This is the fifth and final installment of Ricky's five-part U.S. Open preview series.
Part 1: Draw preview
Part 2: Draw analysis
Part 3: Top 25 contenders
Part 4: Weekly "Approach Shots"
Part 5: Full tournament predictions
Federer over Britton in 3, Greul over G. Lapentti in 5
Chela over Hernandez in 5, Hewitt over Alves in 3
Blake over Ramirez Hidalgo in 4, Kunitsyn over O. Rochus in 4
Garcia-Lopez over Polansky in 4, Robredo over Young in 4
Soderling over Montanes in 3, Zverev over Granollers in 4
Sela over Kim in 4, Querrey over Yani in 3
Youzhny over Mathieu in 5, Chiudinelli over Starace in 5
Hernych over Schuettler in 4, Davydenko over Kindlmann in 3
Djokovic over Ljubicic in 3, Ball over Brzezicki in 4
K. Beck over M. Gonzalez in 5, Andreev over Witten in 4
Seppi over Kohlschreiber in 5, Devvarman over Gil in 4
Mayer over Golubev in 4, Stepanek over Bolelli in 4
Verdasco over Becker in 3, Serra over Tipsarevic in 4
Kendrick over Vassallo Arguello in 4, Haas over Falla in 4
Isner over Hanescu in 4, C. Rochus over Ilhan in 5
Gicquel over Tursunov in 4, Roddick over Phau in 3
Tsonga over Buchanan in 3, Fognini over Nieminen in 4
Benneteau over Cipolla in 4, Luczak over Troicki in 4
Berdych over Odesnik in 4, Berrer over Zeballos in 4
Ouanna over Ram in 5, Gonzalez over Massu in 3
Monfils over Chardy in 5, A. Beck over Korolev in 4
Acasuso over Daniel in 3, Ferrer over Martin in 3
Almagro over Darcis in 4, Ginepri over Pavel in 3
Llodra over Kiefer in 4, Nadal over Gasquet in 3
Del Potro over Monaco in 3, Melzer over Safin in 4
Guccione over Cuevas in 4, Koellerer over Fish in 5
Ferrero over Santoro in 4, Petzschner over Stakhovsky in 3
Lu over Bellucci in 5, Simon over Gimeno-Traver in 4
Cilic over Sweeting in 3, Levine over Gabashvili in 5
Istomin over Evans in 4, Wawrinka over N. Lapentti in 5
Karlovic over Navarro in 3, Lopez over Dent in 4
Crivoi over Capdeville in 4, Murray over Gulbis in 3
Federer over Greul in 3
Hewitt over Chela in 3
Blake over Kunitsyn in 4 – Blake lost to Kunitsyn in Cincinnati. Won’t in New York.
Garcia-Lopez over Robredo in 5
Soderling over Zverev in 4
Querrey over Sela in 4 – Sela would do well just to make it this after injury in Cincinnati.
Youzhny over Chiudinelli in 3
Davydenko over Hernych in 3
Djokovic over Ball in 3
Andreev over K. Beck in 4
Seppi over Devvarman in 4
Stepanek over Mayer in 5
Verdasco over Serra in 3
Haas over Kendrick in 4
Isner over C. Rochus in 3
Roddick over Gicquel in 3
Tsonga over Fognini in 3
Benneteau over Luczak in 4 – If Benneteau has recovered from the 53-ball rally vs. Murray.
Berdych over Berrer in 4
Gonzalez over Ouanna in 3
Monfils over A. Beck in 3
Ferrer over Acasuso in 3
Ginepri over Almagro in 5
Nadal over Llodra in 3
Del Potro over Melzer in 3
Guccione over Koellerer in 3
Ferrero over Petzschner in 5
Simon over Lu in 4
Cilic over Levine in 4
Wawrinka over Istomin in 4
Karlovic over Lopez in 4 – Serving contest; and Karlovic’s serve, of course, is better.
Murray over Crivoi in 3
Federer over Hewitt in 3 – Just like always when these two meet.
Blake over Garcia-Lopez in 4
Querrey over Soderling in 4 – Querrey on fire, Soderling’s elbow on fire. Advantage: Querrey.
Davydenko over Youzhny in 4
Djokovic over Andreev in 4
Stepanek over Seppi in 5
Verdasco over Haas in 5 – Should be the best match of the third round.
Roddick over Isner in 4 – Saturday night match on Arthur Ashe? I think so.
Tsonga over Benneteau in 4
Gonzalez over Berdych in 4 – Berdych can beat him in Cincinnati, but not at a slam.
Ferrer over Monfils in 5 – Would be an absolute war.
Nadal over Ginepri in 3
Del Potro over Guccione in 3
Simon over Ferrero in 5 – See Ferrer vs. Monfils.
Wawrinka over Cilic in 5
Murray over Karlovic in 3
Federer over Blake in 3 – Olympic result was an aberration in this head-to-head series.
Davydenko over Querrey in 5 – New Haven wasn’t best of five. Davy will get revenge.
Djokovic over Stepanek in 3
Roddick over Verdasco in 5
Gonzalez over Tsonga in 4
Nadal over Ferrer in 4 – Nadal should be in a groove by the time week two rolls around.
Del Potro over Simon in 4 – Del Potro beat him in 5 last year. This one could be good.
Murray over Wawrinka in 3
Federer over Davydenko in 4 – Easy. But Federer will probably donate a set.
Roddick over Djokovic in 5 – The New York fans have been waiting a whole year for this rematch. And it surely would not disappoint if it happens.
Nadal over Gonzalez in 4 – Ever since the 2007 Aussie, Nadal has owned Gonzo.
Murray over Del Potro in 4 – Another chapter in the rivalry, but the story remains the same.
Roddick over Federer in 5 – Roddick was just a few points away from toppling Federer at Wimbledon. With the setting more in his favor at the U.S. Open, revenge is possible.
Nadal over Murray in 5 – If Nadal can conserve energy by rolling through his quarter of the draw, he will have a chance. Yes, Murray is playing better than almost anyone, but Nadal would prefer to play Murray rather than an offensive player who can blow him right off a hard court.
Nadal over Roddick in 4 – After two straight emotional revenge wins over Djokovic and Federer, Roddick might not have enough to prevent what would be a fairytale ending to Nadal’s season. Would also be the exclamation point on what would be a storybook year for Federer and Nadal, with two slams apiece. Nadal, however, probably needs the Roddick upset over Federer in order for this to happen. If it’s a Federer-Nadal dream final…Federer all the way.
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