think we will see a long match here, Yaroslava Shvedova did us a big
favour at last year's tournament when
she took Serena Williams to a
deciding set . She matched the US superstar pretty much blow for blow on
serve, in terms of pace, percentage and points won and with the courts
again quicker today, with hot sunny weather forecast she will get plenty
of easy points today. Having lost a number of ranking points she earned
at Roland Garros in 2012, she will be very keen to try and defend her
4th round run last year here and this is a huge match in terms of her
career. Petra Kvitova looked imperious in winning here in 2011 and had
make the semis the year previously and quarters last year, but looks way
off that level this year. She looked lost at times in defeat against
Yanina Wickmayer at Eastbourne, a match she should have won easily and
opened with a three set battle against Vesna Dolonc here in Round 1,
with her opponent having twice as many break points as the former
champion. Hard to see this not being very close and lengthy, Kvitova has
won long three set battles here against almost every solid grass court
or wily campaigner she has met ( Zheng, Kanepi, Schiavone, Pironkova and
Azarenka), only losing to Serena Williams. I see this very similar......1.25 units "over" 22 games 1.95 Pinnacle Sports
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I have taken a while to get going with the MLS matches this season, which is unusual, but we were 3 from 4 at the weekend and very unlucky not to register a cleansweep. Long term readers will remember how well we did last year and if not, here is a reminder.
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These two are ranked #2 and #224 respectively in the world, but there is
nothing like that between them on grass and Mahut who is very much in
the twilight of his career at 31 yo and who has had a dismal year, with
six first round defeats in seven tournaments before arriving in London,
will be looking for a decent run on one of the grass court events. He is
a former finalist here and in his career has six times won five grass
court matches in tournaments, three times here at Queens, on what must
be his favourite playing surface in tennis. The Frenchman won his opener
2 & 3 over US player Rhyne Williams and in the process bombed down
14 aces, which was as many as we saw from anyone in two sets in Round 1
and there were some really big serves in action, Sam Groth
fastest serve ever to his name @ 263 kph !!!), averaged about the same. So, Mahut is
"up there", the win will have given him confidence, which he will need
of course, so will his win over Murray in their only previo
us meeting on the surface, which came here last year at the same stage
6-3, 6-7, 7-6, as good a returner as Murray is, Mahut still had 13 aces
and there will be some easy points for him again today.
Mahut also had a run to the doubles final at Roland Garros, where he
and Michael Llodra as an unseeded pairing, lost in a third set tie
break to the #1 ranked Bryan brothers. That was fanatstic for both, but
just the proof Mahut needed that he can still compete at the top level.
Murray has not played since he retired from the Rome Open four weeks ago
and although a three time former winner here, he has as many early
round defeats and does tend to struggle early with the transition to
grass. Of course, the fact that he missed Roland Garros will probably
help in that respect, but it is impossible to know if he is 100%. He
might certainly want to ease himself in and he will definitely not be
taking any chances with Wimbledon so close. The Frenchman is 7.60 to win
today, which is much bigger than last year, when Murray arrived from
the RG semis, he is no forlorn hope at that tempting price, but I prefer
1.25 units Nicolas Mahut +4.5 games 1.98 Pinnacle Sports.
0.75 units Nicolas Mahut +1.5 sets 2.95 Pinnacle Sports. You can get similar odds to take a set by backing both Mahut to win at circa 7.6 and Murray 2-1 in sets @ 4.50-5.0 .
Sevillawill be without central defender Federico Fazio (26 apps -3 goals -0 assists ..... 0-1-6 in
the last 7 he has missed !) and José Antonio Reyes (26-4-8).
arrive without influential midfielder Tino Costa (31-1-6), fringe
striker Nelson Valdez (28-6-0 .....but only an average
of 28 minutes per game) and versatile left sided Andres Guardado
Columbus Crew will be without hard working Eddie Gaven (10-0-3) on the right flank and
striker Dominic Oduro (12-6-0) is a doubt, but Jairo Arrieta (9-1-3)
who was with the Costa Rica national team in midweek returns, as does
Gláuber (12-0-1) who missed the match in the Big Apple due to
Brazil Serie A ... I think a third match against a strong opponent in less than a week will catch up with them today, especially with home coach xxxxxx xxxx indicating he will go with the same starting line up as for
Wednesday. He also spoke yesterday about the fact that it had not been
to have a proper training session before the weekend and work on what
he clearly knew was wrong.
Notes talen from today's clubgowi newsletter, four previews today from a service which previous 25 events per week/ 52 weeks of the year .