21:00 – Malisse v Golubev
Rankings are 61 and 36. They haven’t played before.
Golubev reached the final in Malaysia where he lost to Youzhny. He has only won 1 of his 4 matches since ( and that was against Mazimon Gonzalez)
Malisse reached the quarter finals at Metz but has also struggled recently. He lost to.Giraldo in Austria last week in the first round.
Both players have struggled with their serve in the last month and have held serve just 66% and 65%.
Malisse recently lost his mother which probably explains his poor form. Depending on their relationship something like that can effect a person for months if not longer.
Golubev has to be a strong favourite here and I expect him to have worked on his serve to get it back to his normal standard.
Back him on serve.
Update: Golubev won 7-5, 6-2.