15:00 – Robredo v Istomin
Rankings are 40 and 42. They haven’t played before.
Both had solid wins in straight sets yesterday.
In the last month Robredo has held serve 90% of the time to Istomin’s 81%.
Istomin is favourite on betfair at 1.75 but I can see Robredo taking this one. He has had weeks where he has put in a good performance and then followed it up with a poor match but his more recent form is much improved.
If Istomin’s first serve is working consistently then Robredo could struggle to get to grips with it. If it turns into a match with long rallies then I expect the Spaniard to come out on top.
I don’t expect many breaks of serve so backing both on serve is a good option. Watch the opening 2 or 3 games before getting involved to give them time to warm up.
Update: Robredo won 6-4, 6-2.
19:00 – Mathieu v Gasquet
Rankings are 96 and 30. Head to heads are 3-2 to Gasquet.
Gasquet hasn’t played since the US Open and had a bye into this round. Mathieu had a straight forward match in the first round which will have warmed him up nicely.
Mathieu has been in a decent spell of form and could make a great match of this.
See how they start but certainly backing Gasquet on serve is a good option. If Mathieu’s serve is working well too and he is holding comfortably then he can also be backed on serve.
Update: Gasquet won a tight match 4-6, 7-6, 7-6.