John Isner Vs. Gael Monfils
Monfils is a theatrical show. He is great for the game. Has been plagued by injuries. He can run and will hit the ball even if he is on his back. He is just fun to watch.
Isner is playing really well this summer. Moves well for a big guy. I just think that in a match like this the big server will take it.
Nick’s Pick- Isner takes this one.If his serve falters, Monfils will take advantage
Bernard Tomic Vs. Daniel Evans
Tomic is a sleeping giant, playing against a fireball coming off a huge win. Evans has a very aggressive game with a huge serve.
Tomic is a big boy, everybody picks him to be a challenger in the next few years. He is very steady with a big serve. He must take advantage of defensive balls and hit volleys. If he gives Evans a chance, watch out.
Nick’s Pick- Rankings edge goes to Tomic, but if he lets Evans in the match it could be an upset.
Daniela Hantuchova Vs. Victoria Duval
When Daniela was a teenager she spent a few years at the Academy working with me. Her groundstrokes are impeccable. She is an excellent doubles player. She is a veteran and her ranking is beginning to slip. She wont hit many winners, but wont miss too many balls. Can cause Vicky to overhit because every ball is coming back.
Vicky has great movement with a killer Bollettieri forehand. She has a steady backhand. The question mark in this match will be the serve. If Vicky can maintain and hold her serve this could be a real battle. However, she is coming off a major upset. Can she handle the mental aspect of the game when she became famous overnight? I have always enjoyed working with the Duval family at the IMG Academy.
Nick’s Pick- I don’t have the right to predict this match. I will say that I hope Vicky is able to go out there and put on a tremendous show and prove that she will be a contender in the future.
Serena Williams Vs. Galina Voskoboeva
I look for Serena to continue her mission to win the US Open. She only knows one way to play. She is coming after you.
Aleksandra Wozniak Vs. Victoria Azarenka
Azarenka is a true contender to be in the finals. I am sure she will not break down in anyway, she is a tough competitor. She will continue winning.