Thursday, September 8, 2011

Archie's Picks: Federer-Tsonga

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Archie's Pick: Tsonga
Why: Tsonga is playful, and so is Archie

My Pick: Federer
Why: While both players have been amazing thus far in New York, my gut tells me that Federer is more capable of maintaining that level after all the chaos that has occurred with the weather in the last several days. It is true that Tsonga has scored two consecutive decisive victories over Federer, including one in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, and it is true that Roger turned 30 last month, so he's not exactly the whippersnapper that he used to be. That being said, he's clearly not out of the picture yet, and if he finds a way to get by Tsonga, a 6th US Open title will only be two matches away.

This is by no means an easy pick to make, because it appears that Tsonga is elevating his game to another level these days. His serve matches well against the sometimes feeble Federer return game, so if he can serve like he's capable, Federer will find himself with a very stiff challenge.

Still, Federer may not have quite the firepower he once had, but the intangibles are still there, and because of this, I see Fed winning a tight four-setter.

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