21:00 – Giraldo v Almagro
Rankings are 48 and 13. Head to heads are 1-0 to Almagro, which was on a hard court.
Giraldo is having a pretty decent season so far with appearances in the Movistar Open final and the semi finals of the Heineken Open in January.
Almagro has won both the clay court tournaments in the last 2 weeks losing just 3 sets during the 2 tournaments. To win 3 tournaments on the trot would be a fantastic effort.
Giraldo will make a match of this without a doubt but a confident Almagro can be superb to watch. A confident Almagro on clay will win this one without too much trouble against anyone except perhaps Ferrer on Nadal.
In the last 3 weeks Almagro has held serve 88% of the time to Giraldo’s 82% (on clay).
Almagro’s return stats are much better than Giraldo’s.
Almagro is often made to work hard for holds of serve so I would look to back him from the start and green out after a break and a hold.