11:00 – Chardy v Youzhny
Rankings are 46 and 13. Head to heads are 1-1. Both their previous matches went to 3 sets. Their last match was also on clay and was won by Chardy.
Youzhny has improved his consistency a great deal in the 9 months since their last meeting. Chardy has remained about the same so Youzhny is a strong favourite for this one. He starts at 1.49 on Befair.
Youzhny wins 78% of his service games. Back him on serve.
Update: Youzhny broke serve in the second game of the match so the price was pretty low from that point on. Not ideal for backing the rest of his service games 🙁
Youzhny won 6-1, 6-4.
15:00 – Benneteau v Petzschner
Rankings are 36 and 45. Head to heads are 2-0 to Benneteau.
Petzschner reached the third round in Monte Carlo but that’s the best either player has managed recently.
Both these players have the ability to put in excellent performances but not on a regular basis. Its difficult to pick a winner without seeing who is in form on the day. Watch how the opening 2 or 3 games go.
Petzschner has a big serve and if that is working well I will be looking to back him on serve. He wins 81% of his service games.
Update: Benneteau took the opening set but Petzschner came back strongly to take the match.
Petzschner won 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Georges v Wozniak – 15-40 – Georges 6-1, 6-1
Errani v Dulgheru – 15-40 – Dulgheru 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
Granollers v Hernandez – Back Granollers on serve – Granollers 6-2, 6-1
Malek v Zakopalova – 15-40 – Malek 6-4, 7-5
Dulko v Schnyder – 15-40
Ivanovic v Vesnina – 15-40
Troicki v Navarro – Back Troicki from the start. Green up after the first set.