15:30 – Serra v Korolev
Rankings are 62 and 72. Head to heads are 3-0 to Korolev.(all on clay)
Korolev has been out through injury but is back looking fit again. Both men’s form hasn’t been great but Korolev had a win yesterday which will have helped his confidence.
Korolev may be a little short of match practice though so this could be a close match. I would use scalping on this game although if Korolev starts serving well he will be fine to back on serve.
Korolev to win in 2 tight sets.
Update: Serra won 7-6, 6-3.
18:30 – Chardy v Chiudinelli
Rankings are 50 and 66. Head to heads are 1-0 to Chardy.
Both players were knocked out of the tournament last week by Gimeno Traver. Chardy took him to 3 sets whereas Chiudinelli was beaten easily in two.
Chardy wins 76% of his service games to Chiudinelli’s 75%.
I’d expect this to be fairly close and for Chardy to take it.
Watch the opening couple of games to let them settle in but I’d be looking to back Chardy on serve.
Update: Chardy won 6-4, 6-1.