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June 28, 2008

Hate To Say I Told You So

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — hoyler @ 4:39 pm

Youzhny(Courtesy Getty Images/Carl De Souza)

From me, this morning:

UPSET SPECIAL: Mikhail Youzhny (+130) over Radek Stepanek

This one has a chance to be a classic. Two players who excel at different things but have the experience battling toe-to-toe with the world’s best – you might remember Youzhny took the first two sets from Rafa Nadal last year at Wimbledon…before slowing down with a back problem and falling in five. Both guys went the distance in round two and will likely battle each other to the same conclusion here, leaving them useless for a possible fourth-round match with Nadal. On a side note, part of the reason I was so ready to pick Gasquet to come out of Rafa’s bracket is because I figured one of these guys would have the gas to wear Nadal down before Gasquet got to him. Doesn’t look like the case; either way, this one should be great and I think Youzhny wins enough long rallies with his backhand to stop Stepanek in give. Expect at least two sets to go to tiebreak.”

So…

At least two sets go to tiebreak: CHECK

Match goes the distance: CHECK

Youzhny prevails over Stepanek: CHECK

Classic: CHECK

Fantastic match to decide the last spot in the round of 16, probably the best of the week. Congrats to Mikhail Youzhny. Now go get steamrolled by Rafa.

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