This Masters 1000 event has Djokovic, Murray and Del Potro but no Roger!
The WTA Premier event is still at the qualification stage today and the games are covered by Betfair.
Donald Young has lost his last 15 matches and whilst Chardy’s form has been up and down he has won 13 in a row when his starting price is 1.20 to 1.50 . They have never played before.
Even though Young hasn’t been winning matches he has frequently managed to win a set unless really outclassed. Chardy’s mind can go AWOL at any time and I think I will be laying him from the start at 1.44 . I expect Chardy to win but I need a much higher price before backing him.
Update: Young got the first break. Chardy broke back but it was Young who took the first set. For a while it looked like Young may actually win but Chardy eventually took the set in a tie break.
Young found his usual form in the third set.
Chardy won 3-6, 7-6, 6-0.
Troicki will be too strong for Bogomolov Jr but 1.36 is no price to be backing the Serb. Bogomolov won their only other 2012 match on a hard court in Sydney.
1.70 minimum for me here before getting in.
Update: Close match in which Bogomolov broke first. Troicki eventually managed to break back and took the set. Bogomolov led 5-1 in the second set tie break but Troicki came back.
Troicki won 6-4, 7-6.
Aussie Matthew Ebden is in the main draw as Lucky Loser. He is up against local Wild Card entry Peter Polansky. Polansky’s recent results have been unspectacular. He did reach the final of a Challenger in Panama City in July. It was a truly pathetic field and the first time he met someone ranked better than 400 he lost.
Local support won’t be enough to get him through here. I will have part stake on Ebden from the start and hope to get the rest on a little higher up ( 1.75+ )
Update: This was just awful tennis but you could understand if people thought the match wasn’t pure.
Ebden played about as badly as is possible in the first set. He didn’t win a game. It looked unlikely that he would come back but surprisingly moved into a 3-0 lead in the second set. He levelled the match and then went on to take the third.
Ebden won 0-6, 6-4, 6-3.