Some really poor prices about today. It is one of the least inspiring match cards I have seen for a while. I am finding the sight of people scraping ice from their windscreens more interesting!
I will be in the members chatroom during the matches so we will find some in play value 🙂
I’d expect Dodig to beat Mathieu. His SP of 1.40 isn’t very exciting though as there won’t be too many breaks in this one. I don’t have too much faith that Mathieu can hurt him so will be waiting for a higher entry price rather than laying Dodig.
Update: The first set was going as expected with Dodig not allowing a single break point. He had chances in set 2 for a break but missed them all. Then he started to make errors.
Mathieu won 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.
Barthel surprisingly reached the third round at the Australian Open although she had 2 easy opponents in the early rounds. She wasn’t able to beat either Zhang or Kumkhum convincingly though.
She has never lost a set to Beck but that could change today. Beck reached the semi final in Shenzhen in January. Her serve is her real weakness but she makes up for that with her strong return of serve stats. If Barthel has a bad time from the service line it could be Beck’s lucky day.
Barthel starts at 1.40 and I think we will see higher. This is Barthel’s to win or lose and we should see in the early games if that serve in working.
Update: Beck won 7-6, 6-2.
Garcia Lopez should be too strong for Pella. He had a decent week last week reaching the quarter finals. Pella is on home soil although that won’t help him. He has lost his last 5 matches at this event and has never won a main draw match.
Update: He is back to his usual unreliable self!
Pella won 7-6, 6-4.
Przysiezny has made a terrible start to 2014. Illness forced him out of the doubles in Aukland after he has been beaten by Paire in the singles. Since then his first round win at the Australian Open has been his only victory.
Russell hasn’t been doing much better without a win so far in 2014. These are the tournaments in his own country where he makes his living. He has reached the quarter finals in 2 of the last 3 years and must have a chance today against an out of sorts opponent.
Przysiezny starts as a 1.53 favourite and I see this as more 50/50.
Update: Russell won 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.