Sony Ericsson Open – Friday

19:00 – Robredo v Marchenko

 

Rankings are 22 and 85. They haven’t played before.

 

Robredo beat an inform Baghdatis last week. He hasn’t had a spectacular season so far, losing to a couple of players who shouldn’t have troubled a man of his experience.

 

Marchenko has had a steady 2010 with some respectable performances.

 

Robredo wins 80% of his service games and saves 65 of break points against him.

 

Back Robredo on serve.

 

Update: Robredo won 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

 

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21:30 – Stakhovsky v Benneteau

 

Rankings are 72 and 37. Head to heads are 1-0 to Stakhovsky although that was 5 years ago in a Challenger event.

 

Stakhovsky has quite a big serve. When its working well its a great weapon.

 

Benneteau has improved his consistency over the last 6 months and will start as favourite.

 

Benneteau wins 77% of his service games to Stakhovsky’s 78%.

 

I’d recommend waiting to see how each player settles into the match. If they are holding serve comfortably then back Benneteau on serve. You could also back Stakhovsky on his serves but I’d expect the first break to be in Benneteua’s favour.

 

Update: Very tight match with Stakhovsky winning 6-3, 7-6.

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