Miami 2013 – Men’s Semi Finals

This will be my last post of the week as our daughter gets mairried over the weekend and I’ll be a bit busy!

 

Tommy Haas has had a hell of a tournament with only Sijsling being able to get a set off him. Djokovic and Simon were despatched in the 4th round and quarter final. Djokovic had a bad day but Haas took full advantage and Simon was never in the running to get the win.

Ferrer didn’t have any problems until he came up against Melzer in the quarter finals. Melzer managed to play his best tennis for just over a set and Ferrer had no real reply to it although he reduced Melzer’s double break lead and seemed to have the momentum as the set was lost. Ferrer came through with a 6-0 set in the third.

The market has Ferrer as favourite at 1.53 . Haas is playing at a higher standard than Melzer and i believe that if Melzer had been able to keep the intensity up then he would have won.

Ferrer is such a fighter  and people are saying that Haas’ run must come to an end soon. I don’t see why that should be tonight and I am favouring the German to reach the final.

 

Head to heads between Murray and Gasquet are 4-4 although Murray has won 3 of their last 4 matches. Interestingly they have only met once on a  hard courts and Gasquet won in straight sets. That was 7 years ago.

Murray starts at 1.31 and I feel that Gasquet is being underestimated. Murray hasn’t lost a set although he has come very close. His level has improved match by match and he beat an in form Cilic relatively comfortably although he won’t be happy at the number of times he was broken in that first set.

Gasquet’s decision making and shot selection has been excellent in this tournament. I can see him taking this to 3 sets but I have to go with Murray to take a place in Sunday’s final.

 

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