Pilot Pen Tennis – Tuesday

15:00 – Golubev v M Gonzalez.

Rankings are 38 and 195. Head to heads are 2-0 to Golubev with both matches being on clay.

Golubev retired in the first round of qualification last week but has been in great form recently. I normally try to avoid players with recent retirements but to be honest its been difficult to find a match today that I wouldn’t normally rule out.

Gonzalez is a solid server who hits 71% of first serves in and holds serve 72% of the time. Golubev serves 62% of first serves in and holds serve 80% of the time.

Golubev converts more break point chances than his opponent and I’d expect his new found confidence to give him a massive edge.

Back Golubev on serve. It might be a good idea to watch a couple of games at the start and that will also let you see that enough money is coming into the market during games. Yesterday saw a lot of gappy markets where it was difficult to get a good price if trades went against you.

Update: Golubev started well but gave away the second set. he eventually won 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.




21:00 – Stakhovsky v Luczak

Rankings are 47 and 120. They haven’t played before.

Luczak has only played one hard court match since the clay season ended.  Stakhovsky has played three in which he took Andy Roddick to 3 sets and beat Richard Gasquet.

Both players post very similar stats on serve with first serves at 63% and 62%. Service holds are 75% and 76%.

Luczak converts more break point opportunities but I have taken these stats over the last 3 months and more recent form puts Stakhovsky ahead.

Whilst Luczak had a decent win yesterday I am favouring Stakhovsky with his big serve. Back him on serve.

Update: This match was subject to several rain delays and is currently one set all. It will be completed on Wednesday.

Stakhovsky won 2-6, 7-6, 7-6.

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