Madrid Open 2013 – Thursday

Probably just 1 shock result yesterday which was Azarenka losing out to Makarova.

 

Shvedova is surely going to be too strong for Medina Garrigues. The Spaniard will obviously have the support of the crowd and has been playing some good tennis. She beat Keys in straight sets in the last round and hasn’t lost a set so far.

Shvedova knocked out Wozniacki in the first round and came through a tough battle yesterday to beat Flipkens. I expect her aggressive game to be too strong today. 1.63 seems an excellent price.

Update: Shvedova has withdrawn!

 

Tommy Haas continues to roll on as he did around this time last year. he won in Germany last week and has won both his matches this week in straight sets although he had to come back from 2-5 down in the second set against Robredo.

Today’s oppnent is Ferrer who it has to be said hasn’t been playing his best tennis in recent weeks. Despite that he has still managed to reach two finals including last week in Portugal where he was demolished by Wawrinka.

Ferrer leads the head to heads 3-0 including their most recent meeting which was on a hard court in March. That went to 3 sets.

1.55 is usually decent value on a top 10 player (other than Tipsarevic) but if Haas can get off to a fast start he has a chance to at least take this to 3 sets. Ferrer isn’t a stranger to slow starts so I think we see a higher price on the world number 4 in the first set.

On home soil and as its his favourite surface its hard to go against Ferrer but it should be close.

Update: The first set was very tight with just 1 break of serve to Ferrer in the last game. In set 2 it was Haas’ turn to get the single break and take it into a decider. Haas was first to break and took a 4-2 lead but Ferrer won the next 4 games to take the match.

Ferrer won 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.

 

In other matches Errani starts as favourite against Lepchenko who has already knocked out Errani’s doubles partner Vinci. No match yesterday for Lepchenko as Goerges withdrew. They only have one recent meeting which was in the Fed Cup on clay and in Errani’s back yard. Lepchenko won in straight sets.

The price is too low on Errani at 1.48 although I do expect her to come through. I think she will need 3 sets.

Update: Lepchenko started very well and was over powering Errani. After some advice from her coach Errani finally found a way beat her and recovered from 2-4 to take the set 7-5.

Errani won 7-5, 6-3.

 

Dimitrov is back on court after his huge win over Djokovic. He suffered from cramps in that match and I expect Wawrinka to be too strong for him today. Stan starts at 1.60 . Dimitrov shouldn’t have problems competing at the start of the match so expect it to be tight.

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4 thoughts on “Madrid Open 2013 – Thursday”

  1. Do you know if the Shevdova game goes ahead as it is showing as Market Closed on Betfair? Cheers.

      1. That is a real shame – maybe the generous price reflected some concerns over her fitness?

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