13:00 – Kubut v Starace
Rankings are 42 and 73. Head to heads are 1-0 to Starace but that was 6 years ago.
Both players are comfortable on clay and each came through their last match fairly easily.
I would expect a close match as neither player will fold without a fight.
The market has Kubot as slight favourite but on recent form I give the edge to Starace.
Use scalping and watch for 15-40 opportunities.
17:00 – Serra v Garcia-Lopez
Rankings are 57 and 40. They haven’t played before.
The market has Garcia-Lopez as slight favourite. I would agree with that but it could be close.
Garcia-Lopez has a better touch around a clay court and uses the drop shot well.
Serra got off to a slow start in his last game but came back to win in 3 sets.
It should be a good one for scalping. I’ll especially be looking to gain a few ticks on Garcia-Lopez’ service games if he starts the match serving well. Its risky to stay in for the whole game on clay so be careful!