Friday 19th July 2013

Surely Meusburger has to be a lay at 1.24!! Rus started really well yesterday with the confidence from the previous day’s win driving her on. Her ground strokes were superb. As Candela settled into the match she was looking the stronger player until a couple of bouts of Mediterranean sulking gifted important games to her opponent.

Meusburger has done well on the ITF tour but has managed to transfer that to the main stage recently. Her own confidence will be high too but is she really a 1.24 player? I think not.

 

Razzano leads the head to heads 4-0 over Pennetta but they haven’t played since 2009 when Razzano was a top 20 player.

Pennetta has played some superb tennis in some of her recent matches but form can come and go so quickly. Razzano for example lost to a player ranked 201 last week in straight sets.

Razzano’s serve has been good this week and if she can keep that going she can keep this close. Whilst I think we will get a much higher price on Pennetta I think she will get the job done in the end. Perhaps 3 sets .

 

Now I know this isn’t a politically correct thing to say but Dominguez Lino looks like a dwarf that has been stretched. Word on the street is that Serena did it.

 

Haas reached the final in Hamburg last season where he lost to Monaco.  Today he is up against Fognini who beat him last week in Stuttgart in straight sets.

Fognini has continued his superb form this week when many, myself included, thought he might take his cheque and run for the beach.

Stuttgart seems to be a tournament that Haas doesn’t take seriously and he hasn’t won 2 matches there for a few years. In 2012 he lost in straight sets to a qualifier. How much did that have to do with the defeat to Fognini? It’s hard to say. We certainly know he takes Hamburg seriously and won’t want to exit at the quarter final stage.

This is one to watch for a few games. There is no real reason why either player’s levels will drop for this match although I suppose slight fatigue may hit Foggy’s legs if they go to 3 sets. Haas is such a tough player to beat when he is up for the fight I have to give him a slight edge but I won’t be backing him below evens. 3 sets definitely favours the German.

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