Originally Posted by Jaap
Simon to beat Verdasco. Hopefully Fernando will be tired after his long match against GGL yesterday evening whereas Simon would have had a decent rest after winning the first game on court yesterday. I reckon Simon will be more motivated with this being his first atp semi although it could work the other way and nerves may get to him. Verdasco on the otherhand will have one eye on Monte Carlo with lots of drop outs and a defeat here wouldn't be disastrous for him.
I don't think Verdasco is enough of a top player to be considering a defeat in a semi final to not be a chance missed, his mind will very much be on getting the W here. I think he'll have too much for Simon on this surface and can't see the match against GGL having any real bearing since Verdasco is in pretty good shape. I'm taking Verdasco to win.