Youzhny plays Granollers in Gstaad. The Russian has won both their previous matches in straight sets and starts as strong favourite. He didn’t look sharp during his quarter final match with Haider-Maurer losing the second set when he should have finished the match in 2.
Granollers knocked out local man Wawrinka in straight sets. Wawrinka was well below his best though and you’d expect Youzhny to be a much tougher opponent for him.
If Youzhny can maintain his level of play for the whole match then he will win in straight sets but thats not how it works! He will probably start well and has won an early break in the first sets of his previous matches but Granollers has yet to lose a set. The Spaniard will need his serve to continue at the high level that we have seen so far this week.
I think Granollers may take his first set from Youzhny but I have to stick with the Russian to reach the final.
Update: Granollers won 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
Almagro and Verdasco will fight out the other semi final in Gstaad. Almagro has won ther last 2 matches with the most recent being 7 days ago in Germany. That match was a straight sets win.
Almagro’s serve has been superb over recent weeks and that has continued in this tournament. His return of serve against Lopez was poor though. This could have been down to the fact that it was his second match of the day but that shouldn’t have been the case as he wasn’t really tested against Nieminen.
Vardasco’s quarter final with Benneteau was less than impressive with the Spaniard coming through in 3 sets. His form seems to be improving a little but its hard to see him beating Almagro today. Almagro’s serve will e very difficult to break down which means Verdasco also has to serve well to stay in the match. I aren’t confident in his ability to do this and Almagro will be a little more focussed than we saw yesterday.
Probably a similar result to their last match with Almagro going through to tomorrow’s final.
Update: Almagro didn’t have a good match. Verdasco won 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.
In other matches Fognini take on Cilic. The Croat played much better yesterday and whilst his serve was not at its best he breezed past Seppi. Fognini had a tougher match with Starace which went to 3 sets. If Cilic serves well he will win easily.
Update: Cilic won 6-2, 6-2.
Ferrero almost threw away a 5-1 lead in his match with Berlocq. Dolgopolov, despite reports that he has been seen out drinking the night before didn’t have too much trouble with Ramos and will fancy his chances today. Ferrero has more experience of the bigger matches though and whilst I don’t expect it to be an easy win I think he will find a way. Dogopolov is more than capable of taking a set.
Update: It was Dolgopolov’s day. Most things worked for him and he won 6-4, 6-4.
Peer should be able to deal with Paszek who struggled yesterday. Peer seems to be dealing with the extreme heat in washington better than most and hasn’t looked in much trouble in any of her matches. She hasn’t lost a set. Paszek really shouldn’t have needed a third set tie break to get past Dubois and I see this being straight sets to Peer.
Update: Paszek was much better in the first set and peer was slow to start. Peer came through 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.
Lisicki starts as underdog against Serena Williams who beat Sharapova last night. Lisicki had a bit of a battle with Radwanska in her quarter final. Her serve wasn’t at its best and without it I think Williams is just too strong, especially on home soil.
Update: Williams won 6-1, 6-2.
Gulbis beat Del Potro in straight sets ( honestly! ). I didn’t watch the match but it would seem to suggest he has found some form from somewhere. I think he is a little short at 1.56 against Bogomolov Jr but I think he’ll get the win.
Update: Gulbis won 6-2, 7-6.
I don’t expect any upsets in the other matches with Bartoli, Petrova, Fish winning.
Update: Bertoli goes through to the final thanks to a walkover from Cibulkova. Fish and Petrovic both won in 3 setters.