01:00 – Ferrer v Nalbandian
Rankings are 7 and 27. Head to heads are 6-5 to Ferrer. On hard courts its 5-2 to Nalbandian and the Argentinian has won their last 3 matches.
Ferrer has played well all week but has taken his foot off the gas in all his matches. He has struggled a little with his first serve and that has meant he has had to work that bit harder to hold serve. Having said that he has held serve 93% of the time this week.
Nalbandian’s serve can often be fragile but he finds a way to win his service games. This week has been no different and he has often found himself behind on his own serve. He has held serve 96% of the time which is great but can make backing him on serve a little nervy.
Nalbandian’s ground strokes haven’t been of the high standard we expect from him although he hasn’t looked like losing so far.
Backing both on serve is statistically a smart strategy but as both often seem to go behind on serve you need to hold your nerve.
I wouldn’t recommend backing either from the start unless its with reduced stakes as its not unknown for them both to slip up early.
Update: Nalbandian was very poor throughout the whole match and Ferrer took full advantage.
Ferrer won 6-3, 6-2.