17:30- Bellucci v Lapenti
Rankings are 35 and 97. head to heads are 2-1 to Lapenti although Bellucci won their last game.
Both men prefer clay courts so will feel at home today. Bellucci has a consistent serve but it isn’t a massive weapon. But as we know clay courts decrease the effectiveness of the serve.
Bellucci is favourite but it could be close. 15-40 is an option as is scalping.
I’d expect him to win in 2 tight sets or perhaps a 3 setter.
Update: Bellucci won in 3 sets, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
21:30 – Mello v Cuevas
Rankings are 138 and 47. Head to heads are 3-0 to Mello.
Mello seems to like playing Cuevas. He is a claycourt player who has been doing quite well on the Challenger tour. Betfair has Cuevas at 1.45 which considering the head to head stats seems too low.
Cuevas has a lot of ability but is way too inconsistent to be relied upon.
Either lay Cuevas from the start and wait until he loses serve to green up or wait for 15-40 opportunities.
Update: Mello won 7-6, 6-3