Another day, another dumb tennis publicity picture. Trust me, there’s plenty available. This was Murray and Venus supposedly playing on car roofs in Miami this year.
Again, one big result today – Hewitt’s straight set win over Del Potro ( more on that below ). Good performances in the Men’s for Berdych, Gonzalez and Melzer, and Murray did no damage to his credentials as the likely finalist. His next opponent, Troiki, beat the clay-courter Gimeno-Traver in five sets, don’t see a shock in round 3.
In the women’s draw, I’m sure Stosur and Radwanska opened up plenty of trading opportunities today with 3 set wins. All the big guns came through. I like the look of the Stosur v Ivanovic game in round 3, although I think it will be round four before the real fireworks start.
Another decent day for me, helped along on two counts by reading Scott Ferguson’s post this morning. Having backed Del Potro at 1.43 last night, in the knowledge I’d be unlikely to have an opportunity to trade out, Scott bigged up Hewitt this morning. I noticed that the odds had moved in my favour, so greened up for a couple of quid. Result. Scott also noted Pablo Cuevas’ plus points, which made me wary of entering the market in his game against Jesse Levine, who led by 2 sets before the match ended in Levine’s favour in the fifth. I finally picked a good moment, and brought in a modest profit. So the Wimbledon P&L now sits around £150.
A day off tomorrow, with a family funeral in Yorkshire followed by a drive back, hopefully in time, for an open air Paul Weller concert at Cannock Chase, one of a series of concerts the Forestry Commission puts on each summer. I’ve seen Embrace and The Feeling in previous years, and it’s a great setting for a gig.
I’ll stay away from backing anyone, although I’m very keen on Petrova, Soderling and Tsonga. I also think Razzano, Djokovic and Haas look a little short.