Just a quick post today as I am running a little behind. I have researched all today’s matches so members feel free to join the chatroom from the link on the members home page. There are always plenty of traders in there but room for plenty more.
Tipsarevic looks too low at 1.39. He has looked tired lately and retired against Simon in Valencia. Today he is up against a confident Sijsling who beat Dolgopolov in straight sets. Anyone who watched that match will know Dolgopolov pretty much handed the match to his opponent but Sijsling’s confidence will have been given a huge boost. I’ll be laying Tipsarevic.
Update: Tipsarevic was first to break but Sijsling eventually broke back only to be immediately broken again!
A bad tempered Tipsarevic won 6-4, 7-6.
John Isner hasn’t been playing anything like his best tennis in recent weeks. last year he reached the semi finals in Paris and won’t want to lose the points that he would for losing in the second round. He has a tricky opponent in Llodra. The Frenchman is well past his sell by date but playing in France does strange things to our garlic loving neighbours. The slower courts this year don’t help Isner at all.
Isner starts at 1.61 and I think thats worth a lay although I will only put part stake in at that price and add the rest below 1.40 . It should be a close match and Llodra has had a match to get used to the speed of the courts.
Update: Isner was broken in the very first game giving a huge price swing.
Llodra won 6-4, 7-6.
Another big server who could have some problems with a Frenchman today is Raonic. The Canadian lost in the second round in 2011 at at 14th in the rankings he has little to play for today. On the other hand Chardy is in front of his home crowd and has a game better suited to the slower courts. If Chardy keeps his head he has a great chance today.
Update: Chardy took the first set in a tie break and Raonic took the second set in a tie break. The third set saw the first break points which were in Chardy’s favour but Raonic saved them. Finally it was Raonic who won the break of serve and he served out for the match.
Raonic won 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.