Rome Masters – Wednesday

13:00 – Garcia Lopez v Hewitt

 

Rankings are 42 and 32. Head to heads are 1-0 to Hewitt which was also on clay.

 

Hewitt beat Youzhny in a tight 3 setter yesterday to show he’s on top form.

 

Garcia Lopez is having a decent clay court season and beat Chela very easily in the last round.

 

I would expect an in-form Hewitt to win this match.

 

He starts at 1.66 on Betfair. Back him on serve.

 

Update: I wasn’t able to follow/trade this one so not sure whether it was Hewitt who was poor or G-Lopez who played well.

 

Garcia Lopez won 6-2, 6-3

 

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16:00 – Tsonga v Troicki

 

Rankings are 10 and 37. Head to heads are 2-0 to Troicki.

 

Troicki has the edge in the head to head stats but since their last match in 2009 Tsonga’s game has become a lot more consistent.

 

I think the match will be closer than the 1.37 starting price on Tsonga suggests but I’d expect him to win in straight sets.

 

Back Tsonga on serve or back him from the start and green up at the end of the first set.

 

Update: Tsonga broke serve in the very first game and that set the tone for the match. He was soon 4-0 up.

 

Tsonga won 6-2, 6-3.

 

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Alternative matches:

 

Berdych v Wawrinka – Back Berdych or both players on serve.    Wawrinka 2-6, 6-3, 7-6

 

Berdych

Ljubicic v Almagro – Tight match expected. Watch the first couple of games but I’m looking to back Ljubicic or both players on serve.     Ljubicic 7-5, 7-6

 

Isner v Bellucci – Back Bellucci on serve.   Bellucci 7-6, 7-5

 

F Lopez v Cilic – Back Cilic on serve.      Lopez 2-6, 7-6, 6-4

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