21:00 – De Bakker v Becker
Rankings are 53 and 60. They haven’t played before.
De Bakker has lost 4 of his last 5 matches on a hard court although looking at his opponents he had some tough matches losing to Youzhny, Monfils and Monaco.
Becker has struggled to win a match this season although did beat Gulbis at the Oz Open, although from memory wasn’t Gulbis ill?
Both players have great service hold percentages at 82%.
Their return stats aren’t amazing but are very similar. I’d say we will see at least 1 tie break in this match as long as they are both serving as well as they can.
I am going for De Bakker for the win. Back both on serve in the first set. If Becker wins the first set, back De Bakker at the start of the second.
23:00 – Andreev v Nishikori
Rankings are 96 and 63. They haven’t played before.
There is a chance that Japanese Nishikori’s mind may be on friends and relatives back home but if he steps on court I see no reason to go against him.
He holds serve 79% of the time on hard courts and definately feels comfortable playing in America.
Andreev performs better on clay and is inconsistent on hard courts. I expect Nishikori to be too strong for him today and to win in straight sets.
Either back Nishikori on serve or back him from the start. If backing from the start ensure you know what the plan is if the trade moves against you. Ideas for this are on the members area of TradeShark Tennis.