China Open – Tues

09:00 – Fognini v Troicki

Rankings are 74 and 28. They have never met.

Fognini is more comfortable on clay and Troicki is having a great run of form. I can only see one winner here.

Troicki is very solid on serve winning 73% of service games.

Back Troicki on serve. He’ll win in 2 straight sets.

Update:Troicki won 7-6, 7-5 . Not the match I expected though. Troicki must have been asleep at the start and was soon 4-1 down. he came back to 4-4 and they both held serve to go into a tie break. In the second set it was close again. I couldnt follow all the second set but Fognini was close to breaking serve towards the end. Not the best “Back the Server” game I ever picked.

 

12:00 – Petrova v Hantuchova

Rankings are 17 and 24 and head to heads are 3-1 to Petrova. She has won every time they have met on hard courts.

The market has them very close with Petrova a slight favourite at 1.83 . She has recently retired injured so may be a little below par.

Use 15-40 on this game. If Petrova is 100% fit she should win this in 2 sets.

Update: Closer than it should have been so I am guessing Petrova isnt 100% fit.

She won 6-1, 2-6, 7-5

 

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