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Frank Dancevic @ $2.12(10 Units)
He has enjoyed his best season to date and remember he beat Nalbandian first-up at Wimbledon so he definitely is not overrawed by the occasions. The Canadian has a very big first ball which he can follow in well, and works tirelessly from the back of the court whilst waiting for the short ball to step up the attack. Almagro is a similar sort of player and although clay is his favourite terrain he is no mug on the hardcourts which are conjucive to his all-out aggression. He has a monsterous forehand which he'll look to make inroads with, but the fact is he simply hasn't got any matches under his belt having taken a month off due to a recurring wrist injury before Beijing where he was taken care of by Monfils in Round one. The Spaniard can enter the top 10 with a good fortnight here, but he is a known choker on the big stage as his results over the past 2 seasons would represent. The match is likely to be dominated by the serve to start out with, but the longer the match goes the more you'd favour Dancevic who is fitter than the slightly chubby Almagro who has also lost all 4 5-set matches in his career (Dancevic 3-4). Canada's number one man has his sights set on the top 100 and a great finish to a good year already, and recent wins over Ancic, Dent and Anderson would suggest he relishes the serve-outs.
Djokovic 3 - 0 @ $1.47(35Units)
Bad draw for Clement here facing the man who was so close to beating Federer last year but failed to take his chances in the first set breaker. Clement is a mere shadow of his former self despite playing above himself at Wimbledon, and he'll have his work cut out scurrying after deep and penetrating groundstrokes that Djokovic serves up. The Frenchman will need to adopt the serve-volley approach that served him well at the All England Club if he's to stand a hope in hell, because the fact is he simply won't outplay Djokovic from the baseline. The Serb is the ultimate professional who has few flaws to his game aside from the occasional bad body language and nerves but first round of a GS he just simply won't lose it. The Frenchman would have to display some magical tennis but to do so over the course of a best-of-5 set match is simply too much to ask especially for a veteran who lacks the one big weapon that could make life harder for Nole.
Tursunov 3 - 1 @ $3.55(5 Units)
Schwank has showed in his past two matches against Roddick (failed to serve out the match after making the comeback from a break down in the decider) and Minar (unable to go on with momentum when he finally got the break; broken straight back) that he still has heaps to learn. He is a renowned claycourter with a big heart and some great talent, and is making the transition to hardcourts where his game certainly is suited also. He has a better serve than a lot of his dirtballer counterparts, and is not afraid of going for his shots and dictating the baseline rallies. The problem for him is: a) this is Grand Slam tennis and b) he is up against undoubtedly the most aggressive player on the tour. Tursunov also has the booming serve and is just as brutal on the return and in general play where he loves to change the direction with power and has no patience for elongated rallies. The fiery Russian can get off the boil if put under pressure and can capitulate, but he's erased some of those old habits this year and comes into this event on the back of some handy wins over Gasquet, Safin, Lopez and Blake. Hardcourts are his forte and although he hasn't starred at this event he has been beaten by some very good players and made the third round at both the French and Wimby. Tursunov will be keen on a good tournament to break into the top 20 and if he keeps his cool and utilises his superior experience he should be able to deal the youngster a good lesson though I don't expect it to be totally one-way traffic.