow’s lineup.

ATP

[Q] Dmitry Tursunov vs [7] Juan Martin Del Potro

Head-to-Head: Del Potro leads 1-0

Qualifier Tursunov has notched some impressive scalps to reach this quarterfinal. His straight sets defeat of David Ferrer was impressive, and Del Potro is well aware of the challenge he faces in this match. In this battle of strong baseliners, the winner will be determined by the guy who takes it to his opponent first and plays the most aggressive (yet steady) tennis.

[1] Novak Djokovic vs John Isner

Head-to-Head: Djokovic leads 3-1

None of the top guys, Novak included, looks forward to playing Big John because of his massive serve. If he serves well, like he did against Novak at Indian Wells in 2012, he will get the win. If Novak does a good job of getting serves back into play, he will win because of his better ground game.

[5] Roger Federer vs [4] Rafael Nadal

Head-to-Head: Nadal leads 20-10

Roger has struggled this summer: with his game, with his body, and with untimely losses. Tomorrow’s match against Rafa, their 31st, won’t help him overcome any of these things. While Roger’s been struggling, Rafa’s been winning. It’s a bad combination for Roger, who’s still trying to find the confidence needed to play his best.  After a tough 3-set comeback against Tommy Haas in R16, Roger’s going to struggle with his post-match recovery. Sadly, look for this “rivalry” to continue to be fairly one-sided.

[6] Tomas Berdych vs [2] Andy Murray

Head-to-Head: Berdych leads 5-4

Murray has won 3 of their last 4 meetings on hard court, and looks primed to make it 4 out of 5 here in Cincinnati. He hasn’t played his best tennis yet, but is more than capable of doing so. Berdych has played well too, but this match-up isn’t a particularly good one for him. He’ll need to play his most aggressive and clean tennis in order to beat Andy, and I don’t think he’ll be able to be as clean as needed.

WTA

[1] Serena Williams vs Simona Halep

Head-to-Head: Williams leads 2-0

Halep took Williams to three sets when they played on grass during Serena’s comeback from illness a few years back, but won only 3 games earlier this year on clay in Rome. She’s a fine player with three titles on the year, but no real weapon that can hurt Williams. And since Serena rarely beats herself, this match could end up with the same result as Rome.

[10] Caroline Wozniacki vs [2] Victoria Azarenka

Head-to-Head: Wozniacki leads 4-2

Wozniacki won their last match at Indian Wells when Azarenka retired after 3 games in 2011. At the time, it was her third straight win over Azarenka. But that was before Azarenka stepped up her mental game and became a Slam champion: something Wozniacki has yet to achieve.  So if this isn’t a case of “bad match-up”, Azarenka should make it through to the semis.

[12] Roberta Vinci vs [14] Jelena Jankovic

Head-to-Head: Jankovic leads 4-2

Vinci beat Jankovic in the Sydney R16 earlier this year, but Jankovic returned the favor in Miami by besting Vinci in the quarters. They weren’t particularly the best matches ever played, but both were competitive, and both went the distance. Based on current form, either could win. It all depends upon who executes the best.

Semifinal Picks:

ATP – Del Potro, Djokovic, Nadal, Murray

WTA – Williams, Wozniacki, Jankovic, Li*

(*Li Na is through to the semifinals because of a walkover from Aga Radwanksa. Radwanska flew home for the funeral of her grandfather who passed last Sunday. Our thoughts go out to her at this time.)

Kevin Ware is covering the Western & Southern Open as media for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his live updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN.  Follow his personal twitter @SFTennisFreak.

WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN
Cincinnati, OH, USA
August 12-18, 2013
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, August 15, 2013
Singles – Quarterfinals
(5) Li Na (CHN) d. (4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) w/o (personal reasons)

WTA Singles – Third Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Mona Barthel (GER) 64 61
(2) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 63 64
(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 60 62
(5) Li Na (CHN) d. (9) Angelique Kerber (GER) 64 64
(12) Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. (6) Sara Errani (ITA) 64 63
(10) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (7) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 36 62 63
Simona Halep (ROU) d. (11) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 64 46 62
(14) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Sloane Stephens (USA) 36 75 75

WTA Doubles – Quarterfinals
Goerges/Zahlavova Strycova (GER/CZE) d. (1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) 46 62 119 (Match TB)
(2) Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. Huber/Llagostera Vives (USA/ESP) 62 75
(3) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. (7) Chan/Srebotnik (TPE/SLO) 63 62
(6) Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) d. (WC) Kerber/Petkovic (GER/GER) 61 26 1210 (Match TB)

ATP Singles – Third Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] D Goffin (BEL) 62 60
[2] A Murray (GBR) d J Benneteau (FRA) 62 62
[Q] D Tursunov (RUS) d [3] D Ferrer (ESP) 62 64
[4] R Nadal (ESP) d G Dimitrov (BUL) 62 57 62
[5] R Federer (SUI) d [11] T Haas (GER) 16 75 63
[6] T Berdych (CZE) d T Robredo (ESP) 63 60
[7] J del Potro (ARG) d F Lopez (ESP) 64 16 64
J Isner (USA) d [12] M Raonic (CAN) 76(5) 64

ATP Doubles – Quarter-finals
S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) d [3] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) 62 46 16-14

Doubles – Second Round

[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d J Chardy (FRA) / R Gasquet (FRA) w/o (Chardy – left knee)
[4] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) d J Janowicz (POL) / L Kubot (POL) 63 64
M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d [5] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) 63 76(3)
[WC] J Blake (USA) / S Johnson (USA) d [7] J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 61 64


SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 16 AUGUST, 2013

CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
[Q] D Tursunov (RUS) vs [7] J del Potro (ARG) – ATP
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs J Isner (USA) – ATP
Not Before 3:00 PM
[1] S Williams (USA) or M Barthel (GER) vs S Halep (ROU) – WTA
Not Before 7:00 PM
[5] R Federer (SUI) vs [4] R Nadal (ESP) – ATP
Not Before 8:30 PM
[10] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [2] V Azarenka (BLR) – WTA

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am

M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) vs [2] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) – ATP
Not Before 1:00 PM
[12] R Vinci (ITA) vs [14] J Jankovic (SRB) – WTA
Not Before 3:00 PM
[6] T Berdych (CZE) vs [2] A Murray (GBR) – ATP
Not Before 7:00 PM
J Goerges (GER) / B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) vs [6] A Groenefeld (GER) / K Peschke (CZE) – WTA

COURT 3 start 12:00 noon

[8] R Bopanna (IND) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [4] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) – ATP
[3] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) vs [2] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS) – WTA-TBA
Not Before 4:00 PM
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [WC] J Blake (USA) / S Johnson (USA) – ATP-Possible Court Change

 

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