Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Olivier Rochus
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This tennis betting tip comes from the ATP event in Sydney and the semi final between Olivier Rochus (#68) and Phillip Kohlschrieber (#42).
Poor old Olivier Rochus must be hoping the rain comes tomorrow so he can get a days rest such has been the amount of time he has spent on court this week.
He needed 3 hours and 13 minutes to beat Bellucci in Round 2. So the 2 and a half hours he spent on court yesterday in the Quarter Final surely won't have helped his fitness.
Rochus is a live wire on court and relies heavily on his speed and movement. If he is feeling a little tired at all his chances of winning will be severely reduced.
Not that he has much chance against Kohlschrieber anyway who seems to love playing in Auckland.
His win over Nicolas Almagro (#10) in the last round took his record to 25-6 in this tournament.
He won the the title in 2008, reached the Quarter Finals in 2009 and 2011 and the Semi Finals in between.
I think Kohlschrieber's top spin will cause Rochus a lot of problems in this match. I watched the German play Youzhny at the end of last season and he was having to play a lot of shots from shoulder height.
Rochus is the smallest player on the ATP Tour and generally fairs better on low bouncing courts. So coping with Kohlschreiber's top spin could be a major issue for the Belgian.
I expect a straight sets win for Kohlschreiber as he looks to continue his excellent record in this tournament.
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