Laura Robson VS Sam Stosur
Sam won the championship in 2011. She is physically fit in all ways and really has no major weakness but she has no major weapons. Very comfortable at the net.
Laura is the talk of the tournament. She is only 18 years old and is a true lefty.
She stood the test by beating Li Na. Her lefty serve is winning points for her. Her lefty forehand is starting to click. Her two handed backhand is darn good. By the way, Laura is starting to move a lot better and when that gets even better; WATCH OUT!
Nick's Pick - Can this young Brit continue her run? This will depend on whether or not she stays within herself and doesn't let her emotions go astray. Edge to Stosur but I look for another victory from Robson.
Maria Sharapova VS Nadia Petrova
Maria is 25 years old and has been playing since she was 6 years old. She came to the IMG Academy when she was 9 years old and believe me when I tell you; that no one is more competitive than Sharapova.
Her style of play: Boom-Boom, Points over.
Nadia is a veteran of foreign wars and knows how to play against any type of player. She really has no weaknesses except her legs getting a little tired. Keep in mind that she is also a very good doubles player and I am sure she will come in to the net.
Nick's Pick - The question mark is the same- if Maria serves well the match goes to her.
Andy Roddick VS Fabio Fognini
Andy played a fantastic match defeating the talented Bernard Tomic. He could do nothing wrong, he played very offensively including coming to the net.
Fabio is short at 5'10. He has very solid groundies with a very good slice, but his serve is not powerful and is more effective on clay, especially his kicker serve.
Nick's Pick - Andy will not take any match lightly but the only way he losses this match is if he beats himself.
Julien Benneteau VS Novak Djokovic
Julien's serve is solid but his 2nd serve is only ok to fair. Backhand is the weakest of his shots. Movement is darn good. Watch out he will attack, especially Novak's 2nd serve.
Novak has techniques that are on the highest level. His athletic foundation is where it all begins. He stands close to the baseline and for the most part he will control play. His selection of shots give him a very high chance of not making unforced errors.
Nick's Pick - Benneteau is nobody's fool and at times will fool you. Many of the points will be long rallies but in the long run this match will go to Djokovic.