Will we see some tennis today? Gastein has started ok. Not sure about the 2 British events. Ah Rain has just stopped play at Gastein!
Karlovic v Hewitt:
Karlovic leads the head to heads 3-1 with 2 of his wins coming on grass at Wimbledon 2003 and Queens 2005.
If Karlovic’s serve is on song he has a great advantage on the grass. The problem with that is he has been in terrible form. When he beat Hewitt in 2003 the Aussie was the defending champion. Hewitt has never won this match up on a fast court but I think that will change today.
Hewitt seems to have recovered from his toe operation and has said that Wimbledon is his priority. He has been concentrating on his grass court preparation.
If Karlo’s serve isn’t near its best then he has nothing else to fall back on.
Hewitt starts at 1.80 which has to be a back from the start. He started well against Kavcic at the French Open and was a double break up in the first set but managed to lose the set in a tie break. I don’t expect him to make the same errors on grass.
Update: Karlovic found his serve! Not sure what Hewitt found. Maybe he found its time to retire gracefully.
Karlovic won 6-3, 6-2.
Haas v Tomic:
This could be an interesting one. The market has them very close with Tomic a slight favourite at 1.84 .
Haas found some inspiration at the last tournament in Germany which was the BMW Open in May. His serve and ground strokes were superb and he narrowly lost in the semi final to Cilic having beaten Tsonga and Baghdatis en route. He has been given a wild card entry to Halle.
Any big server can compete on grass. However if they’re to win they also need lightening fast reactions on return of serve. If Haas can serve consistently well he has a chance of tie breaks but this is Tomic’s favourite surface.
As the players get used to the speed of the court I think we will see a tight first set and a tie break is a real possibility.
I think the price is a fair one as Tomic is expected to win but the match could easily go either way. It could come down to a single bad service game in each set and Tomic is quite capable of “tuning out” for a few points.
Should be a good one for backing serves but bear in mind that a break will bring a huge move against you as the market will assume that it brings the end of the current set.
Update: Haas broke serve for 4-2 and after he held his own serve Tomic approached the umpire and quit claiming stomach problems.
Haas won 5-2(retired). Bets void.