Not too many shocks yesterday. Mathieu took out local lad Wawrinka in 2 tie breaks but Wawrinka’s record in his home tournament isn’t amazing. Gilles Simon started extremely well against Tommy Haas but even when he wins the Frenchman rarely does things the easy way. Haas knocked out the defending champ in 3 sets.
Hercog is defending champion in Bastad but with the way her form has been this season I didn’t really expect her to beat Goerges. However she did win in 2 sets. I don’t know what Heather Watson was doing against Chan but in the first set she seemed to have lost the ability to serve. The second set was a little better from the Brit but she still lost in straight sets. Her starting price of 1.40 dictated an initial lay so I aren’t complaining.
Dimitrov has never played Dustin Brown and whilst the Bulgarian is in great form if the Jamaican German can have one of his trademark sets a pre match lay could prove profitable. 1.23 is too low.
Update: Brown has his chances in the first set and took it to a tie break. Dimitrov won it. Brown took the second set but Dimitrov won the decider.
Dimitrov won 7-6, 3-6, 6-2.
Zakopalova is at 1.34! She has played Duque Marino 3 times and leads 2-1 however the last 2 matches were shared and Marino won the first set each time. Those matches were in 2010. They also played in 2009 with Zak winning 6-3, 7-6. That’s got to be a lay although don’t be surprised to see Zak come through in the end so don’t get greedy.
Update: Rain delays pushed this to Friday.
James Blake is on home soil and beat rising star Ryan Harrison in the first round. He starts as slight underdog against Ebden at 2.22. Ebden had a solid win over Bubka. Blake only really comes alive in America and has been dogged by injury for a while now. If he has an inspired day on serve and plays aggressively he has a real chance in this one.
Update: Blake took the first set in a tie break and Ebden levelled at 1-1. Ebden won a tight 3rd set.
Ebden won 6-7, 6-4, 6-4.