Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Gone Fishing

The American male experience at the U.S. Open is over!

The last two hopefuls, No. 19 Mardy Fish and No. 20 Sam Querrey are done.

Fish was manhandled in his Fourth Round match by No. 3 Novak Djokovic (6-3, 6-4, 6-1) and Querrey lost to the once-unknown, No. 25 Stanislas Wawrinka (7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4) in a nail-biter.

With his surprise march to the Quarterfinals, Wawrinka, who ousted No. 4 Andy Murray, is unknown no more. He is by far the biggest surprise on the men's side and is mos def making a name for himself.

But the lesson learned on the American front is that its way to early to take the baton away from Andy Roddick, regardless of his Second Round loss. Like John Isner, Fish and Querrey showed that they are not ready for the big time. At least, not yet, for Querrey. Unless someone comes out of the wood works (ala Pete Sampras in 1989), I still think Querrey is America's next great hope.

But that elusive magical run by Querrey will have to wait until (maybe) the Australian Open.

As for Wawrinka, next up for him is a Quarterfinals match against No. 12 Mikhail Youzhny. Youzhny came out of the bracket No. 7 Tomas Berdych was ousted from in the First Round. But regardless of what happens in that match, Wawrinka will definitely make a dent when the new rankings come out after the tournament. I suspect he'll move into the Top 20 when it's all said and done.

And then there was the battle of the darlings.

No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki proved to be too much for No. 14 Maria Sharapova. Wozniacki ousted Sharapova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Now Wozniacki moves into the Quarterfinals where she'll face the biggest surprise (by far) on the women's side, unranked Dominika Cibulkova. For Cibulkova, this will be (by far) the biggest match of her career.

And she will definitely have her hands full against the future World No. 1.

Sweet Caroline is the real deal. No doubt!

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