Vinci v Errani:
Head to heads are 2-2. Errani won the 2 most recent ones that were both in 2011 although Vinci retired in the second set of their last match in May.
In the last 3 matches they played Errani has won the first set.
Both have been in good form on the clay with Errani winning 4 of her last 5 and Vinci winning 9 of her last 10 matches on the dirt.
For me, everything points to this being a very close match. Vinci was impressive in her quarter final and lost just 2 games. She hasn’t lost a set all week.
Errani is also yet to lose a set this week. She progressed to the semi final last week losing to eventual winner Babos but that was on a hard court.
These players are doubles partners and know each others game very well. Errani starts at 1.61 which doesn’t offer too much value. This is a match to watch a few games before getting involved. I give a slight edge to Errani and will be looking to get a price of at least evens in the opening few games.
Update: Vinci got the early break and her price went out to around 2.50 which is where I got in. Errani finally broke back and broke again to take the set.
Errani won 6-4, 6-1.
Wawrinka v Verdasco:
Head to heads are 1-1 with both matches being on clay in 2005.
What a match Verdasco played yesterday to beat Almagro in straight sets. he almost choked it at the end of the second set when he was broken while serving for the match. he went 2-5 down in the tie break but came back to win it.
Wawrinka had a tough first set with Chardy but took it 7-5. The Frenchman folded in the second set to lose it 1-6.
Wawrinka has needed 3 sets to win his other 2 matches this week.
I feel that Verdasco has had the tougher opponents this week with Almagro, Chela and Volandri all being beaten in straight sets.
I give a slight edge to Verdasco. They are at evens at the moment. If Stan takes a small lead I will be laying him. I won’t get involved at the start of the match.
Update: The first set was fairly close for a few games although Verdasco looked slightly stronger. He broke serve and hung on to take the set. Simiolar story in the second set.
Verdasco won 6-3, 6-3.