The first day of quarterfinals was fairly straight forward with one upset. Expect little drama on the second day of quarterfinals.
Rafael Nadal vs. Stanislas Wawrinka: I did not expect Wawrinka to be the last Swiss man remaining in the draw. But with Federer out, that is exactly the case. Wawinka played one of the matches of the year in the previous round against Gasquet where be battled injuries to come back from 2 sets down and win 8 – 6 in the fifth set. That match clearly had an affect on him physically. Honestly, I don’t know how he managed to pull that one out myself. It will be an even tougher ask for him to challenge Nadal tomorrow. Nadal looked a lot stronger against Nishikori in the last round. It will be very tough for Stan to penetrate the Nadal defenses. Rafa will be all over Stan’s backhand tomorrow and he will advance to the semis in 4.
Novak Djokovic vs. Tommy Haas: The rematch is on! The ageless wonder Tommy Haas faces off against world number one Novak Djokovic. If there is potential for an upset tomorrow, this is the match to watch. Haas already beat Nole in Miami this year so he will be full of confidence going in. That being said, beating Djokovic in 3 out of 5 sets is much different than defeating him in 2/3 sets. This will be a very entertaining match, with both players showing off their variety and great movement around the court. I like Djokovic in a very close 4 sets, en route to his showdown with Nadal in the semis.
Enjoy the tennis!