18:00 (approx) – Gil v Starace
Rankings are 69 and 62. Head to heads are 1-1.
The market has Starace as slight favourite but this one could go either way. Starace had a spell of good form in the middle of last season but tailed off quite badly. As with all the other players we don’t know how he will start this season.
The lack of consistency of both players is there to see in their rankings and, to me this could be one of those matches where the 15-40 is suitable on a mens hard court game.
Alternatively, wait for the break of serve before backing and green out after they hold their own serve. I wouldn’t be comfortable using Back the Server on either of them unless Starace comes up with a few solid service games.
Update: Very easy win for Starace 6-2, 6-0.