Tuesday 31st July

Cilic continued his good form with a straight sets win over Melzer. He starts as a strong favourite against Hewitt at 1.40 and whilst I expect him to win I think he will trade  higher in the first set. I’ll be waiting for a price above 1.70 .

 

Lopez and Monaco should have a tight battle. In the first round Monaco’s ground strokes looked excellent but in the first set against Goffin his serve was terrible. Lopez has a serve that is perfect for grass and if that serve is working I think Monaco will find him tough to break. Lopez isn’t as good on return of serve as the Argentinian but if Monaco’s serve is below par again he won’t need to be. I see Lopez taking this in a very tight match.

 

In America Pavlyuchenkova takes on Jovanovski who won the tournament in Baku last week. That tournament was played in very hot conditions and is bound to have sapped the reserves of all the players who went deep into the event. Its not unusual for a title winner to have a “let down” the following week. Part stake on Pav at the start and i’ll add to it if she goes over evens.

 

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