Midnight – Monaco v Mannarino – (Aukland)
Rankings are 26 and 80. They haven’t played before.
Mannarino lost a set during qualifying to a much lower ranked player. Apart from that he came through the qualifying roundws easily enough.
Monaco prefers slower courts but has proved to be very difficult to hit through on a hard court.
Monaco’s greater experience has to make this a near impossible task for the Frenchman who has won just 5 of the 17 main draw matches that he has ever played.
Monaco to win in straight sets.
Back him on serve or from the start.
Update: Monaco was broken first but broke back straight away. He then broke serve for a second time and anyone backing from the start was able to green up. Anyone not doing so was in for a shock.
Monaco lost serve immediately and Mannarino took the set. Monaco was dire in the seond set and allowed the Frenchman to make him look very ordinary.
Mannarino won 6-4, 6-3.
04:00 – Dolgopolov v Tomic – (Sydney)
Rankings are 48 and 208. Dolgopolov leads the head to heads 1-0.
Local boy Tomic will have the crowd behind him and as its early in the season he may trouble Dolgopolov. He served well in qualifying winning over 90% of his service games.
Dolgopolov is no longer the new boy as he was last season. He has proved he has the ability but needs to now show he has the mental strength to back it up.
Dolgopolov can sometimes take lower ranked players lightly and if he does so today he could regret it.
If Dolgopolov is focussed right from the start then he has to be a slight favourite but I think it will be more even than the odds suggest.
Laying Dolgopolov from the start is an option. Once they both settle into the match they should be backable on serve but wait to see who is holding easiest.
Could be a 3 setter.
Update: Sydney matches suffered several rain delays and this match wasn’t completed. Its currently 1 set all with Tomic taking the first in a tie break.