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Haas delivers

Tommy Haas fought back from a set down to beat Ivo Karlovic 4-6 7-6 6-4 in the Montreal Masters first round.

The German lost the first set after being broken early on however he managed to force the second into a tie break which he won 7-3.

He then took the deciding set 6-4 converting one of his three chances to break Karlovic.

As predicted the 6’10 giant could not repeat his scintilating Wimbledon form with his first serve percentage for the match down at 49 percent.

This match tip was provided by Pinewood who writes for our new sister site The Betting Battle.

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Match Tip – 11/08 – Haas to beat Karlovic

 Tommy Haas vs Ivo Karlovic – Montreal Masters

Haas has had a brilliant summer and he is back in the world’s top 20 for the first time since January 2008.

The 31-year-old has clearly put his injury problems behind him now and his semi-final showing at Wimbledon proves this.

Straight sets loses to Querrey and Gonzalez in recent weeks may be a sign of tiredness however I feel he will have enough to get past big serving Karlovic.

The Croatian, like Haas, was at the top of his game at Wimbledon before being cast aside by Roger Federer.

However I wasn’t as impressed with ‘Big Ivo’ in a match against Andy Roddick at Washington last week.

He was a break up in both sets but was broken back and ended up losing 7-6 7-6.

If Karlovic was bang on form he would not be losing his serve as we saw for 14 sets in a row at SW19.

Haas has lost to the 6′10 giant on the last three occasions but the last time they played was in 2007.

The German is a brilliant returner and seeing as he is playing his best tennis in a long while, he should be able to pick off a few of the massive serves coming at him and advance to the second round.

This tip was provided by Pinewood, a writer for our new sister site The Betting Battle – click here to find out more.

French Open Final Prediction

Roger Federer vs Robin Soderling

Throw the 9-0 head to head record out the window. Soderling is now a completely different player to what he was coming into this tournament. His wins against Ferrer, Nadal, Davydenko and Gonzalez have given him unbelievable self belief and he will go into this match thinking he can win it.

He may be nervous at the beginning of the match due to the unfamiliar circumstances he has found himself in but he will soon settle down and get his game going.

Federer has been playing reasonably well throughout the tournament but this will be his biggest test yet. The Swiss master is definitely the favourite here however Soderling is riding the crest of a wave and has to  be feared.

This said I think Federer, who has far more big match experience, will take his first French Open title but it won’t be easy. I can see this final lasting at least  four sets.

Prediction – Federer win 3-1

Match Tipping – French Open – 05/06/09

Semi Finals

Robin Soderling vs Fernando Gonzalez

My immediate thoughts are that Soderling will lose this match just like I thought he would lose against Ferrer, Nadal and Davydenko. From time to time top 30 players go on unbelievable runs where they play at their absolute optimum level and this is currently happening to Soderling. I think this match will be close but I have to give the edge to the Swede as something has clearly clicked for him over the last two weeks.

Gonzo beat Murray in the last round which looks like a good win but really the Scot isn’t anywhere near the force he is on hard courts. The Chilean has a tendency to be on fire for a set and then drop off for the next and if this happens he will be in all sorts of difficulty. He needs to be pumped up to play well and Soderling may not let him play the massive forehands which allow him to build momentum. 

Prediction – Soderling win 3-2

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Roger Federer vs Juan Martin Del Potro

Del Potro has been playing well this tournament but I wouldn’t say he has come up against any particularly testing competition. Igor Andreev hasn’t been on good from as of late, Tsonga is a hard court player and Robredo doesn’t hit hard enough to trouble the top players. That said I feel the Argentine has a chance today as he must be feeling really confident.

Federer hasn’t been at his best but at times during matches he really excels and proves just why he was number one in the world for so long. For me he is a clear favourite here and I would be surprised if he didn’t advance to the final. Federer has spent longer on court than Del Potro but I think this counts in the Swiss master’s favour as he must be nicely tuned up.

It wouldn’t surprise me if Del Potro came out firing on all cylinders and won the first set. After that though, Federer should take the next three and win comfortably.

Prediction – Federer win 3-1

Federer survives

federer celebratingTwo sets down.

Serving at 3-4 in the third set.

30-40.

This was the perilous position Roger Federer found himself in yesterday against Tommy Haas who had been bossing the match.

This break point seemed like a virtual match point for Haas as he had been serving like Karlovic and Federer had been really struggling to make any sort of impact when returning.

Federer missed his first serve and nervously spun in his second and I think at this point everyone around the world watching this match was biting their finger nails off.

A short rally commensed before Federer, flirting with destruction, attempted a low percentage inside out forehand.

