2013 Tennis US Open Predictions
128 players, all ranked outside the top 100, but still quite talented, will vie for the 16 main draw qualies spots on the men’s side of the final slam of the year. It’s the US Open at the BJK National Tennis Center! Qualifying action runs all this week in Flushing.
Top 16 qualifying seeds (32 seeds total)
1: Federico Delbonis
2: Ivo Karlovic
3: Jesse Huta Galung
4: Martin Alund
5: Alejandro Gonzalez
6: Somdev Devvarman
7: Julian Reister
8: Marc Gicquel
9: Joao Souza
10: Teymuraz Gabashvili
11: Wayne Odesnik
12: Marius Copil
13: Blaz Kavcic
14: Matt Ebden
15: Alex Kuznetsov
16: Diego Sebastian Schwartzman
(2)Ivo Karlovic vs. (wc)Mackenzie McDonald
Dr. Ivo will seek to qualify here and his first match will be against the young American who took Cincy by storm, MacKenzie McDonald. McDonald, of course, qualified there and will be going to UCLA to pursue college tennis. Karlovic should still be a pretty heavy favorite but McDonald knows how to pull upsets.
Hard serving Aussie Greg Jones will take on his young countryman Nick Kyrgios, who is on the rise and has made some noise, but hasn’t played a tournament match since Junior Wimbledon. Still, with 2 futures titles under his belt this year and other accomplishments including making the 2nd round of Roland Garros, the Aussie has both talent and prowess on hard courts.
(30)Peter Gojowcyzk vs. Tennys Sandgren
Gojowcyzk, who is at a career high ranking of 146 at the age of 24, has made 2 challenger semis and a challenger final so far this year, proving himself to be a consistent performer across surfaces. Sandgren who has been good at times but has not had the best of years. He will be playing in front of American fans on his preferential hardcourts. Gojo should be a favorite but this could go either way.
Peter Polansky vs. Dan Evans
Polansky gave Kei Nishikori a battle at the Rogers Cup and is a reasonable baseline hardcourter. Polansky will do battle with Evans, who reached his career high ranking this month (169) and is coming off 2 straight hard court challenger finals. Polansky has more experience, but I have to think Evans the Brit is the favorite here.