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June 28, 2008

Hate To Say I Told You So

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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.”


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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