Shanghai Masters – Monday

09:00 – Chardy v Baghdatis

Rankings are 60 and 18. Head to heads are 2-0 to Chardy.

Chardy’s form over recent weeks has been impressive. He won a couple of decent matches and everyone expected him to then go back making lots of unforced errors in every game but it just hasn’t happened. He’s probably a littlle more comfortable on clay but his hardcourt game isn’t too shabby either. He pushed Roddick close last week and certainly wasn’t overpowered.

Baghdatis has been reaching quarter finals fairly regularly but his standard seems to have dropped from where it was a couple of months ago.

Over the past month Baghdatis has held serve just 68% of the time compared to Chardy’s 90%. He has won just 43%of points on second serve. However he posted better stats on return of serve and has converted more break point chances.

Baghdatis can blow hot and cold and often during the same match. Chardy has been proving himself to be much more consistent and he is my pick to win this one.

Back Chardy on serve. Even if Baghdatis is holding serve its usually a messy hold and therefore more stressful for trading.

Update: Chardy won 7-6, 6-1.



13:00 – Zverev v Stakhovsky

Rankings are 119 and 31. Head to heads are 2-1 to Zverev.

Zverev reached the final of the Metz tournament where he lost to Simon. He has recently found a new coach and his game has improved.

Stakhovsky has had a pretty good season. He won the Pilot Pen tournament and then reached the third round of the US Open where he retired injured. His form since then hasn’t been great.

Looking at the stats for the past month Zverev is slightly ahead in most categories. He holds serve 80% to Stak’s 78% and wins more points against serve.

Stakhovsky has struggled to convert break point chances winning just 22% of them.

An in form Stakhovsky should take this match but I want to see how he starts before entering the market. Both players have a strong serve and should be ok to back on serve.

Update: Zverev won 6-1, 4-6, 7-6.

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