Almagro is number 1 seed for the UNICEF Open and playes Berrer. Berrer won their only previous meeting which was on clay in 2008. Berrer’s last match was against tsonga last week and he managed to win just 1 game. Almagro has a solid enough game on grass and if he can get his serve going he will get through this one easily enough.
Update: Almagro seemed to be coasting to an easy win. He took the first set with just one break and was never troubled on serve. In the second he seemed to take his foot off the gas a little but was holding serving easily. In the tie break the only mini-break went to Berrer courtesy of a double fault. Berrer held his own serve and in effect won the set without really winning a point against serve. Almagro’s level dropped further in the third set. Berrer won 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.
Clement has had a couple of matches on grass since the clay season ended. Today he is up against Baghdatis who will be playing his first game on grass this season. Baggy played 3 grass tournaments last year and lost in the first round in each one. If Baghdatis has a poor day on serve then Clement is capable of taking the match. I’ll watch the first few games. No great motivation for either player that I can see.
Update: Baghdatis started very slowly and was soon 3-0 down. Baghdatis then started to play and won the match 7–6, 6-3.
Tursunov seems a decent price against Kendrick at 1.56. He beat James Ward in straight sets on the Nottingham grass last week. Kendrick hasn’t played since his first round loss at the French Open.
Update: Tursunov won 6-2, 7-6.
In other games I expect wins for Dimitrov, Garcia-Lopez, Kunitsyn and Lu. Benneteau could have a tough match against Sweeting although the American often only finds form in his home country.
Update: Dimitrov won, G-L is a set and a break down, Kunitsyn won, Lu lost and Benneteau won in straight sets.