Stosur v Bartoli: Stosur started badly against Vera and left it until halfway through the second set to start the fightback. Hopefully that was the kick up the arse the Aussie needed. Bartoli wasn’t given much chance against Azarenka prior to the match but she dominated the first set. Azarenka then retired in the second game of the second set.
Bartoli will be slightly fresher and has beaten Stosur before on a faster court. This is probably all down to whether or not Stosur serves well. If she does then she has to be favourite but she is so unreliable. Based on recent form I am favouring Bartoli to fight through, possibly in 3 sets.
Update: Bartoli won 6-3, 6-1.
Kunitsyn v Seppi: Kunitsyn surprised me with his easy win over Benneteau. Seppi had an easy first couple of rounds and then came through a potentially tricky match with Rochus. Seppi’s fitness could be an issue here but if he has enough left in the energy tank he is the classier player and my favourite to win. Seppi has also made it through to the doubles final so is clearly seeing the ball well and enjoying himself. Kunitsyn will make a match of it if he keeps his serve consistent.
Update Seppi won 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
Nishikori v Tipsarevic: Nishikori played almost 2 full matches yesterday which will have taken its toll. Tipsarevic has won all 3 of their previous encounters but I think this will be a very simple win for the Serb. Oddly Tipsarevic’s last 2 matches have been exactly the same score ( 6-3, 7-6) and even the tie break scores were the same. He needs to avoid relaxing too much in the second set as he has a tendancy to do. I’ll be backing Tipsarevic from the start.
Update: The rain gave Nishikori an extra recovery day but it was still an easy won for Tipsarevic 6-2, 6-4.