I was tempted to stay up for the early WTA matches but remembered from previous years that when traders have matches available later in the day they won’t bother with 4am starts. It was about 1am when I finally got off to sleep. I woke at around 5 and checked the liquidity on my phone. As expected very low so I had a couple more hours sleep.
I will need to readjust my schedule to get the WTA blog posts done the night before as well as the Shark Tips research. There are going to be some long days ahead!
Today we have just 4 main draw matches in the two ATP events.
Sam Querrey takes on Karlovic is what is obviously expected to be a big serve contest.
Querrey won their last meeting which was in Indian Wells earlier this year but Karlovic has found some form since then taking the title in Bogota. He had a decent US Open losing in the second round in 3 tight sets to Wawrinka. He had to get through the qualifying rounds before reaching the main draw and beat James Blake in the first round.
Querrey isn’t at his best in Europe as like many American players he seems to miss his home comforts more than the European players seem to when away from home.
Of the two players I expect Karlovic to be the harder to break and also Querrey usually has a brain fart service game at least once a set.
Value is with Karlovic. He also has a better tie break record.
In Russia Youzhny has a wild card opponent with a big serve but little else. The first set may be close while Youzhny starts to read the serve but I’d expect a quick second set.
Hanescu has another Russian wild card Karen Khachanov who doesn’t stand a chance unless Hanescu doesn’t want to be there. Even then I think even Hanescu would find this one difficult to lose.
Hanescu has won 16 of his last 17 matches when starting under 1.20 .
The last match of the day is Struff v Golubev who should give us a contest but don’t expect it to be a high class match.
Golubev reached the final in 2008 as a qualifier but hasn’t won a match there since.
Their only previous meeting was on clay last year and Golubev won in straight sets. Home advantage didn’t help Struff that day.
Hard to choose a winner but I will go with Golubev. Both players prefer the clay courts and I feel the home crowd will give Golubev the slight lift he needs to get the win.
They start around evens. Ideally I will get a lower lay on Struff in the early games.