Again, an interesting match.
Mello has engaged in some disgusting flat-track bullying over the summer to get his ranking higher up.
I can't say I was expecting Phau to be in the draw (thought he had been hovering around 110-120 for a few months now) so that it is a bit of a nasty surprise.
Man, I dunno...virtually 50/50, so good choice of poll!
Phau has a little more bite to his game and on these courts that should be a plus...although I remember Mello as a reasonably good retriever (?) and a strong dose of that style does get Phau flustered.
I'm not fond of Ricardo for several reasons, that being one of them. He played weak ass Brazilian challengers when he's already solidly top 100 instead of playing ATP events. He's barely played ATP events since entering the top 100.
Bjorn has been in the top 100 for about 3 months now, by winning two challengers.
Bjorn is one of my favorite players and I want him to win, but I think Mello will take it. This is a bad match-up for Bjorn. Bjorn is going to make an avalanche of errors. Ricardo is also a better counterpuncher then Bjorn is, and has a better serve. Only way I see Bjorn winning is if he is super consistent and offensive at the same time, and he's not generally proficient at doing that.
But yes, isn't this an interesting match! Far more interesting than most in the draw if I may say so myself