Pospisil v Seppi:
Pospisil has had to come through qualifying. This is his first ahrd court tournament after a few clay Challengers.
Seppi is in good form. He recently won a hard court Challenger and competed well at the Kremlin Cup last week losing in 3 sets in the second round to Berrer.
The young Canadian has an excellent serve and in main tour events including qualifying rounds he has held serve 88% of the time this season.
This is likely to be a 3 setter but Seppi’s consistency and experience will be enough to carry him through.
Update: Another terrible match. Seppi slightly less useless and won 7-5, 7-6.
Benneteau v Youzhny:
Benneteau won their last match which was on grass in 2009. Youzhny won their other 3 matches.
Youzhny lost in the final last year so has a few points to defend this week. This should prove to be strong motivation as he looks to try to get his ranking back to where it belongs.
Benneteau has been in great form on the hard courts. He won a Challenger event earlier this month and also reached the final of another Challenger the week before.
Youzhny will need to be at his best to beat Benneteau at the moment and although this is his home tournament his recent form hasn’t been too impressive. The exception to that was the recent China Open where he reached the quarter final.
I’d expect this to very tight and 3 sets wouldn’t be a surprise. There are reasons to go against each player. Benneteau has payed a lot of tennis this month although went out of last weeks tournament in the second round so he has had a few days to rest. Youzhny has been below his best for a while now.
Very slight edge to Benneteau for me.
Update: Youzhny started well and took a 3-0 lead. he then lost the next 4 games. He managed to take the set with a break at 5-4.
In the second set it was Benneateau who had the upper hand and levelled the match.
Youzhny took the third set to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.