The expected rain came to New York on Tuesday and played havoc with the US Open schedule, leaving all of my bets incomplete.
The intermittent heavy rain meant that only a couple of matches were finished yesterday, but the good news is that they were both winning parts of my advised treble.
The bad news is that Maria Sharapova is 4-0 down in the first set of her match with Marion Bartoli, but the weather interrupted at just the right time for Maria and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her come through that one still.
Janko Tipsarevic has started well and is 5-2 ahead in his match with Phillip Kohlschreiber, as has Andy Roddick, who is into a first set tie breaker with Juan Martin Del Potro, having failed to serve out the set at 5-3.
If we get any play today it looks likely to be similar to Tuesday with heavy stormy showers breaking up the day, so the players will need to be patient and handle the delays well when they come.
So, there aren’t many matches to go at today, but the first one scheduled for Louis Armstrong Court at 4pm UK time is a fascinating clash between two in form Italians.
Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani have both been in superb touch of late with the former on a run of nine matches unbeaten and the latter having lost just one of her last eight matches.
They’ve met five times in the past, with Errani holding a 3-2 lead and having won the last three in a row, but this will be their first meeting in a Grand Slam and their first for over a year on a hard court.
Not that that makes much difference, as this will most likely be a clay court match played on hard anyway and in terms of Grand Slam experience you would have to favour Errani.
This is Vinci’s first major quarter final at the age of 29, while Errani reached the final of the French Open and last eight in Melbourne this year, so she has the edge when it comes to big matches.
It could be a tight affair, this one, with both players in the best of form having secured odds-against wins in the last round against Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska respectively, but I’m backing Errani in this at around 1.75
The final match of the day – if it gets played – is a marquee clash between Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych and although I expect the Swiss to prevail, his price of 1.15 looks awfully low to me.
You have to take the narrow window of opportunity when you can with a confident Berdych, as it doesn’t last long generally and he should be in good shape at the moment after a decent run of results.
At his best he certainly has the tools to take the Swiss out, as he has done in three of their last six meetings, but Federer has dropped just one set in his previous five hard court slam quarter finals.
It’s not an easy task trying to second guess Berdych’s likely level of play, as it can fluctuate a fair bit depending on his mood, but he has been able to at least trouble Federer in six of their last seven matches.
The big Czech has taken at least a set in those six matches and logic would dictate that 1.97 is a fair price for him to take this match over the 38.5 total games mark.
Two of their last seven matches have been majors and the other five Masters 1000s, so they’ve been big games and though I expect Federer to get the job done, the Berdman should be pushing him to at least four sets.
Best Bets: Back Errani to beat Vinci at 1.75; Back over 38.5 games in Federer v Berdych at 1.97.