12:00 – Kohlschreiber v Troicki
Rankings are 35 and 40. Head to heads are 1-0 to Troicki.
Kohlschreiber has reached two quarter finals on clay this year. I was surprised to see him lose to Chardy on Sunday but he beat Zeballos fairly easily on Tuesday.
Troicki is 1-1 with Chardy in these Championships. He can serve very well but has been inconsistent. He must cut down on the unforced errors for him to have a chance today.
Kohlschreiber wins 81% of his service games and is my pick for this match. Back him on serve.
Update: Kohlschreiber won 7-6, 6-4.
16:00 – Luczak v Gimeno-Traver
Rankings are 71 and 86. They haven’t played before.
Luczak has lost the winning habit and has left the more recent tournaments in the first round.
Gimeno-Traver hasn’t fared much better although his performances have been of a higher standard. In April he beat Monaco and lost to Gasquet in a three setter.
Gimeno-Traver wins 74% of his service games.
I would watch the opening 2 or 3 games, partly to see who settles first but also so you can make sure that money is coming into the market DURING the games. This match clashes with some more popular players who may attract the traders money.
Back Gimeno-Traver on serve.
Update: Gimeno-Traver won 6-3, 6-2.