13:30 – Montanes v Chardy
Rankings are 22 and 59. Head to heads are 1-0 to Chardy which was this year and also on clay.
The stats are very even over the last 3 months. They hold serve 83% and 84% of the time.
Montanes converts more break point chances and is slightly ahead in the return of serve stats. He is seen as the better clay court player.
Montanes is defending champion here and whilst I expect Chardy to take the match close it is tough to beat Montanes on clay when he is playing well.
The market has Montanes as slight favourite which looks about right.
After watching the opening couple of games, backing both on serve is an option. If you’d rather just back one player on serve then its definately Montanes for me.
Update: Montanes won 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.