Saturday, September 10, 2011
Archie's Picks: Federer-Djokovic
Well, Archie's not too proud of the fact that he only picked 4 of 8 quarterfinal matches correctly, but he's not really worried about it either. He wants to wish you all the best on this most super of Super Saturdays, and he recommends that you don't let your rooting -- or gambling -- interests get in the way of enjoying what is sure to be some spectacular tennis today.
Without further ado, here is Archie's Federer-Djokovic pick for today.
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Archie's Pick: Federer
Why: Call it a hunch.
My Pick: Djokovic
Why: I must admit that Federer has been amazing thus far in New York. Federer also leads the all-time head-to-head between these two (he's 14-9 vs. Nole), and that includes one of the biggest statements of 2011 -- the captivating, scintillating 4-set upset that Federer scored in this year's French Open semis.
But Nole, who is 38-1 on hard courts this year, and an amazing 62-2 overall, needs this match in a lot of ways. What's been interesting about Djokovic's year, is that the pressure never really has been lifted off of his shoulders. First there was the pressure of the streak, which finally ended at Roland Garros. Then there was the pressure of needing to win Wimbledon or face the fact that even in the best year of his life he could only come away with the Australian Open title. Since he got that, I think there is more pressure for Nole to become the sixth player in Open Era history to win three Grand Slam titles in a year.
The good news for Nole? He's done nothing but respond to the pressure.
The bad news? He's pitted against one of his fiercest rivals today, a man who'd like nothing more than to keep him from getting that third Slam. Federer enjoyed spoiling Djokovic's party at the French, but Nole responded valiantly by taking Wimbledon and the No. 1 ranking.
Winning two more matches in New York will put him in position to achieve the best single season in men's tennis history, and I think that Djokovic will rise to the occasion today, no matter what Federer throws at him.
Archie disagrees. How about you?
Posted by a.k.a. Chris Oddo at 8:31 AM