The standard of tennis that we have seen so far this week has been pretty poor. As some of the bigger names start their campaigns today let’s hope we see a higher standard.
I have been topping up the bank a little with some Big Bash cricket this morning so I am behind with the blog post. I will post between matches as the morning session progresses.
Garcia Lopez had won both his previous matches with Lorenzi. They haven’t played since 2012 though and haven’t played on clay since 2004.
Lorenzi has been in excellent form in the Challenger clay court events this season with a final and a semi final in January. He was also impressive in his first round match yesterday.
Garcia Lopez looked to be going out in his first match against Reister. He lost the opening set and was a break down in the third before he fought back although his opponent gave him a helping hand.
Lorenzi reached the quarter finals last season whereas Garcia Lopez didn’t play there. The Italian seems to like conditions in Chile and I think he will take a tight match. If he gets himself into the position that Reister did I don’t expect him to throw it away.
Garcia Lopez starts as a slight favourite at 1.71 and I will look to lay him lower than that, perhaps below 1.45 to 1.50 .
Update: Garcia Lopez broke in the first game and gave us the lower lay. He lost the set but won in 3 sets 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Davydenko has always played his best tennis on indoor hard courts. His very best tennis is a distant memory though although we see small glimpses of it occasionally.
He takes on Benneteau in Montpellier and will need more than glimpses of form to get the win. They have only played once before which was also on an indoor court. It was in 2009 though and Davydenko was ranked 5th in the world. Benneteau won comfortably in straight sets.
Benneteau’s form is withstanding the test of time much better than that of today’s opponent and he is rightly the favourite today but I would be happier with a higher entry price than his SP of 1.52.
I may put a small back on at the start but will hold back on the majority of my stake for a higher price around the 1.70 to 1.80 mark.
Update: Davydenko won 7-6, 7-5.