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A Wide-Open U.S. Open on the Men’s Side

September 8, 2011

If play ever resumes again at the U.S. Open, which you have to wonder about with the amount of rain that has fallen over the past couple of days, the men’s doubles draw gets down to its last stages with quarterfinal play.

A lot of big-name teams–the Bryans, Zimonjic-Llodra; arguably the biggest two–have fallen by the wayside, opening up the draw for some very solid teams.

Here’s a mini-breakdown of what to expect:

Fyrstenberg-Matkowski vs. Bhupathi-Paes: These two teams are the most experienced pairings in the tournament. Fyrstenberg, Matkowski and Bhupathi all bring the heat, while Paes has the best hands in the game. This would make a great final. I’m picking the “Indian Express” in three.

Bopanna-Qureshi vs. Fleming-Hutchins: The “Indo-Pak Express” is looking to prove last year’s run to the final wasn’t a fluke. Fleming and Hutchins are playing well, but this is new territory for them. Bopanna-Qureshi in two.

Bolelli-Fognini vs. Lindstedt-Tecau: The Italian team of Bolelli-Fognini (the fourth all-countrymen team left in the draw) are unheralded and are facing one of the best duos on the planet in Lindstedt and Tecau.The Swedish-Romanian pair in straights.

Marrero-Seppi vs. Melzer-Petzchner: Marrero and Seppi kind of “tree’d” I feel when they beat Llodra and Zimonjic. Their run should come to an end against the ultra-talented ’10 Wimbledon champs. Melzer and Petzchner in two.

It’s looking sunny right now in New York, so keep your fingers crossed!

(Photo: AP)

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