ATP Bastad, 12:00 – Carreno Busta is a very capable clay court player. he is up against Dustin Brown who reached the quarter finals in Houston on clay but hasn’t been beyond a second round since.
Carreno Busta won 2 Challenger title on clay just before Wimbledon. he lost in 5 sets to Youzhny at the French Open which isn’t great but he should have more than enough to get the win over brown.
He starts at 1.49 and I will have part stake on him from the start and will top up if Brown takes an early break lead.
Update: Carreno Busta won 6-3, 6-4.
WTA Gastein, 16:00 – Meusburger has never failed to reach at least the quarter finals of this event. She is on home soil and won the title last season.
Smitkova has come through the qualifying rounds. She had a fantastic Wimbledon reaching the 4th round as a qualifier before losing to Safarova. She has reached a few quarter finals on the ITF circuit on clay this season and a couple of semi finals in previous years but I don’t think she will have enough to get the win today.
Meusburger starts at 1.60 and I think Smitkova will push that a bit higher in the first few games. I will wait for 1.80 on Meusburger.
Update: Meusburger won 7-6, 4-6, 7-5.
Well the first 2 matches have gone ok. Meusburger is still being played as I type this but she won the first set after Smitkova traded below 1.50 . I will post for the late matches in Newport. It is now raining in Gastein as well as Stuttgart so I won’t bother with those today.
ATP Newport, 20:00 – Hewitt has reached the final in Newport for the past 2 seasons. He starts at 1.39 today against Harrison who reached the semi final in 2012 but lost in the first round last year. Both losses were to Isner.
Harrison pulled out of a Challenger last week with a back injury. Hewitt hasn’t been in amazing form recently but he still loves to play on grass and against a slightly weakened Harrison he should get the job done today.
Harrison is likely to get frustrated in this one. Hewitt will fight to the end and if the Aussie gets a read on the Harrison serve then the American doesn’t have a plan B.
A back injury won’t help the serve at all but the sets will probably be settled with a single break.
Update: Hewitt won 1-6, 7-5, 6-4.
ATP Newport, 22:00 – Jack Sock won the doubles title at Wimbledon and played the final on Sunday. If this match was anywhere but in his own country I wouldn’t expect him to put a great deal of effort into it. In front of his home crowd he will want to put on a decent show even if he doesn’t win. He is up against another American Kuznetsov who narrowly lost to Fognini 7-9 in the 5th set at Wimbledon.
Sock will be relying on his serve to get the job done and Kuznetsov has lost 4 of his last 5 matches against big servers.
It is likely to be a scrappy match which will be decided by the return of serve. If Sock looks lethargic after the first few games then it is time to lay him. Emotionally he must be running on empty after an unexpected grand slam win.
Update: Sock won 6-4, 6-3.