Game of the Night

Wednesday’s Game of the Night is in Queens, New York at Arthur Ashe Stadium (7pm EST). There should be great tennis tonight, when 2nd-seeded Roger Federer meets 5th-seeded Robin Soderling, the guy who ended Roger’s streak of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinals. Federer came out of the gate guns a blazing in his fourth round match against 13th-seeded Jurgen Melzer 6-3,7-6 (7-4), 6-3, but slowed down as the match went on. Melzer had a great game plan in his match versus the former world No.1, Melzer had Federer moving all over the court with these wonderfully placed forehand drop shots. If Soderling can emulate some of Melzer’s game plan tonight, then there’s no reason why the 26 year old Swede can’t upset Federer much like he did at the quarterfinals at French Open. Federer is 12-1 in his career against Soderling, and has won 44 of his past 45 matches at the U.S. Open.

There’s something special about Arthur Ashe and night matches. Getting a matchup like this in the quarterfinals usually leads to some good drama with great Tennis. In addition, who’s hoping to see another Federer/Nadal final, these two have hands down one of the best individual rivalries in sports today.

If you are able to watch at work (11am EST) 3rd-seeded Novak Djokovic takes on the extremely athletic 17th-seeded Gael Monfils. Djokovic handily beat Mardy Fish 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 while Monfils had a tougher time against fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-5, 7-5.

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