It’s been a pretty unexpected tournament so far. There are both qualifiers and teenagers in the US Open quarter-finals.
I wrote about the impressive tournament of Botic van de Zandschulp in a previous post. Let’s add that Emma Raducanu is in the quarter-finals alongside Leylah Fernandez in the women’s tournament (and I wouldn’t be shocked if either of them ended up winning it!), and Alcaraz is playing Auger-Aliassime in the men’s quarter-final. You’re feeling the tides of time hit tennis at this US Open and perhaps it’s about time.
But there is one constant still: Novak Djokovic. He lost the first set to talented Jenson Brooksby (not quite a teenager, but close) but then he went into that mode where no currently active player can reach him (perhaps Medvedev or Zverev at this US Open?) and won the remaining sets without problems. Djokovic is definitely playing well enough to win his fourth grand slam of the year and his 21st overall. The question is if Zverev/Medvedev/Berrettini can rise to the occasion and defeat him. Despite how well both Zverev and Medvedev are playing, it’s difficult to see them actually beating Djokovic in five sets. But we have seen stranger things.
The US Open Quarter-finals 2021
Check out the odds and tennis player stats for the US Open quarter-finals.
My prediction for the semi-finals on the men’s side is that Djokovic faces Zverev and Auger-Aliassime plays Medvedev. Nothing surprising there, I just feel like experience will win out at this stage of a Grand Slam.
The women’s side is more difficult to predict. I think Raducanu will keep on winning because she has not even dropped many games so far. Raducanu vs Pliskova is an interesting semi-final, while I think we will see Fernandez vs Krejcikova on the other side of the draw. I am predicting the 18-year-olds to keep playing strong and fearless tennis also in the later stages of this tournament.
What are your predictions for the US Open quarter-finals 2021?