9:30 – Ferrer v Kohlschreiber
Rankings are 17 and 33. Head to heads are 5-3 to Ferrer. Kohlschreiber won their most recent meeting on clay (2008).
Ferrer is one of the top clay court specialists and has enjoyed a great deal of success on the surface this year.
Kohlschreiber crushed Murray in the second round and won a tough match yesterday against Petzschner.
I think Ferrer will be too strong today.
Back Ferrer on serve or back him from the start.
13:30 – Djokovic v Nalbandian
Djokovic is ranked 2. Nalbandian hasn’t yet gained a ranking. Head to heads are 2-1 to Djokovic. They haven’t played before on clay.
Djokovic won’t have an easy day at the office today. Nalbandian has beaten Robredo and Youzhny this week and took Nadal to 3 sets in the Sony Ericsson Open a couple of weeks ago.
Djokovic is keen to go one better than his 2nd place in last year’s tournament. He looked solid if not spectacular against Wawrinka.
This could easily go to 3 sets.
Watch how the first 2 or 3 games go. If Djokovic seems comfortable, especially on serve, then back him on serve. If he is having problems holding then its worth laying him.