22:00 – Istomin v Mayer
Rankings are 53 and 61. Head to heads are 1-0 to Mayer.
Istomin is more comfortable on faster courts. Whether he will be affected by playing clay tournaments for the last few weeks I’m not sure. Fortunately for his chances in this match he went out in the first round of the Swiss Open so he has had plenty of time to practice on the hard courts.
Mayer has lost in the first round of his last 3 ATP tournaments which were all on fast courts. He lost them all in straight sets.
Taking stats for the last 3 months Istomin has served 70% of first serves in and held serve 83% of the time. Mayer has served 62% of first serves in and held serve 81% of the time.
Mayer likes to take huge swings at the ball which can produce fantastic shots but can just as easily get shanked into the crowd.
Istomin would have to be favourite as I am assuming he has used last week to help make the transition back to hard courts which is his preferred surface.
Back both on serve.