Hello there bloggies!
It’s been a crazy 2 weeks on the men’s side with the top two seeds crashing out early. We have waited a long time for a little variety on the men’s side but for once we won’t have Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic battling for a title. Instead we have a couple old stalwarts, an oft overlooked champ, and a formerly hyped contender finally recapturing some magic.
Let’s dive in a little deeper into these matches:
Roger Federer vs Stan Wawrinka
One of the major storylines coming into Melbourne was the return of Roger Federer to tennis. And he has not let his legions of fans down. With solid wins over Nishikori and Berdych in his pocket, Roger is feeling confident on these fast courts.
Standing in his way is his countrymen Stan Wawrinka who has spent almost all of his career in Roger’s shadow. But don’t forget that Stan is the current US Open champ and had more recent success down under.
This match will be decided by Roger’s first serve and whether Stan is able to wrestle control of the court away. If Roger serve dominates, it’s hard to see him losing. But I see Stan being able to get his teeth into enough of Roger’s service games with his powerful strokes. Crazily enough, I just trust Stan more on the big points than Roger right now. Who would have ever imagined that.
My pick is Stan in 4 sets.
Rafael Nadal vs Grigor Dimitrov
Nadal’s return to tennis was one of the other major stories in the men’s field. Just like Roger, he survived a tough test versus Zverev and swept against Raonic. Rafa has shown glimpses of the ridiculous Rafa that we all knew and players feared.
And guess, the major contender Grigor Dimitrov appears to be back. He has simply been dominant here in Melbourne, destroying anyone in his path. This aggressively consistent tennis was what had tennis nerds all excited a few years ago. His head is on straight and ready to fight.
But is he ready to get in the ring and fight for every single goddamn point with Rafa? Nadal needs to keep his shots deep in the court to pin Dimitrov behind the baseline. Leave them short and a confident Grigor will hit winner after winner.
My pick: Dimitrov in 5 sets
Whoa, I’m picking against both Roger and Rafa in a slam semifinals. My advice: fade that pick y’all! Shout out to Garbage Time with Katie Nolan.
Those are my thoughts on the men’s semifinals. What are you all thinking? Let me know in the comment below or on twitter!