12:50 – Gasquet v Clement – EDIT match cancelled. Clement withdrew
Rankings are 30 and 116. Head to heads are 3-1 to Clement. They haven’t played for almost 4 years.
Gasquet has won his last 5 matches against other Frenchmen. He has won 7 in a row when priced as moderate favourite and Clement has lost 7 in a row when priced as moderate underdog!
Gasquet lost to Berdych in the 3rd round of the Oz Open but there’s no shame in that. Clement is past his best but is still managing to make a game of it against most players.
I expect Gasquet to have too much for Clement today and especially if his trademark backhand is on song.
Not a great starting price but worth backing from the start at 1.37 and aim to green out after the first set.
At 83% of service games held Gasquet is ok to back on serve but I’d prefer to back from the start.
16:00 – Brands v Ljubicic
Rankings are 79 and 15. They haven’t played before.
Ljubicic is 2nd seed behind Cilic and is infront of his home crowd. He probably plays his best tennis indoors and his big serve will be too much for Brands although Brands dealt well enough with Karlovic’s. Ljubicic is in another class to Karlovic.
Ljubicic has held serve 84% of the time over the last 6 months. He can back up his serve with huge ground strokes and whilst the first set might be close I expect him to win this match.
Either back Ljubicic on serve or from the start. If backing from the start green up after the first set.
Update: Ljubicic won 6-2, 6-3.