A few more decent players are involved from today so lets hope the level of tennis improves too!
Davydenko and Nieminen should have a decent battle. Davy has won their last 4 meetings although the only recent one was on clay in July last year. His form has been up and down over the last year but there have been signs that he is on an upward trend. The same could be said of Nieminen who played well in the opening round.
Both players can blow hot and cold so you really have to wait to see which version of each player will show up on court. I would say that indoor hard courts are the favoured surface for both of them.
Davydenko starts at 1.60 . If he’s on a good form day then that is a fair price but I am sure we will get higher in play. Look for Davydenko to be taking the ball early which is an indication he is confident. He will need to be serving well too though so I want to see some easy holds before committing money to the trade. I am just looking for positive signs to get on Davydenko at a price near evens.
Update: Both started well and Davydenko in particular looked up for the fight. However it was the Russian who was broken first. He immediately broke back but threw another service game away in the very next game and Nieminen served out the set.
The second set was very close and it wasn’t until the 6th game that Davydenko was broken. This time Nieminen wasn’t able to serve out the set and Davy broke back to take it to a tie break that Nieminen narrowly won 10-9.
Nieminen won 6-3, 7-6.
I’ll add another match a bit later. I have just had to rescue my fence from the strong winds we’re having at the moment.
Man I hate the wind. The fence repairs are holding firm so a big middle finger to Mother Nature 😉
Paire looked impressive in his first round match although it was agaist a qualifier. Darcis beat a below par Mannarino in his first round tie. He played some great points to be fair and was the deserved winner.
These two have never played before but i think both will prove to be difficult to break down. (Cue the 6-0 sets). Paire has the stronger all round game but his mind can switch off. The crowd will obviously give him all the support although I hope the annoying bald guy from the Monfils match won’t be in attendance.
Paire starts at 1.43 and as I favour him to get the win I will be waiting for 1.65 to 1.70 before backing him.
Update: Paire was the first to be broken though he was able to level the set at 3-3. Another break for Darcis gave him the set. A very tight second set was settled in a tie break in Paire’s favour.
Darcis was broken in the first game of the third set and that wqas to be the only break of the set.
Paire won 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.