Stakhovsky v Benneteau: Stak leads the head to heads 2-0 and both matches were on hard courts. Both were straight sets wins although both matches included a tie break.
This will be Benneteau’s 7th match in 7 days. We saw in his match with Andreev that he wasn’t at his best.
Stakhovsky won easy revenge against Davydenko yesterday. The Russian wasn’t good to say the least but Stak served extremely well and deserved the win. He also has points to defend here as he won the New Haven event last year which this one has replaced.
Stak is the fresher player, leads the head to heads and showed great form yesterday. I will back him from the start. (1.68)
Baltacha v Rezai: Baltacha has been in great form and her serve has been pretty consistent. She beat Rezai easily in straight sets back in June which was on grass and then beat her again in 2 sets on a hard court earlier this month.
Rezai has showed better form recently but her serve has proved to be fragile at times.
Baltacha has been in 3 main tour quarter finals and has lost them all but she has showed some mental toughness this week that I haven’t seen from her before. I have been very impressed and feel she will take this one. Expect a few swings in the prices though. (1.67)
Haase v Dolgopolov: Dolgopolov started yesterday’s match very well but became more erratic as the game progressed. His amazing forehands from the first set started missing and Dimitrov was able to take him to a third set tie break.
Haase has had no such problems this week and has won both matches in straight sets.
They have played once before with Dolgopolov winning in 3 very tight sets including a tie break.
Dolgopolov was really going for it right from the start against Dimitrov but it was a high risk strategy. I would expect Haase to be more controlled and he has been in good form recently so I give the Dutchman the edge. (2.26).