Montanes vs Giraldo by Tennisguy
Montanes is ranked 57 and Giraldo 47. They have met 5 times in the past and the score is 4-1 in favor of Giraldo. Their last meeting was this year in the Buenos Aires ATP tournament(clay) which Giraldo won 7-6(4), 6-2.
Giraldo had a very good performance last week at the Barcelona ATP tournament where he managed to get to the final which he lost to Nishikori. He really was impressive especially in his match against Almagro which he won 7-5, 6-3. I think he is in very good shape and he should continue on this pattern here in Oeiras. What I really liked about his game last week was the way he was going for his shots. He was really managing some stunning winners and he was controlling most of the points.
Montanes also played last week in Barcelona and managed to get to the third round. He had a good win against Dolgopolov 7-6(5), 6-3 but "The Dog" is struggling as of late so I wouldn't consider it such a big win. Montanes has got some good result in the past here in Oeiras, winnin the title in 2009 and 2010, but that was a long time ago and he really isn't that player anymore.
Giraldo has a clear advantage in the h2h meeting and that's probably because he is to much of an aggressive player for Montanes to handle. I think the great form that Giraldo is in will make the difference in this match and I really can't see him losing this match.
In my opinion Giraldo will win this in two sets but the odds are to good for the straight victory to complicate things.
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