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ATP Barcelona, 12:30 – Andujar v Ramos
.Andujar leads the head to heads 6-2. Their most recent match was in 2014 on a hard court and Andujar won in straight sets. Ramos won their last clay match in 2012. He won in 2 sets. Andujar leads 4-2 on clay.
The 3 month clay stats favour Ramos.
It has been a very poor season so far from Andujar. he has just 3 wins in 2015 (2 on clay). He didn’t play Barcelona last year. He has only once got past the second round which was in 2007.
We have seen better form for Ramos in 2015 though he has been unlucky with some of his draws. He has met Djokovic twice. he has a good record in Barcelona since 2010. he made the quarter finals in 2013 losing to Nadal and drew Nadal again last year in the second round.
Ramos should take this. I will wait for a slightly better entry price on him though. Anything above 1.85 is fine. he starts around 1.65
ATP BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy, 15:00 – Youzhny v Copil
Youzhny has never won a set in Bucharest. He has had a BYE to the 2nd round the last 2 years and lost both times as favourite.
Copil reached the 2nd round last year as a wild card ( he is wild card again this week). He has been given a wild card to Bucharest 5 times and only once has he lost in the 1st round.
Worth laying Youzhny below 1.40 . His game just hasn’t clicked into place yet this year.
WTA Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, 19:30 – Witthoeft v Barthel
Barthel leads the head to heads 1-0. That match was in 2010 on a clay court and she won in 2 sets.
This is Witthoeft’s first time in main draw in Stuttgart. She is a wild card entry this week. She has been in decent form on the hard courts. She reached four ITF clay finals last season winning the titles twice.
Barthel lost in the first round last year to Jankovic in 3 sets. She reached the quarter finals in 2012. She retired from her last match which was 2 weeks ago in Charleston. She beat Babos and Stephens that week before quitting against Davis.
Barthel starts around 1.59 and the price looks about right. Witthoeft should put Barthel under pressure in at least 1 of the sets but if Barthel is fit she should take a close match.
Wait before entering. We may get a better early price on Barthel.