11:30 – Ljubicic v Baghdatis
Rankings are 15 and 20. Head to heads are 5-1 to Baghdatis.
Baggy has been in impressive form this week beating Murray and Lopez who was serving well especially in the first set.
Ljubicic had a tricky 1st round match with Stakhovsky but came through it well. He took care of Frenchman Paire in straight sets yesterday whilst hardly breaking sweat.
The head to head here is hard to ignore though they haven’t played for 2 years.
The difference between them will be Baghdatis’ serve. It has been quite strong this week and that needs to continue for him today.
Back Baggy or both players on serve. If you’re feeling brave back Baghdatis from the start as I think he will be too strong for Ljubicic. It could be a tight first set though.
Update: Baghdatis’ serve wasn’t quite up to the task today and Ljubicic generally served very well. Having said that he had a chance to serve for the match at the end of the second set tie break but wasted it and then lost the set.
In a very tight deciding set it was Ljubicic who came through the tie break.
Ljubicic won 6-4, 6-7, 7-6.