Everyone gets a chance to trade some tennis today unless they work from 8am until 10pm!
It can be risky to oppose Russians in their home tournaments but does Bogomolov count? The Russian-American-Russian certainly has a great deal of talent but systematically wastes it with one of the worst attitudes on the tour.
Today he plays Kukushkin who, having reached the third round of the US Open has won 2 Challenger events on hard courts. He has won through the qualifying rounds this week s is used to the courts and conditions.
If Bogomolov could have a decent start before he gives up then a higher price on Kukushkin would be great. He starts at 1.56 .
Update: Perfect! Bogomolov went an early break ahead and then lost in straight sets.
Kukushkin won 6-4, 6-1.
Flipkens was awful last week against Suarez Navarro but the market is trusting her today against Piter. She starts at 1.40 .
Piter has come though the qualifying rounds and has put in some decent performances in recent weeks but will she have enough to challenge Flipkens? Obviously if Flipkens plays her normal game then she should be too strong but I will be looking to see if she looks below par again. I certainly won’t be backing her at 1.40.
Update: Gutted! Betfair went down just as this was starting and Flipkens was poor again!
Piter won 6-4, 6-2.
Voskoboeva has a very strong head to head over Arvidsson of 5-1. They have played twice this year and she won both in straight sets.
Arvidsson has a decent record on indoor hard courts and Voskoboeva has lost her last 4 on the indoor courts. Arvidsson recently took Bouchard to 3 sets losing in a tie break in the third.
I can see this one being close and 3 sets are likely. If I can get a price above evens on Voskoboeva I will take it.I think if Arvidsson gets a lead she won’t be able to keep it and she has been by far the less consistent of the two.
Update: This went the opposite of how I expected! Voskoboeva strolled through the firsts et but Arvidsson came back with the next 2 sets.
Arvidsson won 0-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Thiem gets a wild card in Vienna. He showed a lot of promise as a kid and I have to say when I saw him play recently he has moved his game forward a great deal. He has been getting most success on the clay courts of the Challenger tour.
Gimeno Traver also plays his best tennis on the clay courts but can sometimes transfer his skills to the faster surfaces.
This should be a close match and they start at evens. The home crowd love Thiem and if he can start well they will get pretty loud. Gimeno Traver has lost his last 3 matches on hard courts and I slightly favour the local player to take this in 3 sets.
Update: Thiem won 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
Falla starts as underdog in Stockholm. Johansson was top 10 in 2005 but he hasn’t played a main tour event since 2009. That was also in Stockholm when he reached the quarter finals. He has played 3 Davis Cup matches since then.
Falla can be a tough opponent on hard courts and I would be very surprised if he doesn’t at least trade lower. That is assuming that he is fit.
Update: Johansson played well with soe excellent passing shots but Falla was well below par.
Johansson won 6-1, 6-3.