Valencia 2014: Semifinal Predictions

David Ferrer vs. Andy Murray

With Rafa’s withdrawal from London, both men must feel good about their chances to be in the final 8.  Still, this is the 3rd consecutive week they have met in an event.  The winner will be much closer to punching his ticket to the World Tour Finals.  Murray has won 2 of his previous 4 events and broke his tournament drought.  Ferrer is salvaging his post Roland Garros season with very solid play in recent weeks.  They are 1-1 over the past two tournaments.  I think Murray has more overall game.  Both men move exceptionally well. Ferrer seems less likely to implode mentally.  Each man knows exactly what to expect given their recent clashes and career clashes as well.

My Prediction: Murray d. Ferrer 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Tommy Robredo vs. Jeremy Chardy

Chardy is a dangerous player with a big serve and forehand complimented by above average court coverage for a man his size.  Robredo is a workhorse who is utterly professional in his fitness and tennis preparation.  I think if Chardy is on his game he should win, but Robredo is much less likely to play a poor match.  The Spanish crowd might also be a boost for Robredo.  The percentages lead me to think Robredo is more likely to win.

My Prediction: Robredo d. Chardy 6-4, 7-5

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