Mardy Fish vs Tommy Haas: "Old Guys" Semi-FinalThis is the match-up of two 30+ tour veterans looking for a big ATP win in DC. Most of the week, I have been predicting this SF. Last Sunday the two played a practice match against each other, where it looked like Haas was the more determined aggressor and Fish is still a bit on eggshells to find his peak form.
Look for Fish's serve to lead the charge for the rest of his game.
Haas had a relatively easy win over Kamke on Friday afternoon and should be well rested for this scorcher in the afternoon.
My prediction is a close 3-sets with Haas a slight edge in conditioning to take the decider.
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Reminder: Sat, Aug 4 is Military Appreciation Day
- Free entry for all active duty and retired members, family for afternoon session.
- Plus our nation's heroes also get free 2-for-1 tickets, any day of the week.
Sam Querrey vs Alex Dolgopolov: "Young Guns" Semi-FinalThe match-up of the 24 year old rising stars. Playing in the evening at 7pm should give a slight edge to Dolg, who has been getting the last match on stadium court several nights in a row now.
Sam's 1-2 tennis has earned him a 3-peat at the LA Farmer's Classic last weekend. He's the big serve and run-around forehand style that will match up very nicely against Alex's counter-punching and tactical explosiveness.
Against the Blake power, Alex was able to wear him down and run him to the net for the passing shots. If Alex is able to hold his serve against Sam (who would be a stronger/younger version of Blake's power), then he will make it through. If Querrey is able to dictate play from the baseline then it will be extremely hard even with Dolg's great defensive skills to stay in the match.
For this one, I will predict two tie-breakers with Alex prevailing on a couple key breaks of serve.
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Military Appreciation Day hosted by Geico Saturday, August 4, Gates open at 11:00amThe Citi Open and Geico will be honoring and showing respect for all of the brave men and women that are serving in all the military branches. The day will feature many patriotic elements, including Color Guard, a coin toss by a Wounded Warrior, a flag unfurling, the National Anthem sung by Army SFC Antonio Guiliano and a clinic for military families on Saturday morning.
Military members and veterans who present their military ID at the box office will receive free admission (subject to availability) for Saturday afternoon's session courtesy of Geico. Additionally, all active duty and retired military members and families will receive a 2-for-1 discount (limit four  free tickets per person) on reserved tickets throughout the entire week of the tournament (redeemable at the box office).