11:00 – Troicki v Petzschner
Rankings are 39 and 41. They haven’t played before.
Petzschner is on home soil which will be a massive advanatge. He beat Baghdatis in the first round largely due to his serve. He made a slow start against Baghdatis but once his serve started working he was in control.
Troicki came through a potentially difficult match against Garcia-Lopez. He has the ability to win today. He has a decent serve and wins 77% of his service games. Petzscner wins 80% of his.
There probably isn’t much to seperate the players’ ground strokes but if Petzschner’s serve is anywhere near its best, added to the support of the german crowd, he will have the edge.
Petzschner is a slight favourite on Betfair. Back him on serve. It might be a good idea to wait for them each to have a service game before entering the market to allow for any thightness from the start.
Update: Petzschner won 7-6, 6-3.
17:00 – Meffert v Lacko
Rankings are 162 and 75. Head to heads are 1-0 to Meffert. That match was in March 2009.
Meffort took their only previous meeting but that was well over a year ago. In that time Lacko has made amazing progress and has troubled some of the more established players.
Meffort is another German who is enjoying playing on home soil and he beat Ferrero in the last round in straight sets.
Lacko beat Chardy in the last round who has been in great form recently.
Lacko has been tipped for great things and has fantastic potential. Definitely one to watch.He seems fearless under pressure and possesses a very good serve.
Wait to see how the opening couple of games go but I will be looking to back Lacko on serve.
Update: I have never seen Meffert play and was very very impressed. Quite similar in style to Ljubicic. He served well and hit the ball very hard.
Lacko wasn’t ready for him and, cheered on by the home crowd, the German broke immediately and held on to take the first set easily.
Lacko started to play near his best and won a tight second set to level the match.
Meffert had treatment for a neck problem midway through the third set but he seemed ok after that.
Lacko took the final set for a confidence boosting win.
Lacko won 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.