Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
An all Croatian affair in this second semi-final today and whoever emerges the victor will be a big favourite to take the title tomorrow after the mass exodus of seeds in the bottom half. The odds have come out and Ancic has been set as a medium fave at 1.6 with Ljubicic around the 2.5-2.6 mark. I must admit I was surprised by these odds, I thought they would be set much closer. Seems to me people may be over-reacting slightly with the whole Ancic comeback thing... Yeah we all know he’s potentially a fantastic player, but he's not fully fit yet and you can’t expect him to be back to his best already. He hasn't been tested by a player with the experience of someone like Ivan yet, both Mahut and Haase failed to capitalise on their chances and Gremelmayr was very poor.
Ljubicic has actually impressed me this week, he always plays well in
And if, as is very probable, it goes to tiebreaks, Ljubo actually has a superior tiebreak record to Ancic and has a knack for coming through on the most important points, thanks to his experience. In any case if it does go to a TB, a point or two here and there will decide it, so Ljubo at 2.6 is great value to me anyway. Good luck.
Ljubicic to beat Ancic @ 2.60 (4 units to win 6.4 units) WIN
Result: Ljubicic def. Ancic 7-6(2) 6-4.