Roddick vs Klizan
Andy Roddick had a terrible season all the way till Eastbourne Open, at least for a player of his caliber. However, after losing in the first round of Queens to Roger-Vasselin, he won the Eastbourne Open and produced more solid tennis. The tournament itself wasn’t that strong and probably helped Roddich much more on the mental plan, not that he actually improved his game that more.
At Wimbledon, Andy reached the third round, but showed some really nice tennis from time to time in a third round match against strong favorite Ferrer, losing it finally in four sets. After Wimbledon, he switched back to US where he won the tournament in Atlanta winning over strong servers like Isner, Mahut and Muller are. No question that Roddick improved his game much more after Queens tournament, but still he will need to work a lot and prove a lot in order to match against the very best players nowadays.
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Martin Klizan, on the other side, is still establishing his name in the ATP level, but so far he is doing pretty well. He played Challenger tournaments for the most of his career till now, but since Roland Garros he played ATP tournaments much more as his position (62nd at the ATP rankings) allows him that.
As said, till French Open he played challenger tournaments and did very good, but after that, he switched to ATP level and it didn’t go that bad for him. Martin took Mahut to fourth set at the Roland Garros in the second round as Dancevic retired to him in the first round at the 4-0 result in the first set. Later on, he won over Chela in five sets marathon in the first round of Wimbledon, but lost also in five sets against Viktor Troicki. No matter what, he surely proved in these two matches that he can be and probably will be, solid player for faster surfaces. After that, he had second round exit at Umag, first round exit at Hamburg against strong Haas, but bounced back with good performance in Kitzbuhel, where he reached semifinals losing to Haase.
Roddick is a favorite here, but not that strong as the odds suggest. For sure he should win, but he was so desperate just till few weeks ago when he won Eastbourne and Atlanta and now the things look much brighter for him. Still, given line of 19.5 games only look quite low in my eyes as there is good possibility that one of the sets gets till the tie-break.
Bet: Over 19.5 games @2.01 with Pinnacle Sports