9:30 – L Mayer v Guez
Rankings are 61 and 137. They haven’t played before.
Often lower ranked players can claim a few scalps in their home country. I don’t see that being the case today for Frenchman Guez.
Mayer has put in some respectable performances on clay this season. He beat Benneteau and also took Bellucci and Seppi to 3 sets.
Guez plays most of his tennis on the Challenger Tour but has had very little success.
Mayer wins 78% of his service games. Back him on serve or from the start. Green up at the end of the first set.
Update: What was Mayer doing in that first set??
Mayer won 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Edit: This match is in the World Team Cup
13:30 – Berdych v Almagro
Rankings are 16 and 35. Head to heads are 2-1 to Berdych. All of their matches have been on clay.
Almagro took Nadal to three sets in their semi final on Saturday. Hopefully he won’t be too drained to put in a good performance today. I don’t expect him to be.
Berdych is having a decent season but has been a little below par recently. He pulled out of Madrid with a leg injury.
Almagro starts at 1.80. He wins 84% of his service games.
When fit Berdych wins 87% of his service games.
Back Almagro on serve. If Berdych is playing well and holding easily, back him on serve too.
I’d expect Almagro to take the match.
Update: Very tight match. berdych won 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.