Not much money around so far so pick your games carefully.
Riba looks a decent price against Rufin. Rufin won their only previous match although that was in 2009 and Riba has improved immensely since then. Rufin does ok against the lower ranked Challenger players but should find Riba too strong.
Update: Riba won 6-2, 6-2.
Hanescu takes on Paire in Nice. Whilst Paire is on home soil I’m not sure it will give him enough of a boost to make a match of this. Paire almost lost to Balleret which would have been a bad loss. Hanescu is always a worry as favourite though and has lost his last 3 matches when starting as favourite ( although to much better players than Paire ).
Update: Hanescu won 6-0, 6-1.
Troicki and Mayer go head to head again after playing in the 1st round in Madrid. Mayer won that match in 3 sets. This time they play in Germany and the Germans tend to play well in their own country. Troicki has been well below his best lately. I have to go with Mayer here.
Update: Great match from Mayer. Troicki was never in it. Mayer won 6-2, 6-2.
Dimitrov starts at 1.92 against Andujar. Andujar won the Grand Prix Hassan tournament in April beating Starace in the final. Since then he has just 1 win and retired injured in the first round in Estoril. Dimitrov reached the quarter finals in Munich but has only played the Prague Challenger event sice losing in the second round. Dimitrov is probably the greater talent and I think he will be motivated in this main tour match. He seems to lift himself against the better players.
Update: Just before the match started Dimitrov’s price started to move out. Andujar got a break in the first game and moved to a 5-0 lead. Dimitrov then retired taking my 30% green with him.