By Jed Jones

  • Roger Federer [3] v Grigor Dimitrov
  • Serena Williams [8] v Qiang Wang [18]
  • Stan Wawrinka [23] v Daniil Medvedev [5]
NEW YORK, USA – We are swiftly entering the business end of the tournament as the quarterfinals commence.

 

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Roger Federer [3] v Grigor Dimitrov | Federer leads H2H 7-0

Two of the tours most stylish players will face off under the lights of the Arthur Ashe Stadium. It seems as though Roger Federer has brushed off his Wimbledon heartbreak as he has dazzled his way into the quarterfinal stage in New York once again. The 5-time champion looked imperious against David Goffin in the previous round, dropping just four games on his way to victory. The Swiss superstar is vying to reach a remarkable eleventh US Open semifinal, and first since 2015.

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Grigor Dimitrov finds himself in his first ever quarterfinal in the Big Apple. The past two weeks could prove to be pivotal in the Bulgarian’s career as he has endured a very poor season. Dimitrov has won 51% of matches this year – his worst record since 2009. That being said, his exploits here will see him climb at least 36 places in the rankings.

Federer has dominated this rivalry throughout the years. Dimitrov has only managed to win two sets in their seven meetings. The pair play fairly similar styles, but the world No. 3 does everything marginally better than his opponent. The Bulgarian will have to play the match of his life if he is to reach the last four.

Prediction: Federer in straight sets.

 

Serena Williams [8] v Qiang Wang [18] | First meeting

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Serena Williams is into the latter stages of a big tournament once again. The 6-time champion seems to peak at the Grand Slams and the American has dropped just the solitary set on her way to the final eight. The 37-year-old is looking to reach her thirteenth seminal at this event and she has won her last nine US Open quarterfinals.

Qiang Wang is featuring in her first ever Grand Slam quarterfinal. The 27-year-old has gone under the radar this tournament as she so often does. In the previous round, Wang scored this biggest win of her career, defeating second seeded Ash Barty comfortably. It has been a while since the world No. 18 has played this much tennis: the last time she won four straight matches was last October.

This will be the first meeting between the pair and their styles could not be any more different. Williams has so much firepower at her disposal, whereas Wang uses her intelligence and tactics to outsmart her opponents. The American has been in this position countless times in her illustrious career and her experience should see her through with relative ease.

Prediction: Williams in straight sets.

 

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Stan Wawrinka [23] v Daniil Medvedev [5] | Medvedev leads H2H 1-0

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A complete contrast of styles will be on display for the New York crowd in this encounter. Stan Wawrinka was playing emphatic, aggressive tennis against Novak Djokovic until the Serb eventually retired. The 3-time Grand Slam champion is still making his way up the rankings as he is bidding to reach just his second semifinal of the season. A victory would also see Wawrinka into the last four of a Slam for the first time since the 2017 French Open.

Daniil Medvedev has certainly caused a stir in this tournament. The Russian has shown he simply does not care what the crowd think after being booed for the previous two matches. The 23-year-old has been in stunning form of late and he is 18-2 since Wimbledon – picking up the Cincinnati title along the way. A win for Medvedev would ensure him a new career-high ranking of No. 4.

Wawrinka’s powerful game will look to break through the Russian’s watertight defences. Both players know exactly what they have to do to triumph. Medvedev won the pairs only meeting at Wimbledon two years ago, but a lot has changed since then. This could end up being the match of the tournament.

Prediction: Wawrinka in five sets.

Play begins on Day Nine at 11am (4pm BST).

 

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