Kubot v Davydenko:
Davydenko leads the head to heads 1-0. He looked fairly comfortable in his last match against Ryan Harrison winning in straight sets.
Kubot also won his first round match in 2 sets.
This is Davy’s best surface and I’d expect him to dominate the match. I was surprised that he said he felt tired at 4-0 in his last match and “tried to do everything to survive”. It was his first match since the US Open so shouldn’t have been tired. Perhaps something was lost in translation.
As always I would prefer a higher SP than 1.40 but this is Kubot’s first tournament in a couple of months and isn’t his favourite surface. The Russian should have more than enough talent to win this one with perhaps just a single break in each set.
Update: Davydenko won 6-3, 7-6.
Kanepi v Radwanska:
Kanepi came back from a break down in the third set against Wozniacki to beat the world number 1.
Radwanska came back from a set down against Jankovic and won the third set with a bagel.
Radwanska leads the head to heads 2-0 and Kanepi has yet to take a set from her. I wonder how much Kanepi will be thinking about her win yesterday and whether it will adversely affect her preparation for this match.
Kanepi won’t need any further distraction other than Radwanska being on the other side of the net and I expect it to be another win for the Polish player.
Not unusual for Radwanska to start slowly so either a lay from the start or wait for the higher price to get on.
Update: Radwanksa won 6-2, 7-6.