This morning I thought I’d get up early and have a look at some of the games from Asia. I set the alarm for 5am which I thought was early enough! What a complete waste of time. I would have got more benefit from the extra 2 hours in bed! Not enough traders were also stupid enough to be up at that hour and liquidity was dire. Won’t be trying that again for a while.
Some great T20 cricket matches yesterday especially the later one between Aukland and the Knight Riders which went right to the last ball. The excitement was increased by eurosport losing the pictures at crucial moments! Thankfully I was out by then.
Anyway onto today’s games…
Paire v Golubev: Hard court
No real sign of Golubev improving his 2011 form. He entered a Challenger last week and lost in the second round to Delbonis. Today he faces Frenchman Paire.
Paire has been playing a lot of clay court Challengers recently and has had great success with three semi finals and a tournament win in his last 4 tournaments. He can be a little erratic but also tends to play well at home. He seems to keep a steady head when the going gets tough.
I expect both players to be going for some big winners and on recent form Paire should be favourite. Add home advantage to that and its worth a lay Of Golubev at 1.74
Update: Towards the end of the opening set Golubev broke serve to lead 5-4. However he choked while serving for the set and was broken. Paire took the next 2 games and the set.
Paire won 7-5, 6-2.
Rochus v Robert: (hard court)
Robert is more of a clay court player but is venturing onto a hard court in his home country.
Rochus won their only previous meeting which was in March this year in the Final of a Challenger hard court event. He won in straight sets.
Rochus’ favourite surface is grass but I feel he has a better game for the hard courts than his opponent. Home advantage for Robert has pushed down his starting price and Rochus starts as slight favourite at 1.80 .
This match won’t be pretty as neither player has the strongest serve in the world. However Robert is poor on return of serve and wins just 18% of points against first serve compared to 27% for Rochus.
I don’t think the home crowd will be able to pull Robert through and Rochus will win in 3 sets.
Update: Easy win for Rochus 6-1, 6-3.