Wednesday, June 08, 2011



Two matches to discuss Kevin Anderson - Donald Young and Andy Murray- Xavier Malisse, I think these are ideal for the "new" format, in which I can talk about events/ideas without the pressure of putting up a selection, if these thoughts coincide with your own, then maybe you will want to get involved.

Anderson and Young have met seven times previously, six were on fast courts, although none on grass, Young won the first three and Anderson the last four, five went the distance and at least one set contained a tie break in each. Anderson had a fine opening round win over Karlovic in which he didn't allow his huge serving opponent a single break point, given how quick the courts are here this year, that was very impressive.

Young lost his way and was, perhaps, a victim of too much hype, he was going to be the saviour of US tennis and turned pro at a very young age, too young and has struggled to retain a place in the top 100, however, he is still only 21 years old and a lot of these US players mature a little later than their european and south american counterparts. He was the youngest male to ever win a junior grand slam title and also won the junior championship at Wimbledon in 2007, that comes a something of a shock, as before labouring past Andreas Haider- Maurer in the first round on Monday in 31 games, he was 0-5 on grass in London on the ATP tour. Having said that, a win is a win and he might take heart from both that and a recent defeat of Andy Murray in Indian Wells, his first really big win over a top ranked player.

Anderson should win and is very short odds, but these two know each other well and I don't doubt that Young has more room for improvement, he could keep this close and "over" games or the South African to win in three sets at circa 4.33 ( bigger on the exchanges for tiny stakes) makes some appeal.

Murray is still struggling a little with his injury and with Wimbledon just around the corner, will not take any chances, he was said not to be moving well in practice on Monday, but did play doubles with his brother yesterday, which he would not have done if the ankle was a major concern ( they actually lost to Malisse and his partner in straight sets), he will wear strapping and take some medication before playing this afternoon. Malisse is another player who lost his way and has not always appeared the most committed on tour, but is talented, seems re-dedicated over the last 12 months and has got himself back into the top 50. He is a former Wimbledon semi-finalist and has gone deep here a couple of times, including last year when he beat Novak Djokovic en route to the quarter finals. He is fully capable of taking advantage of any weakness in Murray's game and looks on the big side @ 6.60, I would definitely urge caution if thinking of taking skinny odds about the british number one.

Good Luck.

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