U.S. Open Picks: Day 9 Odds and Matchup Analysis

U.S. Open Picks: Day 9 Odds and Matchup Analysis

U.S. Open Picks: Day 9 Odds and Matchup Analysis
By Ricky Dimon

JOHN ISNER (-120) VS. GILLES SIMON (EVEN)

Simon is playing well right now, but there is arguably no player in the business hotter than John Isner right now aside from a certain guy named Novak Djokovic.

Isner kicked off his summer with a title in Newport, prevailed in Winston-Salem two days before the U.S. Open, and now finds himself in round four of the season’s final major for the second time in his career. The 6’9’’ American has won 15 of his last 19 matches dating back to July.

Simon is also in fine form, but he needed five sets to get past Ricardo Mello in Round 1 and four long sets in each of his past two matches. This will be a fascinating contrast of styles, but Isner is the way to go based on current form.

Pick: ISNER

DAVID FERRER (-175) VS. ANDY RODDICK (+120)

If Roddick has any chance in this one, he’ll have to erase the demons of what happened two months ago during the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

Roddick was playing on a fast indoor hard court and right in his hometown of Austin, Texas, but that was absolutely no problem for Ferrer. The Spaniard erased him in three straight sets as the visitors eventually took down the United States.

Ferrer is not an absolute lock to win this one because he missed most of the summer following Davis Cup due to a wrist injury. But he has been destroying people in New York while Roddick has simply capitalized on a friendly draw (Michael Russell, Jack Sock, and Julien Benneteau as opponents).

With the court playing slower than usual, Ferrer should once again roll.

Pick: FERRER

ANDY MURRAY (-2.5 SETS) VS. DONALD YOUNG

When Murray was in his “I don’t want to play tennis” post-Australian Open funk, he lost to Donald Young in Indian Wells and to Alex Bogomolov in Miami. The Scot already got revenge on Bogomolov by destroying him in Cincinnati and now he gets his shot at Young.

This is a new Young, who has showed surprising mental fortitude at the U.S. Open (see five-set win over Stanislas Wawrinka), but he has benefited from a nice draw. How he handles the pressure of his first fourth-round Grand Slam appearance is a real question mark.

Plus, this is a new Murray from what we saw this spring. The world No. 4 won the Cincinnati title and after a scare against Robin Haase on Friday, he annihilated Feliciano Lopez in round three.

Pick: MURRAY -2.5 (-187)

VERA ZVONAREVA (-115) VS. SAMANTHA STOSUR (-105)

Zvonareva crushed Sabine Lisicki on Sunday night, but she endured minor struggles in second and third rounds so it’s not like the No. 2 seed has been totally dominant.

Speaking of dominant, that’s what Stosur has been in the head-to-head series between these two. The Aussie is 7-0 lifetime against Zvonareva, including 2-0 this season. That will tough for a mentally-challenged player like Zvonareva to overcome.

Stosur, on the other hand, once again displayed her well-documented mental strength with recent three-set wins over Nadia Petrova and Maria Kirilenko. This match will be between the ears as much as it is between the lines.

Pick: STOSUR

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