2019 US Open: Men’s Semifinals Predictions
The Semifinals are set. Nadal will play Berrettini while Dimitrov plays Medvedev. On paper it looks very likely that we will see a Nadal vs. Medvedev final. And if that’s the case, the edge goes to Nadal, given how easily he handled Medvedev in Montreal. That being said, to win this tournament, the body has to hold up to best of five sets in the blistering heat.
Let’s look at the first Semifinal. Medvedev will play a resurgent Grigor Dimitrov. We’re now seeing the player that finished 2017 ranked #3 in the world. Where has he been? Who knows, the good thing for Dimitrov is that he has finally found his form again, and it couldn’t be at a better time. He tore through a tired Roger Federer in the last set of his Quarterfinal on his way to the Semis. Dimitrov looked mentally strong and fit. Never mind the fact that his cross-court forehand was taking the best out of Roger’s the better part of the night. That being said, Dimitrov did not play anybody in the top 20 heading into the Semifinal. However, neither did Medvedev! He was slightly tested by an in form Wawrinka, but other than that, it was ordinary players that he got through.
That is definitely not the case on the other half of the draw, where Nadal and Berrettini will meet. Out of all the Semifinalists, I would argue that Nadal has had the toughest draw to get to the Semis. Marin Cilic and Shwartzman were not easy outs. Second hardest draw goes to Berrettini. He had to play spectacular tennis to beat both Gael Monfils and Rublev. I was surprised how easily he handled Rublev, especially after the win over Kyrgios.
The edge goes to Nadal over Berrettini. However, watch out if Berrettini gets in the zone. He is strong and can take the racket out of anyone’s hand.
In Nadal vs. Medvedev, I can’t help but think that Dimitrov will be getting through. This may be his time. Dimitrov was the future of tennis, and then he fizzled in the last two years. Maybe he figured out what he needed to figure out and now he’s ready. If he indeed figured it out, this may very well be his maiden Grand Slam.