Unfortunately I have another day full of interruptions. I have pretty much written off the morning and am hoping the heating engineer comes early in the time slot rather than us being the last call of the day like last time.
Gulbis is having a good season so far but some of his more recent matches have shown signs of tiredness creeping in. With some big tournaments coming up he may not want another long week. He has only lost 1 set in 4 matches with Nieminen although they have only played once in the last 3 years.
Nieminen says he loves playing in Germany. He also says he is still striking the ball well in practice and i think if Gulbis is a little lethargic today he could be vulnerable to at least losing a set.
Taking possible tiredness out of the equation everything points to a Gulbis win so I would be looking for a low lay on Gulbis if I am going to oppose him.
Update: No tiredness here!
Gulbis won 6-4, 6-2.
Home advantage can often provide a real boost to a player’s performance. There are certain nationalities who seem to respond more than others to being on home soil with the Germans, French and Americans being high on the list.
Florian Mayer hasn’t been as consistent as he could have been lately but he has shown some of the form that we know he is capable of. Today he takes on Kubot in Munich.
Kubot’s form has been pretty dire in recent weeks and I see nothing to suggest that he can win this match.
I rarely like to take SP and 1.47 on Mayer doesn’t get me to excited as he is capable of a slow start. I would probably hold out for 1.60 and hope I don’t miss the boat.
Update: This should never have gone down to the wire.
Mayer started the better player but he was a break up twice and handed the breqak back each time. He had to win the set in a tie break. A late break in the second set went Kubot’s way as did the set..
In the deciding set it was on serve until Mayer broke in the final game thanks to Kubot’s nerves killed his serve.
Mayer won 7-6, 4-6, 7-5.