ATP Internazionali BNL d’Italia, 13:00 – Thiem v Simon
Simon leads 2-1. He won their only previous clay match in 3 sets. Their last 2 matches went to a deciding set.
Thiem served well in his last match to beat Bolelli and reached the quarter finals in Munich.
I expect a close match. All Simon’s recent matches have been close with most going to 3 sets. Lay the 1st set winner if the set is close.
WTA Internazionali BNL d’Italia, 13:30 – Bouchard v Diyas
Bouchard has won 2 of her last 10. She is a player who more than most needs to be confident for her style of play. Diyas is very capable on all surfaces but struggles against clay specialists.
This is Bouchard’s to win or lose but I think Diyas has a good chance if Bouchard is a little below her best.
Bouchard starts around 1.64 which would be great value if she was on top form!
WTA Internazionali BNL d’Italia, 16:00 – Jankovic v Rybarikova
Jankovic leads the head to heads 3-0.
She came through a lot of pressure from Giorgi last night in her first match for a month. After an early 2-0 lead in the opening set she came back from a break behind in both sets.I think the match was a good opener for her and she will come into this one a little more confident.
Rybarikova came though in straight sets over Burnett but will have to serve better today. her recent form hasn’t been good at all.
She should take this one but I want to back her when a break behind. Jankovic starts around 1.20 .