Quite a few favourites performed badly last night and was certainly a day of the Dog. It also felt like more players than normal were virtually giving up if they lost the opening set.
Today we have the second round of the women’s tournament and also the main ATP draw kicks off so lets hope that the players who are left actually want to be there and are prepared to fight to stay.
Muller reached the quarter finals in Marseille where he lost to Tursunov in 3 sets. He leads the head to heads with Lorenzi 2-0 and I expect his service game to be too big for the Italian on a hard court.
Lorenzi himself reached the quarter finals on the clay in Mexico so this won’t be easy for Muller so wait for a higher price than his Sp of 1.62 . I want at least 1.80 .
Update: Muller started the match serving well and holding easily. He broke serve for a 3-1 lead. For some reason from that point on he didn’t have a single easy service game in the entire match. At 4-1 Muller had 2 break points for a 5-1 lead but Lorenzi held and went on to win the set. In set 2 Muller had break chances but was living on borrowed time in his own service games.
Lorenzi won 7-5, 6-4.
Nalbandian leads the head to heads with Granollers 3-0 and has never lost a set to the Spaniard on a hard court.
Nalbandian has been playing on the clay courts in South America so this is his first match on a hard court for a while. Granollers doesn’t have that problem although he hasn’t been beyond the 2nd round in recent tournaments.
Nalbandian starts at 1.47 which looks too low. 1.75+ would feel to be a more realistic entry point to back Nalbandian.
Update: Nalbandian was broken first and seemed to take an age to break back. He won the set slightly against the flow of the set. He won in straight sets but the scoreline flatters him.
Nalbandian won 6-4, 6-2.