Nothing really outstanding today…
Djokovic has been taken to 3 sets in 2 of his 3 matches. Can Nishikori do the same today? That would make for a very intresting match but I really don’t see it happening. There’s a chance that Nishikori can get an early break but I’m not sure the Japanese player believes he can challenge the world number 1.
Update: I didn’t follow this and just saw the score! Nishikori won 2-6, 7-6, 6-0. A bagel in the third set?? Can only guess injury was involved.
Granollers has faced and beaten 2 big servers so far this week. he has played mostly solid tennis and waited for his opponent to make mistakes but there have been many glimpses of the superb ability that the Spaniard posseses. As far as this week is concerned today he meets the ultimate in big servers. Del Potro has been serving well and hitting his ground strokes even better. Against Anderson he lost very few points against his serve and if Querrey’s non existent opposition in the first set hadn’t sent Del Potro to sleep their second set would have been over as quickly as the first.
Towards the end of the match yesterday Granollers seemed to be struggling with cramp which would not be surprising after two very long matches.
I would expect Granollers to put up more of a fight than Querrey did but as I don’t expect him to beat Del Potro in straight sets his only chance is to come through another 3 setter even tougher than the others.
More likely is a straight sets win to Del Potro.
Update: Jeeez whats going on??
Granollers won 6-4, 7-6.
I haven’t seen Federer play this week. He was taken to 3 sets by Nieminen and needed a tie break in his first set with Starace ( which isn’t that unusual for Federer).
Wawrinka ruined one of my punting tips by beating Mayer 6-2, 6-2 yesterday and seems confident this week.
However when he plays Federer Wawrinka shows too much respect to his fellow countryman and rarely plays well. Wawrinka has won once against Fed and lost 9 times. In those 9 times Wawrinka won just 1 set.
Federer starts at 1.16 which is perhaps a little low in light of Nieminen and Starace being able to trouble Federer in one set each but I don’t think anyone, Wawrinka included, believes fed will lose this one.
Update: Normality returns. Federer won 7-6, 6-2.
Defending champion Ferrer takes on Monaco in or last semi final. Monaco knocked out tournament owner Ferrero in the quarter finals and has played superbly this week.
Head to heads are 3-3 and they have only played once on a hard court which Ferrer won. Since Ferrer’s march to the number 5 position in the world they have played just once. That was on clay thos year and went to Ferrer in 3 sets.
At 1.22 Ferrer is worth a lay even though we haven’t seen the slow starts this week that he is sometimes guilty of. However Monaco seems up for the fight this week and he can be an awkward opponent. His style is not dissimilar to Ferrers ( he is sometimes called the poor man’s Ferrer!)
I don’t expect an upset today though.
Update: Monaco! What a fighter!
0-3 down in the first set. Lost the second set 1-6 and a break down in the third (I had Monaco +4.5 games so am happy with that)
Fully deserves a place in the final. Monaco won 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.