Not a bad first night with some great price swings.
Early casualties include Davydenko ( will he ever get back near his best? ), Montanes and Ljubicic who was 2 sets and a break up against Lacko.
Nieminen’s long week last week finally caught up with him and he retireed against Nalbandian ( I just wish he had sone so in the final with Benneteau!)
Not a total surprise to see Tomic beat Verdasco although he also had a 2 set lead that was thrown away.
In the womens draw Mattek-Sands gave Radwanska a scare when she took the opening set tie break. Up and coming player Ormaechea took out Halep in 3 sets.
Hantuchova had work to do when Lepchenko took the opening set but she dug in and turned it around.
One of the biggest surprises of the night was perhaps Pennetta losing out to Russian Bratchikova.
Rosol v Petzschner:
Rosol has started 2012 pretty well. He has just 1 win from 3 matches but he lost to Ferrer and Troicki and gave a good account of himself in both. His win was against Albert Ramos.
Petschner has played just 2 matches with a loss to Giraldo and a win over best mate Melzer. Melzer seems to only be able to play well in exhibition events so no great kudos in that win.
Petschner starts as strong favourite at 1.45 and whilst he ought to win this over 5 sets I don’t think it will be over in 3. Wait for a higher price before backing him. his also gives you chane to see how he plays. If Petzschner does get an early break there are plenty of other matches available so move on to another.
Update: I think that comes under “move onto the next”.
Petzschner won 6-0, 6-0, 6-2.
Lodra v Gulbis:
Decent starting prices with Gulbis at 1..78 . All we need to do is sort out who will be stronger. Although wwith these two players perhaps I should have said we need to sort out who will be less weak.
Taken from Tennis Insight: