14:00 – Volandri v Kubot
Rankings are 97 and 63. Head to heads are 2-1 to Volandri.
Volandri plays almost exclusively on clay and therefore has had to stick to the Challenger Tour events lately. He does ok against lower ranked players but struggles if playing one of the better, more consistent players.
Kubot has had a poor season. He prefers the fast courts.
This match could be like a WTA match with as many breaks of serve. The clay will slow down the serve and these inconsistent players will lose patience and start going for big winners.
Volandri’s game is more suited to clay and I expect him to win but I also expect him to make hard work of it.
Use scalping and 15-40. I would be amazed if either player holds serve easily enough and regularly enough to make backing on serve an option.
Update: Volandri won 6-3, 6-0. Kubot was terrible but Volandri actually played a pretty good match.