Before we get to the predix of Day Four, don’t forget to tune into tomorrow to “Safina Meltdown Watch” where the world will find out if Dinara Safina can find another to pull herself from the brink of complete brainfreeze in front of Kristina Barrois of Germany. Many actually give Barrois, a top 100 player, a chance against the overanalyzed Russian.
No other matches jump out as potential upsets. On the women’ s side Elena Dementieva will take on the fiesty American Melanie Oudin, Maria Sharapova takes on American Christina McHale while Jelena Jankovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova also see action.
On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic takes on Australian Carsten Ball who got to the finals of L.A. and Andy Roddick take on Marc Gicquel. James Blake takes on Olivier Rochus. Blake landed in a soft part of the draw where, if wins today, could take on Tommy Robredo next round and then possibly Roger Federer in the fourth round. It would be nice to see Blake make something happen at the Open since the rest of his year has been rather sub-par.