Hewitt showed yesterday that on his day he can still trouble the top players. Dimitrov hasn’t found his timing on the grass but the Aussie took full advantage to win in straight sets.
Today’s opponent is Sam Querrey who has fought extremely hard to get back to the top 20 after injury but having got there he seems to have relaxed a little. His big serve is obviously a major weapon on the grass but if Hewitt starts to read it which he has the experience to do then Querrey is in trouble.
Hewitt didn’t play well against Russel in the first round but has said he was much happier with his performance against Dimitrov. His own serve was very solid and Querrey isn’t the best returner on the tour.
Hewitt starts at 1.83 which is worth a part stake and I will add the rest if I can lay Querrey below 1.70 .
Update: A close first set where both had chances but Hewitt really should have taken it. He wasted a hat load of break points. However he took control in the next 2 sets.
Hewitt won 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
If Cirstea serves as well as she did in her last match then Jovanovski will have real problems today. Cirstea is a player who just swings. If it works it works and if it doesn’t she’s screwed. You need to catch her in her good spells of form as you will often get a decent price. 1.77 is a little lower than I would like against a player in decent form herself but anything around evens looks good.
Update: Cirstea won 6-1, 1-6, 6-1.
How on Earth is Schiavone still in the competition? She played an awful set in the first round against Tatishvili and somehow came through to win in a 3rd set tie break. She really should have lost the first set yesterday against Kichenok but the rain delay upset the momentum of the less experienced player.
Erakovic had an excellent French Open and is now on her favourite surface. I would expect her to get the win today but even against Schiavone I want a higher entry than her SP of 1.57 . I will back her if Schiavone goes a break up early.
Update: She did it again! Erakovic served for the first set but was broken and Schiavone took it in a tie break.
Schiavone won 7-6, 6-3.
Haas v Gulbis has to be a contender for match of the day.
They have played 4 times and the head to head is 2-2. All 4 matches went to the final set.
Haas won the title in Halle last year beating Federer in the final and Berdych and Kohlschreiber en route.
Haas has better stats over the last 3 months on serve but Gulbis is fractionally better on return. Gulbis has already had 1 match on grass which will be a help but I am going for the home player and defending champion to win in 3 sets. An entry around 1.80-1.85 should ensure you get a chance to green up as I don’t see Gulbis taking this in 2 sets.
Update: A great match! Haas always looked to be on top but Gulbis hung in all the way.
Haas won 7-6, 6-4.