16:00 – Youzhny v Robredo
Rankings are 14 and 41. Head to heads are 2-1 to Robredo but they haven’t played since the US Open of 2006 where Youzhny won.
Youzhny has had some poor performances prior to this tournament but his preparation seems to have gone well with him playing the type of tennis you’d expect from the world number 14.
Robredo is another player who has had a poor season. He has played better over the past month and has reached this stage thanks to two retirements. Llodra quit in his 3rd round match and Benneteas in his 2nd round match.
They hold serve 85% and 81%. Youzhny returns slightly better and converts significantly more break point chances than Robredo.
Robredo has only had to win one match to reach this stage. Youzhny is here on merit. Back Youzhny on serve or from the start.
Update: Youzhny won 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
21:00 – Schiavone v V Williams
Rankings are 7 and 4. Head to heads are 7-0 to Williams. Both their matches in 2010 went to 3 sets with Schiavone winning the opening set.
Neither player has lost a set here although it is probably Schiavone who has had the tougher draw. Even so, Williams has faced two tie breaks.
Over the last month thay have held serve 73% and 83% and Williams has won an amazing 83% of points on her first serve.
Williams has been a shadow of her dominant self over recent months and is reported to be suffering pain from a knee injury. They haven’t played since Schiavone won the French Open and it will be interesting to see what difference that makes to her confidence against one of the game’s big guns.
Williams can often start slow and an early lay of her could pay out. I won’t be surprised to see Schiavone take the first set but she will find it tough to close out the match. If it goes to three sets I expect Williams to edge it. If Schiavone is to win she needs to get the job done in straight sets.
After the initial lay of Williams, scalping is an option. If they are both serving and holding well then backing on serve is even an option too.
Update: Williams won 7-6, 6-4.