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Today’s bet of the day: Friday 18 September
The third round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia takes place on Friday 18 September, with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova among those battling for places in the quarterfinals.
Thursday saw Victoria Azarenka feed Sofia Kenin a double bagel and qualifiers Lorenzo Musetti and Dominik Koepfer eliminating Kei Nishikori and Gael Monfils from the draw. It also saw us go 0-4 in our selections, but we’re banking on a much better day on Friday as the field narrows down (and not picking for or against any Italians this time).
Here are our selections for Friday 18 September.
Elise Mertens (11) vs Danka Kovinic (Q), WTA Rome R16, 11am local/10am BST – Under 17.5 games
Mertens has been on tremendous form recently, going 14-4 post-shutdown as she made the final in Prague, the semifinals of ‘Cincinnati’ and the quarterfinals of the US Open, losing to Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka respectively. She’s also been winning the bulk of those matches in dominant straight sets, form she’s picked up despite the transition of surfaces and quick turnaround in Rome, where she’s yet to drop a set in wins over Magda Linette and Su-Wei Hsieh.
Danka Kovinic has been having a good week, winning four matches in Rome to make the main draw and the third round, but the two top players she beat to make the last 16 – Belinda Bencic and Julia Goerges – were both making their first return to competition after six months off. Mertens is in great form and she beat Kovinic 6-2, 6-0 at the Australian Open in January.
Garbine Muguruza (9) vs Johanna Konta (7), WTA Rome R16, 2pm local/1pm BST – Over 27.5 games
Yes, I’m looking for it to be a long one as former French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, the Australian Open finalist in January, takes on last year’s Rome runner-up (and Roland Garros semifinalist) Jo Konta.
The four previous matches between the two have lasted 35, 36, 29 and 31 games respectively – why? Because they are always first-strike contests between two very well-matched servers. Admittedly they haven’t played on clay so far, which would tend to favour Muguruza, but Konta proved last year that she is quite capable of making her big game sing on clay.
Muguruza had a great win over Coco Gauff in the second round, which again points in her favour, but Konta will probably be a bit physically and emotionally fresher – either way it should be a long match.
Diego Schwartzman (8) vs Hubert Hurkacz, ATP Rome R16, 4pm local/3pm BST – Over 2.5 sets
One of these men is a clay-courter, and it isn’t Hubert Hurkacz. But Diego Schwartzman, despite being the world no. 15 and a semifinalist last year in Rome, is not on great form right now. Coming into Rome, where he made the last 16 by beating John Millman, not exactly a clay-courter himself, Schwartzman was 2-3 post shutdown and not losing to the most impressive opponents.
Hurkacz beat Andrey Rublev, who is in great form, to reach the third round, improving on a three-set win against Dan Evans in the first. The only previous meeting between them also went three sets. The big-serving, powerful Pole is the underdog but Schwartzman’s recent form has been less than convincing of late and this one could and should go the distance.
Rafael Nadal (2) vs Dusan Lajovic, ATP Rome R16, 7pm local/6pm BST – Over 17.5 games
Very tough to find value on a clash like this, which Nadal is obviously overwhelmingly favoured to win – and correctly so! – especially after he flattened Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1, 6-1 in his first match for 200 days.
Carreno Busta was poor, though, and all Dusan Lajovic needs to do is win six games over two sets. He’s not managed it before against Nadal – five of the six sets they’ve played have been settled 6-1 or 6-2 in Nadal’s favour – but they most recently met in 2017 and Lajovic has had some of the best results of his career over the past 18 months, most notably reaching the final of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and winning Umag (both on clay) in 2019. With wins over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Milos Raonic under his belt in Rome, and Nadal surely with some rust on him after six months off court even if it didn’t show against Carreno Busta, Lajovic should be able to push the scoreline high enough.
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