ATP Estoril Open, Q Final: Coric v Kyrgios (19:30)

This will be the first time they have met.

Kyrgios served well in his first match on clay since the French Open last May. He reached the final last year so won’t want to go out in the quarter finals.

Coric should make him work hard for a win. He had a good work out himself in his 3 set win over Dutra Silva in the last round. I think we will see a bigger price on Kyrgios but the courts are playing quite fast in Estoril.

Back Kyrgios if he faces break point.

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WTA Prague Open, Semi Final: Pliskova v Safarova (11:00)

Pliskova leads their previous meetings 3-1. The last time they played was last week in Stuttgart. Pliskova won a very tight match 7-5 in the third set.  Safarova’s win was on clay in an ITF tournament in Prague in 2012.

Their recent match was close but Pliskova was not 100% fit and had treatment for a back problem. She is the defending champion this week and seems to be really going all out to defend the title. She hasn’t dropped a set so far and allowed Giorgi just 3 games yesterday.

Safarova is playing a little better than she has this year but was in trouble against Duque Marino, came through against Hradecka who retired and had 2 very tight sets with Hsieh. I think she may take a set but have to favour Pliskova to win.

Back Pliskova if she is broken first.

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ATP Istanbul, 2nd round: Granollers v Chung (17:00)

Chung won their only previous meeting in March last year. he won in 3 sets on a hard court.

Granollers has no points to defend this week but he made the third round in Madrid last year. He will have to play the qualifying rounds this time which start in the next couple of days. It would make sense for him to cut this week short to be able to compete in Madrid.

Chung doesn’t have an amazing record on clay but has done reasonably well on the surface recently. I see some value on Chung. Granollers starts around 1.64 . A lay below 1.40 would seem a good entry.

 

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