9:30 – Stakhovsky v Raonic
Rankings are 31 and 237. They haven’t played before.
Stakhovsky won the Pilot Pen tournament just before the US Open. He has had a decent season on the faster courts. He was taken to 3 sets in the last round by Russell.
Raonic reached the final of a Challenger event in August but has had no success since.
Raonic hasa big first serve but a pretty toothless second serve which wins him just 40% of points.
Stakhovsky also has a big serve which can be impressive when working well. He holds serve 75% o the time.
Raonic has very poor stats on return of serve winning just 29% of points against first serves.
This should be a straight forward win for Stakhovsky and I picked this match because of his attractive starting price of 1.46 on Betfair.
Back Stakhovsky from the start or on serve.