BNP Paribas Masters – Tues

12:00 – Chardy v Monaco

Rankings are 31 and 30. Head to heads are 1-0 to Monaco  which was on clay.

Monaco has been disappointing towards the end of the season. He is very much a clay specialist but can put up a good fight with the middle order players.

Chardy has been in decent form lately and wins 82% of his service games. This could be close and backing Chardy on his serve should prove profitable. If the first set gets to 4-4 or 5-5 then be careful as Monaco is capable of taking this match.

Alternatively use the scalping method to trade this.

I’d expect Chardy to win.

Update: Very close match. Wise to get out at near the end of the first set as Monaco DID take it in a tie break. He took the second set 7-5.

20:00 – Ljubicic v Simon

Rankings are 25 and 12. Head to heads are 3-0 in Ljubicic’s favour.

Both men are finishing the season well. The market has Simon as favourite at 1.77 but I expect Ljubicic to win this one.

If he can continue his run of form then he will be too strong for Simon. His mental strength will be his edge today.

Both have good stats on serve with Ljubicic winning 85% of service games to Simon’s 82%

Back Ljubicic on serve.

Update: Another close one! A 3 setter which went to a tie break in the decider. Ljubicic broke serve on the first point but Simon quickly broke back and held on to take the tie break 7-4

Simon won 6-3, 3-6, 7-6

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