ATP St Petersburg, 1st round: Smith v Youzhny, 2:30pm

Smith 2.92, Youzhny 1.51

Youzhny has won both their previous matches. They last met at the US Open in 2015. He won in 4 sets on  hard court. Both matches were on hard courts.

Smith’s recent form has been stronger. He won 7 of his last 10. He has won 62% of  his matches won this year. A lot of his recent wins have been in qualifying rounds.  Indoors in 2017 his results are much stronger with 75% of matches won.

John-Patrick Smith

Youz has won 4 of his last 10 matches and 41% of matches this year. He has not played since the US Open where he lost to Federer in the second round in 5 sets. He has really struggled to find consistency this season.  The crowd will be right behind him. He has a decent record at this tournament over the years and reached the quarter finals last year

Value on Smith to take at least a set. Lay Youz below 1.40 and reduce liability if he then gets broken or loses the set. We have a good chance of 3 sets.

Update: Youzhny won in 2 tight sets, 7-6, 6-4

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