Shanghai Masters – Thurs

07:00 – Stepanek v Wawrinka

Rankings are 16 and 22. Head to heads are 3-0 to Stepanek.

Stepanek’s first serve percentage is 61 to Wawrinka’s 58. Service games won are 80%/81%. Wawrinka saves 67% of break points to his opponent’s 62% so there isn’t much between them stats-wise.

What will separate them is Stepanek’s greater experience. This should be a tight match, probably a 3 setter and I expect Stepanek to win.

Back Stepanek on serve.

Update: And a 3 setter it was! Wawrinka took the first and Stepanek the second in a tie break. In the 3rd set Stepanek was 4-2 up when Wawrinka was forced to retire with an abdominal strain.

Stepanek won 3-6, 7-6, 4-2 (ret)

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11:00 – Simon v Berdych

Rankings are 10 and 20 and head to heads are 2-2.

Berdych has won their last 2 matches with the last one being in March this year. However Simon is playing much better now than he was then.

First serve percentages are 54%/58%. Service games won are both 81%. Break points saved are 66%/61%.

I expect a really close match with Simon just edging it. He’ll need to be on top form though.

Back Simon on serve.

Update: Simon won 6-3, 6-4

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