Golubev continues his search for a win and today plays Ramirez Hidalgo. Golubev has lost 12 in a row on clay and 15 in a row on all surfaces. Ramirez Hidalgo is a very solid clay courter who reached the semi finals of the Turin Challenger event a couple of weeks ago losing in a tie break in the 3rd set.
Golubev’s bad run can’t continue forever but his confidence must be at an all time low. This match won’t be easy for him and although Ramirez Hidalgo isn’t exactly Djokovic he can be a tricky opponent for anyone. Golubev retired from Wimbledon in the first round against Garcia-Lopez when he was 2 sets down.
Golubev will probably put up a fight in the first set but if he loses it I think he will crumble in the second set.
Update: This was one of the worst matches I have ever seen, especially the first set. Golubev eventually took the set in a tie break. As anticipated he then crumbled.
Ramirez Hidalgo won 6-7, 6-1, 6-2.
Monaco seems a decent price at 1.39 against Berlocq . He leads the head to heads 3-0 although they haven’t played for 3 years. Monaco reched the final of this event in 2009.
Update: Monaco won but not before losing the opening set. He managed to do that from being a break up.
Monaco won 6-7, 7-6, 6-2.
Chardy plays Giraldo who knocked out Melzer in the first round. Chardy beat Kamke in straight sets but Kamke must have been tired after his trip back from the States and Chardy had chances to win the first set much more easily than having to go through a tie break but twice threw those chances away. Chardy has the ability to win this match but I am concerned at hsi average performance in that first set yesterday whereas Giraldo beat the world ranked 12 player in straight sets.
This could be a tight one but Giraldo should take it.
Update: This match was delayed by rain and will continue tomorrow.
Brianti faces the winner of last week’s Swedish open Polona Hercog. Hercog went a set down in her first round match and having had a long week last week could have perhaps been forgiven for not busting a gut to fight back. However she came back to take the next 2 sets. Taking 3 sets to beat a qualifyer ranked 216 won’t have helped her energy levels and perhaps showed that she is tired.
Brianti came through her first round match with the loss of just 1 game. She leads the head to heads 1-0 against Hercog.
Normally I would have Hercog as favourite but Briant is on home soil and is the fresher player. Hercog will fight all the way but if Brianti can keep the ball in play she will out-last Hercog.
Update: Brianti didn’t seem to have a clue in the first set. She put up more of a fight in the second set but Hercog won 6-2, 6-4.