30/10/14 : Muguruza to beat Pennetta: WIN
30/10/14 : Andy Murray to beat Grigor Dimitrov: WIN
29/10/14 : Ferrer to beat Goffin: WIN
29/10/14 : Navarro to beat Cibulkova: LOSS
28/10/14 : Butorac/Klaasen to beat Herbert/Mahut: WIN
27/10/14 : Benneteau to beat Lu: WIN
27/10/14 : Cabal/Farah to beat Monfils/Simon: WIN
26/10/14 : S. Williams to beat Halep: WIN
25/10/14 : Robredo to beat Chardy: WIN
25/10/14 : Halep to beat Radwanska: WIN
24/10/14 : Goffin to beat Raonic: WIN
24/10/14 : Robredo to beat Andujar: WIN
23/10/14 : Dolgopolov to beat Chardy: LOSS
22/10/14 : Ivanovic to beat Bouchard: WIN
22/10/14 : Saketh Myneni to beat Hiroki Moriya: WIN
21/10/14 : Ramos to beat Fognini: LOSS
20/10/14 : Goffin to beat Thiem: WIN
20/10/14 : Bouchard to beat Halep: LOSS
19/10/14 : Melzer/Petzschner to beat Begemann/Knowle: WIN
18/10/14 : Melzer/Petzschner to beat Gonzalez/Rosol: WIN
17/10/14 : Pavlyuchenkova to beat Diatchenko: WIN
16/10/14 : Siniakova to beat Mladenovic: WIN
16/10/14 : Kukushkin to beat Fognini: WIN
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Match Reports: 29th & 30th October
Ferrer v Goffin 6-3 2-6 6-3. Both Ferrer and Goffin were in pretty good form going into this match. Goffin was on a sensational run of 16 straight victories before being brought back down to earth by Roger Federer in Basel last Sunday., while Ferrer made it to the semis in Valencia, knocked out by an in-form Andy Murray. For me, the court perfectly suits Ferrer’s game and I felt it could be tough for Goffin. Goffin struggled to handle Ferrer in the first but got to grips with him in the second set. Ferrer displayed his nerve in the final set to break Goffin 3 times and take the match. Ferrer went on to beat Verdasco today and will meet Nishikori in the quarter finals, where he goes in as underdog with odds as high as 2.12.
Cibulkova v Navarro 7-5 6-4. In the previous round of matches, Navarro beat Petkovic in good style, whereas Cibulkova had issues beating Pironkova. I expected a good performance from Navarro, ranked 18 in the world, but she showed none of the form displayed in her previous match. She was 5-0 down in the first set at one stage before somehow bringing it back to 5-5, saving 5 set points up to that point. However, she couldn’t maintain that momentum and Cibulkova took the set 7-5. The second set was tighter but Navarro struggled on serve and lost serve in the 10th game to lose the match. A disappointing display by Navarro.
Murray v Dimitrov 6-3 6-3. I felt the odds were pretty generous on this one. Murray, on a 10 game winning streak, with two tournament wins in Vienna and Valencia, has been in tremendous form. Dimitrov had dispatched Cuevas in the previous round with ease but this was always going to be a tough test. Murray needed this win to qualify for the World Tour Final in London, meaning he would likely be very hard to beat. And it proved to be so, with Murray aggressive from the outset. Dimitrov found it hard to get into any rhythm and looked constantly under pressure on serve. Murray didnt give away a single break point in the match. Murray will likely meet Novak Djokovic in the quarters, providing the Serb beats Monfils later today.
Muguruza v Pennetta 0-6 6-1 6-1. Muguruza had won the only previous meeting between the two and went into this one as favourite, though I thought her price was generous. Nothing should surprise me in the womens game these days but this match was surprising to say the least. Neither girl was serving well in the beginning but Mugu was unrecognisable. She crashed to a 6-0 defeat in the first. However, the player we know turned up in the second set, and turned the match on its head, breaking Pennetta 3 times and taking the second set 6-1. A game of two halves indeed!! The third set, all seven games of it, went on for 50 minutes. A normal 6-4 set takes around 45 minutes average!! 11 break points, countless advantages, and 6 match points, all culminating in a 6-1 final set victory for Mugu. Mugu to face Cornet next on Friday..