Neither has impressed here but the slower conditions this year are less to Coco’s linking. The big hitting American will find it harder to penetrate Radwanska’s amazing defence and that might be the key. As for Vandeweghe, there’s no real plan B. We’re usually big fan of brains over brute force so that would definitely apply in this case. When we add an overwhelming edge in head-to-head stats for Radwanska, who has won 5 of 6 meetings, all without dropping a set, things look relatively straight forward for Agnes.
Brady has been ridiculously impressive so far and in her victory over Strycova she barely broke a sweat. This is not the first time that the American is having a good Grand Slam. She got to 4th round of the Aussie Open this year, battling her way through three tough qualifying matches en route. She’ll have a big home crowd support against the tricky Romanian Niculescu – who without the doubt – plays the ugliest tennis on tour. Hats off to her though, she plays to the best of her abilities, but her matches will hardly keep anyone on the edge of their seat. Playing double-handed shots from both sides is a rarity today but she actually does it rather well. However, this should be the end of the road for her as Brady has more than enough to handle the full extent of her awkwardness.
We all saw that Federer was clearly struggling and while he hasn’t lost just yet, he’ll have to do much, much better to avoid going the distance again. However, despite him beating the odds numerous times with lingering back issues, it’s a question of how much more the GOAT can take. Lopez’s game plan is simple – serve well and wait for your opportunities on return, being content with taking sets to a tie breaker. With Federer having dropped two sets in each of his first two round matches here, ‘Deliciano’ (as Judy Murray likes to call him…..*icky) to steal at least one set off the great man looks like a super little bet.
A Radwanska to beat C Vandeweghe @ 4/5
J Brady to beat M Niculescu @ 8/11
F Lopez to win at least one set vs R Federer @ 8/11