We were one set away from another bumper day but David Goffin got the fear against Milos Raonic and that was that. It was a shame as Raonic looked as flustered as I’ve ever seen him in the first two sets before he got his act together but at least we landed one of our two bets on the Belgian.
It turned into a bad afternoon for us as our quarter-bet hope Bernard Tomic went out 10-8 in the fifth to Lucas Pouille. The Frenchman will face either Tomas Berdych or Jiri Vesely in the quarter-finals and I could not really offer a worthwhile opinion on either potential match-up.
Raonic now faces Sam Querrey and I really want to back the American simply because he is serving so well. In his fourth round win over Nicolas Mahut (who beat him at Hertogenbosch), Querrey won an outrageous 96 percent of points on first serve and did not drop a point on first serve in the second or third sets. So much for him suffering a hangover after putting out Novak Djokovic. This will not be the most aesthetically pleasing match but I’m backing Querrey to win and will split stakes with him +1.5 sets on the handicap.
With Tomic gone, I’m keeping everything crossed that Angelique Kerber can deliver against Simona Halep to land our remaining quarter bet. I’m also going to go for the hat-trick with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova which may sound ridiculous given she’s taking on Serena Williams but hear me out…
Williams has won all five of their previous meetings and the last four have been pretty comfortable. But it was interesting hearing Pavlyuchenkova say how she hadn’t felt she’d been fit enough to play on grass in the past. She was too strong and too good for Timea Bacsinszky and Coco Vandeweghe although the latter did not make enough first serves to put enough pressure on the Russian. On the other side of the net, Williams has dished out second set bagels in her last two matches but if Pavlyuchenkova can land some early blows, this could be very interesting especially as there are only so many times the 34-year-old world number one can go to the well.