Wednesday 24th October

Granollers won Valencia last year but has had recent injury worries. His last match was over a month ago and he retired against Karlovic at the Moselle Open. The tournament organisers have been kind in letting him not play his first game until Wednesday. Does that suggest he isn’t 100% fit and asked for more time?

Regardless of that Hajek has been playing well enough in the qualifying rounds  to give Granollers a decent match and I have to say 1.32 is too low on the Spaniard. I’ll be laying from the start and will try to assess Granollers’ condition in play.

 

There aren’t many juicy prices around today but I am tempted by the 1.94 on Dimitrov against Benneteau. Benny retired in the first round in Beijing with an injury to his right arm. He came through his match with Kuznetsov after a very poor start.

Dimitrov comfortably beat Troicki in the last round in straight sets. He won the only previous match with Benneteau which was in June this year and also in Switzerland but that time it was on clay.

The stats favour Benneteau but I think their respective performances in the last round give an edge to Dimitrov. I’ll be backing from the start.

 

Radwanska won the only 2012 match between her and Sharapova. That was in March on a hard court.

Sharapova leads the head to heads 7-2.

Radwanska showed yesterday that she is playing well although it has to be said she was helped a great deal by an awful display from Kvitova.

Sharapova had few problems in beating Errani in straight sets.

The stats are firmly in Sharapova’s favour but that win for ARad back in March keeps it interesting. Sharapova won’t be giving away the number of free points that Kvitova did although she does have a habit of serving badly for a couple of games per match. Whether that will be enough to give us a better price on Sharapova I’m not sure but I am waiting for 1.60 to 1.70 before backing her.

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