12:00 – Ljubicic v Fish
Rankings are 16 and 97. Head to heads are 2-1 to Ljubicic. They haven’t played for 3 years and never on clay.
Fish has found a little form recently which makes me a little slower to dismiss his chances ( how can you take a player seriously when they’re called Mardy Fish! For non English readers the word mardy can be used instead of sulky or miserable). He wins 78% of his service games.
Ljubicic wins 88% of his service games. He won the BNP Paribas Open in March beating Roddick in the final, Nadal in the semis and Djokovic in the 4th round.
Back Ljubicic on serve.
15:00 – Seppi v Kohlschreiber
Rankings are 66 and 35. Head to heads are 1-1. They have never played on clay.
Both players are fairly consistent servers with a first serve percentage over 60.
Kohlschreiber wins 81% of his service games.
Based on recent results Kohlschreiber is a strong favourite. Either back him on serve or from the start. I’d expect him to make fewer unforced errors than the Italian and if the match goes close he has more experience to call upon.