OOP for Friday. A few interesting matches but let's face it, it's all about two.
Rafa v. Nole
How badly do you think these two want this? It's a shame that one of them is going to have to play for a bronze medal because with all due respect to Blake and Gonzo, this is the Gold Medal Match. While Nole is the favorite over Rafa on hard courts, he was up until 1am finishing off Monfils in a grueling 2+ hour three setter. How much will have have left in the tank? Can he repeat his performance in Cincy? I'm going to have to go with doubtful.
It's ok, Nole. If you squint real hard the bronze totally looks like gold.
JJ v. Dinara
Two Drama Queens. One who embraces it. One who tries to bury it. Which will prevail?
You're an idiot to bet against Dinara. There is no hotter player on tour right now and she just has that look about her. Calm intensity. Purpose. Balance. The gold medal is hers for the taking and no one will disagree that she absolutely deserves it.
But come on. This is JJ. Doesn't this look like the perfect JJ script? Annointed #1 for the first time this week, hobbling on a bad knee, pulls out of the Opening Ceremonies with a bum calf, talks about withdrawing from the tournament all together, and then going on to win the whole thing, beating the hottest player on the tour in the process. It's so...JJ.
But JJ's theatrics wear thin on me. So I'm going for my Russian Robot. Ana's Avenger will appear and once again, as she has always done, stop and beat back those who attempt to encroach on Ana's #1 ranking. Come on Dinara, save Baby Panda!