Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (above).
Queen’s Club Mens Final
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: + 290
Andy Murray: – 380
Gerry Weber Mens Final (Halle, Germany)
Philipp Kohlschreiber: – 155
Philipp Petzschner: + 125
Eastbourne Ladies Final
Sabine Lisicki: + 130
Daniela Hantuchova: -160
Best for first. You’d have to love, as do we, Andy Murray, soldiering on with torn ligaments in his ankle, knowing full well he can’t miss the grass season without a polite British revolt, and after working out some problems earlier in the week, he thrashed Andy Roddick today, and maybe had the best serving day of his career. High praise. Not that Roddick played nearly sharply or aggressively to win. But Tsonga is who we are interested in here. He’s a good value at + 290. Tsonga is an attacker and he had Nadal confounded on Friday, and then took care of the other local, James Ward, who was vying to make Queens an all English affair. In straights. If Murray is laying the ball out there in Tsonga’s strike zone, then he is going to play well. Murray needs to return very well tomorrow. Grass is perfectly suited to Tsonga’s game, and this is the best we’ve seen him look on the surface. A win for Murray would make for his second grass title and his 2nd at Queens, where he defeated James Blake in 2009.
Kudos to the Germans who will be getting an all German affair at Halle, after the 2 Philipp’s both won today as dogs. Kohllschreiber, an upset specialist who narrowly lost this title to Federer a few years back, stuck it to a broken down Gael Monfils. Wimbledon doubles champ Philipp Petzschner, a late bloomer, and a very intriguing talent, especially on grass, whom John McEnroe has described as having a “perfect” service motion, should play some very entertaining tennis. Gun to our heads, we’d probably take PK.
As for the ladies, again, kudos to Germany. Good to see Sabine Lisicki beat that chubby, wretched double hander on bothh wings, Peng Shuai. Lisicki gets Hantuchova in the final, who we hate hate hate as a favorite. We thought Ivanovic, who served great this week, a great sign, would pull through in her first semi of the year, but unfortunately it was not to be. Still, her stock is up, and we like her game much better on fast courts than on clay, where she won the French once upon a time. We wouldn’t be surprised if Ivanovic gets her act back together this summer. Taking nothing away from Hantuchova, who played a great match, but the ugly two fisted swinging backhand volleys? Bad tennis. Hantuchova, for a usually well ranked gal, doesn’t win hardware much. Keep it in mind.
BTW, Andy Murray will be breathing some rarefied air with a win tomorrow, joining Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl as 2 time winners at Queens. John McEnroe, Lleyton Hewitt, and Andy Roddick are 4 time winners, and Boris Becker and Jimmy Connors have won there 3 times.
Stay glued to The Tennis Channel starting bright and early for all 3 finals.