Rain delays affect players in different ways but usually succeed in halting a player’s momentum.
My tip Alison Riske was struggling to stay with Hantuchova last night as Hant played probably the best tennis I have seen from her. Her serve was ridiculous. Towards the end of the second set Riske finally began to make some headway and got the break back. Hantuchova was stunned and it knocked her off her stride. Then the rain came. After a long delay when they came back Riske held serve and Hantuchova lost hers and with it the second set but she recovered quickly to rush through the decider.
Did the rain affect Federer? Probably not but who expected him to lose in 3 sets?
Li Na has won all 3 of her matches with Makarova although only one was recent. She beat her easily in 2 sets in January last year. Makarova has improved greatly since then and in particular in the last 6 months. She came back from 0-4 in the opening set against Radwanska to win in straight sets.
I expect a slight let down from her in this match and whilst the sets will be closer than their last match (6-0, 6-3) I expect a win for Li.
Li’s SP of 1.33 is too low though. Wait for higher.
Update: No let down for Makarova. Li struggled on serve and didn’t really find it until the chips were down.
Li won 6-4, 6-7, 6-2.
Granollers has played 3 consecutive 5 set matches and now meets the world number 1. I think it’s safe to say the Spaniard is going home.
Update: Djokovic won 6-3, 6-0, 6-0.
Wawrinka has a strong head to head record against Berdych. He leads 6-5 and 3-1 in the last 3 seasons. On outdoor hard courts he leads 3-1.
Berdych hasn’t been tested so far and has had one of the easiest draws of the top players. That isn’t always a good thing as they need a tough match to fine tune their game. This could be that match for Berdych who starts too low at 1.43. I expect Wawrinka to take at least a set.
Most likely outcome is Berdych in 4 sets.
Update: I only stayed up for 2 sets as that was all I needed for my Shark Tips pick to win.
Wawrinka won 3-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-2.
Carla Suarez Navarro has managed to win just 5 games in 4 sets against Serena Williams. She is in excellent form and will improve on the previous matches but I can’t see her being able to take a set.
Update: Carla did even worse! Williams won 6-0, 6-0.
Murray needs to get past Denis Istomin to set up a probably quarter final with Berdych. A 5 set match with Seppi in the last round won’t help Istomins already bleak chances and I’d expect Murray to take full advantage with a straight sets win to conserve energy.
Murray 3-0 at 1.50 isn’t the best price ever.
Update: Murray won 6-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.