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The Thin Line

September 12, 2009

The draw is out for the US Open 09.

And it is perfect.

We have been really blessed this year, especially for us people that like our matches to be full of high class rivalries and dramas. It is also extremely good for Federer fans, as he doesn’t have too much of a challenge until the semis.

Interesting match ups

Ernests Gulbis vs Andy Murray: Ernie will probably get whipped in straights, but at least we get to see Curls on TV. This may dampen the revoltingness of Teeth momentarily. Not often I watch a first round Muzz match.

Rafael Nadal vs Jo Wilfried Tsonga: You have no idea what you are going to get with Jo ,and for once, the same applies to Rafa. The big question is obviously how his knees will be if he ends up in the quaters coming up against Jo. Another big question will be how Tsonga is playing. After an impressive Toronto, he fell short in Cincy. He has never really rediscovered the form that lead him to his first slam final in Melbourne in 08, but Tsonga can beat anyone on his day. Providing his opponent is not ranked higher and also having ‘ his day’, of course.

Novak Djokovic vs Andy Roddick: Last year Nole beat Roddick and got booed off court. Since then, he has lost to Andy on several occassions. He seems to have a huge mental block when playing him, and almost appears to be trying too hard to befriend him. Check out the, ‘you should challenge that’, call that Nole made to Andy in their Toronto match up. It turned the tide in Andy’s favour. All would point to a Roddick victory, but you never know with Novak. All I know is it is bound to be very interesting. How will America respond to Novak this time around?

Andy Murray vs Juan Martin del Potro: It has been over a year since their Rome showdown, in which Murray overreacted to del hitting a ball at his head and went on a blind rampage of words. Del responded with something small about his mother and it has never been forgotten. These two pretend to be friends, but del is the master of sarcasm. Ask him his closest friends on tour? He will make sure to mention Andy Murray first. Ask him who his toughest opponents are and he will conveniantly forget to mention him. They may seem to have made up, but swith these two, look closer. Earlier in the year Murray challened delPo’s serve. The ball was called in and delPo gave Muzz a massive thumbs up. Classic. These two will not disapoint if this match up comes to fruition.

Andy Roddick vs Roger Federer: Looking way forward to the semi finals, if this does come about it is their first meeting since Wimbledon 09, and we all know what happened there. With the crowd behind Andy anything could happen.

Best Rivalry Ever

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