Well, that was certainly an interesting first round. It was a disappointing one from a punting perspective although all our outright and quarter bets are still intact.
I’m still inclined to oppose Novak Djokovic as Jerzy Janowicz had very little in the tank after levelling at one set all. His second round opponent, Jiri Vesely, beat him in their only previous meeting in Monte Carlo this year and his lefty serve could cause the world number one some problems. The Czech struggled in his opener but I’m hoping for better here and I’m backing him to take at least a set.
There may not be many breaks of serve in the clash between Vasek Pospisil and Kevin Anderson. While the Canadian has struggled with stamina issues - he regularly falls victim to cramp late on in matches - we should have no issues backing a first-set tiebreak and at least one bookie is too big about this occurring.
Provided his back and hip hold up, Nick Kyrgios should have far too much for Horacio Zeballos. The Argentine is a decent server, but Kyrgios handled Aljaz Bedene fairly comfortably and we’ll have a little go on him to win the first set 6-0 and 6-1 before the Australian gets bored.
On the women’s side, Caroline Wozniacki looks a shadow of her former self and she meets Svetlana Kuznetsova who has been in fine form of late. The Russian could steamroller the former world number one and I’m backing her to run away with the first set.
Serena Williams made pretty light work of Ekaterina Makarova and she should have few problems with Vania King in round two. Whether her body can stand up to two weeks is another matter entirely, but we can play her to win the first set comfortably here.
Venus Williams was taken all the way by Kateryna Kozlova in the opening round and Julia Goerges could surprise her next up. The German served particularly well in putting out Yanina Wickmayer, and she can trade effectively from the baseline with the former world number one.