11:00 – Safin v Stakhovsky
Rankings are 77 and 93. Head to heads are 1-0 to Safin.
Safin’s having a great week. He can usually string a couple of decent matches together in a week but here he is fighting for a place in the final. He greatly outranks today’s opponent in terms of experience and if the legs are still willing I can see him making that final.
Neither man has lost a set all week so this could be a close match. Stakhovsky has a decent serve when its working. Its the rest of his game that usually lets him down. He has won just 1 title to Safin’s 15. The Russian will be stronger mentally and that will be the difference today.
Back Safin on serve.
Update: Very close match with a few price swings along the way. Safin lost serve early but broke back quickly. Stakhovsky seemed a bit flakey whilst receiving but amazingly won the first set. Safin came back strong and seemed to be taking control. He took the second set. In a very close deciding set Stakhovsky finally broke the deadlock to serve for a place in the final at 5-4. He served it out for a great win.
After 4 games I was green for over £50. I should have taken that but as I tend to do I messed about with it. I had to work hard for the profit in the end.