Monday’s matches, Jan 30th

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.


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6 thoughts on “Monday’s matches, Jan 30th”

  1. I never can understand top30 players who play in such a small tours like atp250 with total prize like their 0,01% account balance.

    Why such players do so ?! is it just like a training trip for them ? they dont do it for money and for points…

    1. They have to play a certain number of 250 events. Theyre not allowed just to go for the bigger tournaments.

      1. yes, but with so small prizes and points, there is always a big risk for retirement even cause of lips pain 🙂

  2. Hi there, read your blog for 1st time today since its my 1st few days in betting/trading and been reading more than betting for the time being…

    Even tho your picks were not wins they still provided good trading opportunities and that helped me rasing a few euros, thank you for the picks

    1. Thanks 🙂
      Thats the beauty of trading. You don’t need to pick the winner. You only need to predict a short section of the match correctly to be able to make profit.

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