12:00 – Hewitt v Youzhny
Rankings are 32 and 13. Head to heads are 3-1 to Hewitt. They have never played on clay.
I think its fair to say that clay isn’t Hewitt’s favourite surface but he’s very adaptable and always gives 100%.
Youzhny does ok on clay as long as he’s not playing a top claycourt specialist.
Hewitt has had more games on this surface in 2010 than Youzhny which may level things a little. This will be a hard fought game.
Youzhny wins 79% of his service games. Back him on serve.
Update: Very close match with hewitt winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
16:00 – Bellucci v L Mayer
Rankings are 28 and 63. Head to heads are 1-1.
Bellucci has had some good results lately on clay. His last match against Ferrer was a disappointment though. Whilst I wouldn’t expect him to beat Ferrer he lost the second set 6-0.
Mayer has had some decent wins on the Challenger Tour but this is his first clay court match of the season. Today’s game isn’t an ideal one to use to adjust to the slower surface.
Bellucci should win this in straight sets. Back him on serve.
Update: Bellucci nearly screwed it up in the second but got his act together to take the third set.
He won 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.