What a week Isner is having. Djokovic and Del Potro beaten in 3 sets.
He has won just 2 of the 8 finals he has played as an underdog. He will need the serving performance of his life to win 2 sets against Nadal today.
At the French Open in 2011 he took Nadal to 5 sets winning his 2 sets in tie breaks. He did actually manage to break Nadal in Indian Wells in 2010.
I think once again tie breaks are his best chance. Nadal scraped past Berdych in the semi final.
Federer forced Nadal to move the intensity levels to maximum earlier in the week and that’s not something Isner will be able to match.
Update: Nadal won 7-6, 7-6.
Bogomolov starts as slight favourite against Hanescu in Winston Salem. They have played twice before with Bogomolov winning both on hard courts.
Hanescu doesn’t have a great record on American hard courts but his serve has been very effective on the clay courts. If he can transfer that to the hard courts today then he has a great chance.
I can see 2 or 3 very tight sets with just 1 break deciding each one. Slight edge to Bogomolov for me.
Update: Bogomolov won 6-3, 6-4.
Lisicki hasn’t won a match since her meltdown in the Wimbledon final. She has only played once to be fair but that first win could be a tough one to get. Mladenovic could make it difficult if she can serve well.
They played on a hard court in February and it was an easy win for Lisicki. I’d expect her to get the win but she should trade higher than her SP of 1.36 .
Update: Lisicki won 7-5, 6-1.
Azarenka has only beaten Serena Williams twice but one of them was in February this year. She won in 3 sets in Doha.
Neither player is in top form so anything can and probably will happen. I would be very surprised if Serena doesn’t trade well above her SP of 1.28 .
Update: What a match! Williams took the first set and Azarenka matched the set score in the second.
The third set was all over the place and it was fitting that it was settled in a tie break.
Azarenka won 2-6, 6-2, 7-6.
Mardy Fish is far from his best following his absence from the tour. The market continues to have faith in him and he starts at 1.37 against Donskoy .
We can expect Fish to improve with each match and despite his problems his experience should be too much for Donskoy. The Russian has a big serve though and that could keep the sets close. I wouldn’t want to be backing Fish at 1.36 . Even when he is at his best he has a habit of starting slowly. A lay below 1.25 in the early games could work well.
Update: Fish took the first set but Donskoy levelled by taking set 2.
Fish won 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.