2006 ATP Tennis Record: 12-2 (+$3617)
This is my best start of season in a very long time and I believe that my new approach to matches is a successful one that in the long run will produce a lot money. Good Luck today.
Round 4: Monday, January 23, 2006
Nicolas Kiefer -144 over Juan Ignacio Chela ($288 to win $200)
At this point in the tournament, the determining factors to a match start to change and you have to take into consideration some new things. The battles are going to be tougher therefore we look at long-match experience. Apart from Chela's four-setter with Lleyton Hewitt, the Argentinian has completed his match in three sets and has not been tested in a marathon match. I have been backing him since Day 1 in this tournament (2 for 2 with Chela in the Aussie Open) but it's time to bid him farewell. Since both men have been pretty even in this tournament, I searched a little deeper and found that since the start of 2005, Nicolas Kiefer is 9-3 in matches that go four or five sets
. On the other hand, Chela is 1-4 in four set matches since the start of 2005 and 0-8 in five set matches in his career. I also like the fact that Kiefer has been a quarter-finalist here twice and once at the USOpen (which tells me he is more suited for the hard surface). Meanwhile, Chela has never made it past the 4th Round of a hardcourt Grand Slam. Also take into consideration that Chela has been playing doubles, while Kiefer has been resting. In his win over Vliegen, Chela had only 19 winners (ouch) and seems to have won quite easily (as predicted). Well Kiefer is a fighter and although he made quite a few unforced errors against JCF, the level of opponents was different. Kiefer's first serve was better than Chela's and the intensity levels are different here. Give me Kiefer to make QF's.