Tournaments straight after a Grand Slam event tend to be a little light on quality as the top players take time off. Liquiditylooks ok on the WTA even in Sweden so no reason to think it won’t be good for the Mens a little later today.
16:00 – Phau v Brown
Rankings are 100 and 102. They haven’t played before.
Phau is a decent clay court player and has won 2 Challenger events on the surface in the last couple of months. He avoids grass and has never won a match on today’s surface in 9 attempts.
Brown has a big serve that is well suited to grass and took a set off Melzer at Wimbledon.
This will be Phau’s first game on grass this season and I think he’s just here for the appearance money.
Brown has a respectable first serve percentage of 62%and wins 66% of points on serve.
I have seen a quote today saying never trust a Jamaican when there’s grass involved but I think the best way to go today is to back Brown on serve.
Update: Very close match with Brown winning 7-6, 6-7, 6-4.
20:00 – Beck v Harrison
Rankings are 88 and 1277. Its their first meeting.
Beck got to the second round and took a set of Monfils at Wimbledon and that should show enough form to get past a guy with a four figure ranking.
He starts on Betfair at 1.52.
Harrison did get to the quarter finals in the Challenger event in Nottingham in June but just can’t live with the half decent players.
Beck wins 60% of his service points to Harrison’s 58% but remember that Harrison is coming up against much lower ranked players week in week out.
Back Beck from the start and green up at the end of the first set. Alternatively back him on serve.
If you back from the start make sure you have a strategy for if it goes against you ( but I’d be amazed if this one does)
Update: Surprisingly ( to me anyway) Harrison won 6-1, 6-2. At least anyone trading it could see it was one sided and it should have been straight forward to trade.