I have completely missed this year's coverage of the US Open, being also the first year I go full-time teaching!
Hirap pala may hobby tapos magtuturo pa!
Anyway, I still love prognosticating and it's already the QF's and based solely on head-to-heads, Rafa and Roger are set to collide again in the semi's if they do beat their QF opponents (Rublev and del Potro).
So the dream final may instead be a semi-final dream match, at least on paper.
So while the veterans rule the upper part of the draw, the steady and relative newbies to the public are in the lower part of the draw.
Based again on head-to-heads, Kevin Anderson of South Africa, may finally get a chance to be in a grand slam semi-final. He narrowly missed it in Wimbledon, when he lost to Sam Querrey, in the fourth round!
And Querrey, again, is his opponent in the QFs here!
Sam Querrey is on a confidence high though, being in the semi's of Wimbledon a few months back.
Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain has been slowly climbing up the rankings (now at #20), and shows that he has grand slam potential, with possibly his best chance to get into a grand slam semifinal, because his QF opponent, Diego Schwartzman of Argentina is ranked #34.
Just imagine the boost to his stock if he does get that semifinal slot. Possibly a top ten ranking? Let's see how it plays out.