Not so many games each day now. Thats the downside of the slams. They don’t quite need the full 2 weeks to get the games in so have to spread them out in the second week. Take the opportunity to spend some time with family. You’re going to need the brownie points for the world cup and Wimbledon 😉
13:00 – Dementieva v Petrova : 15-40. The market has Petrova as quite a strong favourite probably as she knocked out Venus Williams in the last round. I think it will be close and would give Dementieva a slight edge.
Update: Petrova made a fast start and took the first set easily. In the second Dementieva was much better and Petrova was suffering with a leg injury.
Dementieva won 2-6, 6-2, 6-0.
13:00 – Schiavone v Wozniacki : 15-40. Wozniacki to win.
Update: Poor performance from Wozniacki. Schiavone won 6-2, 6-3.
15:00 – Berdych v Youzhny
Rankings are 17 and 14. Head to heads are 6-5 to Youzhny. (1-1 on clay)
Berdych hasn’t lost a set so far and beat Murray in the last round. Whilst the Scot made his job a little easier than expected he played some very impressive tennis.
Youzhny has had to work a little harder with four set matches in rounds 2 and 3. However in the last match against Tsonga he only had to play one set against the injured Frenchman.
Youzhny won the BMW Open in May.
Youzhny has one of the most consistent serves with a first serve percentage of 65. Berdych wins 87% of his service games to Youzhny’s 80%.
Both men are playing well but I give Berdych the edge. Both men can be backed on serve but as always get out quickly if they go behind in a service game.
Update : Berdych won 6-3, 6-1, 6-2.
15:00 – Federer v Soderling
Rankings are 1 and 7. Head to heads are 12-0 to Fed.
In their twelve previous meetings Soderling has managed to win two sets. Thats 29 sets to 2.
Federer has often lost a set by this stage of the tournament but this time he has a clean sheet. Soderling has only lost one set and has looked impressive.
The last time they met on clay was in the final of this tournament last year.
Federer starts at 1.24 on Betfair which is a little low to back from the start. I would suggest either laying Fed or waiting to see if Soderling can get a break before backing Federer.
There have been some strange results so far this week. Is it possible that Soderling can beat the world number one? Ofcourse it is. Is it likely? Well, no.
Update: Wow! The match started as expected with Federer taking the first set. After that it was the Soderling show. Not many people gave him a chance today ( me included ) but he took the next 3 sets.
Soderling won 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.
I missed the first set and a half and by the time the rain stopped the prices were moving quite dramatically. At times it was a little scary to enter a trade.
Patience proved to be a wise option and I made very few trades but with a good outcome. I reduced stakes to £300 due to the volatility.