BNP Paribas Masters – Mon

10:00 – Cuevas v Karlovic

Rankings are 50 and 38. They have never met.

Karlovic has been struggling to break his opponent’s serve lately but I don’t think he’ll have a problem today. His own serve has been working well enough. He wins 92% of his service games and tops the Aces table.

Back Karlovic on serve. Should be a straight sets victory.

Update: Closer than I thought it would be but Karlovic won 7-6, 6-4

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14:00 – Falla v Isner

Rankings are 98 and 40. Head to heads are 1-0 to Isner.

Falla won a tournament last month on the Challenger tour and so must be in decent form. However Isner’s starting price of 1.74 makes him an attractive prospect for Back the Server.

He wins 89% of his service games. He can struggle against some of the top, powerful hitters but I expect him to be able to cope with Falla easily enough today.

Back Isner on serve.

Update: Isner certainly didn’t have it easy. Falla managed to break in the first set and took it 6-4 but Isner’s serve carried him through the next 2 sets. Very tight match with Isner winning 4-6, 7-6, 7-5

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