21:00 – Benneteau v Malisse
Rankings are 32 and 62. Head to heads are 2-1 to Malisse although they haven’t played for 4 years.
Benneteau hasn’t played since losing in the fourth round at Wimbledon. Malisse reached the quarter finals in Atlanta 2 weeks ago.
Benneteau has lost 4 in a row on hard courts.
Benneteau has a good first serve percentage at 66% over the last 3 months. He wins 71% of points on his first serve but just 48% on his second serve.
Malisse serves 57% of first serves in and wins 74% of points on it. He wins 50% of points on second serve.
Benneteau holds serve 77% of the time compared to 80% for Malisse.
I think the edge today goes to Malisse as he has played more matches recently. Benneteau may be a little rusty and lacking in match practice.
Back Malisse on serve.
Update: Malisse won 7-5, 6-4.