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ATP Rotterdam, Semi Final: Nishikori v Wawrinka

Due to start at 6:30 pm

Nishikori 1.52, Wawrinka 2.88

Wawrinka leads their previous matches 5-4. Their last meeting In August last year on a hard court in Cincinnati. Wawrinka won that one in straight sets. He leads 4-3 on hard courts.

Stronger overall results in the last 12 months for Nishikori. Wawrinka didn’t play as many matches as he tried to get back into some sort of form after injury.  Nishikori has slightly better indoor results.

Wawrinka has had the tougher opponents this week. Five of his 6 sets have been very tight and he has played a tie break in each round. Benoit Paire was a good warm up in the first round. Milos Raonic made him work harder but Stan faced just 1 break point which he saved.  Denis Shapovalov had beaten him in October, also on an indoor court but this time it was Stan’s day. Shapovalov broke him twice but was beaten in straight sets.

Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka

Even though Wawrinka has played the bigger names this week Nishikori has met some players who have all shown strong recent form. Pierre-Hughes Herbert was the only player to take a set from him. Ernests Gulbis has played some decent tennis in recent months but only managed to force 1 break point on the Nishikori serve.  He did convert it. Marton Fucsovics has had some good results indoors and managed to break the Nishikori serve twice but was also taken out in straight sets.

Some value on Wawrinka. Stats for the tournament favour Nishikori but both have served well. Lay Nishikori around 1.35 and remove liability at 1.70. Lay the set 1 winner.


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WTA Qatar Open, Doha, Semi Final: Kerber v Mertens

Due to start at 3 pm

Kerber 1.64, Mertens 2.52

Kerber won their only previous meeting which was in the Hopman Cup exhibition in December 2017. She won on an indoor hard court in two tie breaks.

Kerber started her quarter final very slowly and was playing like she did against Collins at the Australian Open. She won just 1 game in the opening set. She was broken at the start of set 2 but then started to play better and easily won that set. She was 3-0 up in the 3rd set but needed a tie break to finally win the match.



I had expected Bertens to beat Mertens in the last round but she served really badly and was never really in the match. Mertens was put under the most pressure by Kristyna Pliskova in the second round but has not lost a set so far this week.

I think Mertens will put Kerber under pressure today. The Strycova match should do Kerber good as a scrap is great to fine tune your game. Back Kerber around 1.85

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WTA Qatar Open, Doha, Quarter Final: Bertens v Mertens

Due to start at 5 pm

Bertens 1.59, Mertens 2.66

Mertens leads their previous matches 2-1. The last time they played was in Brisbane in January. Bertens won on a hard court in 3 sets.  All their matches were on hard courts. Mertens’ last win was in August 2017 in New Haven, USA. She won in 3 sets.

Bertens made a slow start in the last round against Suarez Navarro but sorted herself out after losing set 1. She lost just 2 more games in the match.  She won the title in St Petersburg 2 weeks ago and made the semi finals in Sydney in the second week of the season.

Kiki Bertens

Kiki Bertens

Mertens has had a good week. She caught a break when Karolina Pliskova pulled out to be replaced by sister Kristyna. Mertens beat her in straight sets. In the first round she beat Siniakova in 2 sets.  She reached the quarter finals in Sydney and the third round in Melbourne.

Back Bertens around 1.85. I expect Mertens to be competitive.

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