Davis Cup – Friday

12:00 – Ruchus v Berdych – (on clay)

 

Rankings are 59 and 15. Head to heads are 2-3 and 1-2 on clay.

 

Berdych has been in good form this season with 2 quarter final appearances.

 

Rochus has only notched up 2 wins in 2010 although he has been unlucky to draw a top player most weeks.

 

Berdych is favourite for this one but Rochus has the ability to keep it close. Use scalping and watch for 15-40 opportunities.

 

Berdych wins 88% of service games so although this is on clay if he gets a lead we can be fairly sure of him serving out the set.

 

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15:00 – Malisse v Stepanek  – (on clay)

 

Rankings are 87 and 17. Head to heads are 3-3 with Malisse winning their last match ( 1 of only 2 wins he has had this year).

 

Again, this could be a close match with the clay slowing everything down. Expect some long rallies. Scalping and 15-40 should work well.

 

Stepanek ought to be able to hold on to the set if he gets the lead. He wins 87% of his service games. He also has a decent touch around the net so his drop shot will be well used.

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