Sijsling has mucked up 2 of my tips this week by beating Nieminen and Haase. I don’t fancy his chances of reaching the semi’s. Gilles Simon beat Tsonga in the final last week in Metz and took out Tomic in straight sets this week.
They have played once before which Simon won in 3 sets but that was 3 years ago.
The way Sijsling has been serving this week I think Simon is too short at 1.35 even though it is hard to see him losing this as long as he keeps up his aggressive play. Both Nieminen and Haase had the game to beat Sijsling but couldn’t keep up the consistency. That shouldn’t be a problem for the Frenchman .
Simon’s last 5 matches have been won in straight sets and it will take a serious drop in his level of play for that pattern to be broken in this quarter final.
Update: Simon looked lethargic in the opening games and it was just a matter of time until he was broken. Simon came back to take the set but lost the second with a late break. He took a tight third.
Simon won 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
The slower surface in Kuala Lumpur are probably the reason Delbonis has made it this far. He plays his best tennis on the clay. He made a shaky start against local wild card Chung. He wasn’t really expected to beat Pospisil and struggled on every service game. Pospisil wasn’t able to take his many break points and Delbonis won in 2 tie break sets.
Its always exciting having money on Melzer but I would back him to be able to take the break points that Delbonis is bound to give him. 1.47 isn’t a terrible price but I’d prefer 1.60 Melzer scraped through his last match but I’d rate Zverev higher than Del bonis on this surface..
Update: Melzer won 6-3, 6-2.
Venus and Kvitova have played twice before and won a match each. Both matches went to 3 sets. I wouldn’t rule out another 3 setter but am favouring Kvitova to get the win. She is often unreliable but her form against Keys and Kuznetsova has been impressive.
Venus has played 3 sets in her last 2 matches and even though she seems to be in much better shape than we have seen for a while her energy levels will be running low if this goes the distance again.
Update: Not a classic! Venus ran away with the opening set before Kvitova levelled at 1 set each. Both had their chances in the third but they ended up in a tie break.
Kvitova won 3-6, 6-3, 7-6.
Wawrinka has to be the pick to beat Tursunov but hopefully the Russian can keep the opening set closer than Baghdatis did in the last round and will give us a price worth backing.
Tursunov won their only previous meeting but that was 5 years ago. Wawrinka will like the speed of the courts and he edges the important stats over the last 3 months.
Update: Wawrinka looked like his old self and didn’t appear too bothered about the opening set which Tursunov controlled completely. Then Wawrinka woke up!
Wawrinka won 2-6, 6-3, 7-6.
Youzhny leads the head to heads 5-4 over Gasquet but the Frenchman has won their last 2 matches on hard courts.
They are 2-2 for matches in the last 2 seasons and there hasn’t been a 3 set match. I think today could well go to 3.
Their stats for the last 3 months are very similar. they have both had comfortable matches so far so we haven’t really seen what sort of form they’re in.
I am expecting Gasquet to be the stronger player. He has only lost opening sets to top 3 players or to huge servers in tie breaks in recent weeks.
Gasquet in 3.
Update: Ok so I screwed the title of the post up! ( I have corrected it ). Of course they have had a 3 setter in the past but I mean in the last 2 seasons which are more relevant than matches played years ago.
A high quality match which Gasquet won 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.