17:00 – Youzhny v Simon
Rankings are 11 and 32. Head to heads are 7-0 to Youzhny.
They played last week in Marseille with Youzhny winning in 3 sets ( Simon took the opening set ).
Simon must be starting to doubt whether he is capable of beating Youzhny. The Russian always finds enough to come out on top.
They are both serving reasonable well and both return well. In fact the stats can’t really seperate them. Other than the Head to head! In only 1 of their 7 matches it was Simon who won the opening set and that was in last week’s encounter. What about today? Simon was suffering with a neck injury last week which I am assuming is now ok as I see no reference to it anywhere. This time he doesn’t have the French crowd behind him and also Youzhny’s record in Dubai is very good.
I expect Youzhny to take the opening set but am unsure whether he will win in 2 sets or 3.
Back Youzhny on serve or back him from the start. If backing from the start green up after the first set. If Youzhny should lose the opening set, lay Simon at the start of the second.
Update: Simon won 6-3, 7-5.