ATP Barcelona Open, 1st round: Garcia Lopez v Montanes (1pm)

Garcia Lopez won both their previous meetings. Both were on clay in 2006 and he won each in 3 sets.

Montanes had some decent results on clay last season. This year he only has 1 win but has only played 1 match on clay.  He can only really be competitive on clay these days and did well on the Challenger tour on this surface. I see some value on

Montanes should be competitive today.

him today.

Garcia Lopez has not been impressive this year. If he is a little below his best as he was last week then Montanes can take a set. Montanes will also have the crown behind him though how big a 1pm crowd will be we don’t know.

I will lay around 1.20 and remove liability if Montanes gets into a winning position  in set 1.

Update: Montanes won in straight sets.

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