Here’s a look at the upcoming men’s QUARTERFINALS:
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Federer vs. Blake: In the third round, Fed got his revenge over Berdych in two intense sets and Blake crushed Roger’s new nemesis, Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-2. Can the American overcome a 0-8 head-to-head with Fed on the Olympic stage? Now would be the time. But Roger’s looking tough. Or, as some genius with the AP put it: “Perhaps Roger Federer’s not washed up yet.” Geesh!
Mathieu vs. Gonzalez: This is a toss up to me, although Gonzo has the experience and had a shorter match than PHM had in the previous round.
Monfils vs. Djokovic: This is going to be a fun one! Both guys got through tough opponents in straights in their third rounds (Novak beat Youzhny, Monfils took on Nalbandian), so they should be meeting in top form.
Melzer vs. Nadal: Uh, I guess if we’re still waiting for that huge, ridiculous Olympic upset, this would be the opportunity for Melzer to pull it off. Yeah, right.
In men’s doubles action the Bryans advanced, as did Federer/Wawrinka (Fed’s match ended after 11 p.m.) Hewitt got some revenge over Rafa, with Hewitt/Guccione taking out Nadal/Robredo. The Murray Bros. went down to Clement/Llodra. Andy said in the post match press conference that he lost 4.5 kilos during his first round singles match. That’s almost 10 pounds, people! Can the humidity really be that bad? I foresee a new high-end weight loss spa taking over the grounds when the Olympics are over. Lose 10 pounds in 2 hours! Yikes.
Here’s how the ladies’ QUARTERFINALS have shaped up:
Bammer vs. Zvonareva: Sybille has shown she can take on almost anyone and Vera is playing with nothing to lose. Just think – Vera didn’t qualify for the Russian team (she is playing as an alternate for Maria Sharapova) but was still ranked high enough to get the 9th seeding in the Olympics.
Serena vs. Dementieva: Will there be some extra hot sauce on this match, given Elena’s suspect comments about a “family decision” influencing the all-Williams final at Wimbledon? I hope so. And I want to congratulate Alize Cornet for taking Serena to 3 sets in the previous round. I’m glad team U.S.A. made it through, but thrilled to have another stylish French player to look out for at the majors. Random fact: Alize named her dog Andy after Andy Roddick.
Venus vs. Li Na: I can never, ever bet against Venus, but Li Na will have some big-time home support motivating her. Worth live streaming, for sure.
Safina vs. Jankovic: I’m shocked, but pleased that J.J. got past Cibulkova easily in her previous round. After all, she lost to her in Montreal and has been complaining of a leg injury all week. But I suspect that Jelena is getting a boost from the No. 1 ranking and is dying to prove that she’s not the least deserving in history, as some have said. But I don’t see her getting past Dinara, who is now the toughest woman on tour not named Williams.
In women’s doubles action, Davenport/Huber made it through in three sets to Azarenka/Poutchek and Kuznetsova/Safina got past the Indian team of Mirza/Sunitha, giving Dinara a chance, along with the Williams sisters, to double up on the medals.
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AP Photo: Charles Krupa