ATP Eastbourne, 10:00 – The rain has given Lopez an extra day to recover from his long week at Queens Club. He has played just 2 sets this week to beat Kamke and faces Chardy today in their quarter final.
They have never played on grass but Lopez has won both their hard court matches. Chardy won on clay. Lopez doesn’t give up many break points on grass but also doesn’t earn many himself against decent servers.
This looks like another serve dominated match that is likely to see tie breaks. Lopez handles those matches better than Chardy.
Lopez starts at 1.68 and as any point against serve will move the market a little more than normal ( before it corrects) and we could easily see 1.80 to 1.90 without him being broken. I will be grabbing that entry.
WTA Eastbourne, 13:00 – Britain’s top woman player, Heather Watson has reached the semi finals. She has an excellent win over Pennetta to reach the quarter final and was handed her place in the semi’s when Kvitova pulled out.
Keys is having a good week herself. Jankovic was despatched in straight sets as was defending champion Vesnina. Yesterday Davis was completely outplayed and won just 3 games.
Both players have been serving well with Keys in particular giving very little away from the service line.
Watson will need every bit of inspiration that she can get from playing at home but I don’t think she will have quite enough today.
Keys starts at 1.53 but I can see that trading higher in the opening few games. It would be great to see Watson in the final but I’ll be backing Keys above 1.80 .
ATP Eastbourne, 14:30 – Gasquet has found some of his grass form this week. he needed 3 sets to get past Tomic but Klizan was easily beaten in 2.
Istomin is no mug on grass. He has faced two excellent opponents in Garcia Lopez and Roger Vasselin but both couldn’t take a set from him.
They have never played on grass. Gasquet leads the head to heads 2-1 but it was Istomin who won their most recent meeting. That was over two years ago.
Gasquet starts at 1.53 but i expect that to trade higher. As long as Gasquet’s fitness is up to the task I think he has done enough this week to get his touch.
This match is likely to go to 3 sets and I am looking to back Gasquet when he goes a break behind. he is pretty good at recovering from a slow start.