Not so many weird matches last night. The scoreboards were overall pretty good but there were a few occasions where the scoreboards showed incorrect information and then corrected a few points later.
Live video starts on Saturday so that should stop a few people moaning 😉
Berlocq v Paire:
These two have never played. Berlocq has a great record on clay but doesn’t often venture onto the hard courts. When he does he usually makes a decent match of it.
Paire reached the quarter finals in Aukland as a qualifier beating Chela and Ferrero.
Berlocq reached a final and 3 quarter finals on clay in 2012. He hasn’t played a competitive hard court match since he took Karlovic to 3 sets at the Oz Open. Paire is in the same situation and this is his first hard court tournament since the Oz Open. I would expect Berlocq to adapt quicker to the courts due to his greater experience. I have read that the courts at Indian Wells are on the slow side which favours claycourters and as Berlocq is the better claycourter I have to give him an edge here.
If Paire is at his best this will be close but I expect Berlocq to come through for the win.
Update: Berlocq won 6-4, 6-2.
Falla v L Mayer:
Mayer is more at home on the clay and has lost his last 11 hard court matches. He had a good run on the clay and the slow courts at Indian Wells may not feel as alien as other hard courts.
Falla is also more known as a dirtballer but in the last 12 months he has developed his hard court game and this has helped him improve his ranking from around 140 to his current rank of 70.
Falla starts as favourite and is definitely my pick to take the match but 1.66 feels a little tight. As I said the slower courts will perhaps give Mayer more of a chance and we could easily see a higher price in the opening few games. I will be looking for anything over 1.85 .
Update: Falla was in complete control of the opening set but in the second he began to have problems with his serve. He continued to serve badly.
Mayer won 2-6, 7-6, 6-4.