St Petersburg Open – Semis

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.

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3 thoughts on “St Petersburg Open – Semis”

  1. Hi Paul

    That’s brave – the phrases ‘Safin’ and ‘mentally stronger’ have rarely been used together in recent times, surely the flakiest player on the tour.

    In this case, I think you’re right. It’s bizarre that as he approaches the death knell of his career, he’s suddenly found a focus and consistency. He really wants to win this tournament as a finale, pity he’s not had the same focus in the big tournaments for years.

    1. Cheers Rob,
      Brave’s my middle name ( oh no, wait, make that stupid haha) Wierd match with both players’ body language swinging almost as much as the price

  2. well, actually safin was serving to stay in the match at 4:5 and lost it in style, with unforced errors 🙂

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