Flavia Pennetta (ITA) v. Dinara Safina (RUS)
Both of these players can go the distance to win baseline points. Pennetta excells in defense where
Safina prefers offense. Safina won two hardcourt tournaments back to back just before the US Open and should cruise
if she doesn't tire herself out in long rallies.
Prediction: Dinara Safina
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) v. Andy Murray (GBR)
Murray won a hardcourt warmup tournament in Cincinnati before losing early at the Olympics and is climbing up the rankings
due to his consistent and aggressive play. His execution of his allcourt game will be a key for victory today.
Prediction: Andy Murray
Serena Williams (USA) v. Venus Williams (USA)
Serena Williams looked flat in the Wimbledon final and has said she is not playing her best tennis in New York. Venus Williams,
often critical of her tennis, however said she is playing her best tennis. Neither former US Open champion has come close to dropping
a set so far.
In their matches the player who attacks better normally wins. Before the tournament I thought Serena would win, but Venus has
played better in matches at this tournament. Serena has the power to attack Venus' forehand which is by no means a weakness.
But Venus' forehand does deliver errors which have cost her some matches. But if Venus serves tonight like she has recently, Serena won't
have a lot of chances to attack and break serve.
Prediction: Venus Williams
Rafael Nadal (ESP) v. Mardy Fish (USA)
Fish's decision to skip the Olympics is paying off for him as he is one of two American men left in the singles draw.
World number one Rafael Nadal dropped a set in the fourth round as he delivered some errors and faced overpowering serves from another
American Sam Querrey. Fish is a powerful baseliner himself but should Nadal get his crosscourt lefthanded forehand working well, it
will be difficult to stay in the baseline rallies.
Prediction: Rafael Nadal