We don’t have many first round matches today with qualification rounds in the three tournaments not completed.
No WTA tournaments this week but we have Doha from next Monday.
In Montpellier Mathieu has been given a Wild Card entry. He plays fellow Frenchman Mahut in the first round.
Both players have played just 3 matches in 2014 and only have 1 win each. Mathieu lost to Jimmy Wang in the qualifying rounds of the Australian Open and Hajek in the Heilbronn Challenger.
Mahut lost to Del Potro and Ebden. His 3 month stats are stronger.
Mathieu has also been having injury problems so everything points to a Mahut win. However his 1.44 starting price looks a little tight . He reached the quarter finals in 2012 but didn’t play last season.
I’d feel more comfortable with a higher price but I’ll see how they start.
In Zagreb Huta Galung takes on Becker.
Huta Galung had a good week in Heilbronn and reached the semi finals but he retired from that match after just 4 games.
Becker hasn’t made a spectacular start to 2014 and he lost in the first round in Zagreb last season. However if he is able to perform at 75% or better he has the stronger game for this surface. 1.54 would be a decent price if Huta Galung is playing with an injury but I will wait for a slightly higher entry. This also gives us a chance to get an idea of the players’ form on the day.
Leonardo Mayer is a clay court specialist and being from Argentina he should feel a little more at home in Chile than Austrian Haider Maurer.
Mayer won their only previous meeting which was also on clay but that was in 2007 and so pretty much irrelevant.
Haider Maurer has a decent record on clay on the Challenger tour but on the ATP tour he only has 2 wins out of 5 over the last 12 months.
I am going with Mayer with part stake at the start and will add more if we get an early higher price.
For those night owls among you at midnight we have Garcia Lopez against Reister in Chile.
They have played 3 times before with the last 2 being on clay. Reister won both matches. The latest was last season in Rome and went to 3 sets.
Normally I would say that Reister has a great chance here but he has retired from both tournaments he has entered this season with sickness. If he looks ok in the early games I will lay him and can hopefully get a lay in around 1.25 .