Open 13 Semi Final – 13:00
Tsonga v Del Potro:
Del Potro leads the head to heads 3-1. Tsonga won their most recent match which was last October. Del Potro’s game has improved in the few months since then.
Del Potro had a long week last week losing to Federer in the Final in the Netherlands. He was pushed very hard by Davydenko before the Russian retired at 1 set all. In the quarter final he beat Gasquet in straight sets but it was far from easy. Del Potro came through 7-5, 7-6 and at ttimes looked quite weary.
Tsonga was below his best in his quarter final with fellow Frenchman Roger-Vasselin. He was broken early in the first set but fought back to win in 2 close sets.
This one should be a great battle. If both were fresh then I would give Del Potro the edge. However coming off a Final appearance last week and two draining matches here I think this is Tsonga’s match. He has won 10 of his last 11 matches in France.
Tsonga to win in 3 sets. Del Potro doesn’t want 3 sets and will push hard to take the first but I think he will run out of steam and the error count will increase.
Update: Not a classic. Del Potro won in 3 sets 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.
Copa Claro Semi Final – 20:00
Wawrinka v Almagro:
On hard courts these two are 2-2 head to head. Surprisingly both their matches on clay went to Wawrinka. They were a 5 setter in the Davis Cup in 2010 and a Challenger match when they were both ranked in the 100’s in 2004.
There was no video for Stan’s last match against Nishikori but having survived a strong threat from the Japanese player in the first set he took the second very easily. Nishikori has shown some excellent form this week which makes Wawrinka’s win even more impressive.
Almagro was pushed fairly close by Andreev who knocked out Verdasco. Almagro won in straight sets.
Almagro starts as favourite but if Wawrinka can get ahead in the first set the Swiss player has a great chance of reaching tomorrow’s final.
Their most recent match was at this year’s Australian Open. Almagro won in straight sets.
I don’t see much value in Almagro’s price of 1.58 as I’d expect him to trade around evens at some stage in the opening set.
You would have to expect that Almagro will get the win but it won’t be easy for either player.
Update: Almagro won 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.