Rogers Cup 2012, Friday

I suspected that yesterday’s matches were going to be badly affected by rain so I didn’t bust a gut to post any match picks. I had a busy morning helping my daughter to move some of her stuff to her fiance’s house. The sooner she goes the sooner I get my office ;-). I’ll miss her ofcourse…..but I get an office!!

Murray pulled out which was no great surprise having seen him hobble through the last part of his match with Cipolla. That was a pity as I was looking forward to the prospect of some decent green there.

The seeds have been dropping like flies this week. Lisicki went out yesterday to Suarez Navarro and Radwanska came very close to following her with a third set tie break win over Barthel.Cibulkova lost in straight sets, Sharapova pulled out and Jankovic lost badly against local player Wozniack.

I almost forgot about the biggest shock of the day! Ivanovic, former world number 1, lost 0-6, 0-6 to Vinci!

We saw no play in Toronto. I lost count of the number of times the rain stopped and the courts were prepared for play only for the rain to start up again and make all the ground staff’s work count for nothing.


I think Berdych will have played himself back into some sort of form with his three sets win over Benneteau. Rain permitting he plays Gasquet. Their head to heads are 3-3. Away from clay they are 2-2 but Berdych took both their hard court matches in 2011.

Gasquet had a decent Wimbledon reaching the 4th round where he was unlucky to catch Mayer on top form ( we all know how difficult THAT is to do! )

Berdych’s starting price of 1.50 is a little on the low side and i’ll be looking to grab anything over 1.75 . If Berdych can serve as well as he did in the last round he will sail through this.

Update: Awful performance from Berdych and Gasquet proved to me more consistent.

Gasquet won 6-4, 6-2.


Monaco has won his last 3 matches against Mardy Fish. In the 2 hard court matches he started as underdog and they were around evens on clay. Monaco’s serve recently has been well below par and liable to break down at any time. Fish has had his problems too but has been playing  the better tennis and serving extremely well. Against Ebden he won 100% of points on his first serve. That’s impressive against anyone.

I’d be happier with a higher price on Fish. He starts at 1.67 so I may put 1/3 stake on at the start and hope to get the rest on nearer evens.

Update:Very poor first set from Fish but he sorted himself out after that.

Fish won 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.


When will Haas ever get tired?? He has lost 3 of his last 4 matches against Stepanek who has picked up a couple of  impressive scalps this week already in Dolgopolov and Del Potro.

Haas has been almost unbreakable on serve and you have to feel that for Stepanek to have a decent chance then fatigue will have to play a part. I will wait to see how interested Haas is early in the match before getting involved but if the games are close and Haas goes a break up it is worth laying him.

Update: Haas looked to have finally run out of steam as Stepanek easily took the first set. Haas came back to win in 3.

Haas won 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 . He then went on to take Djokovic to 3 sets in his second match of the day!

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