Muller vs Barton
Two solid servers should mean over 9.5 games in this first set
Muller(34) is favourite for this match and probably rightly so with his offensive qualities such as his solid solid serve, earning him easy points in every match, but also a good forehand at his disposal, and when it's necessary, he can also rush to the net and finish things with a nice volley. He is sat at his current high in the rankings and has seen over 9.5 games in the first set in 10 of his last 12 matches on hard court surfaces
Barton(198) has started the year very well having won his first three games in this tournament against Edmund(45), Kukushkin(97) and Bourgue(177) with the two matches against top 100 opponents seeing over 9.5 games in the first set. He is a big server and against Kyle Edmund in the first round, he served 17 aces and won 81% on the first serve, and Edmund is a decent returner. He has seen over 9.5 games in 8 of his last 12 matches.
I can see this match being quite close at least in the first set and over 9.5 games in set 1 is my pick.
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