Bank Austria Tennis Trophy – Thursday

14:00 – Almagro v Giraldo

Rankings are 16 and 69. They haven’t played before.

Giraldo has improved his ranking from around 110 18 months ago. I don’t know too much about him other than he prefers clay ( and wasn’t he a talk show host in America??). He beat Malisse in 3 sets yesterday which is a good result on a hard court.

Almagro hasn’t been enjoying the hard courts much lately. As 3rd seed here this is his first match which may count against him and we could see a slow start from the Spaniard.

Almagro is ahead in all statistics and his price of 1.60 is huge. If something looks too good to be true…….

If Almagro is anywhere near top form he should breeze past Giraldo. If he isn’t then he may make hard work of this.

I feel Almagro will want to get some rankings points in the pot this week and he has to be a strong favourite. I’m just a little wary of the starting price.

Watch the opening couple of games but Almagro should be fine to back on serve or if you’re brave back him from the start.

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