We’re into the second round of the French Open. Thankfully the rain stayed away yesterday and just 1 match carried over to today due to bad light.
10:00 – Dolgopolov and Granollers are 2-2 in their previous matches but haven’t played since 2012. Dolgopolov is rightly the favourite here but 1.30 is a little low at the start. He won his first round match in straight sets and unless Granollers finds some form I can’t see the Spaniard winning this one. As usual I’d prefer a higher entry on Dolgopolov and I will wait for 1.50 .
10:00 – Bouchard is slowly learning to play on clay and won the title last week in Nurnberg. She takes on Goerges who has slipped outside the top 100. Goerges has the game to trouble Bouchard for short periods of this match and I won’t be at all surprised to see Bouchard trade a fair bit higher than her 1.30 SP. As long as Bouchard isn’t suffering from playing a lot of tennis last week I don’t see her losing this one.
10:00 – Youzhny made us sweat in the first round when he went 2 sets down to Carreno Busta. He has another tricky one today against Stepanek.
Stepanek is better suited to hard courts though. I don’t expect him to be competitive for the whole match but won’t be at all surprised to see him push Youzhny’s price up in the opening set. Their last 2 matches went to 3 sets and every time they have played a best of 5 match it has gone the distance.
Youzhny in 4 sets today.
12:00 – I expect Querrey to make Tursunov work hard in the match this afternoon. They have never played on clay before but Querrey won their only recent match which was this season in Brisbane. Tursunov starts at 1.60 but I will wait to see if we get nearer evens.
17:00 – Lisicki wasn’t impressive in the second set of her first round match. Today she meets fellow German Barthel. Barthel had a rare good week last week beating Bencic and Beck and losing in 2 tight sets to Svitolina.
I think this is going to be a messy match with lots of breaks. It is hard to pick a winner pre match but I am hoping we see a much higher price on Lisicki.