We had some odd results last night. A little frustrating that no streams were available. I think a few matches were going for the world record for the number of deuces. On one of them I went off to make a coffee and when I got back they were still on the same game!
Karlovic v Kubot:
Karlovic starts at 1.63 but Kubot has won both their previous matches. In fact Karlovic has lost all 5 sets they have played. Today’s match will be the first one they have played on a hard court though which should give Karlovic’s serve a little more “oomph”.
Kubot does a much better job reading Karlovic’s serve than the Croat does reading his. The first set is likely to be a tie break as both their previous matches started with a breaker.
Last year Karlovic reached the quarter finals where he lost to Nadal in a 3rd set tie break. He beat Farrer and Simon on the way to that quarter final ( Simon was good in those days ).
Both have been in decent recent form but I this is where Karlovic gets a little revenge for the previous matches. The added speed from the hard court will give Kubot fewer chances to break.
Karlovic to win in 2 tight sets.
Update: Kubot again works his magic on Karlovic. Kubot won 6-4, 6-2.
Smyczek v Querrey:
Smyczek has been in America since the Oz Open. In the ATP events he has made it through the qualifying rounds but then lost in the first round.
Querrey has also been in America since the beginning of February. He hadn’t made it past the first round until Memphis where he reached the quarter finals. He doesn’t have an amazing record at Indian Wells although last year’s third round was his best. He beat Verdasco ( then ranked 9) and Tipsarevic before losing to Robredo.
I think this will be dominated by serve and that Querrey will prove to be a little more consistent. He must make the most of the American hard courts part of the tour if he is to improve on his current ranking of 85.
Update: Querrey won 7-6, 6-4.