Andrey Golubev – Guillermo Garcia Lopez 2
Lopez has not shown impressive form, but is it that bad that he can’t beat Golubev? Lopez is a fine grass player. Golubev is not. He has lost his last 7 games in a row on grass and also comes here with 13 defeats in a row!
Juan Monaco – Mikhail Youzhny 2
Youzhny has been in the fourth round at Wimbledon five times. Monaco has throughout his career played 3 matches on grass. Three! At Wimbledon in 05, 07 and 09 All three were lost.
Adrian Mannarino – Conor Niland 1
Niland turns 30 in September, and for the first time ever, he’s reached the first round of a Grand Slam tournament. Mannarino is seven years younger, but still ahead of Niland in his development, and incidentally won their only previous meeting back in 2006. Mannarino reached the quarterfinals in Queens.
James Ward – Michael Llodra 1
The grass should fit Llodra’s style of playing perfectly, and he has also won a title on the surface. Just not in Wimbledon. In 10 visits here he has never gone further than the second round. Ward has the audience to back him up and delivered a superb tournament in Queens. He’s hungry for more.
Andreas Seppi – Albert Montanes 2
The grass is not Montanes’ cup of tea, but on the other hand, he’s nevertheless reached the second, third and third round in the last three years. Seppi has just won the tournament in Eastbourne, so odds are very low on him, but just consider this; before Eastbourne we had to go back to October to find two consecutive victories for Seppi. If he wins here, he is suddenly on six on the trot. Not impossible, but anyway … and these two have met each other 3 times in the past. Montanes has won all three. All on clay, but still …
Ivan Dodig – Ryan Harrison 1
Nearly 80 places separate them in the rankings, favouring Dodigs, and it is difficult to see what Harrison has going for him here. Dodig has just been in the final of a grass tournament in Holland, while Harrison didn’t even win all his qualifiers, since he is only here as a lucky loser.
Evgeniya Rodina – Chanelle Scheepers 1
Rodina reached the 3rd round here three years ago. Cheepers has never achieved that, in fact she has lost her last five matches on grass in a row.
Lourdes Dominguez Lino – Romina Oprandi 2
In their most recent meeting, Oprandi gave away 1 game on her way to victory! That was on clay, and she’s a much better grass-player than Lino.
Anastasia Rodionova – Andrea Hlavackova 1
Rodionova leads 1-0 in the h2h, and has a third round to defend from last year where she beat top 10-player Kuznetsova.