RAFA NADAL’S recent revival faces the acid test today as the Spaniard goes into battle against Stan Wawrinka in the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals.
Nadal made the Beijing final last week but didn’t beat any top-quality opponent on the way and although he’s accounted for Milos Raonic and Ivo Karlovic this week Wawrinka is a big step up in class.
The world No.4 – fresh from his title triumph in Tokyo last week – has won the last two meetings with Nadal and can make it three in a row today at 5-4 with Paddy Power.
My treble was let down yesterday by Richard Gasquet and his conqueror Bernie Tomic now tackles world No.1 Novak Djokovic.
I fancy Kevin Anderson’s match with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to go to three sets and Andy Murray to rack up a third straight win this year over Tomas Berdych.
British women’s No.1 Heather Watson bids to reach the Hong Kong Open last four and is 5-2 underdog with Marathonbet who make her opponent Samantha Stosur 7-19.
Elsewhere today there’s the likes of Test cricket – England and Pakistan’s drudge match in Abu Dhabi – plus Pro12 rugby union so let’s hear all your sporting tips and thoughts and good luck with your bets.
Scott’s tennis double