Wednesday 31st July 2013

We have visitors this morning so my time has been taken up with them so far.

 

Monaco shouldn’t have any problems with Haider Maurer although I don’t like the price. A brain fart opening service game from Monaco would be nice 🙂

Update: He didn’t start farting until set 2 and very nearly followed through. 

Monaco eventually won 6-3, 6-4.

 

Hanescu didn’t have to work very hard to win yesterday but that won’t be the case today against Montanes. They have only played once recently which Montanes won on his way to the title in Nice earlier this season.

Not many clay court matches left for these players to grab some points and I think we may see a bit of a battle with the better receiver coming out on top. That means I am favouring Montanes but don’t expect many breaks in this one. If Hanescu drops below 1.50 I will look to lay.

Update: Very tight match! Montanes won 7-6, 3-6, 7-6. I predicted the right result and still ended up with a small red!

 

Thiem had a great win yesterday but he has a tough task today. He has improved massively since last year and i won’t be surprised to see him compete well with Melzer and maybe take a set.

Update: My selection process actually gave Thiem as the winner but whilst I thought he could take a set I didn’t think he would end up winning. Quite funny to see everyone on twitter claiming they predicted it before everyone else 😉

Thiem won 7-5, 6-3.

 

Robson’s serve wasn’t great against Morita and she needed 3 sets to get the win. Today she meets Kvitova who hasn’t played since Wimbledon. I think this won’t be a high class encounter with lots of double faults and breaks. A good chance of 3 sets and I am slightly favouring Robson. However I will look to lay whichever player goes a break up in the first set.

Update: Thanks Laura, that was shite. Kvitova won 6-1, 6-2.

 

Cibulkova had a great win last week and usually does well on the American hard courts. Ivanovic had a good clay court season  but did nothing on the grass. This is her first match since Wimbledon and her timing may be off in the opening games.

Ivanovic reached the semi finals in 2011 and Cibulkova is defending champion. I can understand why the market has them pretty closely priced. As long as Cibulkova isn’t suffering any negative effects from last week I expect her to do well in this match and should certainly start the better. I favour her to get the win.

Update: Ivanovic got the first break but Cibulkova broke back straight away and eventually broke again and won the set. It was Ivanovic who won the next 2 sets. Perhaps last week caught up with Cibulkova.

Ivanovic won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

 

Gilles Simon hasn’t played a competitive match since losing in straight sets in the first round at Wimbledon. Today’s opponent Tursunov won’t make it easy for him and I expect Simon to trade well above his SP of 1.47 . Simon should get the win but we have seen a few strange matches on the American hard courts this week already.

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