11:45 – Montanes v Chela
Rankings are 30 and 54. Head to heads are 1-0 to Chela.
Montanes started slowly against Petzschner but really stepped up in the second set and played some good tennis to take the match. He served well once the first set was lost.
Chela has improved greatly over the last 12 months and has had some great results.
Both players have won tournaments on clay this season.
Looking at stats for clay only Montanes serves 64% of first serves in and wins 70% of points on that first serve. Chela hits 60% of first serves and wins 63% of points on it.
On recent form Montanes has the edge but this wil be a close match. Back Montanes on serve and if Chela is also holding well you could back him on his own serve.
Update : Montanes won 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.
15:45 – Simon v Greul
Rankings are 33 and 73. They haven’t played before.
Simon was taken to 3 sets by Dustin Brown yesterday. The Jamaican played some decent shots but Simon was very slow to adapt to the many drop shots used against him. Towards the end of the third set he was just starting to deal with them.
All the service stats are quite even but I would say that mentally Greul is in better shape. Simon looked more like his old self last night but only in patches.
Greul is more at home on clay and he has the home advanatge which I expect to make the difference.
Simon served quite well yesterday and is fine to back on serve. You can also back Greul on his own serve .
I expect Greul to win a tight match.
Update: Greul won 6-4, 7-5.