Ferrero takes on Granollers in Stuttgart. Ferrero took advantage of an off day from Youzhny to reach the quarter finals. Once he got his serve going he looked very solid and waited for the Russian to make mistakes. Granollers has played some decent tennis this week but an in form Ferrero will be way too strong for him. Head to head is 2-0 to Ferrero with both matches being on clay.
Back Ferrero from the start.
Update: Ferrero struggled a little on serve and was broken in the first game. He immediately broke back. It was a close match but you always felt that Ferrero would win it even when he went 2-0 down at the start of the second set.
Ferrero won 6-4, 6-3.
The young German Stebe plays Andujar having beaten Davydenko and Fognini. His match with Fognini showed him to be a player with zero intelligence when it comes to adapting to an unusual situation. He had won the first set on a tie break and then watched as Fognini received treatment for an apparently painful wrist injury. Fognini looked disheartened and was perhaps close to quitting when Stebe proceeded to hand him a break of serve with some soft double faults and appalling unforced errors.
Andujar is a solid clay court player who has knocked out the defending champion in the 2nd round and i expect him to win this one. His starting price is a little low though at 1.40 and I will be waiting for a higher price to back him. His greater experience will see him through.
Update: Stebe seemed to suffer badly with nerves and Andujar was in control from start to finish.
Andujar won 6-2, 6-1.
Suarez Navarro has surprised me with her return after injury beating 2 decent clay court players with relative ease. Bondarenko has also been in good form winning 2 of her 4 sets by 6-0. One of those was against very tired Larsson and she will have to work a lot harder against the human bottle opener.
Likely to be 3 sets but I am favouring Suarez Navarro to continue her successful week. I’m surprised to see Bondarenko start as favourite on Betfair.
Update: Go home , Moose. Bondarenko won 6-2, 6-1.