12:00 Troicki v Melzer
Rankings are 42 and 16. Head to heads are 3-0 to Melzer.
Two players who are usually pretty reliable on serve. However Melzer had a couple of wobbles in his first round match against Dustin Brown. He was broken twice and Brown is a poor receiver.
Troicki came through his first round match in straight sets.
Melzer wins 83% of his service games to Troicki’s 77%.
I expect Melzer to reduce the number of unforced errors today. He will be more focused than in his last match as Troicki is quite capable of beating him.
Watch the opening couple of games and I would be looking to back Melzer on serve.
Update: Melzer won 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3.
16:00 Schuettler v Istomin
Rankings are 85 and 70. Head to heads are 1-0 to Istomin.
Both men are in great form and have recently reached semi finals on grass. Both are playing above their rankings.
Schuettler recently lost to James Ward which was a bit of a shock and may indicate that his good form may be dipping slightly. He won his first round match in straight sets.
Istomin had a great 5 sets win over Wawrinka and recently took Nadal to 3 sets on grass.
Istomin wins 79% of service games and has a very high first serve percenatge at 68%.
It should be a great match but I expect Istomin to win.
Back Istomin on serve. If Schuettler is serving well early in the match then he can also be backed on serve but be wary of the break.
Update: Istomin won 6-3, 7-6, 4-6, 4-6, 6-1.