11:00 – Blake v Bachinger
Rankings are 135 and 275. They haven’t played before.
Blake starts this match at 1.48 on Betfair. He clearly has much more experience than his opponent. Due to his rankings Bachinger plays most of his tennis on the Challenger tour where he has a losing record for the season.
Blake likes this tournament and his record over the years has been impressive. He won the title in 2005 and 2006 and has a record of 14 wins from 15 matches here.
Bachinger prefers clay courts and has never been beyond the qualifying stage in this event.
Both hold serve over 80% and stats for return of serve are pretty equal.
Whatever it is that Blake likes so much in Stockholm I expect him to have enough to beat Bachinger. I don’t see him running away with the match though as the German may be hard to break down.
Back Blake on serve.
Update: Blake won 6-4, 3-6, 7-6.