Rome 2013, Tuesday

Yesterday wasn’t an easy one to predict results.

Even in play it was difficult to get a  feeling for some of the matches. Stepanek looked in full control early against Starace but ended up losing in 3 sets. Monaco came back from a tie break loss in the first to win the second set 6-1. He then took a break lead in the third before losing the plot and the match.

Muguruza lost her opening set 1-6 but then Johansson only won 2 more games in the remaining 2 sets.

The home crowd didn’t do much to help their own players. Schiavone limped weakly out of the tournament in straight sets having led 4-1 in the first set tie break. She lost the second set 6-1. Seppi was pretty dire against another Italian Fognini. A couple of underdogs Starace and Burnett were able to give the home supporters something to cheer but were aided by pretty poor tennis from Stepanek and Cornet respectively.

Windy conditions and the occasional sand storm didn’t help the standard of tennis over all. Lets hope for better today!

 

It took David Ferrer to stop Tommy Haas’ recent run of wins. Even then it was 6-4 in the 3rd. Today Haas meets Youzhny who had a decent week in Madrid before being beaten by Nadal. He beat Almagro and Fognini earlier in the tournament.

Head to heads are tied at 3-3 with Youzhny winning their only recent match which was in Beijing in October last year.

Today Haas starts at 1.39 and while I agree that he is favourite due to  the previous matches and the fact that even Haas’ legs must be a little heavy I feel that he will be trading higher. In Beijing he started at 1.70 which is where I would have this match starting.

I will wait for nearer that price before getting involved.

 

Medina Garrigues isn’t used to still being in the tournament by the quarter finals. She also isn’t used to going 3 sets with the world number 1. She is no spring chicken in tennis terms and I have to feel that Kirilenko is a good bet at 1.53. MG will be competitive in the early part of the match and we may see a higher price on the Russian but Kirilenko should come through for the win.

 

Flipkens hasn’t beaten Wickmayer in 3 attempts yet she starts as favourite today at 1.70 .

Flipkens retired in Germany due to back pain. prior to that she was in a very good run of form reaching the quarter finals in Miami.

Wickmayer narrowly lost to Kvitova in Madrid but her form other than last week has been up and down.

I think we will see a very swingy match in terms of Betfair price and I will be favouring Wickmayer to win in 3.

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