10:00 Stakhovsky v Tipsarevic
Rankings are 71 and 51. Head to heads are 1-1.
Stakhovsky’s serve has worked well this week and he has yet to lose a set. His first seve percentage is at 65% for the season and he wins 75% of his service games.
Tipsarevic has been taken to three sets twice this week although to be fair has had arguably the tougher opponents especially an in form Becker in the semi final.
Before this tournament he had lost in the first round of all the recent tournaments.
Stakhovsky has won 2 ATP tournaments but Tipsarevic has yet to win his first. Will they play on his mind?
After watching the opening couple of games backing Stakhovsky is a good place to start. As Tipsarevic is favourite on Betfair at 1.68 then I recommend placing the trades on his ladder at least while he is below 2.00.
If Tipsarevic can serve well then he has a good chance of his first title. Usually Stakhovsky suffers from a lack of confidence but he doesn’t seem to be having that problem this week.
Update : Stakhovsky played some inspired tennis. Not only did he serve extremely well but showed a great touch around the net.
Stakhovsky won 6-3, 6-0.