The match of the day will take place at Louis Armstrong Stadium with two top ten players in action. Both players have powerful groundstrokes and we can expect a fiery contest.
Stanislas Wawrinka (Player Profile) is looking for his second appearance in the quarter-finals – he only reached that stage of the competition back in 2010. Stan has been playing some quality tennis in New York so far, beating Radek Stepanek and Ivo Karlovic in the first two rounds, both in straight sets. The next game proved to be a tougher test against Marcos Baghdatis, but despite some errors from the Suisse, Wawrinka took the match in four sets after a difficult 4th set tie break (11-9).
Tomas Berdych (Player Profile) will be trying to defend his points from last year’s semi-final, where he lost against Andy Murray in a very windy match. The Czech hasn’t faced any troubles in this tournament, he pocketed three good wins in straight sets against Paolo Lorenzi, Denis Kudla and Julien Benneteau. His last victory against Benneteau (6-0 6-3 6-2) was very impressive as he fired 36 winners and committed only 14 unforced errors.
This will be the 12th match between the players, with Wawrinka leading the H2H 6 – 5 . This year, both players won one match, Berdych on Hard Court Indoor in a Davis Cup match and Stan defeated Berdych on Madrid’s clay.
Berdych has a very powerful serve and forehand, however his 6’5’’ is always a challenge in regards to his baseline movement. Wawrinka is more of a shot maker and will try to move Berdych around, not allowing the Czech to hit the ball as strong as he likes. However, Wawrinka made too many errors against Baghdatis and will definitely have to step up his game if he wants to emerge victorious from this encounter. Berdych is playing at a very good level at this year’s US Open and I think his forehand will be a bit much to take for Wawrinka, like it happened in the Davis Cup match earlier this year.
This should be an interesting match decided in four or five sets, with Berdych being the favorite to reach the quarter-finals.