St Petersburg Open – Mon

11:00 – Troicki v Beck

Rankings are 32 and 85. They have never met.

Troicki has been in great form over the last few weeks and I would expect him to win this in straight sets. He’s solid on serve winning 72% of his service games.

Either back Troicki from the start or back him on serve. If you decide to back from the start make sure you have your strategy for what you will do if he loses serve.

Update: Not the game I expected. Troicki will have played more matches than Beck over recent weeks but that really shouldn’t be the reason for today’s defeat.

Beck won 7-6,4-6, 6-4.

Matches like these show why you need a good strategy for if/when  the match doesn’t go as expected. This is especialy so if you are backing from the start. TradesharkTennis members will have seen the strategy on the “When it Goes Wrong” page. If any members need to ask any questions on the strategy, as always feel free to email me.

18:00 – Istomin v Schuettler

Rankings are 103 and 75. They have never met.

Istomin plays mainly on the Challenger Tour and got to a final a couple of weeks ago. He played in the Kremlin Cup but retired in his first round match.

Schuettler is fairly solid on serve, winning 70% of his service games.  He’s definately my favourite for this match but will have to be consistent to get through.

Back Schuettler on serve.

Update: Add Schuettler to the list of players performing way below their best.

Istomin won 6-4, 6-4

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