The top four players in the world, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, are the only players left standing to battle in the semi finals for a chance to win the title. But who will win?
I think it’s probably fair to say Roger Federer will beat Novak but will it really be Roger’s Cup?
Roger hasn’t won a title since the Australian Open and Murray hasn’t won a title all year so it’s a huge chance for both players. Murray, if he can serve consistently well, will have a good chance against Rafa Nadal who is returning after a significant period of rest following treatment on his knees.
While both Rafa and Murray are a little rusty, I think Nadal is more likely to find his form in the semi. To his credit Murray, without a coach on the hard courts, halted the progress of David Nalbandian in little over an hour but I think Rafa’s ready for (and always keen for) a battle.
Nadal V Murray: Nadal in 3 sets
Djokovic V Federer: Federer in 2 sets
Nadal V Federer: Nadal in 3 tight sets
Despite the fact I have a feeling Roger might actually win – he’s shown he’s hungry for a title and for an improvement by hiring a coach (even if it’s temporary) – but I think we’re about to see a shift with Rafa exerting his dominance over Federer on hard courts. Nadal’s looking more positive and rested than he normally does this time of year and he’ll be looking for titles to find his momentum leading into the US Open.