Andy Murray plays Nalbandian. Head to heads are 2-2 with Murray winning the last 2 matches (both on hard courts).
Murray needs some competitive court time before the US Open. He was terrible against Anderson last week winning just 4 games. Nalbandian wasn’t great in his first match back after his hernia operation but he improved against Nishikori on Monday. Obviously Murray starts as favouriet on Betfair at 1.32 and if he plays anywhere near his best he will win this comfortably.
I think this is a match (and tournament) that should mean a lot to Murray. He has reached the final of the US Open before and must feel it is one of his best chances to get that elusive first Grand Slam win. He needs to get his game to its peak in time for that event and he won’t do that on the practise courts. Hopefully his team have convinced him that his attaching game is the best option.
I will be backing Murray with half stake at the start and adding the rest higher up if Nalbandian can put him under pressure early in the set.
Update: Murray lost an early break but he came back to win 6-4, 6-1.
Anderson v Gasquet: Both men had similar matches in the last round. Both had capable opponents and took the first set easily and needed a tie break to win the second.
They have played once before and it was Gasquet who won in 3 straight sets ( US Open 2010 ). 2 of the sets had them separated by just 1 break of serve and the other was won in a tie break.
Anderson’s big serve can over power many players but Gasquet is usually able to deal with this type of player but if Andserson is able to keep his intensity high for most of the match then Gasquet will not have an easy task.
I have to go with the greater class and that means the Frenchman takes this. If he has one of his lapses in concentration it could be enough for Anderson to take a set.
Update: Gasquet also lost an early break but he took a couple of attempts to break back.
Gasquet won a close match 7-6, 6-4.
Serena Williams again meets Sam Stosur after their Final in the Rogers Cup. On that occasion ( just last weekend ) it was the American who won in straight sets.
Will Stosur be able to get revenge? She has beaten Williams a couple of times and has been serving fairly well.
Williams admitted to being tired after her title win last week but claims she would rather have that than be fresh due to not winning. The price on her of 1.65 seems higher than it should be. Perhaps people think she will want to leave this event early to be better prepared for the US Open. I’m not sure she thinks that way so am going for another Williams win.
Update: Williams pulled out of the tournament before the match.