Head to heads are 1-1. Their last meeting was in April 2015 on clay. Klizan won in 2 tight sets. Almagro’s win was also in 2 tight sets on clay in 2014.
Klizan’s only decent weeks in 2017 were on indoor courts. He has come through the qualifying rounds this week.
Almagro started the year well with a quarter final in Doha where he lost to Murray after beating Lorenzi and Kohlschreiber. He has lost all 4 of his matches since then. He was moderate favourite in the last 2 losses, both on clay.
Klizan’s clay stats were stronger last year and I favour him to win today.
Wait for 1.80
Update: Almagro won in 3 sets. Klizan took the opening set but Almagro levelled at 1 set all. Klizan folded in the third set.