Yesterday ended my winning run with Fratangelo throwing in a poor first set against Gasquet and Lajovic retiring when 2-1 down to Troicki, making the bet void.
The first part of today's double is a match between Jiri Vesely and Nicolas Almagro that I believe can go either way. Their only previous meeting was last year on the clay in Kitzbuhel, which was a tight affair going the distance in a best of three match.
Vesely massively struggled for form earlier in the year but don't let that fool you. All of those tournaments were on hard courts and now that he is back on his favourite surface of clay his results have picked up markedly. He's won only one match on hard courts this year, in contrast to his 11/5 win/loss record on clay.
Almagro is another player that is at his best on clay courts and his results have also improved significantly since the hard court swing. HIs clay court win/loss record this year stands at 12/7, very similar to Vesely's. He's been on his way back up the rankings from a major foot injury adn had a great win over Kohlschreiber in the first round. It's worth noting however, that he hasn't advanced past the first round of a slam since 2013.
Both of these players are very similar in style and I see this being the match of the day and could well go the distance.
Estrella Burgos is a very late bloomer in terms of his rankings, only reaching the top 100 in 2014 at the age of 33. He is a typical clay courter that will scrap for every point and his results this year suggest that. His win/loss record on hard courts is 1/6 compared to 12/7 on clay courts.
He's won a clay court title this year, again in Ecuador, beating some good players in Bellucci, Pella and Ramos-Vinolas.
Lopez, on the other hand, is more at home on quicker surfaces and has not been anything special on clay this year, with a win/loss record of 6/6. He has beaten some players with a similar style to himself but has not beaten any high-level clay court specialists.
Both these p[layers are very experienced and neither will lie down for the other in this match, which is why I'm tipping over 3.5 sets. Anyone feeling a bit braver should back Estrella Burgos outright at the best price of 33/16 with Marathon Bet.