ATP TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open , 11:30 – Youzhny v Bellucci
Youzhny leads the head to heads 3-2. Bellucci has won their last 2 meetings. The most recent was in 2014 on an indoor hard court and he won in straight sets. Their 2 clay matches were in 2012 and they won 1 each.
Neither player is in great form though Bellucci has been a little less poor!. He is the better clay court player although after reached the semi finals in Quito he has lost 6 of his last 7 matches on clay. All those losses were against strong clay courters except Lorenzi who can play well occasionally.
I have to favour Bellucci for this one but I will want a higher price on him.
ATP Estoril Open, 15:00 – Chardy v Coric
Chardy leads 1-0. That was at this season’s Australian open and he won in 4 sets.
Chardy isn’t losing many first round matches this year. He isn’t winning many second rounds either!.
Coric played well last week but really should have done better against Karlovic. He served well over all last week.
Chardy is the better clay court player but has been inconsistent. His last match won’t have helped his confidence. It was a loss to Federer which is of course no shame but he has always managed to take a set in their previous matches and this time won just 3 games.
I am favouring Chardy for the win but I think Coric will take him to 3 sets. Coric has had 3 sets in 4 of his last 5 matches.
Chardy starts around 1.55 . I’ll wait for a little better. 1.70 at least.