22:00 – Lacko v Gulbis
Ranking are 76 and 28. They haven’t played before.
Lacko came out of nowhere last season and looked as though he was the next star. He has gone a bit quiet since although has had a few good results including reaching the quarter finals in Atlanta last week.
Gulbis has also been a bit quiet after a great start to the season. He has a new team behind him in 2010 and they have him taking this tennis lark seriously. His ranking has improved by 70 places in the last 12 months.
Over the last 3 months Gulbis has held serve 84% of the time to Lacko’s 78%. Points won on 1st and second serves are almost identical but Gulbis’ first serve percentage is higher at 67% to 60% for Lacko.
Lacko should make a fight of it but I expect Gulbis to take it. Back him on serve.
Update: Gulbis won 7-5, 7-5.