In New Haven, local legend James Blake has made another final this summer and will play against his best buddy Mardy Fish, who beat Ivo Karlovic in straights. Blake, meanwhile, played another three-setter this tournament, beating Paul-Henri Mathieu in a third-set breaker.
But will this week catch up with him heading into the U.S. Open? Gutting out a couple of these matches like he has this week was a good sign. Maybe that can translate into some five-set success. I just wonder if he'll still be in top shape for the final Slam, where he actually has a pretty good draw, with the toughest player I see in it being Sam Querrey. He gets past that, I see him going further and playing on Super Saturday--IF his body holds up.
And while I got it right on the women's side with Kuznetsova getting through, who saw Agnes Szavay making it? I just knew it would be Mirza, who's had a great summer. I still expect her to punch a hole in the draw at the Open.
Speaking of draws and Opens and all, I'll be making my quarterfinal predictions, so feel free to comment!
5 months ago