Chardy vs Rodionov (Approx 09:00pm AEST)
Time on court in qualifying will play a major factor in this one, as Rodionov has become used to these conditions through his three wins in qualifying.
In fact, there are some similarities in some of the conditions to what Rodionov saw regularly throughout the Austrian exhibition series that took place over many weeks of the COVID suspension period. Rodionov has but together a very solid body of work, with his only clay losses over the last couple of weeks coming against Federico Delbonis at the higher altitude in Kitzbuhel, and Mathias Bourgue in the days leading up to Roland Garros Qualifying. He dropped only one set across the three round qualifying, defeating Viola, Safiullin and Ofner on his way to the main draw. He looks to have handled the conditions well, and is likely to be less hampered by the cold and windy conditions in comparison to Jeremy Chardy.
2020 has started to see a regression of sorts in the form of Chardy. His only victory since returning to the tour in August has been a straight set win over doubles player and singles alternate Michael Venus in Rome. He backed that up with a 2-6 2-6 loss to Andrej Martin in the second round, winning 4/26 points on his second serve for the match. He isn’t the player of years gone by, and looks to be vulnerable in what look to be very testing conditions.
I am happy to side with the qualifying form of Rodionov here, who looked solid across his three matches and has put together a solid body of clay tennis work over the last couple of months. I am happy to take him here for 1 unit.
1 unit Rodionov to defeat Chardy at $2 at Bet365
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