Starace takes on Fognini. Starace knocked out top seed Chela in a tough 3 setter. It was a typical clay court encounter and Starace simply refused to give up.
Fognini started badly against Rochus and went a break down immediately but came back strongly to take the match in straight sets.
They played last year on clay and it was Fognini who won that easily in straight setsbut Starace looked quite solid in his win over Chela. I have seen so many poor matches from Fognini that its difficult to see him as a reliable player. However the fact remains that he hasn’t losrt a set this week whereas Starace has been to 3 sets in both matches.
I will start with a lay on Fognini wh can easily have a poor first service game. I don’t see either player having it their own way and feel Starace will be the tougher player to beat so i give him the edge.
Update: Starace took the opening set but it was Fognini who won 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Almagro finished his rain delayed match this morning. He didn’t start too well on return of serve but his own serve was solid. This evening he plays Lopez in the quarter finals. Lopez leads the head to heads 1-0 although that match on clay was in 2005.
Two strong server so I don’t expect a lot of breaks ( cue the WTA break fest ). Almagro would have to be a strong favourite and I don’t think playing 2 games in a day will affect him. If anything he has been able to get his serve fine tuned even more and he was more aggressive in the second set.
This will be very tight and perhaps a lay from the start is the way to start as with no breaks the price will rise. Almagro is excellent in tie breaks though so he is my tip to reach the semis.
Update: Not a classic match to say the least. Almagro won 6-4, 7-5.
Razzano plays Falconi in the Citi Open. Razzano played some solid tennis to beat Baltacha in the last round whereas Falconi is in the quarter finals due to Zhang retiring after the first set. Falconi had won that first set.
Razzano starts at 1.55 on Betfair which seems a fair starting point. Falconi doesn’t have the strongest serve in the world and I’d expect razzano to find it easy enough to break. Razzano should have enough experience and consistency to wear her opponent down and let her make the mistakes. Small back on Razzano for me. I may add to it if she dominates as expected.
Update: Both players were struggling with the heat in Washington. That gave us some of the most pathetic tennis I have seen for a long while. Falconi dealt with it slightly better to win 6-4, 6-3.