Ahh back to normal working hours! You just get used to Aussie time and that part of the tour is over.
Three tournaments this week including a clay event in Chile so we have games all day long. All ATP though so those of you who cling like girls to the WTA tour will have to man-up 😉
Still a few qualifying games to be dealt with first so this morning’s schedule is a little thin. Melzer starts at 930 in the qualies for Zagreb but unless he makes a bad start there won’t be much for us there ( he is 1.10).
In France Muller takes on Florian Mayer.
Mayer retired from the Australian Open first round match against Istomin. That was his only match of 2012. He didn’t end 2011 too badly with a couple of quarter finals in October and a win in September (Bucharest).
Muller is probably best on indoor courts although he surprisingly lost to Martin Klizan in the first round of the Heilbronn Challenger last week. He has had just one win in 2012 although his 4 losses include to Murray, Fish and Ryan Sweeting.
Muller’s big serve can cause Mayer some problems and as Mayer has lost 4 in a row when starting as favourite he must be worth a lay at 1.66.
Update: The lay worked very well with Muller’s price hitting 1.40 when he had 3 break points to take the set at 6-5. Mayer saved them all and went on to take the tie break. It was all Mayer after that.
Mayer won 7-6, 6-3.
Volandri v Souza: – (clay)
Both are claycourt specialists and have played just once before which was last September, also on clay. Volandri won 6-2, 6-0.
8th seed Volandri has yet to get his season started properly having played only hard court events. He won his first set of the year against Bogomolov but failed to register another since. Clay is his favourite surface though so he will hope to do well this week.
This is also Souza’s first clay court match of the season and he lost both his hard court encounters. Other than Grand Slams he plays almost exclusively on clay but I expect him to have a tough job to get past Volandri.
Clay can be a great leveller but I don’t see an upset in this one. Volandri starts at 1.60 .
Update: Volandri was in total control in the first set losing just 1 game. He was an early break up in the second which is when I stopped following it. Surprisingly Souza won the second and then took the final set.
Souza won 1-6, 7-5, 7-6.