Roddick v Isner:
Isner looked like he was on his last legs yesterday against Baggy. Somehow he managed to win the match but I’m not convinced he really wanted to.
Roddick is top seed this week and received a Wild Card entry to the tournament. He hasn’t lost a set this week although has had a relatively easy route to the semis.
Roddick leads the head to heads 3-1. He won the only previous match in 2011 in straight sets. Whilst this is a battle of 2 big servers it is Roddick who has impressed most this week. His serve looks like it is close to its best and I think he will be going all out to win this tournament to complete his prep for next week. He hasn’t played many games recently and there is nothing to be gained from not giving 100% today.
Isner on tthe other hand must be concerned at his fatigue going into to his home country Grand Slam and if he doesn’t lose today to give himself a couple of days rest I can see Baghdatis getting revenge in the first round on Monday.
Isner won’t mind losing to Roddick so won’t lose face infront of his home fans and I don’t see him going all out for the win. If his serve doesn’t win the point he will want to avoid long tiring rallies.
It has to be a Roddick win for me. I will be backing from the start. (1.51)
Update: I don’t know where Isner found his energy from although Roddick made it easier on him by not being able to cope with his serve. I stuck with Roddick until just before the tie break and took the 11% loss.
Isner took the tie break and even though Roddick managed to break him in the second set Isner broke back and took the match 7-6, 6-4.
I replaced my red with a green by laying Roddick at 0-15 after he had broken Isner but unfortunately didn’t let it run! Respectable result all the same.
Haase v Benneteau:
Another player who must be cursing the fact that he was playing a complete spanner yesterday is Benneteau. This is his 8th match in as many days and that isn’t good prep for the US Open. He must have been looking forward to 3 days rest when he was a set down against Stakhovsky. The Frenchman looked exhausted but Stak wasted so many chances to win the second set quickly and it dragged on to a tie break which Benny won. Stakhovsky lost the plot in the third set.
Haase played some great tennis to beat Dolgopolov in straight sets. He served well and looked up for the fight.
Benneteau leads the head to heads 1-0 but that was 4 years ago.
Both are playing good tennis and if both had fully charged batteries then it would be close. As Benneteau will not have much left in the tank I just can’t see him being competitive for more than 1 set.
Haase to reach the final. 2/3 stake on him from the start with a view to adding to it at a higher price in the first set. (1.59)
Update: What a strange day of tennis! Benneteau won an early break but was broken straight back. After that Haase was in control and Benneteau again startd to look very weary. Haase won the set 6-2. Benneteau’s serve was starting to fall apart and it looked just a matter of time until Haase won. He got an early break. I was going to let it run but wanted to move over to the Wozniacki match so decided to green up at 1.04. I shut the ladder down and the stream and moved my attention to the WTA which was nearing the end of the first set with Shiavone a break up.
Someone in the chatroom said that Benneteau was back but I didn’t take much notice. I couldn’t believe what I was reading when I checked the score in the morning.
Benneteau won 2-6, 7-6, 7-6!! Why do so many players have a problem closing out matches where they are in control after a set and a half? Incredible.