Murray Djokovic set for US Open Showdown
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are set for a showdown on Sunday as both made quick work of their forth round opponents. Murray dismissed Grigor Dimitrov in comprehensive and suffocating fashion only allowing his opponent 5 games over three sets. World Number 1 Novak Djokovic was equally impressive as he beat Brit Kyle Edmund in straight sets.
Both men will expect to make it through the latter rounds of the US Open and make the final. The biggest threat to Andy Murray is likely to be the resurgent Juan Martin Del Potro who defeated Novak Djokovic in the first round of the Olympic Games a loss which hit the Serb hard. When on his game Delpo can really pound opponents into a pulp as Djokovic found out. Djokovic takes on Jo Wilfried Tsonga in an eagerly anticipated clash. Like Del Po Tsonga has the capability of damaging Novak Djokovic but he has to play attacking and aggresively. Over the course of five sets the consistency of Novak Djokovic usually wins through.
Andy Murray faces a tricky test against Japanese number 1 and former US Open finalist Kei Nishikori. Nishikori certainly knows his way around a court and given any opportunity will gladly take it at such a stage in a grand slam. Over 5 sets Murray is probably favourite but in any match Nishikori can enter rich veins of form and can easily dictate. Expect plenty of long rallies but the fitter and stronger Murray certainly gets the nod in this one.
Anything but a number 1 vs number 2 final would be a shock and surprise. Novak may be a little undercooked and still suffering mentally from his early Olympic exit but is still the big favourite in the top part of the draw. Murray has a tougher task to negotiate but he is the tour player on form at the moment and should be able to overcome whoever he faces in the semis.