Open de Nice Cote dAzur – Friday

13:00 – L Mayer v Verdasco

Rankings are 59 and 9. Head to heads are 1-0 to Verdasco which was on a hard court.

I have been tipping against Mayer all week and he keeps proving me wrong. This is by far his biggest test. In the match against Baghdatis yesterday he had a total of 24 break points but was only able to convert 3 of them. Baghdatis was poor and his first serve percentage of under 50 was well short of what we should expect from a top player.

We can be sure that he will have to work a lot harder today. Verdasco serves 68% of first serves in and wins 81% of his service games.

Verdasco has been superb on clay this year. He would have expected a straight sets win yesterday but Stakhovsky has a big serve and it was working well.

Back Verdasco on serve or back him from the start. If you back from the start you must have a plan of what to do if he should lose serve. Strategies and ideas can be found on the members pages of TradeShark Tennis.





15:00 – Gasquet v Starace

Rankings are 68 and 63. Head to heads are 3-1 to Gasquet (2-1 on clay).

Gasquet’s performanaces have been a little erratic since his return to the Tour but more recently he has been much more consistent. He won a Challenger event last week and reached the quarter finals in Serbia the week before.

He wins 84% of his service games.

Starace beat Monfils yesterday which will have given him a lot of confidence. He reached the semi finals at the Grand Prix Hassan II event in April. 

He wins 75% of his service games.

Back Gasquet on serve or back him from the start. Green up at the end of the first set.

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