Antonio Veic – Grega Zemlja
It’s most likely that both these players will have a rather short tournament, but at least one of them will live on to see the Thursday, and I’m guessing on Zemlja.
They have met twice before, with the latter winning both. Now, both were on clay, but with Veic having only won titles on clay, in contrast to Zemlja, who actually has an indoor title under his belt, it seems possible that Zemlja can take his hold on Veic to an indoor surface.
Jurgen Melzer – Andreas Seppi
I was betting against Melzer yesterday on account of his h2h against his opponent, but Melzer came through in flying colours, so why not go the other way today and back him up to move one round further?
They have met 6 times before, with 3 wins each, but in stands out that they have met twice indoors with Melzer winning both. And today they are playing indoors.
Marsel Ilhan – Ivan Dodig
Dodig had to withdraw at the Australian Open with an injury which could be the reason for the fine prices we find on him this Wednesday. I still think it’s worth the risk of taking him on though.
They have never met before, and there are close to 80 places between them in the rankings, with Dodig on top, and the Croat is defending champion here in Zagreb. You rarely get such an acceptable price on a defending champ.
Pablo Andujar – Frederico Gil
Andujar has been offered a rather big role as favourite in this encounter, and a little bit too big in my opinion. He has played 4 matches this year and lost 3. He has never done anything special here in Vina Del Mar, so the only reason for these prices on the Spaniard must be the difference in rankings.
Which can be decisive I admit, but take a look at their hh2. They have played each other 5 times, all on clay, with Gil winning the last 3. Gil has also played one match at the tournament, winning his first round, which means he could be just a little more accustomed to the surroundings than Andujar. All in all I think it’s worth taking a chance on the Portuguese.