We enter this weekend as Winston Salem (250) is wrapping up with the finals matchup set as Damir Dzumhur will face off against Roberto Bautista Agut. Last week Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios faced off in the finals of Cincinnati (1000) and Grigor Dimitrov took home the Western and Southern Open title and his maiden Masters 1000 crown. Moreover, Rafael Nadal is back atop the ATP World Tour Rankings despite losing to Nick Kyrgios in the quarterfinals 6-2, 7-5.
Four top 15 players have pulled out of the US Open: Wawrinka, Djokovic, Nishikori, and Raonic. This leaves the draw open for lower ranked players to have a breakout tournament. The top four seeds are Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev.
I have are Grigor Dimitrov vs. Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev vs. Andy Murray in the semifinals. I think that Fed and Sascha Zverev will prevail reaching the finals and Roger Federer will take home his third grand slam of the year. Below are my predictions for each of the quartets of the bracket.
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My upset for this first quartet is Leonardo Mayer taking down Richard Gasquet, but Yuichi Sugita not Mayer will take advantage of this opportunity to reach the third round. Finally, Nadal will prevail over Berdych in the fourth round. I predict that Gael Monfils will beat David Goffin to play for a chance in the quarterfinals, but will lose to Grigor Dimitrov before reaching the last eight. I have Roger Federer outplaying Nick Kyrgios to make the quarterfinals. Moreover, I think that Andrey Kuznetsov will upset Feliciano Lopez and make the third round. I predict that Dominic Thiem will make the quarterfinals but he will have a tough fourth round match against Roberto Bautista Agut as well as Ivo Karlovic in the prior round. I believe John Isner will upset the Wimbledon finalist, Marin Cilic, to make the quarterfinals. Alexander Zverev will impress the American crowd as he will take out Jack Sock in this quartet. I predict that Robin Haase will take down Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Pablo Carreno Busta en route to the quarters. In this last quartet I have David Ferrer facing off with Andy Murray for the last spot in the quarterfinals and Andy Murray will prevail.
I hope you enjoyed my predictions and I am excited for a thrilling US Open this year!