Just a quick post today as we have family coming round in about half an hour. Don’t these people ever have a lie in on Sundays??
Verdasco is rightly a favourite against Berlocq but 1.37 is too low.
Dimitrov made his task so much easier than it should have been by playing defensively for a huge part of the match. He wasn’t able to change tactics when that irritating sliced back hand failed time and time again ( guess who I was on?).
Berlocq put an end to the ridiculous run of De Bakker and restored a little order to the universe. His best hope today is that Verdasco’s terrible run in fials continues. The Spaniard has lost his last 6 finals and won just 2 sets in those matches.
On recent form though it should be Verdasco’s title.
Update: Verdasco obviously can’t come up with a decent winner’s speech.
Berlocq won 7-5, 6-1.
Halep has won 2 finals this season. Today’s opponent is Meusburger who has a superb record in ITF finals but I can only see 1 main tour final in her history.
Meusburger has looked poor at times this week and yet she has lost just 1 set. Beck and Scheepers imploded which made her job that bit easier.
1.22 isn’t a great price to back any woman but almost looks generous. Halep complained of being tired towards the end of her last match which is the only worry here. Its still hard to see her losing this.
Update: Halep won 6-3, 6-7, 6-1.
Kohlschreiber and Fognini have both been in excellent form. Fognini had a slight wobble in his second set yesterday when he almost threw away a 4-1 lead against Bautista Agut.
Both players have a poor record in finals but I am favouring Kohlschreiber. 2 of his 4 finals in 2012 were in Germany. He won one and lost the other to Tommy Haas and there’s no shame in that. Stuttgart hasn’t seen many home grown winners and in fact the last German winner was Michael Stich in 1991!. Since then there have only been 2 German finalists. Stich in 1993 and Haas in 1999. I think they’re due a win!
Kohlschreiber to win in 3.
Update Fognini won 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
Errani and Vinci are best friends and doubles partners. This tournament is in Vinci’s home town so obviously Errani will let her win. Right?
Errani has won their last 5 matches in straight sets and is defending champion. She is also on home soil and will surely have a lot of her friends and relatives in the crowd.
Hopefully we get a higher price but this is Errani’s title.
Update: An epic 8th game set the tone. Errani was broken after what seemed like 30 deuces. A late comeback in the third seemed on the cards but not quite.
Vinci won 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.