Thursday 8th August 2013

After a late night and an early start I took a few hours away from the screens and feel refreshed for it. Its often too easy to think there are things that need doing but every now and  then they can wait. Everything isn’t going to go tits up if I don’t reply to an email for 3 hours..


2 more winners for SHARK TIPS  subscribers yesterday. I was a little lucky that an injured Tommy Haas quit at 0-5 in the first set so bets were void. It makes a change to get some luck!

Stephens has taken Radwanska to 3 sets in both their previous matches. Once in 2013 and once last year. Both were on hard courts and both in America. Stephens is growing in experience and I can’t help thinking she has a chance to grab a set today. Radwanska is at 1.25 which feel low.

Update: Stephens started the match as if she had been drugged. She was soon a break down. She lost the set 6-1. In set 2 Stephens got an early break and took a 4-1 lead but Radwanska  fought back to take the match in a tie break.

Radwanska won 6-1, 7-6.


Murray looked a bit rusty yesterday in his first match since the Wimbledon final. Gulbis is far from rusty on his favoured hard courts and Murray is low at 1.25. I will be very surprised if he doesn’t trade higher than that as I can see Gulbis being well up for this match. He hasn’t beaten the Scot in 5 attempts but I expect him to give him a scare today.

Update: Gulbis won 6-4, 6-3.


Cibulkova showed a lot of fight in her three set win over Kerber. Vinci has won their last 5 matches. Cibulkova has managed just 1 set in those 5 matches.

It can’t be easy to serve when the net is almost as tall as you are and Cibulkova must feel intimidated at times being surrounded by all those huge ball kids. What she lacks from the service line she makes up for with her ground strokes.

Vinci has been able to move her clay court  game onto the faster courts and is now tough to beat on any surface as is indicated by her current ranking of 12th in the world.

If I can lay Cibulkova when she is a break up I’ll be taking it.

Update: A poor match from Vinci. Cibulkova broke in Vinci’s first service game and held onto it for the rest of the set. She took a 3-0 lead in the second set but was pulled back to a tie break.

Cibulkova won 6-3, 7-6.


Del Potro showed at the weekend that he can handle a big server. It took him the best part of a set to read the Isner serve but when he did his superiority in every other aspect of the match shone through. He starts at 1.60 against another local bomb server Raonic today and I see it as a similar sort of match for him only this time the return game of his opponent is perhaps a little worse.

Youzhny never really got into the match with Raonic yesterday which will have given the big Canadian a lot of confidence but if Del Potro wants this one it is his to take. If I can grab a price above 1.80 I will be on.

Update: Raonic was first to break serve but Del Potro broke straight back. However a late break for Raonic won him the set. In the second set it was Del Potro who twice went a break ahead but was broken back each time. In the game where Raonic broke for 4-4 he touched the net during a point and should have lost that point. However the umpire didn’t see it ( although oddly then said he did but that the ball had bounced twice before Raonic’s foot touched the net). Del Potro was annoyed that Raonic didn’t admit it. That point took the Canadian to break point which he converted. 

Raonic won 7-5, 6-4.

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