Aegon International – Friday

17:30 – Istomin v Garcia-Lopez

Rankings are 74 and 41. They haven’t played before.

Since they moved to grass courts Istomin has only been beaten by Nadal. He took the World number 1 to 3 sets.

He serves well with a first serve percentage of 67% and wins 78% of his service games.

Garcia-Lopez perhaps prefers clay courts but has a serve that can work well on the faster surface. He came through a tough 3 setter with Benneteau yeasterday and took it in a final set tie break.

He wins 75% of his service games. He will fight to the very end but if Istomin can maintain the form he has showed over the last couple of weeks then it will be the German who goes through.

Watch the opening couple of games to see who settles quickest but I will be looking to back both on serve and expect Istomin to win the match.

Update: Garcia_lopez won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

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