Friday, 8 February 2013

ATP Montpellier, Zagreb, Vina del Mar: Semi-Final Predictions

Michael Llodra
Benoit Paire v Michael Llodra (Paris, SF)
I am still revelling in a rare correct prediction for this week as Benoit Paire edged Gilles Simon in a tight two setter, 7-5 7-6(4).  Paire faces another Frenchmen in the semi-finals in Michael Llodra.  The fast-paced serve and volleyer has had another successful week at home and indoors.  He followed up an upset win of number two seed Janko Tipsarevic in the second round with another straight sets win, this time against Jan Hajek.  Both Paire and Llodra have played some good tennis this week and it should be an entertaining semi-final.  They have never played on the main tour although Llodra did win a Challenger encounter in 2010.  I predicted Paire to make the final at the start of the week and I will not go be going against my original prediction.

Prediction - Paire to beat Llodra in 3 tight sets

ATP Paris Predictions:
Richard Gasquet to beat Jarkko Nieminen in 2 tight sets

ATP Zagreb Predictions:
Marin Cilic to beat Mikhail Youzhny in 3 sets
Jurgen Melzer to beat Robin Haase in 3 sets

ATP Vina del Mar Predictions:
Rafael Nadal to beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver in 2 sets
Jeremy Chardy to beat Paolo Lorenzi in 2 sets

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