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ATP Matches of the Day - US Open, Day 11

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by pottiella (U7028587) 10 September 2009
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A daily update on the key matchups to look out for in the upcoming day of play at the US Open.

**Matches will be ordered by approximate timing of play rather than appearance by court. Therefore there may be some overlap of matches.
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ US Open 2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

USO, Flushing Meadows QF - As one semifinal is set, so another must be decided today; and much like in round 4, this half the draw sees much more explosive contests in the two matches up for play today.

While three of the 4 players today are no strangers to the sharp end of a grand slam, the other will be brimming with confidence after causing a huge upset in the previous round. And so we have two quarter final matchups so finely poised: two youngsters, a week apart in birth, but rising steadily in a threatening manner to now clash for an elite place in the semis of a grand slam; and a further two experienced hands in the game, though separated some years in age, but what will be nothing less than a bullfight in a highly power-driven match.

Only two matches, but plenty of fireworks.

NB 18:00(BST)
Arthur Ashe Stadium - Juan Martin Del Potro vs Marin Cilic
....Seperated by a week, these two kind of mirror the Djokovic/Murray of a couple of years ago, aas Del Potro shoots up the rankings and by performance, while Cilic takes his steady time. As a result, meeting in a grand slam quarter final which is Del Potro's 4th to Cilic's 1st, there is still a little gulf in relative expectancy. Del Potro continues to push in and intrude the 'Big 4' while Cilic has done what Del Potro couldn't on hardcourt, and that was to beat Murray. So in some ways, it is an intriguing prospeect in just how much impact Cilic can have on Del Potro despite the difference in experience at this end of a Grand Slam. It'll be a tough slog beween the youngsters, but one has to favour experience to come out on top.

Following 00:00(BST)
Arthur Ashe Stadium - Rafael Nadal vs Fernando Gonzalez
....If there was any doubt Nadal wouldn't make it this far, his most basic instincts before he ever become no 1 has dragged him through some tough matches to where he belongs in a grand slam; for since the Australian Open, Nadal has not seen a quarter final of a slam. Gonzalez however, has, back at the French Open and of course has made a HC slam final. So in terms o experience, though Nadal has won the big prize, at this stage it is more about the fight than the prize itself, so Gonzalez and all his power should duly give Nadal a mammoth of a battle.

Nadal's calibre should always be considered to have the upper hand against a player like Gonzalez - for all his bark has little to show for in terms of bites - however Nadal's fitness pierces doubts in how much a favourite he truly is in this match. Gonzalez could well pull off an upset here by exploiting it - but never underestimate the dogged determination of Rafael Nadal.


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posted Sep 12, 2009

It was

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posted Sep 12, 2009

Somebody give Gonzo some powerade <grr>

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYUeqRKXP4U
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posted Sep 12, 2009

This match will soon be over soon.

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posted Sep 12, 2009

Rafa only played two sets Thursday, didn't play Friday, only plays one very short set today. The rain isn't going to work against him which should be relief to his fans.

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posted Sep 12, 2009

Rafa has hardly broken sweat. Gonzo should just have forfeited his match and let the semis take place today.

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posted Sep 12, 2009

This is bizarre, I thought it was Rafa who was injured not Gonzo.

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posted Sep 12, 2009

Even though i felt it was a given that Nadal would win this match with the way Gonzo couldn't make any inroads into Rafa's service games two days ago but not to just turn up at all like that is just a waste of time.

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comment by celosa (U14059235)

posted Sep 12, 2009

Ok - I've tried not to get caught up in the conspiracy theories. However tomorrows schedule will be interesting. I would think Roger-Djoko is equal to Rafa - DP for the tv networks and they can't say after todays match that Rafa needs time to recover. So let's see who they put first!

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comment by Bourne (U3020163)

posted Sep 12, 2009

Gonzalez never stood a chance, this was never in doubt.

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posted Sep 12, 2009

Rafa first tomorrow. If it stops raining for long enough, of course.

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