Get ready for some late nights tennis fans! This week we have the Montreal Masters and the WTA is in Toronto. Both events are known as the Rogers Cup and will attract the very best players that the game has to offer. Watch out for playrs who are playing their first hard court matches after being on clay as they may take a game or 2 to get used to the courts. They will ofcourse have been practising on the local courts so it shouldnt take them long. There is no substitute for match pay though.
Wawrinka isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer at the best of times and this will be his first hard court match for a while. He is one player who can be slow to switcvh between surfaces. He is up against Nalbandian who played 1 match at the Legg Mason tournament last week wheer he lost to James Blake in straight sets.
Wawrinka leads the head to heads 5-3 although the only time they have played in the last 12 months it was Nalbandian who won in straight sets. However Nalbandian has had a recent hernia operation and his match against Blake showed that he has a long way to go before his recovery is complete.
Wawrinka reached the quarter finals 2 weesks ago losing to in form Granollers. if he can get himself motivated from the start he should be able to take this. I’ll have a small back on him from the start but if Nalbandian seems in better form than his last match he is capable of putting Wawrinka under pressure. the longer the match goes on the more it favours the Swiss player.
Update: Who are you and what have you done with the real Wawrinka?? Superb performance from the Swiss player. Nalbandian was well below his best as expected but Wawrinka served exceptionally well and looked in control from start to finish.
Wawrinka won 6-1, 6-4.
The last time Safarova won an opening set was in her match with Goerges in the French Open. She lost the match though! Since then she has lost the opening set in every match. That’s 9 matches in a row! Today she plays Hercog who is more at home on clay courts.
Safarova reached the final of the Sony Ericsson Open in June on hard courts where she lost to Wozniacki. You would expect her to take the match today although it has to be worth laying her from the start to see if she can make it 10 in a row. Safarova split up with Tomas Berdych after 9 years. Will that affect her game? You know what women are like 😉
Update: The scoreboards freezing made this tricky to trade although a lay of Safarova paid off. One of the scoreboards showed the score as 2-1 to Hercog and that she was a break up. The price reacted accordingly. In fact they were still on serve!
Safarova broke her jinx and took the opening set. She won 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
Brianti should have a decent chance against China’s Jie Zheng. they have played once before although that was on clay. That match went to Brianti in 2 tight sets.
Zheng starts as favourite on Betfair at 1.67 and considering Brianti reached the quarter finals of the Citi Open recently I feel it is worth a lay of Zheng. Both player’s stats aren’t great but Brianti is slightly ahead. There should be a few good price swings along the way.
Update: Disappointing from Brianti and Zheng won 6-2, 6-1.