ATP Brazil Open, 1st round: Berlocq v Monteiro (21:30)

Head to heads are 1-1. Their most recent meeting was in Buenos Aires 2 weeks ago. Berlocq won that one on clay in 3 sets.

Berlocq reached the semi finals in Buenos Aires losing in 3 sets to Nishikori. He also beat David Ferrer that week in straight sets.

I favour Berlocq to take a very tight match.

Monteiro didn’t start the season all that well but once he moved to clay courts the performances started to improve.  He reached the quarter finals in Buenos Aires and repeated the result in Rio last week.

They are closely matched this season. On clay they are even closer. Some value on Monteiro to take a set.  I’d expect Berlocq to take a third set if we get one.

Berlocq starts around 1.70 . Back him if he gets broken first.

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