WTA Topshelf Open, 13:00 – Mladenovic v Bencic
Mladenovic is having a great year so far. She has struggled a little with her serve this week and needed 3 sets in both her matches.
I was surprised how easily Bencic beat Van Uytvanck. Van Uytvanck had a nightmare on serve which is normally one of the stronger features of her game. Perhaps she is suffering a bit of a hangover from her superb run in the French Open.
I am favouring Bencic today but will wait for her to be broken before backing her.
ATP Mercedes Cup, 16:00 – Troicki v Groth
Troicki really shouldn’t have needed 3 sets to beat Zverev. However his serve stats were pretty good. He faced just 2 break points and was broken once.
Groth’s first serve is saving him this week. He hit 19 aces but 8 double faults against Lopez. As he won the title last week in the Manchester Challenger and has played 3 sets in both his matches he could start to feel a little fatigued from now on.
I think this could be 3 tie breaks but favour Troicki to get through. I’d like a little higher price on him but 1.80 is fair.