Andujar v Mayer:
Head to heads are 1-1 and each match went to 3 sets. Both matches were also played on clay.
Andujar got some revenge yesterday for Chela beating him in last year’s final. Today he again starts as underdog against the German who seems to have benefited from a couple of weeks off after the US Open.
Mayer had to come back from a break down in each set against Volandri in their semi final but proved he was up to the task and took the match in straights sets.
Andujar was able to take advantage of a poor display from Chela and also won in 2 sets.
This is a tough match to call but when Mayer is in form and confident he can be impressive. He is also very capable of playing well all week and then playing like an idiot.
I am concerned that Volandri was able to take the lead in both sets as Andujar is less likely to give up such an advantage.
We have to expect 3 sets again and if Mayer can keep his head then I think he will take the title.
Update: Mayer won 6-3, 6-1.
Tsonga v Ljubicic:
Ljubicic leads the head to heads 3-2. Tsonga leads on hard courts 2-1.
Ljubicic’s semi final with Muller was, as expected a battle of 2 big serves. Both sets went to tie breaks with neither player having much chance to break.
Tsonga’s serve hasn’t been quite as good this week and he was broken early in the semi final. I don’t think he will get many chances the break Ljubicic’s serve so he needs to make sure his own service games are strong.
Ljubicic said after the semi final that he is serving better than he has done all season and as long as his back holds out he has a great chance today.
I feel 1.34 on Tsonga is crazy as this could come down to a single break in each set.
I am going with a lay of the Frenchman at the start.
Update: Tsonga won 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.