Open Sud de France – Semi Final
Berdych v Kohlschreiber:
They played twice last year with Berdych winning both. The set count is 5-1. However Kohlschreiber has started 2012 very well and beat Gasquet in the quarter final. His serve has been pretty reliable. He has always had a good serve but he has reduced the number of times that he will put in a bad service game and throw away a set.
Berdych hasn’t had too many problems although Mahut took a 3-0 lead in the second set of their quarter final match. Berdych came back to take the set 6-4.
Kohlschreiber has the potential to trouble Berdych but only if he plays his very best tennis. Berdych has looked dominant in 2012 with just 1 loss ( to Nadal).
Ideally we get a fast start from the German to lift Berdych’s price nearer 1.50 ( whenever I put a price the rise usually far exceeds it! ) and we can get on Berdych.
Two players in great form should give us some high quality tennis and expect to see at least 1 tie break.
Unless Berdych has a real off-day I expect him to go through to tomorrow’s final.
Update: No higher price. Berdych won 6-3, 6-4.
Zagreb Indoors Semi Final
Baghdatis v Lacko:
They have played just once before which was at Wimbledon 2010. Lacko won in 4 sets.
Lacko has taken out 3 higher ranked players this week. He continues to serve well although has said he is in pain from a quadraceps strain. It didn’t seem to be affecting his play against either Bogomolov or Haase so I am sure he’ll play through the pain today.
Baggy has been a little more reliable in recent months so this match ought to be very close. With the exception of the Bogomolov match ( don’t get me started on that one) both players have had tight sets in each round and I expect the same today.
It’s hard to pick a winner but I will be starting with a lay on Baghdatis. Lacko’s on a bit of a roll at the moment and we know he will serve consistently.
If it goes to a third set I will have Baggy as favourite.
Update: Lacko broke first in the opening set but he couldn’t hold on and was broken back. Another late break gave him the set.
Baggy took a n early lead in the second but lackko broke back and they went into a tie break that Lacko won.
Lacko won 7-5, 7-6.