French Open 2012, week 1 Thursday

Tomic v Giraldo:

They have played just once before which was in Rome earlier this month. The game went to 3 sets with Tomic winning 6-4 in the third set.

This is the first time in 3 attempts that Tomic has reached the second round at the French Open. In fact its the first time he has won a set! He is already looking forward to a potential third round match with Andy Murray. He needs to be careful not to let that distract him from today’s opponent who is a clay specialist.

The courts in Paris are a little faster than in Rome which helps the Aussie.

Giraldo beat Falla in the first round in 4 sets having lost the first. He has been on a decent run of results only losing to top players in his last 4 main tour events. This is also his first time in the second round.

Neither player will have an easy time of it. Giraldo is more experienced on clay but Tomic is learning fast. There have been a couple of matches recently where he seemed to lack motivation but  he seems pumped up to have got his first win at the French and also to be seeded for the first time rather than just get a wild card entry.

I think this means more to Tomic than Giraldo. Giraldo probably has a Challenger lined up for next week as he won’t have been expecting to go deep into this tournament. I think Giraldo will take a set but Tomic will come through in 4.

As they start around evens backing Tomic on serve is an option. Don’t do anything in the first game though as he often slips up early. If the serve is going well then I will be leaving a back bet open on Tomic and will trade the service games as well.

Update: I have a feeling Tomic was looking towards the next round and took his eye off the ball. Literally!

Giraldo gave him a clay court lesson and won 6-4, 6-1, 6-3.


Tursunov v Benneteau:

Tursunov leads the head to heads 2-1. They have never played on clay. All 3 matches were tight with 2 going to a third set and the last match being straight sets to Tursunov with a tie break in the second.

Benneteau is back from breaking his elbow and twisting his ankle in a fall while playing Murray in Monte Carlo. He won his last match against Zverev in 4 sets but served 10 double faults and Zverev had 15 break points.

Tursunov beat Go Soeda in straight sets as a huge underdog. Soeda started around 1.35 probably due to him beating Roddick in straight sets a few days earlier.

Benneteau starts as strong favourite at 1.38 but even though he is playing at home that is too short. Tursunov needed a boost to his confidence and his last match will have given him that. If Benneteau hits top form then she should win but as their previous matches show this isn’t the best match up for him.

I will start with a lay on Benneteau. If Tursunov gets off to a good start he could have a great chance here.

Update: Tursunov started strongly on serve but then so did Benneteau. Tight match.

Benneteau won 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

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