Federer v Wawrinka
Roger looked great in the first set, but really beatable in the second set. Mayer held the offensive advantage in many rallies there down-the-stretch. Roger needs to step-up the offense, S&V more, try to finish these points on his terms. Looked a little like Halle and Wimbledon where he just didn’t have the shot from the BL to finish the rally. His serve will be key, of course.
Stan is rolling. Roger has an obvious mental advantage over his younger pal, but I’ll just put this on the approach Roger takes. If he tries to exchange from the BL, he’ll get into trouble, maybe lose to a confident and surging Stan. Roger needs to put pressure on Stan, make him hit passes, etc. Stan will already have a little pressure, playing his mentor. Roger has to use that. Not sure how much Stan will succumb to the elder.
Based-on the end of that Mayer match, I like Stan in this one. First set Federer moved great and suffocated, dazzled his counter-part. Not so much in the end. Which Fed shows-up?
Djokovic v Raonic
Novak will have his hands full but he should simply out class the gangly one. Novak generally gets sharper by rounds, so I don’t see him dropping the first as he has in his last two. If Milos serves-up an ace clinic, get ready for some TB tennis in this one. But that’s a lot of pressure on the Canadian.
Del Potro v Goffin
I have to lean Juan Martin here, but the Belgian did just put it to the tough S.African, who may, however, be feeling some fatigue. None the less, Goffin appears to be playing well. I like Juan Martin, in the end.
Cilic v Carreno Busta
I haven’t seen the Spaniard play at all, but I have to lean the Croat, unless he has low energy and just gets out-worked by the decent hard court grind of Carreno.
Fatigue shouldn’t be a factor in any of these. Even with Cilic.
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