Paris – Thursday’s matches

Fish v Monaco:

Their only previous match on a hard court was in 2005 which Fish won. Since then they have shared the 2 clay court matches thqat have been played.

Monaco probably couldn’t believe his luck last night when Simon turned out to be even more useless on home soil than he is anywhere else at the moment. Simon didn’t win a single game in the second set.

Fish is clearly over his injury as he easily won against Mayer who had shown some decent form in the last round.

Eve though its really difficult to work out players’ motivations this week I think an in form Fish will be too much for Monaco. The Argentinian must be running on fumes although he is one of the fittest guys around.

I expect Fish to trade higher in the first set but he will come through for the win.

(1.56)

Update: Fish was broken in the very first game of the match but then reeled off the next 6 games to take the set.

Tigher second set which is currently on serve….

Monaco won the set on a tie break and then early in the third set Fish had an MTO and wasn’t able to continue.

Monaco won 1-6, 7-6, 1-2(ret)

 

Ferrer v Dolgopolov:

The head to heads are 3-1 to Ferrer.  Dolgopolov won their last match which was on clay!  Mr Ferrer will be out for revenge today.

Dolgopolov played some great tennis against Kohlschreiber. However when he looked like losing the second set from having a very healthy lead his head dropped and if it hadn’t been for Kohlschreiber performing one of the biggest chokes of the week they would have been in a third set.

Ferrer came through a tricky match with Mahut with a break n each set. It wasn’t vintage Ferrer but he did what he needed to do with a late break to seal the win.

If Dolgopolov can keep his head then he can make a fight of this. He is always unpredictable and if its his day for the big ground strokes and serves to hit their targets then we could see an upset. However I feel Ferrer will be keen to keep his good form going a little longer with the World Tour Finals and the Davis Cup final still to come.

Update: Dolgopolov was a little wild to say the least and Ferrer was always in control of the match.

Ferrer won 6-3, 6-2.

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