He slapped the ball as hard as he could in a desperate attempt to win the point as Haas has been playing unrealistically well.

In a heart in mouth moment the ball flew over the net seemingly in slow motion and caught the very outside edge of the line and from this point forward the match completely turned.

Federer held his serve, broke Haas in the next game, took the set 6-4 and then the German crumbled winning just two more games in the contest.

I wasn’t surprised Haas lost his way because after coming so close to serving for the match his confidence was bound to drop significantly.

Something that amazed me in this match was the fact that Federer did not drop a point on serve for the first SEVEN games.

Haas is surely the first man to win a set having not managed to rack up a single returning point leading up to the first set tie break.

Read the full match report on the ATP website here.

Here are the results from my TIPS yesterday…

Tommy Hass vs Roger Federer I said Federer win 3-0 // Actual resultFederer win 3-2

Tommy Robredo vs Philipp KohlschreiberI saidRobredo win 3-2 // Actual resultRobredo win 3-1

Juan Martin Del Potro vs Jo Wilfried Tsonga I said – Del Potro win 3-1 // Actual result Del Potro win 3-1

Gael Monfils vs Andy RoddickI said Monfils win 3-2 // Actual result Monfils win 3-0

Match Tipping – French Open – 01/06/09

Tommy Robredo vs Philipp Kohlschreiber

Oh dear. This is a massively tough match to call. I wrote in a previous post that I would put a considerable amount of money on whoever Kohlschreiber was playing due to his erratic tendencies.

Having now seen he is playing Tommy Robredo I am certainly not so confident.

This is a match the German should win in my opinion and that is precisely the reason why I am going to pick Robredo to advance to the next round.

Kohlschreiber had nothing to lose against against Djokovic and was able to play without a hint of pressure. This match will be a different kettle of fish and he will have a degree of expectation on his shoulders which could effect his play.

This match has five set thriller written all over it and I reckon Kohlschreiber will bottle it.

Robredo win 3-2

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Tommy Haas vs Roger Federer

Federer should stroll this match against the aging Haas. I think the first set will be competitive however after that Federer will dominate.

Federer win 3-0

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Juan Martin Del Potro vs Jo Wilfried Tsonga

On any other surface I would have no doubt in my mind that Tsonga would have a great chance of winning.

However clay courts do not suit his gung ho type of play as we have seen from his mediocre results as of late.

Personally I am not a fan of Del Potro but he has chalked up a few good results on the surface.

Like Tsonga he is not the greatest on clay either but his comfortable win against a ‘proper dirtballer’ in Andreev the previous round makes me side with the lanky Argentine.

Del Potro win 3-1

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Gael Monfils vs Andy Roddick

Monfils should get the better of Roddick on this surface however the Frenchman always seems to make life difficult for himself.

Roddick is a fighter and now he has come this far into the draw I am sure he will have been working on a plan to disappoint the French crowd by knocking their favourite player out.

Roddick will need to serve well to keep Monfils at bay.

And if Monfils fails to get into the Roddick service games he may lose confidence and go on the defensive which would allow Roddick to start dictating points.

If this happens we could be in for a long match however Monfils will eventually scrape the win by grinding down the American.

Plus Monfils has points to defend here which is an added incentive for him.

Monfils win 3-2

Battling Murray sends Federer home

Andy Murray showed once again why he is the best player in the world at the moment as he fought out a 3 set victory over Roger Federer 4/6 7/6 7/5 in the Shanghai Masters Cup.

This match was fascinating from start to finish with the majority of the crowd in support of Federer. The atmosphere couldn’t have been more different for Murray when compared with the match he played against Gasquet at Wimbledon where everyone was behind him. However he didn’t seem too bothered.

The only incident where the crowd did effect Murray came in the second set where clapping could be heard every time he missed a first serve. This proved crucial as he double faulted on break point after appearing frustrated to allow Federer to break back bringing the score back to 5-4.

This just shows the world wide respect that Federer has earnt over the years during his time at the top of the mens game.

With Federer serving at 4-5 in the third, I witnessed the most spectacular service game I have ever seen. The world number two saved seven match points by playing some breathtaking tennis and then won the game which took over 15 minutes to complete. 

 I even found myself slightly wanting the Swiss master to come back from the dead and win the match after an amazing show of courage and fight to bring the contest to 5-5 despite clearly being extremely tired.

I have to say that Murray at this point with the match duration approaching 3 hours, still looked as fresh as ever and I knew there was only going to be one winner.

The question is, will Murray be tired for his next match tomorrow against Nikolay Davydenko? He certainly can’t play any better than he did today and if Davydenko, who has had a day to prepare, plays as well as he did in his last match I think we could be seeing the Russian advance into the final.