Ok is today the day when I get one wrong? Haha. I think its 5 days now with a 100% success rate and the pressure is getting to me. Or maybe its all the 4am starts….
One match starting at 3am. Pff I don’t think so. 5am will do fine.
Anderson v Tomic:
Anderson leads the head to heads 1-0 which was on grass last year. Since then both players have improved their rankings especially Tomic.
Both men reached the quarter finals of the respective tournaments with Tomic taking Mardy Fish to 3 sets and Anderson lost in 3 sets to Cilic. (Totally irrelevent but I just noticed that the set scores were exactly the same in both matches including these 2 players losing the third set 6-1)
Tomic prefers a faster surface than he will find in Shanghai. He struggled against Cipolla who refused to give him any pace to counter attack with.
Both men were suffering the effects of a long week in their quarter finals but have had enough time to recover.
Anderson is more consistent and I expect him to win. If Tomic starts connecting with his big ground shots then he can be dangerous but I think these will be less effective this week.
Update:Anderson seemed to be lacking in confidence today and his serve wasn’t as reliable as usual.
Tomic won 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.
Ilhan v Dimitrov:
They have played just once before which was in Cincinnati and Dimitrov won in straight sets.
Ilhan had to get through 2 qualifying rounds and beat Cipolla easily in straight sets. He recently reached the final of a Challenger tournament.
Dimitrov lost in the first round last week to Tsonga. Tsonga was in great form but it was a close match which ended 7-6, 7-5. The week before he lost in the quarter finals to eventual winner Murray and there was just a single break between the players in each set.
These two are fairly evenly matched but Dimitrov should have taken some confidence from how close he took 2 top 10 players and I expect him to progress to the next round.
Update: terrible first set from Dimitrov but she sorted himself out after that.
Dimitrov won 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.