12:45 – Clement v Ljubicic
Rankings are 60 and 24. Head to heads are 8-2 to Ljubicic.
Ljubicic has a massive serve and playing indoors is the perfect environment for him.
Clement has had a few good results recently but I expect Ljubicic to be too strong. Back him on serve. As long as its working anywhere near its best this will be a straight sets win.
Update: Ljubicic won 7-6, 6-3.
16:00 – Kukushkin v Troicki
Rankings are 124 and 31. Head to heads are 2-0 to Troicki
Having traded some no hopers yesterday I’m looking to put my money on the higher ranking players!
Troicki’s serve will be too big for Kukushkin. His consistency will wear his opponent down.
Back him on serve or from the start. Make sure if backing from the start that you have your strategy in place for if he loses serve. Members can check out the members area for “When it goes wrong” and “Controlling losses”.
Update: I only traded the first set and it was a close one. Kukushkin put up a great fight and Troicki was close to losing serve.
Troicki won 7-5, 7-5.