I thought the Tsonga v Raonic match was never going to end! 25-23 in the final set. Not in the same league as THE longest match as that was a best of 5 sets and lasted 3 days. Lopez is playing ok but I’m not sure he has enough to beat a slightly tired Tsonga.
Del Potro starts at 1.37 against Simon. His serve looked fragile in the opening set against Seppi. Simon has come through 2 potentially tricky matches so far and I think has a chance here. Simon won their last match at the US Open last year although Del Potro was the winner at Wimbledon last year in 3 very tight sets.
I certainly think Del Potro will trade higher.
Pennetta has looked impressive this week. Kvitova has not. Kvitova has aggravated an old abdominal injury and has pulled out of the mixed doubles. This affects mainly her serve although she claimed it wasn’t affected and she was taking pain killers. Hopefully this match will be televised as i’d like to have a look to see if she looks uncomfortable or if she seems to be powering down the serve. It should be a close match anyway so will look to lay her.
Lisicki was the player who knocked Sharapova out of Wimbledon this year. Lisicki has needed 3 sets in each of her matches this week and in both she had to come back from a set down. Laura Robson gave Sharapova a scare in their second round match when Robson came back from a break down to take the opening set to a tie break which Sharapova scraped through 7-5.
This should a lot closer than the odds suggest although Lisicki will need her own serve to be spot on and also Sharapova’s to be as dodgy as it was against Robson. More reasons to think Sharapova takes it than there are for Lisicki to win.