Friday, September 9, 2011

Archie's Picks: Nadal-Roddick

Okay, so Archie's been out on a limb several times at this year's US Open and we're not even out of the quarters yet. The dog's got a good nose, so if he tells me he's smelling upsets, who am I to argue? He was right about Kerber over Pennetta, so I'll give him his props for that. But picking Pavs over Serena? Crazy. He regretted that one, and I can attest to that, as he was having difficulty sleeping last night and even had a few nightmares about it.

Anyway, today's another day. Archie was up early, and he's made his picks for the final two men's quarters. Here goes:

See Archie's Isner-Murray Pick here:
See Archie's Djokovic-Tipsarevic pick here:
See Archie's William's-Pavlyuchenkova pick here:
See Archie's Stosur-Zvonareva pick here:
See Archie's Pennetta-Kerber pick here:
See Archie's Petkovic-Wozniacki pick here:
See Archie's French Open Picks here:
See Archie's Wimbledon picks here:

Archie's Pick: Nadal
Why: Archie has believed in Nadal from day 1, and even though , like Nadal, Archie prefers to play on the sand, he thinks that the defending US Open champion is just to good to be defeated by Andy Roddick in a Slam at this point in his career.

My Pick: Nadal
Why: Roddick's stunning upset of Ferrer was an eye opener, and now that he's got Nadal in the quarters many are quick to remember just how effective Roddick was against Rafa in Miami last year, when he defeated Rafa 6-3 in the third set to reach the final there. Roddick also pushed Rafa to a third set at the ATP World Tour Finals last year, so he'll have a lot of confidence -- plus a lot of crowd support -- going in. But let's not forget that Rafa is a different player in the Slams. He'll be ready to battle from the onset, and he'll probably need to be, as this one could likely go five sets.

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