Benneteau and Bachinger will play in Gastad if the rain ever stops. Bachinger played well against an unmotivated Andujar yesterday but the German served extremely well and deserved the win. Benneteau was a little fortunate to get past Rosol needing 3 sets.
If Bachinger can maintain his form from yesterday I think he has a slight edge over Benny. Benneteau is usually fairly consistent without being spectacular.
I will be starting with a lay of the Frenchman.
Update: The initial lay worked well as Bachinger held to 0 and then had 2 break points. I got out at 30-40 and I’m glad I did! Bachinger had just 1 bad service game in this set and was broken. Benneteau managed to hold on for the set. In the second set Bachinger’s level dropped and his serve wasn’t as effective. Benny won a break but was broken back. After that it was all Benneteau who stepped up a gear and was helped by some poor play from Bachinger.
Benneteau won 6-4, 6-4.
Cilic would seem a decent price at 1.40 against Haase. The Croat has been playing well recently and will want to do well infront of his home crowd. He leads the head to heads 2-0 with their only claycourt match being at the French Open in 2008 which was a straight sets win.
Haase came through a tight three setter in the last round adn wasn’t too reliable on serve giving up 15 break points.
I expect that once Cilic gets the breakthrough he will take this match in straight sets. The only chance Haase has is if Cilic struggles with his serve.
Update: Cilic certainly struggled with serve! He couldn’t buy a first serve in the opening set and Haase was pretty solid on his. Not an easy game to trade although a lay of Haase after the first set pulled back the loss from the firsts et.
Cilic won 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Chela is top seed in Croatia but he comes into the tournament in less than sparkling form. He lost in his first match at the German Open to Kamke and never really looked like challenging for the win. His opponent is Starace who is a claycourt specialist. His form can be a little erratic. Starace has won their last 2 matches which were both on clay including the semi final of this tournament last year.
Chela had a bye into round 2 whereas Starace has already played a first round match and will be more adjusted to the conditions. We could well see three sets but I feel Starace will be more motivated. Chela doesn’t seem to care too much at the moment. I’ll start with a lay of Chela.
Update: Not a great lay to start with! Chela broke serve in the opening game but was immediately broken back. A tight set went to Starace. Chela levelled in the second set and took a 3-0 lead in the third but Starace pulled back to 4-5 with Chela serving for the match. Starace won the next 3 games to nick the win.
Starace won 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
Heather Watson is back in action in Washington and this time plays Canadian Stephanie Dubois. Watson starts at 1.87 which is surprising as they played earlier this year with Watson winning in the qualifying rounds 6-1, 6-0.
I think its unlikely to be as one sided this time around but I do think Watson has a pretty solid game for hard courts and will come through in 2 tight sets.
Update: In the first 2 games of the match I was wondering what the hell was wrong with Watson. She looked nervous and timid. She was broken to go 0-2 and the market reacted drastically away from her. After that she relaxed and started to play her real game. She won 6 of the next 7 games to take the set.
In the second setDubois started to fight a little more and took a tight set with a late break. In the third set Watson folded.
Dubois won 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.