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2-ROGER FEDERER VS. 29-PHILIP KOHLSCHREIBER

Is the great one going to play perfectly every match and win the US Open again? Probably not, but he has been near-perfect in his first two matches, dropping just nine games--pretty darn good. However, the 34 year old is completely aware that he cannot spend forever playing matches and it’s time for him to be more aggressive or it will be very difficult to take out the big boys . It's a tactic that  worked well when he out-stroked No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final of Cincinnati. He served huge, he came into the net and jumped on the Serb's serves when he had a chance.

The German Kohlschreiber, a tour veteran, can rake his one-handed backhand; he can chop it, or he can employ heavy topspin. His serves aren’t fantastic, but his forehand is fairly good and he has improved his net play.

However, is he good enough to unearth Federer? No, not in three-out-of-five sets. Head to head, the Swiss is 10-0 against Kohlschreiber. Federer has beaten him on hard courts, clay and grass.

Clearly, Federeris better all-around. However, the last time they played, in Halle on grass in June, it was super close, with Federer winning 7-6 in the third set. That time, Kohlschreiber mixed it up and he came to net. Anytime he had a good chance, he went for the lines.

Let’s assume that Kohlschreiber goes crazy for an hour and a half and is really pushing Federer. He is going toe-to-toe and putting together some amazing angle shots. But Federer is so intelligent that he can change up his tactics whenever he wants. Frankly, as good as Kohlschreiber can be at times, Federer is better with his serves, his returns, his strokes – everything. Kohlschreiber will battle, but Federer will get through in four sets.

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Arthur Ashe Stadium
5:00 PM

Men's Singles - Round 4

Marin Cilic (CRO) [9]
vs.
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) [27]
 
 Women's Singles - Round 4
Venus Williams (USA) [23]
vs.
Anett Kontaveit (EST)
 
 Women's Singles - Round 4
Serena Williams (USA) [1]
vs.
Madison Keys (USA) [19]
 
 
 Men's Singles - Round 4
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1]
vs.
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [23]
 
 Women's Singles - Round 4
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
vs.
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [13]

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Arthur Ashe Stadium
5:00 PM

Women's Singles - Round 4

Varvara Lepchenko (USA)
vs.
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [20]
 
 Men's Singles - Round 4
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [5]
vs.
Donald Young (USA)
 
 Women's Singles - Round 4
Samantha Stosur (AUS) [22]
vs.
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) [26]
 
 
 Women's Singles - Round 4
Petra Kvitova (CZE) [5]
vs.
Johanna Konta (GBR)
 
 Men's Singles - Round 4
John Isner (USA) [13]
vs.
Roger Federer (SUI) [2]

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Day 8 at the Open is a Labor of Love
On this, America’s Labor Day, there is no rest for the weary tennis player. But the reward is well worth the toil: a spot in the quarterfinals of the 2015 US Open.

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